Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Matthew C. Frantz

23, of Lafayette, Indiana.
Frantz died in Al Huwijah, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on January 20, 2006.

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"Matt was one of my "kids" from when I was reclassing to Counterintelligence at Huachuca in 2004 - 05. My wife and I had him and another of our classmates over for steak about a week before they deployed. Till Vallhalla brother."
ErikGuidotti (SFC U.S. Army retired) of Monongahela Pa, USA

"Matt it is nearly ten years later at 0200 when I write this to you. I will never forget your enthusiasm and patriotism in the face of what we all saw there...Forever thinking of you"
Bulldog 2 of Some scared slope, of some battered hill

"I wonder where you are"
Kristin of Clarksville

"Matt, on this Memorial Day in Afghanistan, I am thinking of you. You are always remembered and I sure wish you were still here. Doing jiu-jitsu with you was a memory I'll cherish forever."
Eric Morehouse of NKC Afghanistan

"Frantz, it's been a long time, over seven years now. You're still not forgotten and never will be. I think about you every Memorial Day. We'll never forget a fallen Stalker, I promise you that."
Dave of Screaming Eagles

"Another anniversary is approaching, and I still think of Matt almost daily. I have very fond memories of him - especially the night he forced me to watch The Big Lebowski. Awesome movie. Matt, I still miss you."
Carson Knaphus of Orem, UT

"To the family of:Matthew C. Frantz
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""

"Still thinking of you. Making the right turn and 10 feet later. And Yazzie--I know you and Dennis waited for him. Check in with the fam.
All the love in the world"
K of USA

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Matthew C. Frantz:
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

"Spc. Frantz,

You're probably wondering who I am...My name is Scott. I just left a message with Sgt. Flanagan letting him know that I remember, and I want you to know that none of you will ever be forgotten. When you met me in Iraq, I was 1Lt Scott Perez, USAF. I was the Officer In Charge for your return home. I can't help but still cry while writing about these memories, but with Memorial Day closing in I feel now, more than a year later, to finally talk about this. I always wanted to know about you and from reading this site, you were loved by many. Your return home was honorable and thousands of your brothers-in-arms gave you one last salute as you boarded that west bound plane. It was 0300hrs and the winds were sub-zero. But there was not a burning heart among us. Spc. Frantz, you are a hero and I know this world is a better place because of the things you have done...and you paid the ultimate sacrifice so we all can enjoy the very freedom you gave your life protecting. Thank You."
Scott Perez of Myrtle Beach, SC


you will never know how you had helped me through my tough times, thank you so much for that. I miss you very much. love you!"
Amanda of New Haven, IN


you will never know how you had helped me through my tough times, i miss you very much. love you!"
Amanda of New Haven, IN


Almost a year later...I think I am finally ready to let go.

I love you"
Bridgett of Lafayette, IN

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrfice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"prayers are being said for matthews' family and friends. Its been 3 years since i lost my husband, PFC Shawn Pahnke. I feel your pain so deeply. May the memories you have of Matthew bring you comfort."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville,IN

"You were with my Dennis the morning he was killed. I know the pain of separation from loved ones. I dont miss that. I also know the joy of a soldier returning from a deployment. I do miss that. Wishing you guys could live forever, and not just in our hearts. Everyday is a painful memory that we lost the love of our life. Matt Frantz, thank you for your service. Hell will freeze over before any of you wonderful men in that Humvee on January 20, 2006, will be forgotten. God Bless the 327 and Keep them safe."
nursekristin77@yahoo.com of Edison, NJ

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. "

"Thank you Matthew Frantz, 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 Spc. Matthew Frantz:
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 Spc. Matthew Frantz:
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