Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Cpl. Matthieu Marcellus

31, of Gainesville, Florida.
Marcellus died when two CH-53 helicopters crashed into the Gulf of Aden in the vicinity of Ras Siyyan, northern Djibouti, while flying a training mission in the Godoria Range area. He was deployed to Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, New River, North Carolina. Died on February 17, 2006.

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"Simply put (My Friend)
Matt. Was someone i will always call my friend. we grew up together in Miami, Fl
he is someone that i can call a true friend. Although we had our ups and downs we are friends to the end. Many people did not know Matt like I did a kind hearted person, caring and sharing.
To this day I can't belive he's gone. Thanks for your hard work, Thanks for being my friend. Love you Matt.
Never, Never will I for get you!"
Embery D. Byrd of Miami, Fl

"September 30, 2007
To the family of Cpl. Matthieu Marcellus:
Matthieu gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To the family of:Matthieu Marcellus I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

I would like to say thank you to you and the other service personnel who were also killed in that crash for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I am a former Marine who worked off and on with Matthieu for a couple of years. I can't tell you what a source of joy he was to me every time I saw him. Always he had a smile on his face. He was always trying to make my day a little brighter while I was going through some difficulties. He will forever be in my thoughts...know that he is missed dearly by his fellow Marines."
Nicolette Easterling USMC Sgt. of Shepherdsville, KY

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Matthieu will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"To the family of matt,

that's how i knew him. we were best friends in MOS school, and we competed for the top spot in our class. he won it. he was the most competitive person i've ever met. he could not be beaten. he was a true warrior and a model marine. we were friends but i looked up to him in a lot of different ways. he was a bit older than me, and i'm kind of wild, and he didn't hesitate to keep me in check. he was very genuine in all his efforts, and anybody that knows him or ever met him undoubtedly feels the same way. i will never forget you matt. i wish you were still just a phone call away.

semper fi,
Al Brown of MCAS Miramar

"Thank you Matthieu Marcellus, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Matthieu Marcellus:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Matthieu for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Matthieu Marcellus:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Matthieu, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on