Capt. Matthew Freeman, 29, of Richmond Hill, Ga., died Aug. 7, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Kapisa province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. Matthew was survived by his wife, Teresa Hess Freeman, his parents, Lisa and Gary Freeman, his sisters, Marybeth Macias and Ginny Freeman, his brother Harrison Hays along with his father Mark Hays. Matthew graduated the United States Naval Academy in 2002 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He joined the Marine Corps after graduation, and was promoted to Captain in 2006. He received the Bronze Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
“Matt’s strong enthusiasm for academics and extracurricular activities inspired others in the school to become more focused and involved. He was a leader who would work for others. Matt was passionate about life, his family and country,” said Richmond Hill High School teacher, Lee Ergle.
The Travis Manion Foundation honored Capt. Matthew Freeman through our Character Does Matter program on March 27, 2012, when we told his story to inspire 115 students at Villanova University. Over 100 hours of community service have been completed in Capt. Freeman’s honor.
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