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Old 02-23-2006, 11:18 AM
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CP.....My deepest condolences sent to you with deep sorrow for your loss.
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:30 AM
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Chuck: I am very sorry for your loss. You should be proud you raised a fine young man willing to make such a sacrifice. I hope you and your family find the strength and courage to carry you through this difficult time.
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:31 AM
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CP,

No amount of time or distance will remove from you the place he will always have in your heart.

In much the same way, nothing will ever remove the memory of him, and those like him,

the citizen soldiers who have made this nation possible from its very beginnings,

and to whom we all owe the greatest debt,

who have earned the highest honor,

and who have secured every freedom we enjoy,

from those beginnings until today.


With all due honor and respect my friend.

Regards ZZ.
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:33 AM
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Chuck, I've sent you a PM as well. Words on the 'net seem so futile for dealing with such a loss. My thoughts and wishes are with you.
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Old 02-23-2006, 12:06 PM
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My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Today thousands of Iraqi's live in peace and freedom from tyranny.
Thank you Charles

Today America is saved from the threats of terrorism.
Thank you Charles

Today terrorists are running scared.
Thank you Charles

Today Americans can live without fear.
Thank you Charles

Today Iraqi's can choose their own leaders.
Thank you Charles

Today we live in a country of freedom, supporting our neighbors in Iraq, sharing our freedoms with them, preventing acts of malicious terrorists, and making the world a better place.

God Bless Army Sgt. Charles E. Matheny IV
704th Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
You will not be forgotten.
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Old 02-23-2006, 12:43 PM
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Chuck, may God bless you and your family and keep your son close to him.
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Old 02-23-2006, 01:21 PM
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I wish I could thank all of you right now individually and I will try to do so later. I am so glad to know that Charlies' contribution and sacrifice is being appreciated by so many people from around the world. I hope he is able to look down right now and feel all of this love.
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Old 02-23-2006, 01:25 PM
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This is a quote taken with permission from a PM that Chuck sent me in reply to my PM to him. It's hearing stories like this that make me think there's hope for our race.....

.... He volunteered out of turn to go out on patrols who knows how many times so that his friends who are married wouldn't have to go. He kept all this secret from me, I thought he was doing a rear echelon job in a secured area. I want as many people in this world as possible to know that Charlie was one of our finest and of how proud I am of him.

Chuck
There's a very likely chance that there's a wife and child that still has a husband and father today thanks to Charlie's sacrifice.

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Old 02-23-2006, 05:17 PM
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I'm so sorry Chuck, he is a good looking kid, Geri's and my prayers are with you.
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Old 02-23-2006, 05:32 PM
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"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

I am so sorry for your loss! On the other hand, I thank your son for standing up to fight for everyone here, at home. I also thank you and your wife for raising a young man with such conviction and patriotism to be willing to make such a sacrifice. Amazing!

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Old 02-23-2006, 05:49 PM
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Chuck,

I can't imagine how you must feel right now, you have my most heartfelt condolences. My brother in-law served in the first gulf war. I have the deepest respect for those who are willing to make such a sacrifice for others. You should be proud.

I'd like to say more, but words fail me.
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Old 02-23-2006, 06:15 PM
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CP,

I don't know really what to say except that I'm very sorry. However, according to the article in the Seattle Times it appears your son gave happiness, joy and appreciation to the lives of those lucky enough to have known him.

I have also seen the loss of two friends in the service and for some reason hearing of yours brings back those memories as if they just happened.

You may not know this but I am in the transition of moving to Auburn. I spend my weekends at our house up there and work during the week at the lab here in Portland.

Even though I don't know you well I would be honored to attend the memorial.

With all my heart,

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Old 02-23-2006, 07:12 PM
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I wish I could thank all of you right now individually and I will try to do so later. I am so glad to know that Charlies' contribution and sacrifice is being appreciated by so many people from around the world. I hope he is able to look down right now and feel all of this love.
Chuck,

I really do not beleive you need to even begin to worry about how to thank us individually. As a matter of fact we should be thanking you for a son like yours that gave as he did for his friends and our country.

My heart goes out to you and your family and if you need anything just pop in here and ask.
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My sincere condolences go to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, but take heart in the fact that your son gave his life to protect our freedoms and ensure our safety. There is no higher honor. You and your family will be in my prayers.
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Old 02-23-2006, 08:11 PM
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CP-

My heart sunk when I came across your post a few moments ago. As mentioned in an earlier post you feel like family from all that has been written, shared, and read on RCU. Hard to have a close friend go through such an experience and not be close by to help.

Amazing how life works... that rare handwritten note will be something special forever.

Those serving to protect us in the military should always be in our thoughts in minds for their work and sacrifices. Often we take this for granted until a situation like this wakes us up.

I thank you for sharing your story and posting your sons picture - a true hero.

God Bless and know that you are in our prayers,
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Old 02-23-2006, 08:17 PM
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Chuck,

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I really am shocked. Sounds like Charles was an outstanding individual, and I would loved to have met him. I wish I had taken the time to come up and cut some streamers with you guys last summer. I'll send you a PM.
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Old 02-23-2006, 08:46 PM
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Chuck,

I have some small idea of the blow you have suffered. Last month, my grandson Kyle Brown was killed by a sniper in Faluga, Irag. He was a Marine on his 2nd tour. All I can say is, It's not right, parents are not supposed to survive their children.

The Marines did a superb job of supporting my son, Kyle was buried in Arlington beside other casulties of Iraq and Afganistan.

My son Rod has been forever changed by the experience.

My deepest sytmpathies, I take comfort in the thought that there is a purpose for all this.

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Old 02-23-2006, 09:18 PM
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I'm so very saddend to hear of your loss, I wish I had the words to describe..
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Chuck,
I just came across this- All I can say is I'm sorry and can't imagine your pain as I have four kids and it tears me up to think of loosing one. My heart goes out to you as well as my prayers.
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I am saddened to learn about your son's sudden death. You and your family have my heartfelt sympathy during this very difficult time.
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CP:
I am profoundly saddened hearing the news about the loss of your son. My condolences from my family to yours. It's heroes like your son that make our lives possible, and I am thankful for their sacrifices every day.

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Chuck,

As many have said, there are no words to express our sympathy for you and your family. As a brother in uniform, I know the sacrifices he made and can assure you that there are many in the world, American and not, who will enjoy a higher quality of life because of heros like him. I hope you can find peace with the knowledge that he left a mark on the world as a noble, honorable man who was willing to sacrifice all so that others may live. Please don't feel the need to thank all of us for our thoughts and prayers - we're the ones who owe you the thanks. His willingness to serve says a lot about how he was raised - you should certainly be proud. God Bless.

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My deepest condolences for your loss. Words aren't enough to express the feelings.
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:20 PM
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I am deeply sorry for your loss. You and he will be in my prayers.

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Chuck,

I am deeply saddened by your loss. Your son is a true patriot and an American hero who will be looked up to and always respected for his unselfish devotion to his country. You and your family have my heart felt condolences and will be in my prayers. May the Lord be with and bless you and your family.

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