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May 24, 2015
I have Matt's picture taken in Australia in my personal hero room. My thoughts and prayers for you, the family and comrades of Matthew.
May 23, 2015
Capt. Nielson, you and your family remain in my families thoughts and prayers, especially this time of year. It was my honor and privilege to work with you in Iraq. You are a what makes us all proud to be an American. May your family and friends be comforted with the certain knowledge you made a difference in a difficult world. May God bless you and comfort your family. It is my great honor to have known you and my promise to never forget your service and sacrifice as well as keeping you and your family in our prayers.
March 07, 2015
March 05, 2015
Rest In Peace Capt. Nielson
July 04, 2013
We never met, but I feel we know each other and wave across the divide.
July 01, 2013
June 29,2013
In memory and honor of Matthew on the 2nd anniversary of his passing. We will always remain grateful for your service and sacrifice.
June 27, 2012
June 29, 2012
To the family of Capt. Matthew G. Nielson:
Matthew gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
April 23, 2012
To the family of Capt. Matthew G. Nielson:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ( the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
November 06, 2011
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who strive to send handmade prayer shawls and/ or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA would like to honor your son's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a shawl which we will mail to you. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses and what they would like to receive. We will send them as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address, as our organization can no longer get family contacts through the military. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
September 29, 2011
We will meet again....and we will have no more tears, no more fears, as we hang with Jesus...face to face!!!
August 22, 2011
Matthew....we were talking about your duties as a Fire Captain, now glad to see you got your Captain rank. I know I will see you again....too dang young to be gone....You remain a selfless individual who gave his all...Your reward in heaven will be great...
August 04, 2011
Our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Captain Nielson. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
July 27, 2011
Thanks to anyone who has written on this site. It does my heart good to hear the kind words people write about my son. I will miss him until the day I die, but I know with a certainty that he is in a far better place than I am and that I will see him again. If you, Pearl, are reading this, I remember him talking about his dancing lessons and you. I agree with you that he was one of the kindest human beings on the face of the earth. I too feel like he is not gone and will call any day. I am very thankful for his sacrifice and I know that he died doing what he felt was the right thing to do. I am also blessed beyond words to still have his seven siblings here on earth and that I am married to the most wonderful husband that any woman could ask for. God bless all of you that leave a message.
July 24, 2011
I hope the words of phase and thanks, warms your heart, know that Matthew gave us the greatest gift of all. He did a difficult job with little complaint, this is a true Hero in my eyes. Rest in peace Matthew!

God Star Mother
Mary Ann Soenksen
PFC Katie Soenken KIA 05/02/07
July 23, 2011
Thank you to all have posted on this guest book, it means alot to read your entries.
Heather Nielson (Matt's little sis)
July 21, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to Matthew's parents, brothers and sisters. Your son and brother made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.
Mom and Dad of a US Army Soldier. Omaha, NE
July 20, 2011
Words cannot express our gratitude for people like Captain Nielson. May God bless your family.
July 20, 2011
To the family of Matthew Nielson, I am so sorry for the loss of Matthew and I pray that God bring you strength, peace, and consolation in the days to come. An aunt of a soldier in the 113th Cavalry-
July 20, 2011
Thank you for serving our country.
July 20, 2011
I regret that I never had what certainly would have been both an honor and privilege to know Matt Nielson.

The tragedy of his death in Iraq is greatly compounded by the obvious fact that once he retutned to civilian life he had the potential to make major contributions to society.

My deepest sympathy to his parents, brothers and sisters. Your son and brother made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. We will long remember him for that. And we will long keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
July 19, 2011
Thanks for your Military Service to Our Country.
Past Commander V.F.W.
July 19, 2011
Dear Captain Nielson,
I want to salute you and "thank you" for serving and protecting our country. I am in awe of your courage and saddened by your ultimate sacifice. It is brave young people as yourself, that make it possible for the people of the United States to live in a country where freedom rings. My thoughts and prayer are with you, your family and your community at this time. May God Bless You and all the brave people in service to our country. Again, God Bless You.
~ MaryAnn Gomez, Omaha, Nebraska
July 15, 2011
CAPT. MATTHEW G. NIELSON You are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever.
July 14, 2011
Dear Nielson Family,
Our most heartfelt condolences for your loss.
Still in denial I’m waiting for Matt to reply to my last email.
I met Matt a couple of years ago at a Ballroom dance class in Killeen my daughter and I had signed up for.
As luck would have it Matt and I were paired off to put Fred and Ginger to shame. 5 weeks and some minor toe surgery later we decided to retire our dancing shoes. But that chance meeting allowed us to meet one of the most endearing and descent human beings on earth.
Over the many outings our family had with Matt we learned more about a man absolutely crazy about the Military, he even brought his Stetson to dance class once for us to see. About his home in Iowa, his church and the preaching’s of his Rev. Oode (should have asked him how to spell that). And mostly about his family. He had told us about some of the jokes he’d played on his brothers and sisters in the past. How a poem his friend wrote was an inspiration to him. You could tell though how much he missed and respected his parents. He lived his life within the careful guidelines that his mother and father carefully laid for him. We had many academic debates on topics that the average person would’ve passed on, Matt however attributed his culture and brilliance to his Mother who “taught me everything I know”.
When I took an assignment in Singapore Matt called via skype just to check in on how I was doing while he was stationed in Iraq, he wanted to visit the Far East and Australia.
I knew from the moment I met Matt that I was in the presence of one of the purest souls and kindest hearts on the planet. There’s no doubt that he made this world a better place and if you were fortunate enough to meet him, your life became richer for it in many ways. So precious was he that God invited him home early.
We miss our friend Matt.
Yours Sincerely,
Pearl, Chris and Jordan LaRue – Fort Hood, TX/Singapore
July 11, 2011
Matthew's traits and gusto for life were shared with me by my brother-in-law, Richard Nielson. The extended Thiessen/Klassen family in California feels the loss.
July 09, 2011
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Matthew will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt

SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
July 08, 2011
Please accept our deepest smypathy
for the loss of your loved one and
Hero Matthew, and our sincerest
gratitude for his service.
God Bless you Capt. Matthew G. will not be forgotten.
July 08, 2011
We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Capt. Nielson, and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of freedom and liberty. Sadly, America has lost one of its finest heroes, the U.S. has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage, which they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice Capt Nielson has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family and friends, of Capt. Nielson, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to carry on. Just as you were always with him when he was deployed overseas, know that he will always be with you wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Capt. Nielson was a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude. America will never, ever forget their sacrifices."

Capt. Nielson the flag of the United States of America has your blood sewn into the fabric; it shall wave forever in your honor.

Freedom requires sacrifice the protected will never know.

USN 1983-1990 RM-2

Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas
July 08, 2011
To the Nielson family and friends, please accept my sincerest condolences. I had just spoke to then 1LT Nielson the week before. We laughed and talked about him waiting until the last minute to complete his base closure items. We laughed and he promised me that when he went to the next base, I would be one of the first people that he called. Even though we never met face to face, his laugh was infectious. My prayers and thoughts are with each and everyone of you. Trust in the Lord and He will see you through.
July 06, 2011
Roger, Chris & Family--My prayers and support are sent to each of you. I have many fond memories of my nephew Matthew. I recall how he so enjoyed playing Star Wars games w/Nate, reading constantly, and of course, teasing his sisters like big brothers do. He also lent a hand setting the table and chairs for all of his younger brothers and sisters, helping Chris when he could.

He was a young man of deep faith; one who grew close to his God, and drew his strength to be of service to others by his prayer life. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for others; serving our country, laying down his life for all of us.

The example of Matt's unselfishness will not be forgotten.

United in our faith in the One who shows us how to Love,
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