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The son of a former Belleville resident was killed Thursday in Iraq.

Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Clark, 22, of St. Louis, had served in Iraq for three months before suffering a fatal injury from a roadside bomb last week.

A graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, Clark decided to join the military after completing his studies there in 2002, according to his maternal uncle, Todd Chamblin, of Granite City. Clark had previously concluded a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Family members on Sunday most remembered Clark as a renaissance man, reflecting on his broad intellect, interest in history and honest charm.

"He was very intelligent," said Chamblin. "He spoke French and wanted to study philosophy. He could have done anything, but he wanted to be on the front lines."

While a student at Ladue, Clark immersed himself in the performing arts. He acted in versions of "Oklahoma" and "Universal Language," produced by the high school's drama department.

Clark's affection for theater, history and politics dated back to childhood, said his mother, Lee Clark-Hundelt, of St. Charles, Mo., who grew up in Belleville.

"He had a passion for the military from a very young age. He completely understood the symbolism of the flag and the uniform he wore," Clark-Hundelt said. "He wanted to be a Marine because he knew it was the hardest thing to do."

Clark also launched a local modeling career as a child. He appeared in ads for Venture department store and corporate newsletters for various companies. As a fourth-grader, he portrayed George Washington on the cover of "Abe Lincoln for Class President," a Scholastic book published in 1995.

"He was a good kid," Clark-Hundelt said of her only child. "There wasn't anything he wanted that a parent wouldn't want for him, also. We were very close." Clark's father, Ken Clark, a former Marine, died months after Matthew Clark finished his senior year at Ladue. During that period, Lee Clark-Hundelt remembers admiring her son's strength, faith in God and ability to comfort relatives.

"He had a very clear view of his faith and a very close connection to God," she said. "His friendships were deep and long."

Before joining the Marines, Clark considered entering the priesthood. After his father's death in 2002, the teenager grew a friendship with the Rev. Monsignor Vernon E. Gardin of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, a man he called a mentor.

"He picked up where my father left off," Clark once said, according to his mother.

Gardin will officiate Clark's funeral Mass. Funeral arrangements are pending at Kriegshauser West Mortuary at 9450 Olive Blvd. in St. Louis.

Clark is survived by his mother; grandfather Thomas Chamblin, of Smithton; uncles Thomas Chamblin, of Belleville, and Todd Chamblin, of Granite City; aunt Lynn Llanos, of St. Cloud, Fla.; and cousins who live in Belleville and St. Cloud.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 18, 2006.
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March 25, 2018
Semper Fi young Marine! You will forever be with your brothers of the Corps!
May 28, 2017
Guns Up!

Semper Fi
J. Ross
April 5, 2016
I still think of Matt. He was a student in my second grade classroom. Every time I drive down 270 I see his name and think of his cute face, his sweet disposition, and the sacrifice he gave for our country. God bless you, Matthew. Peace be with your mother and other loved ones. - Mrs. Craig (now Michaels)
Carol Michaels
September 14, 2012
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August 22, 2012
Still remembered,respected and honored.
December 18, 2011
December 14, 2011
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Clark:
Please accept my remembrance of Matthew on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
July 5, 2011
You still owe me a carton of Marb Reds.

Semper Gumby
Terry Dunn
December 14, 2010
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Clark:
Remembering Matthew on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
December 24, 2009
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
Donna Gillette
August 27, 2009
Once a Marine always a Marine. You followed your father and many other brave Marines. Thank You, you were and are the BEST. See you in Heaven.
Kenny Kaut
August 15, 2009
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Follow The Rainbow To Heaven.
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A Soldier had die out on the
battlefield;

Broken hearts are weeping For
Them,

But take comfort of knowing
that God had sent Them a
rainbow from heaven;

The Souls of the Soldiers
have gone to there home
in heaven,

Our Loved One's has follow
God's lovely rainbow in the
sky;

All the way to the end of the
sky.

That leads all the way to the
other end of the Lord's
house in heaven,

So just keep on praying and
trust that God will send us
that same rainbow in the sky;

Where Our Loved One's are
waiting For You and For Me at
the end of the rainbow in
heaven.

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February 24, 2009
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Kenna Larra
January 22, 2009
Your initials are on me forever in all the American colors. I miss you every day. Thank you my friend.
December 18, 2008
Thinking of Matthew's family always. God please be with those who loved Matthew and give them peace!
Laura Pawlukiewicz
December 14, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Clark:
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."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
December 14, 2008
In Memory of Matthew ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”


I did not know Matthew, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


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Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
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June 16, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Lance Cpl Clark!
August 16, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 4, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Lance Cpl Clark and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
April 11, 2007
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. GODSPEED AND SEMPER FI.

A PROUD MARINE MOM
Robyn Garside
February 5, 2007
To Matthew's Family,
Like another person wrote, we in Pittsburgh, PA were made aware of your tragedy by his fiancee Leah's Aunt, Lynn Cullen. She tells her radio audience what an exception man he was. Especially of how kind, intelligent and loving he was. And how he was so very loved by her niece, Leah. I have lost siblings, but still cannot even imagine what you are going through by losing a son. I have one child, a 16 year old son, and I pray that this war will be over so everyone will be home and safe. Matthew was very brave to become a Marine and serve his country. You must be so very proud of him! I know that no words can even come close to ease your pain, but please know that you have many friends in Pittsburgh that think of all of you and pray for you. I just wanted you to know how very saddened I am by your horrific loss. Stay strong and brave for each other.
Sincerely,
MaryLynn
MaryLynn Graziani
January 26, 2007
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Your family is in our prayers, that the Lord provide you peace and comfort. Matthew will live on in the hearts of those who knew him, and also in the hearts of those of us who did not know him, but honor him for his courage and sacrifice. Semper Fi and God Bless.
Lee Sirotnak
January 23, 2007
Dear Clark Family,
Even though we have never met I feel as if we are a part of a family. My daughter's fiancee was killed in Iraq by an IED on 10/3/05. I pray that you will feel God holding you as close to His heart as He has held my family this past year and a half. May you know His comfort and peace.
Claire Zawistowski
January 10, 2007
To Matthew's family and friends-
My family and I are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. We send our deepest empathy as we lost our Marine on 11/30/05 in Fallujah. We are comforted to know that our Marines are serving their country with such honor and bravery. We are so proud of our Marines and all of our other service men and women for all that they have done and continue to do to keep us safe and to give us the freedom we have that so many take for granted.
They are true Heroes and need to always be remembered for their selflessness and sacrifice to better our world. We will forever be united in the loss of our heros. We are so sorry for your loss and hope our words will ease some of the pain, and maybe fill some of your emptiness.
Yesterday, Today, Forever – Semper Fi - Marines!
Our sincerest gratitude for their bravery-
The family of Cpl. William "Billy" Taylor
2/6 WPNS
KIA outside of Fallujah 11/30/05
Joshua and April Morales
January 7, 2007
“Paid in Full”
In Honor of The War Against Terrorism’s Fallen and Injured Marines


Marines through and through, they paid the price
Six thousand miles away, we live the life
For which they paid with their blood, spirits and bodies
We will never forget what they paid in full

We hope and we pray that somehow their loved ones find comfort
In God, in the flag, in the memory of their loved ones’ bravery
They’re gone now but we see them still…proud, strong, willing
Covering each other’s backs… courageous, moving forward

What kind of love did they have for us to be willing
To give it all for the Black, White, Jew, Christian, Muslim?
We don’t comprehend but we honor you now and forever
You are Our Marines…some living…some not
Forever in our minds we will cherish your lives

Lives too short yet immortal they’ll be
Highest brotherhood of the few, the proud
They stand at attention, and we gaze with awe
Some know their names not, but our admiration for them
Flows limitless within us, between us

They sacrificed their limbs or their lives
Freedom still rings, a soft sound across the miles
It tolls slowly; all of creation takes note
Of the lives that were lost for people unknown

Out of sight but not lost; forever among us
The starched blues marching straight
Toward the place where we will meet them
Many years from now…how we loved them…
Well done beloved Brothers and Sisters…You’ve paid it in full
Always Faithful Marines, You Have Paid it in Full
Glen Nevogt
January 6, 2007
To Matthew: You are always with us my brother. Semper Fidelis.
To the Family: God Bless you in your grief and your son is a hero to this country and a personal hero to me. "Follow your faith straight to him"
Sgt. Michael Ryan
January 5, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Clark family in the loss of Matthew. I did not know Matthew, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Matthew you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
January 3, 2007
My heartfelt sympathies to your family. My heart breaks with each new name added to this list, and I am saddened by your loss. Know that you are surrounded by prayers, grace and the deep gratitude of all who live in freedom. My God hold you in his arms and grant you peace. Please find joy in the memories of your loved one and comfort knowing so many are holding you in their hearts.
Trudy Lowe
January 2, 2007
Dear Lee, My son is a corpsman with the 2/3 and he considered Matt his best friend. Please accept our condolences and know that you and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers.
Sally Oppliger
December 25, 2006
Lee, Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and your family with the loss of your son. From what I have read about him, he was a wonderful person and will be very sorely missed.
Eileen Van Steenwyk
December 25, 2006
L:ance Cpl. Matthew W. Clark
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
December 24, 2006
To the family of Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Clark, It is with great sorrow that I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences. Matthew will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Cordy Diaz
December 24, 2006
Please accept our deep and sincere sympathy on the loss of your son and know that he and his family will be remembered in our prayers.
William & Joann Hundelt, Jr.
December 24, 2006
From the entire United States Marine Corps family I would like to extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy. May Lance Corporal Clark rest in God's loving arms forever. We thank him for serving our great country & allowing us to breathe freely. May the good Lord be with his family & friends as they think of him often. Semper Fidelis "Always Faithful"
Joe Bryan Corporal of Marines
December 23, 2006
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the family of Lance Cpl. Matthew W. Clark, with a multitude of Thanks for this Brave Young Marine's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

The price Matthew and his family have paid, Will Never Be Forgotten.
May he Rest Safely, in God's Care and may God's Loving Peace and Comfort be with the Clark family.
I am the Sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago

Surely He hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrow.
Isaiah 53:4

May you find comfort and strength, in the beautiful memories of times spent with Matthew. Quietly and gently, may healing come, with each new day.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
Garnet Jenkins
December 23, 2006
Lee, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Like others I did not have the privilege to personally know him. I wish that I had. What a caring and generous individual he was. I know you are very proud of him. Please accept my sincere sympathy on your loss and also my gratitude that he gave of himself for our country. God bless you and the family. My prayers are with you.
Karen Karadja Silsby
December 22, 2006
Lee,

Matt was one of Mark's best and earliest friends when we moved to St. Louis following my time in the military, which had included a deployment with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines. And there was Priory, too, to make us feel a kinship with him.

Tears filled my eyes at communion as I placed my hand on the casket, and remembered times with Matt--particularly Mark's 8th birthday. Matt and Greg Vescovo came to the party, on Mark's grandparents' boat. Matt always thought up imaginative games for the other boys: On that particular occasion, he decided I was a sea monster, and the boys all tried to dunk me until I would go down to the bottom of the deep end of the pool and outlast them.

Today my mom worked at Birthright in Brentwood. She said someone came in this morning and said "What on Earth is going on on Lindell?" It was a good part of the city rendering honors.

May happy memories of Matt's life drive out the the pain of his passing.
Charles Hardy
December 22, 2006
In recognition of Lance Corporal Matthew W. Clark's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the Tri-Cities Tennessee, Detachment Number 969 of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.

SEMPER FIDELIS

Don Elseroad
Junior Vice Commandant
MCL Detachment #969
Don Elseroad
December 22, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Hero, and my sincere gratitude for his service. May God grant you peace.

The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

In memory of PFC Chase Edwards, USMC
KIA 06Apr2006
Renee Owens
December 21, 2006
Lee,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. His loss will bring peace to the world.
Dr. Kevin A. Rushing
December 21, 2006
Lee I will never forget you telling me that you found the something that was missing in your life when you had Matthew your eyes were so full of love. I am thinking of you and praying for you and I know that God is holding you in his arms.
Dayle Weber Barrett
Dayle Barrett
December 21, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Matthew's family. I believe that the US Marines lost more than just a soldier in that radside bomb. They lost a great person, and I'm sure Matthew will be rewarded in heaven for his good deeds on earth. It takes more bravery than any average man could ever conjure up to go to Iraq and defend our Country. Thank You for everything.
Robert Rice (Chamblin, Pawlukiewicz)
December 21, 2006
Matt was a year older than me and like a big brother growing up. He introduced me to my love of computer games as well as the all expansive human imagination.

After I moved we fell out of touch, as most childhood friends do, but our interests in drama, writing, and thinking remained the same.

I am proud that Matt worked hard for change in the world and undoubtedly made a difference, coincidentally serving in the same section of the USMC as my Father.

Matt is why Who I Am today and I will never forget, like him, to educate my conscience and follow it unwaveringly.
Mark Hardy
December 21, 2006
My
most sincere sympaththies to Matthew's family. He fought for our
country on earth and Heaven gained a real life Hero in welcoming
Matthew into God's kingdom. Thank you Matthew for all you have done in keeping America safe!!!
Laura Pawlukiewicz
December 21, 2006
THANK YOU- THANK YOU- THANK YOU
may peace, love and happiness fill your family during this Christmas week. A PROUD AMERICAN
Mary Nicastro
December 20, 2006
Lee,
I am so sad to hear of the death of Matthew. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers and you are constant in my thoughts since hearing about his death.

Please accept my deepest, sincere sympathies at this mose difficult time. God bless you.
Andrea Walz (Klein)
December 20, 2006
My deepest sympathies on the loss of Lance Corporal Matthew Clark. Many of us in Pittsburgh got to know Matt through conversation on Leah's Aunt Lynn Cullen's radio show with Lynn and Leah's mom Susan. He became to us "our Marine". We all shed tears when we learned through Lynn that Matt had been killed in Iraq. Thank you for sharing Matt with us. This world will be a little more empty without him. And thank you Matt for your service and sacrifice for all of us.
Rita Palmer
December 20, 2006
We send our deepest sympathy for the loss of your brave, courageous, son. No words can ever convey the the gratitude of all Americans, for the life your son gave in this horrible war.
Mark and Jeannie Lewis
December 20, 2006
Our sincere sympathy and prayers for all of the family of Matt.
Ernie & Mary Jo Verhulst
December 20, 2006
We are heartbroken and saddened at your loss -- everyone's loss, really. Matt was such a special, vital, funny and warm person, and we cherish our "carpool memories" of our many hilarious, insightful and occasionally deep conversations as we drove to and from Priory. We are praying for Matt and for everyone who loved him and will miss him always.
Barb, Joe, Cole, Eve and Grace Brumley
December 20, 2006
It is with heavy heart that I acknowledge God has accepted another hero into his Kingdom. He will always be remembered as such. May the Lord give you peace and keep you close.
My son is also in 2/3 deployed to Iraq.
Lance CPL Shane Ailant
2/3 H&S Co
sherry Ailant
December 19, 2006
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your brave courageous son. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you in your difficult days ahead.
Judy Fickes
December 19, 2006
Although we have never met we are very sorry to read of your loss. Please accept our sympathy. May God give you comfort during this difficult time.
Norman and Mabelene Virden
December 19, 2006
My deepest sympathies on the passing of Matthew. He was truly a hero in my book and always will be. May God bless your family.
Paula Burrow
December 19, 2006
My heart goes out to the family, I am praying for all of you, what a sad loss.

With love,

Marienhagen, Germany
Sara Lewis Klappert
December 18, 2006
To the family of Matthew Clark, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss
kim stamm
December 18, 2006
Although I do not know your family, please accept my condolences in the loss of your loved one. I am a grandma of a soldier and I'm very proud of our troops.
Barb
December 18, 2006
WHAT GREAT LOSS TO YOU AND OUR COUNTRY. I WILL KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS AT THIS TIME OF GREAT SADNESS. MOTHER OF A FELLOW SOLIDER
TERI DELLAMANO
December 18, 2006
Our prayers are with your family at this time of great loss.

Your friends at
Signal Hill United Methodist Church
Rev. Ray Long
December 18, 2006
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Mr & Mrs Roy (Dorothy) Nunn
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