Michael Charles Mettille
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Mettille, SGT MAJ Michael Charles Age 44 Of West St. Paul Passed away suddenly Feb. 1, 2007 in Tallil Air Force Base (Camp Adder), Iraq of a heart attack. He was serving as 1st SGT for Alpha Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. Michael served honorably with the Minnesota Army National Guard for 26 years and also served as a Federal Technician (MN ARNG). Survived by wife, Pamela; daughter, Mary; son, Thomas; daughter, Elizabeth; son, Michael; parents, Charles & Anita; siblings, Kathryn (Dick) Todd, Laura (Tom) Dreas, Linda (Michael) Spiten, Lt. Cmdr (Ret.) Frank (Chris) Mettille, Julie (Glen) Steberg, Nancy Mettille, M.D. (Karl Hedin) and Connie Mettille; mother-in-law, Mary Christy; brothers-in-law, Thomas and Peter Christy; sister-in-law, Paul. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, 11 AM, CATHEDRAL OF ST. PAUL, 239 Selby Ave. Military Honors Fort Snelling National Cemetery. "Stay strong and courageous." Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999
  
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To the family of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:

As you may know, the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation has honored your loved one at its Memorial Day Sunday worship service (each year in May) … since the time of your fallen hero's ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to pay tribute to our nation's veterans … lest we ever forget!

Now we would like to honor you … as the next-of-kin … who have also paid a great price on the altar of liberty. On Sunday 29 September at 11:00 a.m. we will host a Gold Star Family Sunday.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship … as we pay tribute to your sacrifice. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “By Dying, We Live.” The special music will be the husband/wife vocal/piano — Wickman Duo. Following the worship experience, your family is invited to attend a social time in our Fellowship Hall … with some light refreshments.

As this historic chapel has limited seating, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
Leila Campbell
August 21, 2013
To the family of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
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, 26 May 2013. 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 in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot 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, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there 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. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

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 (651/286-7296) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office ([email protected]) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 4, 2013
To the family and friends of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
It has truly been my honor to sign Michael's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Michael will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
February 5, 2013
To the family of Michael Charles Mettille:
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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 20, 2012
February 1, 2012
To the family and friends of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
Always remembering Michael. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
February 5, 2012
To the family of Sgt Maj Michael C Mettille:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country 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 our nation’s wars.

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, “A Believer’s Look at War.” 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 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 11, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
Please accept my remembrance of Michael on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
February 1, 2011
To the family of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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 “A Day of Remembrance.” 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. An honor guard squad will be on hand to 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 will be 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 (612/970-7866) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 28, 2010
To the Family of Sgt. Maj. Michael Mettille. My name is SGT Arthur A. Martos. My wife and I served under your husband as a Gun truck Crew starting September of 2006, as we had extended from our current deployment. We started "Tough Ombres" and he made us "Red Bulls." He was our the first impression of Alpha Co. That impression still brings a smile to our faces. In a difficult time and place he was an awesome individual who always had a peace about him that was contagious. He was an awesome leader and even better friend. I always wanted to perform my best for him because I knew he always put forth his best for me. He gave us a home in Alpha Co. We both think of him daily. He was a great influence on our lives even though our time together was brief. It has been 3 years since his passing but his memory and his legacy live on through us daily. "It's always morning in Alpha Company" and "Just another beautiful day in paradise" ring through us as vibrantly today as when he first spoke those words to us. Having been in his presence was a blessing. Having known him is a blessing. My wife and I have never told you how much we cared for him nor have we told you Thank You for all the sacrifices you made so he could be with us. We both want to say Thank You again. Our prayers have and will be with you.

SGT Arthur A. Martos
SGT Rose A. Martos (Metcalf)
Arthur Martos
March 28, 2010
Pam, I still think of you often, I think of all the support that you gave to all of us other wives during that deployment from hell. I think of all the hard work you put in on the FRG, and what a great help you were to everyone else. Thanks for that..

I hope you are healing, and growing in Christ. I hope that He has been glorified. You're still in my thoughts, Pamela. Take care.
L Mulholland
February 12, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
Remembering Michael 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
February 1, 2010
September 9, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 24 May 2009. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

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 “Answering the Highest Call.” 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. An honor guard squad will be on hand to 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 in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

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 (612/970-7866) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 23 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 24 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 1, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families. War does not discriminate – It breaks my heart to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,400 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at [email protected] or go to www.heropaintings.com. If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely,
Kenna
Kenna Larra
February 17, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
Michael 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
February 1, 2009
It seems like just yesterday when we were in country, arguing about maintenance with each other, working together to try and figure out how to solve the 108th problem, and generally coming to terms with the fact that we were going to have to spend another 120 days in theater. Hard to believe that it's almost been two years... I want you to know that I wouldn't change a single thing about our professional relationship, but I am truly thankful for having the chance to tell you about all the things I admired about you before you left. God bless and god speed, Mike.
Mark Martin
January 29, 2009
I miss you daddy.
Mary
November 20, 2008
Going to spend some time with nature over the 4th for you, Dad. I'll be thinking of you and all the Independence Days we've spent together. I promise to "listen to the quiet." I miss you so much.
Elizabeth Mettille
June 29, 2008
I consider myself very lucky to have known Mike. He was a thoughtful man and believed in people. He never doubted me when I doubted myself. I will never forget him. He was a great soldier and a greater friend.
June 24, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt Maj Mettille!
June 19, 2008
To the family and friends of Sgt. Major Michael Mettille - my thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. I stand in awe, respect and never-ending gratitude of his, and your family's sacrifice for our country. May God comfort and bless your family.
Cheryl
May 26, 2008
I worked with then Master Sgt. Mettille in the 1990s at Discom in Bloomington. He was respected by all the soldiers and will be missed. I was shocked to hear of his death and will be thinking of him this memorial day.
David Straub
May 24, 2008
Dad:

I miss you so much. My heart aches when I think of you still.

I love you and I miss you.
Elizabeth Mettille
May 19, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

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, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “The Price of Freedom” 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. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

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 (612/970-7866) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat. 24 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun. 25 May, a “PrayerVigil for Peace” will be held. You are invited to stop by and light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden, 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 28, 2008
You are still in my thoughts and prayers, Pam. Email me sometime and we'll visit again.
MJ Muellner
February 4, 2008
Again, I find myself at a lose of words...this past week has been very difficult, I just cannot believe its been a year...but not a day goes by that I dont think about Top and remember all the wonderful things about him. I put my uniform on everday and press down my rank in rememberance of him...he pinned me to SGT and what a great honor that was. Pamela, Michael, Elizabeth, Mary and Thomas, my thoughts and prayers are with you! Thank you!
SGT Alisha Gregoire
February 4, 2008
I WILL NEVER FORGET...
JENNIFER MUELLNER
February 3, 2008
It was an honor to serve under you top. I still think of you often.
November 27, 2007
Husband,

I spent time with you today at your graveside. Thank you for all you've given up for this country.

I miss you something awful.

Loving you so very much,

Wife
Pamela Mettille
November 11, 2007
I had the honor of working next door to 1SG Mettille while in Iraq. He was a great man. He always had a positive attitude and had everyone smiling. He will be greatly missed.
Heather Shue
November 11, 2007
I had the honor of serving with 1SG (Sgt. Maj.) Mettille during our deployment to Iraq. He was like a father to many of us, and the greatest leader that I have ever known. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
SGT Emily Schwalbach
November 11, 2007
i wish i could have known you better as your nephew. rest in peace uncle mike, you will always be remembered.
steven craig
October 24, 2007
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Michael will be burried October 19, 2007 at Camp Ripley. All welcome.
Pamela Mettille
October 17, 2007
To the Mettille Family
Mike will never be forgotten by any one who knew him. We knew each other for a few years and his motivation and thoughtfulness will help me throughout my life. He will sorely be missed by all who knew him.
Mitch Hellkamp
October 5, 2007
michael e mettille
September 6, 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 15, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Sgt Maj Mettille and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
August 7, 2007
You probably won't remember me but I lived across the street from you and Mike when you lived in Zumbrota (Pederson is my maiden name). I even babysat Elizabeth and Michael several times. I'm so sorry for your loss. I saw his name and his picture on a website and I wasn't sure if it was him or not until I did some more research. I pray God continues to heal your hearts every day. I'm very proud to know such a great man.
Amy Stencel
June 6, 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 FOR THE LITTLE ONES. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. GODSPEED AND SEMPER FI.

A PROUD MARINE MOM
ROBYN Garside
May 1, 2007
As the mother of a son (my only child) who is enlisted in the Army, I want to send my condolences.
Sandy Bonesteel
April 29, 2007
Greetings Family and Friends,
We show our love and support by honoring the life and memories of Michael Mettille. We pray for the family members and dear friends, and ask God to grant the family peace, strength and the courage to go on in Jesus name.
We love you all and continue to stand in prayer

Rambo Rapu
April 17, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 27 May, 2007. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

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, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering” 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. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

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 (612/970-7866) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org
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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 12, 2007
To the whole Mettille family, My name is Debbie Moore. My son, Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte was killed on Dec. 4th, 2006 while on duty in Iraq. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart truly aches for you and your children. We have 2 younger children also, and it has been so incredibly difficult. You are truly in my thoughts and prayers everyday. The sacrifice that we have made is unspeakable. If you would ever like to talk, please feel free to email me. I know all too well the pain you are going through, and I am so very sorry...You will be in my prayers, Debbie Moore & family xoxoxo
Debbie Moore
April 2, 2007
I did not know Michael but just wanted to express my deepest appreciation for his services to our country. I pray that time will heal your broken heart and you will be able to reflect back on many wonderful memories of a soldier who gave up everything in helpng others. A TRUE HERO!!! GOD BLESS.
Linda Clifton
March 7, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Carol Cline
March 6, 2007
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I did not know Michael but I know his sister Julie. We truly appreciate all he has done for his country and is a true hero in my book. My prayers go out to you during this time of sorrow.
Anne and Bob Lindner
February 28, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Mettille family in the loss of Michael. I did not know Michael, 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. Michael 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
February 23, 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
February 22, 2007
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to my family during this extremely difficult time. All your prayers, gifts and stories of Michael have brought comfort to myself and our children.

Michael was everything to us and his death has left a void that will never be filled. We were greatly blessed to have been loved by Mike and will carry that love with us throughout our lives.

Pamela, Mary and Thomas
Pamela Mettille
February 19, 2007
Pamela, Thomas and Mary

I continue to try to find the words to express my feelings over the loss of your husband/father. He was truly an amazing person, soldier, mentor, friend and father figure to me. I had the priviledge of spending a lot of time with him as we worked together each day. He has taught me so much and I know that he is helping guide me to learn and grow more. Everyday I find myself thinking about the daily things we used to share. I am anxious to meet the three of you one day as I feel as though I know you so well from the great stories Top would share about you. I think of you each day and pray that you will have the strength to make it through this.
Top-"Never Forgotten"
SGT Gregoire Alisha
February 18, 2007
Pam & the Mettille family;
My deepest and most sincere sympathy. My mom, Dolores Wesley is a sister to Anita's mother, Ann Stang. We strongly suspected that Michael was Anita and Chuck's son but were unsure until we read the obituary in the News Record. I know how proud you must have been of Michael and what he did for our Country. I also had a husband and two sons that served our Country. May you find peace and comfort knowing that Michael is home with our wonderfully awesome God.
God Bless your family.
Mary Majerus
Mary Majerus
February 17, 2007
Pam and Famiily,
My brother is in Iraq and served under Sgt. Mettille. My brother looked up to Sgt. Mettille and will continues to hold his memeory close to heart, as will my family and I.
A true loss to many many people and our nation. I send my thoughts and prayers.
Tabitha
February 15, 2007
Pamela and family-
I wanted to send my deepest sympothys in your loss. I can not imagine what you are going through! I never got to meet your soldier first hand but I did know you and heard about your soldier from mine. I know that he was a great man and will be greatly missed! I am always here for you if you need. You and your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all that you do with the family at Aplpha co.
Natalie Bender/Qaasim
February 14, 2007
“Soldier”
Written to Honor the Service of Our Fallen Soldiers

Soldiers write history, we pay the price
Many miles distant, you live the life
Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still

We hope and pray that all will find peace
In God, in the flag, in memories of valor
Gone now, our pride and courage you see
“An Army of One” our motto forever

Willing to risk all for love of our Brothers
We’re still Your Soldiers…and we showed the way
Our Lives too short, now pray for the others
Lived free died Heroes in lands far away

Deep within souls all cherished our Service
We’ll always have what some never know
Courage and Honor, our names forever
Lived life with purpose…just our time to go

We march in the Heavens with Honor and Glory
Missions accomplished we fought the Good Fight
Many years from now…we’ll tell the full story
Until that Day we will live in the Light

Our lives we laid down in a land far away
Still watching o’er you this night and by day
No need to talk…just know we are with you
There in your hearts and we hear what you pray

Yes we are your soldiers
Our lives we laid down
Still We guard o’er you
Still Duty bound

Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still
We’ll always have what some never know
Lived life with purpose…it was our time to go
Glen
February 13, 2007
Sgt Maj Mike; I am glad that I met thee through my soldier...my prayers will be with your family to help them cope...God Speed
A Soldier's Mom
February 13, 2007
To the Mettille family:

Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about the loss of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Vicki Spiten
February 13, 2007
Although we have never met, your family will be in our thoughts and prayers each morning when we wake and every night when we go to bed. May you find peace in the memories that you have and may there be loved ones that surround you and give you comfort. We will forever be grateful for the wonderful work that was done by your loved one, Michael... his bravery and strength are appreciated by our family and the entire country. God must have needed a HERO and so Michael he did call. May God hold you in his hands and give you strength. God bless you.
February 12, 2007
Dear Mettille Family,

Our family's hearts go out to you. We are very sorry for your loss. Michael is a true hero, even though he wouldn't want to be called one. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
The Family of Sgt. Bryan McDonough
February 12, 2007
Pamela,
I heard of your loss today and chills went up my spine. I haven't seen you in years but you made such an impression on me. We worked together at Fairview Southdale and I want you to know I always looked up to your strength and integrity. I think about you and your family often and my prayers are with you now.
Courtney (Schmidt) Jensvold
February 12, 2007
I am overly saddened to hear of Michael's death! I have been out of the Nat'l Guard for 3 years now, but Michael is one of the people in the guard that I will never forget! He was one of the few soldiers I could always look up to and learn from. He was an outstanding leader and had a wonderful heart at the same time!
God's Blessings to your whole family as you try to deal with the loss of Michael! My prayers are with you all!
Shelly Farley
February 12, 2007
Our family extends our deepest sympathy to your entire family. We are saddened by your loss and pray that God will comfort you in your hour of sorrow.

We are also grateful for the service that Michael did for his country and the citizens of the United States.

May God wrap His loving arms around you and keep you close to him during this time.
Gene and Beth Schommer & family
February 12, 2007
As a classmate of Michael, from Cotter High School's Class of 1980, I recall the wonderful person he was. I know that he was a positive influence on all who had the privilage of knowing him during his life so sadly cut short. God will truly reward him for the great soldier, husband, and father he became. My sympathy and prayers are extended to all those Michael left behind. God bless you Michael.
Tamayme Dean
February 12, 2007
My family and I are thankful for his service. We are saddened by his loss and we offer our prayers in support of your family.
Stan Radosevich
February 12, 2007
Pam, We heard about the loss of your husband from our son who is serving in Iraq. Although our son was not in your husbands unit, he told us that he was an outstanding Soldier, looked out for the well being of our soldiers, was respected and liked by all who came in contact with him. Our hearts go out to your and your family and will keep you and your family in our prayers.
Mike and Vonnie Larsen
February 12, 2007
Sadden to hear of Michaels death. My prayers are with you and the Mettille family. Mary Chambers (Formally "Heer" from Winona)
Mary Chambers
February 12, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Rich and Jan Linkletter
February 12, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sgt. Maj. Mettille. His bravery and service to country will never be forgotten. Thank you.
B C
February 11, 2007
Pamela and family,
I am deeply saddened by your loss. I haven't seen you or spoken to you for several years but I think of you and Mike often. We used to work nights together at FVSD and what I remember most about you is that you and Mike had a very deep Love for each other and were soul mates in the true sense of the word. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through but the memories of your life together and the pride you must feel for Mike's devotion to his Country will get you through this. You will always remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie (Harthan) Bultje & Christopher
Stephanie Bultje
February 11, 2007
To Pam and the Mettille family,

Our hearts were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of my cousin Mike. My and my family's hearts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

May God bless you all!

Dave Stang and family
Dave Stang
February 11, 2007
Dear Pam,

My heart goes out to you and your children and extended family at the loss of Michael.

I understand that Operation Uplink was an important organization that you husband supported. I have therfore made a donation in his memory.

While I did not personally know Michael, my son, Mike Knudsen, did and he told me that your husband was a great guy and he had great respect for him.

With sympathy,
Bonnie Seashore
February 11, 2007
Pam-
Michael was a HERO to all us Americans Thank you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless
Faith Courneya
February 11, 2007
Pamela,
I was greatly saddened when I came upon Micheal's obituary in the paper. My heart goes out to you and the whole family. A love like your is a once in a life time thing. You two were great together. I am so sorry for the loss. Remeber that he will always live on in your memories of him. He is now watching over you and your family.

God Bless you all!!

Susan
Susan Wines
February 11, 2007
To the Mettille family: I mourn the loss of SGM Mike Mettille. Serving with him at Rosemount was a privilege. He always set the example of a proficient, caring NCO and I will miss him. Please accept our condolences.
MSG Richard Kelso
February 11, 2007
Pam, I got to know "Top" this year and occasionally work with him. The more I got to know him the greater my respect grew for him. He stood for alot of things, all of them great. I am a better leader and man for having known him. His legacy will forever live on for the qualities he passed on to his soldiers. I had the Honor of commanding the firing detail for his memorial service here in Iraq and my soldiers conduct and performance were fitting for a man whose standards of professionalism and military bearing were undeniably high. Thank you for the sacrifice you and your family have made and know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. SFC Thomas Pesta C Co 134 BSB
SFC Thomas Pesta
February 11, 2007
Mettille Family~I am not an Alpha Company Soldier, but I worked in the office next to SGM Mettille. He was a great mentor and role model in my life. You should always be proud of all he stood for and what he was. I can only imagine how hard this is on you all, but please know that everyone here is praying for you. If you need anything please don't hesitate to call upon your extended Army family. He will always be missed, but never forgotten. A man as great as he was will keep impacting lives for decades to come!
Ashley Lapadat
February 10, 2007
Dear Mettille Family,
I don't know any of you, but I want to tell you I am sorry for your loss. My brother spent 21 years in the Army; Desert Storm and Somalia.
He made it home, others didn't. Because of his time spent serving our our country I have come to appreciate anybody who has done so.
I hope your memories of Michael help you through the times ahead. Please know that my husband and I have you and your entire family in our thoughts.
No matter how they pass, they are our Heroes.
Jeanie B
February 10, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

From what my son has told me, he was truly a wonderful man.
A Soldier's Mom 134 BSB A Co.
February 10, 2007
Pamela, Mary, and Tom--- Words can't express how we are feeling right now- memories of Mike (as I called him Military Mike) keep flowing----we knew we had great neighbors the day you moved in. "Big Tom" wanted to be an army man one year for Halloween-- and Mike gave him the gear to wear. Not only did Mike make an impact on this neighborhood-- but you and the children have as well- Hugs Pamela!!! Fondly-- Jeanice, Pete, and Tommy Hazen
Jeanice Hazen
February 10, 2007
To the entire Mettille Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. My the lord bless you and wrap you in his loving arms.
Barb (Kukowski) Sarvi
February 9, 2007
To Pam and the kids,

How does one begin to cope with the lost of a husband, a father to your children, a soul mate? The loss seems unbearable. One thing we all have is the memories he has left with us. During these first days, weeks, months, it is hard to imagine how one can go on and continue in any semblance of normalcy, but things do get “better”. Eventually you will be able to sit back and think of the great times you had together, the wonderful interactions with the children, and his absolute devotion to his job and his country. These memories will become a focal point of your existence. Edna St. Vincent Milay probably said it best, “The presence of his absence is everywhere”.

My time with Michael goes back some twenty years. I always saw him as a competent, caring leader, a friend. Yes, he most surely will be missed by many, many people, but he also left so much behind for us. My thoughts are with you and the children during this terribly difficult time. Grab on to those memories, take care of your kids, and keep Mike’s memory alive. Love.
Garry Hoyme
February 9, 2007
Pamela,
As this war has brought us together, I and Harley would like to express how much we have appreciated all that the 1st Sergeant(Mike) and you have devoted of yourselves, unconditionally and unselfishly to the men and women who serve this country and their families. We greatly admired and respected Mike. He clearly showed many honorable qualities of courage, strong leadership, pride, devotion, love, and respect for all who knew him. Pam, I observed these qualities of your wonderful husband and father through you in how you, yourself stood with a strong firm commitment and pride for him, how, through you I saw characteristics of a astute leader demanding total confidence, commitment, discipline, courage, support and pride from his soldiers. But most of all I saw your husbands' concern and respect for those who served and fought with him from day to day. And for his awesome, unending care and sacrificial love to his children that only a father can give, but, especially for the love that he had for you. I saw it as you spoke of him with a bold unfaltering confidence in your voice and the intimate spark in your eye. Yes, this Country has indeed lost one of it's Best, most Honorable, men, a Great man, SGM Michael Charles Mettille, just as God has now brought Mike, a fallen SOLDIER, one of His BEST, His CHILD home. Allow God to surround you and your family with His loving, caring, and comforting arms. Lean on Him. Rest in His peace.
With heartfelt love and sympathy,
SFC Harley and Kitie Hollenbeck
Harley & Kitie Hollenbeck
February 9, 2007
To the Mettille Family:

We want to thank you for sharing yourselves with each one of us. TOP served in Iraq with my brother-in-law and I have been told and experienced first hand what a wonderful man, soldier and friend he is.

Pamela your selfless giving to support all of us family members was an amaizing services to our country.

Kids, be proud of both your parents for what they have done for other families and this great country. I thank you for sharing them with me and my family!

Mike will be truly missed as a leader and friend! Thank you from our family to yours!!
Kim & Greg Deering
February 9, 2007
Dear Pam and Children,
I had the distinct privilege to hire Mike to his first fulltime position as a technician in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Mike was an E-4 at that time but I knew he would move up the chain quickly. Mike was one of the finest men I know. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family.
Steve Oelkers
February 9, 2007
With our deepest sympathies ~ we are greatly saddened by the news of Mike's death. May you find some comfort in knowing he as home with Jesus. Our prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Jay, Sue, Mitchell & Carissa Ditlefsen
February 9, 2007
It is with sadness that I send my sympathies to you, Pam, your children and,his older children and family. He served his country well. God bless you all and always!
Agma Bergmann
February 9, 2007
I honor you today, tomorrow, always... Thank you.
An American
February 9, 2007
Thank you for serving our country. May God Bless you.
February 9, 2007
Pamela,
Please accept my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry and deeply saddened for your loss. You, Mary and Tom are, and have been in my prayers and thoughts.
I honor Mike for his courageous contributions in the armed forces and honor Pamela for her courage to support her husband in his military duties.
Rory Huschka
February 9, 2007
Liza and Mick - We are so very sorry to read about the death of your dad. Be strong and eventually your memories of him will help you to heal. Pam, I only met you once or twice and I remember Mary when she was very small. I'm sorry for your loss too. He sounds like someone you can be proud of. Finally, Michael - thank you for your service to our country.
Liz and Brittney Kientz
February 9, 2007
Thanks for being a HERO! You will be missed.
Christina Rush
February 9, 2007
Pamela, Mary and Tom-Our precious friends and neighbors,

We knew Mike was a man of great kindness and love before reading these beautiful remembrances, but now we also get to know him as a hero for our country! Your family has left a permanent mark on our lives, one that can never be removed. Each of you has given the greatest sacrifice for the sake of our outstanding country.

Pamela-your work with the soldier's families is one of great committment, and you have touched so many lives.

Mary and Tom- you always show our children your beautiful smiles and play with them so wonderfuly. These are gifts your dad and mom have given you-gifts that make your dad shine through you both each day!

We know there is nothing that we can do or say to take this deep pain away, but please know that we are there for you all whenever you need...just say the word! May God bless you and keep you safe in His arms.

We love you-Bridget, Dave, Sean and Julia
Bridget Holmen
February 9, 2007
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