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