Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Mathew V. Gibbs

21, of Ambrose, Georgia.
Gibbs died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his armored personnel carrier. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 648th Engineer Battalion, 48th Infantry Brigade, Statesboro, Georgia. Died on August 3, 2005.

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""And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb and beauty weeps the brave.""
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"I moved away after the 9th grade and when I returned I heard about Matthew giving his life for our freedom, the first thing I thought of was his freckles, red hair, and big personality. Now I drive over his memorial brige everyday to and from work, I say a little pray for his wife and daughters each time. Personally I don't know a loss like that and I would like to think I would handle it with grace and pride. Mrs.Gibbs I hope you and his girls are ok and doing well and always know you have complete strangers who think of you daily."
Joy Alyson Woods of Douglas, Ga

"It has been 8 years today since you left. It still hurts some days as much as it did the day we were told you had been killed. We all are missing YOU. very much"

"Always and forever"

"To the family of:Mathew V. Gibbs
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""

"Six years ago today we talked all the way across the world for so long. I didn't know it would be the last time. I miss you so.
Always and forever"
Gussie of Ambrose

"Dear Regan and family,
Our hearts are with you, while you brave Angel watches over you.
Very Sincerely,

Kenna Larson of Manti, Utah 84642

"It's been almost 6 years now. I still miss him like it all happened yesterday. The girls are getting bigger and growing up so fast. I don't really know what to say anymore except, "I miss you.""
Rae Gibbs of Savannah, GA

"god bless your family"
joseph a of port st lucie fl usa

"god blees you and your children"
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"Still miss you...Still love you...Always and forever"
Gussie of Ambrose, Ga

"It was grateful day when the entire town came out to give their honor and respect to my nephew. Every Wal-Mart employee was lined up along the road, and every hospital employee. 100 Harleys followed with flags in honor of their local boy. White-haired veterans saluted from their lawnmowers and while working in their fields along the procession route. He was our hero."
LTC James Harper of Sierra Vista, AZ

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,750 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion
P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Mathew, today (Memorial Day) at Lone Hill Church, Douglas, Ga., your name was called as being our "Hero". We placed your picture in the paper and it was sent by "Your Lone Hill Church" family. We watched you grow up in our little country Church, where as a six year old, it was difficult for you and your sibblings to be still and pay attention. However, we loved you and your sibblings and watched you grow up into respectible citizens of Coffee County, Ga. Although you are listed from Ambrose, Ga., you were our "Mathew" from Huffer, Ga. Your Mother,step-father and Grandmother still live where you grew up (in Huffer). You will always be our "Huffer boy", full of life and mischief. You will always be loved and missed by our community and we owe you our gratitude for your ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every Sunday, the first thing we see is your beautiful monument where many veterans have placed their dogtags on your grave site. Tomorrow, I will place an American Flag for you Mathew.
You are "our" Hero and we love you."
Maggie Crosby of Douglas, Ga. (USA)

"I am proud to say that my 12 year old son now wears a Hero bracelet with Mathew Gibbs' name on it. The Hero program has now brought Matt into our lives and I feel great that we can honor his life by wearing this bracelet. Thanks, Matt, for your great sacrifice for our country!!"
Tyler C. of Roswell, GA, USA

"Big Country, i think of you often adn of the cigars we had in Iraq. You will forever be with me!! MAJ John "Opie" Davis"
MAJ John Davis of Waycross, GA

I knew mathew gibbs and he was the most sweetest person you will ever meet.We all loved how he would twitch and he didnt even no he did it.It is 7-13-08 and yes i still think about him.It makes me very proud of him just to no that he died for our country.We should all honor him."
unknown of broxton georgia

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Spc. Mathew V. Gibbs:
Mathew 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

Your sacrifice is not unnoticed. Your girls are beautiful and should be proud of what you gave. Some gave some - YOU GAVE ALL!"
Sharon Preciado of Pearson, GA

"Dear family of Mathew Gibbs,
To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 x 20 original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families' loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. - The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Leah Hopkins Henry of Atlanta, GA

""The ultimate secret of life is the sure knowledge of death, for without it man would not strive to leave his mark upon the earth." Matthew made his mark and he will always be remembered for his courage and valor. I hope the memories you have of Matthew will sustain you and you will always remember that it was for you and his country that he lost his life in battle. May God Bless and Keep You Always!"
Melanie Brown Welch of Douglas, Georgia

"I am honored to pass Mathews final resting place daily. It is a beautiful tribute to our fallen hero, Mathew V. Gibbs. I am often moved to tears by thoughts of him giving his life for us. Thank You Mr. Gibbs and all your comerades who went to fight and are still fighting for our freedoms."
The Vaughns of Broxton, GA

"I went to West Green with Matt, I only knew him in 5th grade. Still he stood out in my mind. I just recently moved back to Douglas when it came on tv. I never knew he would have given his life to save mine. He was a great person, his wife and children must be very strong. My prayers go to his family, I know his wife and children must be very strong. He keeps watch over you, and loves you very much. May peace be with you."
Jina of Douglas, GA

"dear rae and girls my heart and prayers go out to you..i know at times its hard but just remember all the never boring moments when you are around "big country"...he always made you smile and laugh. Mack and i will truly miss country as well. love you guys...the mcmillans"
katrina mcmillan of waycross, ga.

"Dear Rae and Girls,
My heart goes out to you and all the other families that have lost their Soldiers. I can't imagine. You are so strong, seeing you gives me so much strength. You are one in a Million!! You are always worried about others than worring about yourself. You are truely an ANGEL and a rae of SUNSHINE. Always know that I'm here if you EVER need me, I love you sweetie."
Diane Roberson,FRG Chairman of Douglas, Ga.

"To Rae, Ariana and Arissa:
We hurt for you...We hurt for us...But I'm sure Mathew is looking down on us all wanting us to remember his face, his jokes, and wanting us to laugh remembering his crazy antics, smile remembering his big heart and sensitivity and wanting us to go on living...and to live large enough for him, too. We loved him. We are so proud to have known him. We love you and the girls. We have lost one of the most wonderful friends we have ever been priveledged enough to have. We will never forget him, his sacrifice, or you, the people he held most dear. Please know that you can call on us at any time. With all our love and deepest sympathy,"
Burt and Martha Ivey of Alma, GA USA

You are so special. I remember you in class and how you were always smiling. We owe you a debt of gratitude for your ultimate sacrifice for your country and our freedom. Proud of you!"
Cathy Latham of Douglas, GA

You are an American hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave Soldier. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mathew and may memories comfort you always. AMERICA SALUTES ARMY SPC GIBBS"

"We never know why God calls our loved ones home when He does. We must just accept it. A job well done soldier, rest now. My husband is heading over with the 48th to take up for you where you left off. For you and for our son we lost April 2004 in Iraq."
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, Ga

"To the Gibbs Family, I am so sorry for your loss, your son is a true American Hero. He will always be remembered and honored. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and God Bless Mathew."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"Thank you Mathew Gibbs, 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. Mathew Gibbs:
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 Mathew 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. Mathew Gibbs:
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 Mathew, 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