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Capt Matthew Charles Hays Freeman

Born: January 19, 1980 in Lake Forest, Illinois
Died: August 7, 2009 in Afghanistan

Captain Matthew C. Freeman from Richmond Hill, Georgia was a 1998 graduate from Richmond Hill High School where he will be remembered for his achievements in tennis. He played on two final four tennis teams and played varsity tennis for four years and was a member of the Literary Club. He was also a member for four years as well as the president of the Student Council. In 1998, he earned the “Student of the Year” Award from the Richmond Hill Exchange Club. Matt was also an honors student who participated in Scouts and was active in his church. Matthew is the second in his family to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the academy in 2002 with an Aerospace Engineering degree. He received third generation Naval Aviator Wings passed down from his grandfather, Rear Admiral DeWitt L. Freeman USN (Ret.), and his father, Commander Gary M. Freeman USN (Ret.) His father graduated from the academy and was a career naval pilot. His younger sister, Ginny, is a midshipman there. Matt arrived on Okinawa in April 2008. A C-130 pilot, he was promoted to captain in December 2006. He deployed to Afghanistan on July 23 on an embedded training team. He was killed at age 29 during Operation Enduring Freedom. Though he was a pilot, he currently was serving ground duty in Afghanistan. Matthew had been married just three weeks. In addition to his wife, Teresa, he leaves his parents, Lisa and Gary Freeman, and two sisters, Ginny and Mary Beth. Matthew is also survived by his father, Mark Hays, step-mother Paula Hays and brother Harrison Hays.
Marine Aircraft Group 36
1st Marine Aircraft Wing
III Marine Expeditionary Force
Okinawa, Japan

Burial is at United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland – Columbarium-Sec 39 Site 2-A

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  1. mfreeman
    August 18th, 2009 at 16:34 | #1

    Captain Freeman,
    Thank you for your sacrifice

    The C-130 Hercules has never been viewed as a
    “glamorous” aircraft. However, when that tail gate drops and 100+ replacements file out, or twenty pallets of badly needed supplies roll down, she is as beautiful as anything with wings.

    When Capt. Freeman reports to the main gate,
    St. Peter will welcome him. When God needs to deliver a 40,000 lb. miracle, he often begins
    his transmission: “Herky bird,,Herky bird

  2. okiordie
    August 28th, 2009 at 09:52 | #2

    You were a phenomenal pilot, an outstanding Marine, and a terrific friend. Your dedication to duty, the pride you had in your nation, and the faith you always showed your fellow Marines is awe inspiring. I don’t have the words to express how much you will be missed. I think of you ever single day. You WILL NOT be forgotten. Rest easy my friend. We will carry on the fight. May God bless your family.

  3. SGK1212
    March 8th, 2010 at 19:18 | #3

    As a marine who served in Viet Nam, I say God bless the Freeman family. Remember this: It was written long ago that “the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike; and yet, notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” And when asked who will defend us, each will answer “Here I am — send me.”

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