Cpl. Matthew A. Commons (USA)

On Monday, March 4, 2002, of Boulder City, NV and Alexandria, VA, CORPORAL MATTHEW A. COMMONS. Beloved son of Patricia A. Marek and Gregory J. Commons and his wife, Linda Chapman; loving brother of Aaron, Patrick and Thomas. Also surviving are his grandparents, Harry and Margherita Marek, Martha J. Commons and Marvin and Judy Chapman. Friends may call at JEFFERSON FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5755 Castle- wellan Dr., Alexandria, VA (just south of the intersection of S. Van Dorn and Franconia Rd.) on Sunday, March 10 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309 on Monday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Matthew A. Commons Memorial Scholarship, St. Andrew's Catholic Community, 1599 San Felipe Dr., Boulder City, NV 89005.


Published by The Washington Post from Mar. 8 to Mar. 15, 2002.
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To family and friends of CPL Matthew Commons - he is never forgotten. Always remember- Ranger creed.
Maria Blazo
Mara Blazo
September 17, 2016
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also to let the Commons Family to know that we recently sent a donation to the Lead The Way Fund in the name of Matthew A. Commons US Army Corporal. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
December 19, 2015
Although I never knew Pfc. Commons, a flag in his honor has been hanging in my classroom for 10+ years. I don't want his sacrifice for me and my family to be forgotten. Thank you for keeping us safe and free.
Beau Davies
September 11, 2015
To the family and friends of Pfc. Matthew A. Commons:
It has truly been my honor to sign Matthew'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 Matthew will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
March 5, 2013
You have always been with me even though you not here. I still have a picture of us when you pledged Sigma Nu in college. I still have the box of stuff from your dorm room that you left at my house when you wen tback to Boulder City after the semester ended. You are my true hero and I will always miss you. You are a brother and I will always remember you. I take every March 4th off from work, I call it my "Matt Day". Thanks for allowing me to be part of your life.
Lucas Watson
February 25, 2013
End of Mission, Return to Base. (EOM, RTB)
Benjamin &ToniAnne Gardiner
September 12, 2012
Ten years have passed, but we miss Matthew Commons as much today as we did then. Peace to all.
September 8, 2012
March 4, 2012
To the family and friends of Pfc. Matthew A. Commons:
Always remembering Matthew. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
March 7, 2012
May those who love and miss this young man be surrounded by many good memories of happier days, and may they find comfort with one another as they commemorate this anniversary of his passing.
Kim Straker
March 4, 2012
To the family of PFC Commons:
Please know that just as your loved one remains in your hearts and minds, his sacrifice, and that of your family, remains with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his selflessness and bravery, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God bless and keep you always.
L Neal
March 9, 2011
To the family and friends of Pfc. Matthew A. Commons:
Please accept my remembrance of Matthew on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
Peggy Childers
March 4, 2011
Thank you so much for your service to this country. We are sad for your loss and hope you know that we will never forget you. You served in honor and in grace to protect our great country. May you find peace and comfort. Thank-you so much for my freedom.
Pamela Wiscombe
August 21, 2010
dear matthew, it as been 8 years since your passing. We were blessed to have soldiers like you protecting us and defending the nation. We lived in comfort and secruity knowing there are always heros to keep us save. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. You will forever be missed Matt...
pris geneve
June 4, 2010
”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 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!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
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 and Respectfully,
[email protected]
April 7, 2010
To the family and friends of Pfc Matthew Commons:

I will be forever grateful for the sacrifice that Matthew had given though I do not know him he will not be forgotten.
Thank you
Donna Gillette
March 7, 2010
To the family and friends of Pfc. Matthew A. Commons:
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"
Peggy Childers
March 4, 2010
Its hard to believe its been 8 years, but there isnt a day that goes by I dont think back to that cold march day we got the news. I know in my heart your safe and still watching over us all R.I.P buddy. RLTW
William Ware
March 4, 2010
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October 27, 2009
Matt Commons you are my Airborne Ranger in the sky. Thank you for your sacrifice.RLTW
D Shears
October 18, 2009
may you rest in peace and know that you are never forgotten thank you for your service and the sacrifice you have made
October 7, 2009
Gone, never forgotten. Rest In Peace
May 26, 2009
To let your loved ones know, you are not forgotten.
May 24, 2009
I was moved by your presentation today - you continue to do justice to the memory of your fallen son. I am deeply sorry for your loss and I pray for the comfort of you and your family on the anniversary of Matt's passing. His sacrifice will always be profoundly appreciated by me and our colleagues.
Joel Jepson
March 6, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Matthew A. Commons:
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"
Peggy Childers
March 4, 2009
I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Matthew. I drew Matthews name off of a memorial tree at work for the military that gave their lives for us. I am grateful for Matthew and deeply and sincerly feel saddened by his death as a result of our war. God Bless to all that knew him and those he didn't know. Happy Holidays
Jamie Taylor
December 24, 2008
Gone, but not forgotten!
Rest in Peace!
Diana B.
November 4, 2008
It is difficult to know what to say since I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Pfc Commons. Please know that your loved one is not forgotten. I wish everyone impacted by this tragic loss strength and peace. I hope that Pfc Commons knew that there are people in America who respect his great courage in serving as a member of the US military. Although I did not know him, I know that he must have been a very special person to be willing to do something that most Americans will never have to experience and for that we can never say thank you enough.
Thank you Pfc Commons!
R Collis
July 15, 2008
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Pfc Matthew A Commons. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close.

Thank you Pfc Commons for the sacrifice you made for our country and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses you! May God bless all of you!! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

You will NEVER be forgotten.

Peace and Love
In loving memory of my nephew
Army Pfc. Joshua A.R. Young
Diana Lozano
July 12, 2008
Greg Commons
January 26, 2008
M sincerest condolences on your loss.
shawnee (Austin, TX)
November 21, 2007
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Pfc Commons!
November 7, 2007
If this person can stand in battle to ensure my freedom, then I will stand in grief with his/her family to honor him/her. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guest book for the rest of my life, but I promised Le Ron A. Wilson (a dear friend KIA 7/6/07, 18yrs old) that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.

Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 31, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by PFC Commons and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 5, 2007
To the Commons family; I previously signed Matt's guest book. The article in the Washington Post today really touched my heart. Mr. Commons I do want to share with you that I honor you for sharing things about Matt with your classes. You must be filled with all kinds of emotions but mostly your heart must be so proud of your son Matt. I go to ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY usually I am in section 60. I do faithfully try weekly to go over to section 66 and I do visit Matt and Jason. Sir from the most inner part of my heart I am so sorry Matt was taken from you.
Matt tomorrow will be 5 years since you were taken. Matt you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten. I honor you.
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
March 3, 2007
February 27, 2007
I don't know you personally, but your father is one of my favorite teachers and he talks about you all the time. My cousin also died while fighting in the war on terror. I want to thank you and let you know that I appreciate you giving your life for our country...RIP <3
Denay Wood
November 13, 2006
Dear Friends of PFC Commons:

Ironically, this past Saturday I was lucky to find a commemoration bracelet on the ground with PFC Matthew A. Commons' name on it. Apparently someone was wearing it and since our cadets were training on IMT = Individual Movement Techniques (low&high crawling), perhaps it was accidentally lost and destiny made me found it.

I am an Army ROTC Instructor and it is my intent to learn all that I can about this great American and also to wear such bracelet proudly in memory of such patriot.

I will make sure my students learn about him as well and the importance of serving our country with selfless-service and loyalty to our comrades.

Very sorry about your lost...

Angel Santos, Jr.
SFC, US Army (Ret.)
October 16, 2006
Paying tribute to Pfc. Matthew A. Commons, with a Great Amount of Thanks for his courage, service and dedication to our Country and for Freedom.
May he rest, in the Loving Care of God and know that he Truly is an American Hero.
May God's Grace and Comfort continue to be with this family.
Those who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice, So Many and So Young, shall NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
My brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

"And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes,
there shall be no more death,
nor sorrow, nor crying,
there shall be no more pain.
For the former things have have passed away."
Revelations 21:4

May the memories of Matthew,
live in your heart always.
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
October 2, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Commons 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. Matthew next month will be 4 years since you were taken. I read where you and 4 buddies were in a 9 hour firefight trying to rescue a Navy Seal. You fought a good fight and Matthew you are a 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

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
February 23, 2006
Wanda Cobb & Family
August 10, 2005
Although I live in Virginia, I am a native Nevadan and a mom, and I feel that just through that little bit of commonality, I need to send to you, Matt's family, my sincerest condolences on your loss. Also, I am an Army wife and I know what it's like to have your heart peeled out of your chest with a loved one putting his (or her) life on the line for others. Surely God will bless Matt for his willingness to protect us here in the Land of the Free, and for doing what he could to help others experience such freedom as well. May God hold you in His arms, may you feel of His peace. Know that Matt served his God and his country, just as God would have all of us do in one way or another.
Diane Schumacher
July 13, 2005
Dear Mr.& Mrs. Commons,
I only know your Matt, and you, via my brother Gordon, sister-in-law Kathy, niece, Julie and Al, fiance of Andrea, killed on 9/11. I think of Andrea, and Matt, and so, so many others, especially today. Sending these thoughts from Wisconsin, with Matt's selfless sacrifice filling my heart. I wish you some moments of peace, someday, somehow.
shelley haberman casey
May 30, 2005
Matt, I love you and miss you so much. I know you and Grandpa Harry are watching over us. Grandma Marek
Marge Marek
February 27, 2005
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