Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Matthew J. August

28, of Rhode Island.
August was killed in an improvised explosive device attack in Khalidiyah, just east of Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on January 27, 2004.

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"cpt august i had the utmost respect for you and sfc hoffman, we spent alot of time in meetings in iraq mostly bs'ing to this day i still have a hard time bringing myself to realizing your are really gone, this time of year is really bad for me as i have lost alot of what i have considered good friends in the army, i was the last person you talked to before the ied, i pray that God had taken you into the heaven and embraced you as you have given me alot to live for"
SSG Leathers of stapleton ne

"cpt august i had the utmost respect for you and sfc hoffman, we spent alot of time in meetings in iraq mostly bs'ing to this day i still have a hard time bringing myself to realizing your are really gone, this time of year is really bad for me as i have lost alot of what i have considered good friends in the army, i was the last person you talked to before the ied, i pray that God had taken you into the heaven and embraced you as you have given me alot to live for"
SSG Leathers of stapleton ne

"There is so much I could say about you Matt. You were like a big brother I never had. Thank you for taking me in Alpha Company, 317th Engineers at Fort Benning. I will never forget you. You were a great leader, officer and person. I think of you often.
Sappers Forward!"
CPT Steve Bryson of Owensboro, KY

"Salute to Air Force Master Sgt. Steven E. Auchman. Thank you for your service. crazy kitchen game"
Lucille F. Parham of Los Angeles

"I miss my friend.
Matthew Gariepy

"Today marks 10 years, Sir.
10 years ago, your sister introduced my sixth grade class to you, even though you were overseas. We wrote letters to you and your soldiers.
You wrote back to me.
And I made a speech about you at my sixth grade graduation.
I couldn't pronounce lobsters, your favorite food.

10 years later, I am serving in the Army. With you as an inspiration of self-less service.
I salute you, Sir."
PFC Slaughter of Ft. Sam Houston

As I sit in my treestand on our old hunting grounds on Veterans Day 2013 revisiting the past, u can't help but get a big knot in my throat. Miss the good times on the lake too. God bless you...it was an honor to serve with you and be your friend."
Jeff King-70 EN BN of MD

"Sir, after 12 years I still think about you and the others everyday, I will never forget. RIP Cpt. August!!"
George Murchison (SSG, RET) of Clay Center, KS

"CPT Matt August was a brave man, great soldier, and company commander for me in 1st BCT, 1st ID in Iraq. I think of Matt nearly every day and mourn his loss. Matt exemplified the motto of the Big Red One: No Mission too Difficult, No Sacrifice too Great; Duty First! I remember your sacrifice every day Matt. COL(R) Buck Connor, former comander, 1st BCT, ID"
COL (R) Buck Connor of Orlando, FL

"Its that time of year when the memories are the strongest, sir you are always remembered."
Ron Blunt

"Still think about you sir you were a great commander Bco will never forget you."
Brian Williams 1st eng of Waco tx

"Remembering you on Memorial Day 2011..."
Chris M of Salt Lake City, UT

"To the family of:Matthew J. August
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""

"The 317th once again ads to the roster of the fallen!!! Sappers Forward<<< Sgt. Biggs"
Clifford M. Biggs of Columbus, Ga

"As Memorial day approaches again this year(2010)it won't pass without our family praying for Matt's family and sharing our memories of him. Know that we will always remember his sacrafice and the tremendous loss for his family."
Kathy McDowell of Hohenfels, Germany

"Matt, I miss you bro. May you rest in peace. To Matt's family: Matt was a hero."
Sgt Tom Oyster - "Psycho 3" of Delaware, Oh

"I was under your command in Iraq and I will never forget your grace under pressure. I am not the same without you guys. love you brother. my flag will always fly at half staff.

Spc. Elmer "Cookie" cooke of Albuquerque, NM USA

"I was very fortunate to have been a neighbor of the August family for many years. I was searching the web and this website just popped up and I felt compelled to write a note. I gave Matt a job helping me detail cars when he was young. I will never forget while most of his friends were still hours away from waking up on a few summer mornings, Matt never complained once. I never forgot that. It was a terrible day for me when I turned on the news early one morning to find Matt's picture on the television. I can't believe that 5 years have passed. Although I have moved a few towns away, my thoughts and prayers have always been with the August family. Matt, along with Dick, Donna, Mark, and Melanie were great neighbors and I know that Matt truly was a hero."
Bob Rossi of Warwick, RI

"thanks for being a good captain, your always in my heart"
Meekins of Philadelphia

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. We will continue to strive to be the best engineers possible, as only you would would expect of us. Essayons!!!"
MAJ David Noble of Leavenworth, KS

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Capt. Matthew J. August:
Matthew 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

"I won't let you down. You and I both know what I need to do. I'll get it done. SEMPER FIDELIS"
Emma Maier[Logan Gulo] of Providence, RI

"Matt, if you get there before I do, don't give up on me. I'll get there when my chores are through, I don't know how long I'll be....."
Logan Gulo of Providenge, RI

"You're not forgotten brother."

"CPT AUGUST, It's been two years I still remember you like it was yesterday. I missed you and thank you for your great leadership!"

"To Matt- Rest in Peace Warrior. You will not be forgotten, and your sacrifice will not be in vain.

To Matt's Family- I had the pleasure of serving with Matt when we were both brand new LTs back at Ft. Leonard Wood. I remember that he was always pretty cheerful and was a solid team player, more than willing to help out on any work that needed to be done. I was deeply saddened to learn of his death. May God bless you and your family, and thank you for the sacrifice that you have had to make. Our prayers are with you always."
Neil Craig- william.n.craig@us.army.mil of Ft. Bragg, NC

"It's five o' clock somewhere Matt"
CPT Rob Peterson of Ft Benning, GA

"heyy this is chelsea you do not know me but randall holden sent you solder's letter's i did know your sister mrs cargelo and i meent your wife she was very nice and you could of meent use to but .........."
chelsea games of warwick R.I

"To the friends and family of CPT August, Yesterday I saw for the first time the memorial to the 1st ID fallen in Wuerzburg Germany. I saw his name along with 1SG Hoffman and I remembered. The events of that day are always in the back of my mind. I'm truly sorry for your loss and that I couldn't have done more."
SFC Troy Thorne of Hohenfels, Germany

"In sixth grade we were pen pals..our whole class. We would write and send care packages to Matthew Maureen and their soldiers. Now two years later I still remeber him. He wrote to us his favorite color (blue) and his favorite food ( lobster). I would never forget how he chaged our lives. We miss you."
Ashley R. of Warwick RI

"I'm sorry I couldn't do more."
Spc Koepke of Ft. Riley, KS

"It was a honor to have served with Matt at Ft. Benning in the 317th Engineer Battalion. He is a true Hero! I will miss a good hunting partner and true friend. God bless all soldiers past, present and future."
Oskar H. Schlömer MSG (Ret.) of Columbus, Georgia

"It was a privilage to have been in your company .I only wish that we didn't let you down .Rest in peace sir ,Bulldogs never forget a friend ..."

"Jay and I will never go hunting at Fort Benning without thinking of you Matt. A year has now past and I still think of you daily. You were a good man and an excellent officer, Rest In Peace my friend."
Drew Sherrill of Statesville, NC

"Matthew, it`s been a year now, and you are forever in our hearts and prayers.
May god continue to bless all that knew you well.
I only wish I had the privilege too.
Rest in peace!"
M.Giguere of Canada

"To your honor and memory, you will always be alive in our hearts."
toby of Indiana

"Matthew August you are truely my hero"
Chloe of North Kingstown

I remember Matt well, and I know how much you miss him. He was a wonderful man and leader, and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Ramit of Killeen, TX

"Captain Matthew August, I remember you today, Memorial Day 2004, for your dedicated service in Iraq, and the memories I have of our service together in Habbaniyah, Iraq. I will always remember you!"
SSG Dave Edwards of Springfield, Ohio

"Captain August, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To Matthew J August's Family,
Matt is a model citizen. What he did for us was extrodinary. He died for our freedom and i appriciate that. I am sorry you had to go through what you did and even if i don't know you i know how hard it is to even fathom that someone you loved is dead.
I give you my support and love.
Jordan Zanzucchi of Dexter, Maine

"CPT August,
Rest in peace and may God comfort your family and friends. The Long Gray Line honors you and will not forget your sacrifice."
Cdt Jill Rahon of USMA, West Point, NY

"I was at an engineer's ball in Korea on 2/28/04. A friend of Captain August's requested that we all do the Chicken Dance in honor of his memory. Forever more I will think of his sacrifice when I hear this song."
LCDR Michelle Breaux, CEC, USNR of Norman, OK

"Thanks buddy. You made the ultimate sacrifice while taking care of your soldiers. There is no higher commendation. Thank you for your friendship and for inspiring me to be a better leader, friend and commander. You are a truly great leader and leave a legacy that will not be forgotten. Diehard!"
CPT Tom Snow of Ft Knox, KY

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Matthew, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"Matt, how far we have come up together. Starting our careers as young officers at OBC, then as Platoon Leaders at the 317th, traveling to Fort Leonard Wood for the Advanced Course where you took my son and I to the woods to hunt for turkeys, I have so many fond memories of you my dear friend. You have shared so many special times with me and my family throughout the years. You are a brother to me and will always continue to be! We had one more rally point here in Baghdad Matt, I will continue the fight here MJ and always carry you in my Heart. ESSAYONS."
CPT Juan C. Zapata of Queens, New York

"To Maureen, I want you to know that my family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I still remember when we first met at CPT Smith's house before you and Matt were married...it was my first social event as an army wife! Thank you for sharing both your lives with us. Matt was a wonderful and brave person and a respected leader and will be missed by everyone who knew him."
Katie and Steve Hayden of Griffin, GA

The Taylors of NC- USMC

"I am sorry.I share your tears because we have also lost a loved one."
Sharon Stanger of Overton, Nevada, USA

"Capt. August:
Rest in peace soldier, you will not be forgotten."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"I was a battle buddy and good friend of Matt's at the Officer Basic Course. He will always live in my heart as a hero. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife, Maureen. Thank you Matt, for making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all free. You will never be forgotten."
Chrissy Hicks (Berry) of Ft. Leavenworth KS

"Thank you Matthew August, 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 Capt. Matthew August:
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 Matthew 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 Capt. Matthew August:
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 Matthew, 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