Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Maj. Matthew W. Worrell

34, of Lewisville, Texas.
Worrell died in Yusufiyah, Iraq, when his aircraft was shot down during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on May 14, 2006.

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"Memorial Day 2016:
Matt- Thank you for your service and sacrifice. NEVER FORGOTTEN."
Rick Taylor '93 of USA

"Matt is always in our minds, on our hearts; and if you read this Camille and children, know that you are always in our prayers. Around our house, almost everyday, Matthew is spoken of. Strangers you will never meet know the name of a man who impacted my life forever, as well as countless other lives."
Steve & Sarah Altomari of Dresher, PA

"To the Worrell family, thinking of you and Bubba on the 8 year anniversary of his ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. I knew Bubba from 2/17 CAV as a confident young Captain who led his troops into Iraq but I got to know him a year later when we were in Green Platoon together. Bubba was a fun guy, proud Texan and exceptional leader and will forever be missed."
Greg Cooper of Moulton, AL

"I remember Matt "Bubba" Worrell, often. It was such a priviledge and honor to know him. In a day when words like duty, honor, courage, and heroism are over-used, misused, and misunderstood, he continues to stand out as an example to us all of a true American hero. Here's to you, Bubba!"
MO of Pilot Point, Texas

"Thinking of you and your family today, Matt. They don't make 'em like you often, amigo. See you on the high ground - likely somewhere near Fiddler's Green. Gig 'em."
MAJ Todd Clark of Ft Drum, NY

"Camille, Jake, and Luke,

I'm current member of Major Worrell's outfit in the Corps of Cadets, L-1. My class and I are making a memorial for your husband and dad. I wanted to tell you how much Matthew means to our outfit here. He is a man that will live on in the hearts and minds of the cadets here. You should be proud to be able to say you are related to him. I know its an honor to be able to make this for him. God Bless you and your family"
L-1 Class of '14 of College Station, TX

It is now September of 2010. Matt still crosses my mind at least once a week. I am still saddened by his loss, and encouraged by his life. I still pray for you and the boys. Call me if I can help in any way, at any time. 719-963-3983"
Carl Walker of Yampa, CO

"My name is David McNabb and I am the father of SSG Shawn H McNabb who was a conbat medic with the 3bn 160th Soar at Hunter Airfield in Savannah Ga. I have chosen to maintain a flag on Major Worrell's grave as a tribute to another Night Stalker. He is in the same section of graves as my son who was also killed in a crash 26 October 2009. To the family....if you find flowers or a new American or Texas flag please accept this tribute from another Night Stalker. NSDQ"
David McNabb of Terrell, Texas

"There is a poem I want to share to the family of Matthew W. Worell. I never knew Matthew but I live in Austin, Tx and on one late day in May 2006 I was delighted at the Blue Sky. I was so inspired I wrote a poem titled Your Blue Sky. After starting the poem, I knew I had to continue packing for the move set for Memorial Day Weekend. I put the poem I started away. However, going through newspapers for packing dishes I found an article that hit a chord with me stronger than anything ever has before. It was titled "Served in Iraq with Night Stalkers Unit". Matthew's story of how he was apart of the aviation mission and the outfit of the Night Stalkers moved me along with the age of 34 in which he departed. Suddenly, I realized the poem I had just started that day...Your Blue Sky. I had been drawn to the blue sky and what it meant to me. Somehow I couldn't imagine that I found this article on Matthew's group who was struck down as just a coincidence. I took the article and cut it out. Although that was in 2006 and now we are in September 2009, I have saved both the article and poem telling myself that I would finish it and make sure the family had this. My misfortune is not as great as yours losing a husband, father, son and friend. However, part of the reason for the delay in finishing this poem and contacting you is that one month after I wrote this poem I became ill, resulting in now my disability. How God does work, I have turned my disability into an opportunity to extend on my poetry. If you let me know how I can get this tribute to Matthew to you....whether you want it through email or I sent it in the mail I will honor your wishes. From everything I have read Matthew did his country a great honor along with his family. God Bless, Christine Messaros - Email at Christine.Messaros@yahoo.com"
Christine Messaros of Austin, Tx

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Maj. Matthew W. Worrell:
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

"Camille, Jake, & Luke,

Please accept our heart-felt sympathy in your loss. Matt "Bubba" Worrell was a true hero. Having known more than my share of heroes, I recognized it in Matt at Texas A&M early on. He stood out as a quick read of any situation and any personality, and was confident in his sense of duty, honor, and country. I miss Matt's bright smile and infectious confidence. He will be sorely missed by his unit, the US Army, and his country. I am so very proud to have known this fine man and American hero. Dee & I will always cherish the time we got to spend with Matt & Camille at ATM."
Matt '94 & Dee Morris of Sacramento, CA

"To the family of:Matthew W. Worrell 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"

"I knew Matt as a new LT when he arrived at 1-7 all cocky, just like most LTs, but he was different you could tell. He was always willing to learn and an instinctive leader. He had a real love for his family, his unit and his friends. I will surely miss him. My condolences to Camille and the boys. God speed.

Floyd S. Werner, Jr. of Baltimore, MD

"Matt was such a wonderful person and loved his family dearly. I will always remember him taking the time to call me on my wedding day from Bosnia. I have definitely learned from Matt to always make family a priority. I love all of you and will miss my cousin dearly."
Alexa Evans of Lufkin, Texas

"I knew Matt while we we in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M / Parsons Mounted Cavalry. Great father and husband. I am honored to have been friends with him, and will tell my children his story to teach the principals of bravery and dedication.
-Brad Ince '95"
Brad Ince of Wellborn, Texas USA

""NSDQ" sir "Daps Rule""
Rob of Clarksville

"Matt you will always be missed and I will never forget how wonderful our friendship was. I could always get you going with one phrase "hookem horns" I will pray for your family and I hope the very best for them. NSDQ"
Mike of Clarksville, Tn

"Howdy, my name is Colin Robertson. I am part of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1998. I wanted to take a moment to recognize Matt, and his profound existence. I met Matt when my wife and I moved to College Station after serving in the Navy. My wife and I were new to the area and we were fortunate to have met him, and his wife Camille when we were knew to the area and knew no one. They were in transition and getting ready for his service in the Army to begin. He worked at a local bookstore, and she worked at a local business with my wife. Even though he had other priorities, Matt took the time to introduce me to A&M and the traditions of A&M. Not only did he show us a side of Texas A&M that we would not have seen without him he took me hunting on his parents ranch, had us over for dinners and movies with friends, and introduced us to Tab Benoit’s music. He and his wife were very giving and helpful during our transition into civilian, and college life. We had many conversations about his upcoming duties and he listened wholeheartedly to my experiences in the military.

He was a proud and dedicated man. I am glad to have known him, and feel the loss deeply. My wife and I offer our condolences to Camille, Jake, Luke, and the rest of his family. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Colin & Jennifer Robertson"
Colin ('98) & Jennifer ('99) Robertson of Portland, OR

"I knew MAJ Worrell as a Captain, when he led my comrades and I into combat operations in Iraq during the initial invasion. I can think of no other person, measured by confidence, competence, values or patrotism that would have been better suited for the task. You can tell that some men are destined to do great things, and MAJ Worrell was one of those men. I feel as though the US Army has lost a great leader and a great American. I will pray for the Worrell family. If he was half the father that he was a commander, I expect that they will have their work cut out for them. God Bless You and thank you for the privelege of allowing me to follow perhaps the greatest commander I will ever have."
Sean Jones of Merrillville, IN

"I knew MAJ Worrell as a Captain, when he led my comrades and I into combat operations in Iraq during the initial invasion. I can think of no other person, measured by confidence, competence, values or patrotism that would have been better suited for the task. You can tell that some men are destined to do great things, and MAJ Worrell was one of those men. I feel as though the US Army has lost a great leader and a great American. I will pray for the Worrell family. If he was half the father that he was a commander, I expect that they will have their work cut out for them. God Bless You and thank you for the privelege of allowing me to follow perhaps the greatest commander I will ever have."
Sean Jones of Merrillville, IN

"Dear Camille;
I am so sorry. I will always remember you and Matt when we were all in flight school together--especially the day he got stuck trying to get my Jeep out of the mud. I will always remember him as a good friend. I am headed to Iraq in 3 months. Love,
Peter Jennison (Flight School class of '97) (904) 465-7057"
CPT Peter Jennison of Jacksonville Beach, FL

I am so sorry for Your loss,I met Your Husband[at Ft Campbell]in june 2002,I
Have a picture Of him,{holding His Baby]
and Was a True,easy to get to know,and a loving Father.
I wish i had spent more time with Him,but did recieve a letter from Him over In Iraq,thanking,The Vets who came before Him in VietNam,for the support,We showed for Him and The Unit.
May God Bless Him.and You and Your's in this trying time.
And may He hold a Canteen for Us,when We,go too Fiddler's Green"
God Bless and keep You.
A Fellow Trooper.."
Paul G Thomas of Cincinatti ohio

"Camille and family--
My deepest sympathies on your loss."
Drew Wasson of Houston, Texas

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. "

"I never personally knew Matt, but he was still family to me. Because Matt is a Fightin' Texas Aggie and we are all brothers and sisters alike. We mourn the loss of him just as if one of our own family has passed. Lord, watch over the Worrells for us."
Sean Eubanks '97 of College Station, TX

"We are so sorry for your loss! "Bubba" was a good soldier and leader! He always made it a point to take care of the guys!
Eric of Clarksville, TN. USA

"To the Worrell Family:
We are deeply saddened by your loss. Matt was a true hero and our country is a better place because men like him were a part of it. You are all in our thoughts and prayers."
Maura, John and Elle Lammons of Houston, Tx

"Matt was truly a man of great honor and strength. I had the privilege of knowing him through high school and keeping in touch with him until a few years ago. He was so proud of his family and the accomplishments he had made through the armed forces. He will be remembered always. Camille, you and your family will be in our prayers."
Dede (Pillittere) Hoelscher of La Grange, TX

"I think this says it all - it was written by Mary Kay, Matt's Mother-in-law (speaking about the funeral in Dallas). "It was something to behold - over 700 people including the governor of the state! They shut down the interstate for ten miles. Camille is one classy girl - she was gracious, thoughtful, and patient through it all. I marvel at her strength. Coming home was hard - I spent last night pulling Matt's emails to read again - he was so sweet, kind hearted, handsome - when he entered a room it just lit up with energy - he enjoyed life. I am sure we will all recover from this but I just don't know how. later, MK""
Joe Ellen Rast of Knoxville, TN/USA

"To the Worrell family
May God Bless and keep you during this dificult time. Words can never repay the sacrifice Matthew and his family has made on our behalf.
In Christ"
The Mathes Family of Harlingen, TX

"Men just don't come any finer than Matt Worrell. He was a great son, brother, husband, father and a patriot. His tragic death is a great loss to his family and friends and to our country. May God bless the Worrell family."
Nancy Breshears of Carrollton, TX USA

"I am truly sorry for your loss. May God grant you the strength to face road the ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on April 24, 2005"

"Camille (& family)-
May God's grace and peace be with you as you cope with this unexpected tragedy. Matt was a true hero. Thank God for him and those like him who pay such a price for the sake of our freedom and peace. May you feel God's presence with you now. You are loved and prayed for."
The Friend Family of Katy, Texas

"Thank you Matthew Worrell, 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 Maj. Matthew Worrell:
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 Maj. Matthew Worrell:
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