Andrew G Matus

Andrew G Matus

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U.S. Marines

Andrew G. Matus’ teachers remembered him as creative and good with his hands. He was named the school’s Technology Education Student of the Year there in 2005.

He’s probably the best mechanic I ever saw, said Richard Manor, his technology education teacher, who called him a perfectionist. If you needed a part, he’d make the parts. He was very talented.

Matus, 19, of Chetek, Wis., was killed Jan. 21 in Anbar province. He was a 2005 high school graduate and was assigned to Camp Pendleton.

Hoping to keep his parents from worry, he didn’t tell them he was in Iraq. His sister knew he was there, but he didn’t want anyone else to know, said his grandmother, Virginia Matus. They thought he was on a ship somewhere transporting supplies.

Matus attended gun shows with his father, Gary, where he would buy guns and repair them. Other hobbies included weightlifting, hunting and fishing, said his mother, Donna.

He designed and built furniture and games to raise money for community programs. If anybody ever asked him to do anything, he’d be more than happy to help out, Todd Solberg, his former principal.

Andrew’s portrait is also located on Poster 2


2 Responses to “Andrew G Matus”
  1. I was LCpl Matus’ Senior Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego…

    As a Drill Instructor, we see so many faces and learn so many names…and many become a blur. I always did my very best to remember each and every Recruit, but I have to admit, sometimes it is tough! As a Senior, it was much easier…and I remember Matus.

    I just learned the news as I have been out of the Marines since 2007.

    My heart goes out to the family and friends of this fine young man.

    Semper Fidelis.

    SSgt O’Connor – Senior Drill Instructor – Kilo Company – 3dRTBn – MCRD San Diego.

  2. Andrew Ludvik says:

    I’m not surprised that he would stick out. Many of us make statements, and take verbal positions but often times buckle under adversity and fail to make a stand in what we believe in. Andy did make that stand. He had the most potential I’ve ever seen in an individual. With his skills he could have chosen a more luxurious, easier path in life. But he didn’t. He decided to become a Marine. He backed up his beliefs he had of the world. He was the best of us all.

    As much as I hate to admit and face reality, it doesn’t surprise me that he ended up making the ultimate sacrifice for his country, fellow Marines, and family. I’m honored to have been able to call him my best friend and truly cherish the time I had growing up with him through our youths. Yet I can’t help but remain disturbed and still wonder why the best of us was taken at too early of a time. These things aren’t suppose to happen to people like him. Good people. In my eyes, Andy was invincible.

    It’ll be 7 years in January since he’s been gone and I’ve realized that question will never go away. As a close friend of Andrew Matus and of his family, I thank you for your kind sentiments and for your service to our country.

    Semper Fi

    Andrew Ludvik

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