A Small Town Mourns the Loss of One of It's Sons CPT Matthew Freeman USMC

I have always been proud to be an American, and proud of my 22 years of Service in the Army (yes all 22 of them from Viet Nam – Cold War – Gulf War), proud of my service with the American Legion, and of my Service as a Contractor in Iraq. Yesterday I can add unequivocally I am proud to be a citizen of Richmond Hill, Ga (not that I haven’t been proud before, it’s just moved up in my consciousness I guess). We are a small town in southeastern Georgia halfway between Savannah, and Ft Stewart.

A few days a go we lost one of our Sons, CPT Matthew Freeman, USMC, while serving in Afghanistan. He came home yesterday to Richmond Hill….

Richmond Hill Georgia 12 August 2009

The Escort
The Escort
Additionally Police and Sheriffs Escorts From Savannah, Chatham Co, Richmond Hill, Garden City, Bryan County and Ga State Patrol (not pictured)
Additionally Police and Sheriffs Escorts From Savannah, Chatham Co, Richmond Hill, Garden City, Bryan County and Ga State Patrol (not pictured)
CPT Freeman Comes Home
CPT Freeman Comes Home
We Honor his family
We Honor his family
Red Shirts for a Hero
Red Shirts for a Hero

Richmond Hill citizens have always been quality supports of our troops but yesterday was special; my personal thanks to all….


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I was holding the American Legion Flag as the procession passed by, the members of my American Legion Post, American Legion Post J.E.Lanier Post 27, with a quorum being present held a meeting on the spot and approved the following resolution to be transmitted to CPT Freeman’s Family.

We consecrate and sanctify our Comradship

Original Signed (click to enlarge)
Original Signed (click to enlarge)

We have been remembering our fallen comrades at our monthly Legion meetings since 9-11

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Keith S 7 years ago

Ironically, I learned there are some, perhaps many who are so insulated from the military they have no idea of what any veteran gives and cannot differentiate between a Marine and a soldier. It makes glad to see hubs like this that honor a fallen warrior.

I hope your readers take a moment and read A Most Precious Gift, and What is A Marine as In USMC (http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Most-Precious-Gift) and (http://hubpages.com/hub/Whats-a-Marine).

Even though I was not aware of CPT Matthew Freeman, USMC when I wrote those two hubs, they certainly apply to him. All I can say is Semper Fi CPT.


Daniel.Ellis 7 years ago

Those pictures really don't do it justice...there were thousands of people there lined along the street, an amazing thing for a town that isn't all that big.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tango Mike Keith 'ppreciate it Hooah!


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

it is great town. Thanks for share your experience about living in that town. nice picture also. like in the movie.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

It is at that prasetio30 thanks for the post..


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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

I had seen the video,..and I was so proud to see everyone show their graditude for this fine young man and support for his family. This is what America does - We stand together,.through the good times and even more in the hard times. Thank you for sharing this with everyone,..Peace is not free - Freedom cries


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank You Ma'am God Bless


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

May he rest in peace and God bless him for serving our country. That is so sad that but what a gift that Richmond Hill gave him what a homecoming. I have a poem I would like to share and you are welcome to share it with the American legion http://hubpages.com/literature/-Freedom-A-Poem-To-... here is the link. :)


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank you ma'am that is a wonderful tribute you've done as well..


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ezerine 7 years ago from Australia

thank you for your beautiful and passionate writing.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Ezerine Thank you for such a high compliment.


lynnechandler 6 years ago

I've been reading your hubs here lately John and this one just reminded me of a movie I picked up quite by accident. It is called Taking Chance and is the story of how our fallen come back to us. As civilians you never see that side of it and it was very well done. The story is of a Marine and how one man brings him home to be with his family again. He journaled the story and wrote a book about it which was then turned into the film. If you haven't seen this you should check it out.

In the meantime, keep doing what you do. As I said before, you are a treasure.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Lynne - Thank you for commenting, I will check it out, I unfortunately had that honor and duty many years ago when one of my soldiers died of his injuries in an accident. Thanks for your support to our troops GBY!

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