Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Charles E. Matheny IV

23, of Stanwood, Washington.
Matheny died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 704th Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on February 18, 2006.

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"I can't believe it's been 18 years my brother. Not a single day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you so much. Nothing but love and respect. Until Valhalla bro."
John Bowman of Fort Worth Texas

"Veterans' Day is few days away. I will talk to group of Middle School students and will tell them why we celebrate Veteran's Day. I will tell them about you Chuck, your legacy lives on."
Blue 4 of Olive Branch, MS

"Well Son, here we are. 10 years! Wow, how can this be. Choosing to just remember and to love, but miss you more than any words I can say. Love you now and forever. Momm"
Dedi Noble of Canyon Lake, TX

"Well Son, here we are. 10 years! Wow, how can this be. Choosing to just remember and to love, but miss you more than any words I can say. Love you now and forever. Momm"
Dedi Noble of Canyon Lake, TX

"Never forgotten. Jan 1 2016."

"Loving you and missing you as I prepare to go to Ft Hood tomorrow to see your boot. I always get really upset going there because in my heart I think of you as living there even though my mind knows differently. It always hits me hard when I go there and don't find you. It cuts like a knife son. On the upside I am going to find Gary High there and that will be really special. It's taken me almost 10 years to come face to face with him and I'm still not sure I am ready to do it but I'm really excited and I just ask that you walk with me thru the day. I need you today as much as yesterday. It's going to hurt me so bad in some ways and then I know I will find an extension to you as well. Always & Forever, Love Momma"
Dedi Nible of Canyon Lake, TX

"Happy Birthday my sweet Son. Hope you liked the balloons. Great big hugs and kisses to you. Miss you more today than yesterday. Love, Momma"
Dedi of My Vernon, WA

"Always & forever, loving and missing you. Momma"
Dedi Noble of My Vernon, WA

"Remembering you on this Memorial Day 2014. I did not know you but remember reading about you way back then. It stayed with me all this time and I remembered this page. Rest in peace."

"Miss you, Charley. We all do.

"Hounds of Hell. Get in the fight." Team Geronimo forever."
SSG Kevin Capazzi of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO

"Son, my words won't come, but here are some that express my feelings on this coming 8th anniversary of your death. I love you Charlie and miss you so very much.

As Tears Go By...

It is the evening of the day,
I sit and watch the children play.
Smiling faces I can see
But not for me,
I sit and watch as tears go by.

My riches can't buy everything,
I want to hear the children sing.
All I hear is the sound
Of rain falling on the ground,
I sit and watch as tears go by.

It is the evening of the day,
I sit and watch the children play.
Doing things I used to do
They think are new,
I sit and watch as tears go by.

Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm

Love you always,
Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm ..."
Momma of Mt Vernon, WA

"I wanted to say that you will always be a part of me. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family. To your family, I would like to say that I could not have asked for a better Soldier, for a better Man. He touch the lives of a lot of people and he will forever be remembered."
MSG Daniel Odom of Copperas Cove, Texas

"John Bowman lets touch base.


Love you Charlie . . . ."
Dedi of Mount Vernon, WA

"Another fall day, and another tear falls. Missing you more than words . ."
Momma of Mt. Vernon, WA

"Hey amigo.. Its been 7 years since I have layed my eyes upon you. This world is a little more dark and dank without you here. I really miss you man. You will always be in my heart thoughts and prayers."
John Bowman of Fort Worth Texas

"Well Charlie we are about to turn over another anniversary and my heart is heavy. You were on my mind all day today. 7 years, my God where has the time gone. As my tears fall and my heart aches for you I try to remember. Oh Charlie I'm scared I will forget your face, your smell and your touch as time marches on without you. You live in my heart even if my mind quits remembering. I miss you and your love so much honey. i know you are still with me, but i miss your touch, your hugs and the life we had together. Son I am so very proud to be your Mom and my love is forever. You will live in my heart until it quits beating and our souls are joined again. Forever and always"
Momma of Stanwood

"I miss you so much amigo.. Football just aint the same. Will always hold you in my heart."
John Bowman of Ft. Worth Texas

"To the family of:Charles E. Matheny lV
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""

"Charlie, I miss you so much! I remember how excited I used to get when I was growing up and heard that you were coming to Canyon Lake for the holidays. You would always walk me to and from the shop and we used to play in the creek. You acted as if you were 9 just like me. And I think that's why I felt so close to you. You always had a smile on your face and I miss seeing it.
I hope you're doing all right up there and I want you to know how much all of us miss you and love you!

P.S. I LOVED the army jacket you had made especially for me. I don't think that I ever got to truly thank you for it.. I still have it and its in perfect condition! :) So, thank you so much. It meant the world to me.
One day I will get to see you again and I know that day will be just like old times!
I love you and tell Greatma that I miss her tons!"
Brittany Dejardo. (Cousin) of Kyle, Texas

"Happy Summer Son! The days are glorious here now but then all your days there are. I try to get outside as much as possible and feel the sun on my face. I so feel you around me then and just wish so much you were here. You would be loving the summer, baseball and all that is going on. My heart belongs to you and always will. I love you my precious boy."
Momma of Stanwood, WA

"Remembering you on this Memorial Day 2012. You must have been a great guy. I have heard so much about you through someone who loves and misses you so much. I hate we never met. You are a true Hero!"
J.H.B of North Carolina

"Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Susanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just canít remember who to send it to

Iíve seen fire and Iíve seen rain
Iíve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
Iíve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that Iíd see you again

Wonít you look down upon me, Jesus
Youíve got to help me make a stand
Youíve got to see me through another day
My bodyís aching and my time is at hand
Andi I wonít make it any other way
Oh Iíve seen fire and Iíve seen rain
Iíve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
Iíve seen lonely times that I could not find a friend
But I always thought that Iíd see you again

Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows itíll turn your head around
Well, thereís hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, Iíve seen fire and Iíve seen rain
Iíve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
Iíve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that Iíd see you, baby, one more time again, now

Thought Iíd see you one more time again
Thereís just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought Iíd see, thought Iíd see you fire and rain now

Rest In Peace Sweet Baby Boy, and know your Momma loves you and is thinking about you this day. My heart will always be broken."
Momma of Stanwood

"January 18 2012
to let you know you are not forgotten. rest in peace sweet soldier. so sorry."

"Charlie, Is it really fall already, and again? The seasons just keep coming and going and the years pass and I miss you desperately. The babies are all doing wonderfully, but I am sure you know about that. Our boy, Dean, is like a little tank man, and just all boy, Lindsey, is beautiful and painting pumpkins already, can you believe they are both almost two. Samantha passed her first birthday and looks just like her Momma. Her personality grows each day. Brian is of course the Daddy that we all knew he was going to be. Tiger is home, and I think he is visiting the boys, and I hope to have news from him soon. I bet the boys have grown so much this past year. High is home as well, but I haven't heard from him in forever, but that little Godson of yours, Gary Jr. has absolutely stolen my heart. He smiles and it lights up the room. His grin literally goes from ear to ear. His Mom is such a wonderful woman, mother and blessing to me. I made her something really special this year in honor of your last Thanksgiving that you spent with them. Son I miss you more than life itself, and while I know you watch over us all and share in our joys and sorrows, I would given everything for just one more moment with you."
Momma of Stanwood, WA

"Happy 4th of July Charlie. Missing you and wishing you were here with me to celebrate. Love you always and forever Momma."
Momma of Stanwood, WA

"remembering you~
memorial day weekend 2011
rest in peace.
not forgotten."

"Happy Birthday Charlie! We all love you and miss you and our thoughts are all with you today. Oh how I wish ..... All my love always, Momma"
Dedi of Stanwood

"missing you.

"Charlie, momma's going to Ft Hood for your day. So much to tell you when I finally do get there. Watch over us honey as we take this next step of our journey of acceptance. Love you always."
Momma of Stanwood, WA

"remembering you today- veteran's day- and all days."

"Charlie as the kids start back to school and the colors change I find myself missing you more than ever and thinkining about all the memories of your school days and fall time. Some we had so much fun and I miss that. The colors on the trees outside my office window have already turned so we are going to have an early winter and probably a cold one. So much has happened with us and all your friends, but being the social butterfly that you are I know you are hovering and well aware of details. As time goes by I have gotten to know more and more of your friends and son they are such a comfort. I just wanted to let you know I was missing you more than ever. Remembering that this is not good-bye. Loving you always, Momma."
Dedi of Stanwood, WA

"Oh yah, dnoblesr@hotmail.com"
Dedi of Camano Island, WA

"Peter, Wonderful to see you here on Charlie's page. . . I have thought of you so often and truly hope all is well with you and your family. I knew you were with Charlie that day, but I didn't realize you were one of his ball playing friends. Please send me an email when you are up to it. I would love to get to know you."
Dedi Noble of Camano Island, WA

"Charlie I second what Peter said about playing softball. You are a True Hero. Most people don't truly know what this day is all about. It's to take time and remember our brothers in arms. WE MISS YOU BRO!!!"
Brian, Sallie, and Lindsey of Marietta, Georgia

"Charlie, man I sure do miss playing softball and hearing that mustang. You will NEVER be FORGOTTEN. That day, February 18th, 2006, will always be in my mind. Love you man. Happy memorial day 2010."
Spc Peter Irvin of Fort Carson, Colorado

"Dedi...I hope you had a blessed Mother's Day! Truhe I miss you hope all is well!"
Dena Brannan of Hershey, Nebraska

"May his memory be for a blessing. May he be bound up in eternal life.
Rest in peace Charlie."

You are the best friend I ever had. For the years I knew you, no one was closer to me than you. Words cannot describe how I feel. Though years have passed I still struggle with losing you. I miss you brother! You have a special place in my heart that no one will take. I love you and I miss you.

I am so sorry that I have not contacted you in awhile. I promise you that I will be better. You will always be my other mother. I love you.

SGT Charles E. Matheny IV, you will never be forgotten!"
SGT Christopher J. Truhe of Lehighton, PA

"I am so sorry your mom has to wish you a happy birthday on this page. Please be assured that you are not forgotten."

"Happy Birthday Son!"
Momma of Camano Island, WA

"Here we are again Charlie. Another year has passed here without you. My heart still aches for you and I guess it always will. So much has changed while you've been there, but I am sure you know all about that. Especially the part about Brian making me a Grandma and you a very cool Uncle. Wasn't the original plan for either of us but somehow it seems right and I know you are as pleased by it as I am. The sun today was just like it was the day we lost you and I watched it out my office window and I thought about you and that day. That day I took a walk but today I just couldn't. Four years has passed but it still feels like yesterday to me. I will carry you in my heart tomorrow and for you son, I vow to try to think of happier times and remember the special love we shared. I can only imagine the party you must be having up there, but please understand if us mere mortals down here feel a little sad and miss you like crazy. Charlie I loved you yesterday, and I love you today and tomorrow I will love you even more. My forever will be with you, and until then I will remember . . Love Always Momma."
Dedi Noble of Camano Island

"charlie!!! i know im a few yaers late but i just found out. miss the good laughs we had and will miss you bro!"
Antonio Ross of Tucson, AZ

"charlie!!! i know im a few yaers late but i just found out. miss the good laughs we had and will miss you bro!"
Antonio Ross of Tucson, AZ

"Hey Charlie...sorry I'm a couple days late...just wanted you to know you were in my thoughts all day..but you are in my thoughts almost everyday. You are truly missed"
Dena Brannan of Hershey, Ne

"Charlie on this Veterans Day, we are thinking of you. My wife and I just had a daughter Lindsey Brooke a couple of weeks ago. I know that your looking down on us. We love you very much and I know that you will watch over little Lindsey. WE LOVE YOU"
Brian, Sallie, and Lindsey Marcouiller of Marietta, Ga

"Charlie, you will always be our hero and we will always love you. Remembering you always. You will always be in our hearts. Aunt Laurie, Uncle Don and Cousin Erin"
Laurie P of Bakersfield, CA

"Charlie, you will always be our hero and we will always love you. Remembering you always. You will always be in our hearts. Aunt Laurie, Uncle Don and Cousin Erin"
Laurie P of Bakersfield, CA

"My little brother charlie, I think of you so often. I remember you as a little boy in that baseball uniform. You were such a handsome little guy full of energy and as you grew up, our paths crossed many times. I kept thinking to myself "I need to see my little brother so that I could give him a big ol hug." I never got to say goodbye to you Charlie and I miss you so very much. You will never be forgotten and the memories that I have of you will stay in my heart forever..."
Marion, Jeseela, Aleas and Renisa of Dryden, WA

"Charlie- you are not forgotten and you will never be. Rest in peace.June13 2009"

"I can't believe he left this earth so young. Charlie was a good friend and great soldier. I served with him in Iraq in 2003-04. He would come and wake us up in the early morning to get to work on our trucks, he would always walk in with a smile saying "wakey, wakey" (I don't remember how the rest of it went.) He was so funny. He is greatly missed."
Veronica Mercado of Baumholder, Germany

"Tomorrow's a big day...we all truly miss you. I think of you everyday and the joy you brought to soo many people's lives with your contagious laugh. you are never forgotten"
Dena Moss of Hershey Nebraska

"My Darling Baby Boy,
How my heart still aches for you. As those that love you approach this, the 3rd anniversary of your death, may we all hold in our hearts the wonderful memory of who you were and how you loved. Your smile was like no other and your heart was absolutely pure gold. Know we all love you, and miss you and think of you every day. What keeps me going is I know you have kissed the face of Jesus and are in a place that I can't even imagine. Wait for me son, because one sweet day we will be together again and our hearts will be healed. All my love, always."
Momma of Camano Islanda, WA

"February 3, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Charles E. Matheny, IV:
Charles 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

"You will never be forgotten Charlie, your sacrifice was the greatest one can make, we are proud of you, go in peace my brother."
Jared Jackson of Longview Tx.

"Dena Moss, are you the same Moss that served with my son (I believe both times) in Iraq? Please email me.. . dnoblesr@hotmail.com Thanks so much"
Charlie's Mom Dedi of Camano Island, WA

"What a wonderful Soldier, and a great person, I think about you every day, you will never be forgotten."
Dena Moss of Hershey Nebraska

"you will never be forgotten-- you are missed so.
Rest in peace. 8/10/08"

"July 4 2008
You are remembered and missed.
Rest easy."

"Bless you Charlie- may G'd rest your soul.
you are missed/"

"I was in the same company as Charlie. I was with you the night before. I still think about you everyday. I just got a dog today and I named it after you. You are my friend, my brother, and my hero.

SPC. Brian Marcouiller of Newport News, VA

"Dear Charlie,
You are one of my heroes. I never knew you, but I know your spirit as it soars the heavens above. I know you were a brave soldier, and I know you were a loving son. As I promised your mom, you will never be forgotten, Charlie. I wear one of your tags with great honor and remembrance.
(Dedi, I don't stop thinking about you! You are always in my heart and in my prayers!)
Much Love,
Lori (aka "CleverLori")"
Lori M. of Seattle, WA

"Bless you. Never will you be forgotten.

"Thinking of you.
May your soul rest in peac.e"

"Bless you Charlie. H
Have a good nite. thinking of you as always."

"Another purple dusk of twilight's light
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky,
the little starts climb
Always reminding me that we're apart

You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is just a stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by. .

Missing you and loving you always"
Momma of Camano Island

"First let me say how saddened I will always be for the family and freinds of Charles. It was a morning I will never forget as I was there with him on the 18th of February and will always be there with him. He died at the hands of cowards who lacked the courage of fighting us soldier to soldier. He is a hero and will always be remembered as one for as long as I shall live. Charles is not forgotten nor will he ever be for the sacrifices he made to the team in Iraq.
robert_m_blunt@yahoo.com (254)698-6804"
SFC(Ret) Robert M. Blunt of Fort Hood, Texas,

"Feb 18. 2008
It is 2 years now. Please watch over your loved ones and give them the strength and comfort to carry on without you. You are so missed."

Rest in peace sweet soldier."

"I just happened to read blog about Charlie and was so touched by how deeply he was adored by his family and friends. I hope you all are able to find some strength to carry on with your lives. I know the pain must be crippling, but please know we will always remember Charlie and pray for him to rest in peace."

"To all of you who have and will enter a message. I am Charlie's Mom and for those of you who knew my son and have left messages, please leave your email address so that I may contact you. I will never grow tired of hearing stories about my Charlie. The hole left in my heart heals each time one of you contact me and tell me your stories. Thank you. Dedi Noble"
Dedi Noble of Camano Island, WA

"I dont know if the family reads this page, but please know that he is thought about and remembered. May he rest in peace. 9/27/07"

"I am so sorry for this loss. He will never ever be forgotten. I hope his family can find some comfort by remembering his wonderful spirit."

"Rest in peace. So sorry for the loss."

"I am so sorry for this loss. It is clear he was so loved and is missed so sorely. Rest in peace."
grateful american

"He will never be forgotten!"
CPT Rachael L. O'Connell of US Army

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

"Thank you Charles Matheny IV, 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 Sgt. Charles Matheny IV:
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 Charles 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 Sgt. Charles Matheny IV:
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 Charles, 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