Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Matthew D. Conley

21, of Killen, Alabama.
Conley died when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on February 18, 2006.

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Ernest of Singapore

"Hello - I only became aware of Matt via the music of Jason Isbell. I think the song speaks for all of the fallen, both in the US & UK and elsewhere. I hope you and your fallen comrades will never be forgotten for your sacrifice. If only our Politicians had as much Honour."
Tris Robinson of Nottingham United Kingdom

"To the family of Matthew D. Conley I am deeply sorry for your lost. I am 17 from new York in my Social studies class we have been honoring those who served. My teacher gave me a project to create a memorial for a fallen veteran and I chose your son. His story touched me and stood out. God bless. He will never be forgotten. He Will always be a hero!"
Stephanie M of New Rochelle , NY

"To the family of:Matthew D. Conley
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""

"Matthew was a dear friend of mine. I was his medic in Iraq the night he was lost. I will remember forever the courage and commitment he instilled in us. The world lost a great man that day. I hope the family finds peace in the fact that Matthew will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of everyone he ever met."
Erik Barden of elizabethtown, Ky

"Matthew was a dear cousin of mine that I never had a chance to meet in his short life. I am lighting a candle for him and the others members of the military that we have lost."
Christine Jackson of Big Sandy, Tennessee/USA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"I think about Matt very often, He was one of the Marine Corps finest. I can see Matt at 4 or 5 years old, freckle faced,barefooted, no shirt, and just smiling. He enjoyed life so much. I miss Matt. His sacrifice was so great. May his soul rest in Peace."
John Machtolff of Killen, Al

"June 1, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Matthew D. Conley:
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 would just like to say thank you 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!"

"You were remembered and honored at our Conley family reunion in August in Seneca Falls, NY."
Linda CONLEY Ballard of Manhattan Beach, CA USA

"Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I am one of those who believes in the cuase and believes in the soldiers. I never knew Matthew, but we share a name."
Linda Ballard of Manhattan Beach, CA USA!

"My brother served with Conley in Iraq. I know he was a great man and would do anything for his brothers. This nation suffered a great loss in his death but he will never be forgotten!!!"
Telora of Lacey's Spring, AL

"How proud you must be of the sacifice Matt made. Long after this war is over his memory will remain, through that beautiful smile that Catherine inherited from her Dad,and loving family friends that miss him so much.(Matt)we miss you and we'll see you again in the lords time. Semper FI!!!! because you were truly faithful to your Country. Love "03""
Daniel of Rogersville,AL


"On behalf of the Family and Friends of Matt I would just like to say thank you to each of you who have left us messages and prayed for us each day. We still need your prayers probably now more than ever! I thought as the days went by things would get easier but that hasnt been the case! Everytime I see that BEAUTIFUL baby girl of his I think of how hard its goin to be to tell her what a great man her daddy was! There are no words to say what he means to this country and especially us!He will definantly be in our hearts forever! But please continue to remember us that we will be able to move on and to help Catherine Mattison know that her daddy LOVED her with all his heart!"
Heather of Rogersville, AL

"I was married on Feb 18, 2006, never thinking that a brave young man might be giving his life to keep us free and able to do those things that we take for granted everyday. I want your family to know that my aniversary will now mean so much more to us because of Matthews bravery. It is Memorial Day and I never knew you, but I thank you and your family for your sacrifice. My heart is breaking for you and I wish there was something I could do to comfort you."
E Conlon of California

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

"To Mr. & Mrs. Conley and wife Nicole,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that Matt will forever be in our hearts and thoughts as we visit his gravesite every Sunday. We will keep you all in our prayers. We will also keep Matts newborn daughter in our prayers daily. We thank you for your sacrifice for it is with great honor and courage that Matt served our country proudly and will forever be remembered as a Marine with courage,strength, and pride. Semper Fi !"
Mr. & Mrs. Romans of Muscle Shoals, Al

"Thank you Matthew Conley, 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. Matthew Conley:
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 Cpl. Matthew Conley:
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