His whereabouts had been unknown since June 28. All photos uploaded successfully, click on the Done button to see the photos in the gallery. The foundation seeks to provide academic scholarships and financial opportunities to deserving members of the armed services, in honor of Matt. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. His peers gave him the nickname "Flying Officer Leonard Baldy". Matt Axelson was buried at the Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico, California. PO2 Matthew Axelson’s remains were found during a combat search and rescue operation on July 10, 2005. To add a flower, click the “Leave a Flower” button. He was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Leonard Frank Baldy (February 15, 1927 – May 2, 1960) was a Chicago Police Department officer who became the city's first helicopter traffic reporter. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, a tribute to all veterans, featuring a statue of Petty Officer Matthew Axelson of Chico, and his SEAL teammate James Suh, both of … Are you sure that you want to report this flower to administrators as offensive or abusive? Sorry! This memorial has been copied to your clipboard. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during Operation Red Wings, in which he was killed. © 2020 Pritzker Military Museum & LibraryDisclaimer | Contact, CONTACT You can still file a request but no one will be notified. The MH-47 Chinook Helicopter sent to the team’s aid was shot down, killing all 16 passengers. You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. Personal life Cupertino, Santa Clara County, California, USA. 23K likes. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. He gallantly gave his life for the cause of freedom." (Photo: Navy) Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Team Leader Michael Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. Petty Officer Axelson demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. Memorial Provided by the U.S. Navy, Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL. databases? Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? Photo requests are not allowed for this memorial. 104 S. Michigan Ave. Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.'. He was assigned to a West Coast based SEAL team. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. Family members linked to this person will appear here. The photographs and stories in this room honor those SEALs who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of the war on terror, and are displayed in chronological order of their sacrifice, from left to right. back to back. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy and Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson, in Afghanistan. Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago, About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Commemorate Their Service Honorial and Memorial, Book: History and Heritage of US Navy SEALs, Lt. General H.R. He was deployed to Afghanistan in March. Matthew Axelson Foundation. Navy Secretary Donald Winter presented the widows of Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson and Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Danny Dietz with their husbands’ Navy Crosses on Wednesday evening at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. Looking for our EBSCO Try again later. This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. ... Donna and Cordell Axelson were the driving force behind a memorial … Try again later. For help using the website visit our help page or contact support@findagrave.com. I thought you might like to see a memorial for Matthew Gene Axelson I found on Findagrave.com. Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial? GREAT NEWS! Try again later. S02 Matthew Axelson. Thanks for your help! SEALs are tough, but they have the same physiology as everyone else. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. He was born in Chicago to the Rev. Operating in the middle of an enemy-controlled area, in extremely rugged terrain, his Special Reconnaissance element was tasked with locating a high-level Anti-Coalition Militia leader, in support of a follow-on direct action mission to disrupt enemy activity. Admission is free for members and all visitors with active military ID. McMaster: Harbingers of Future War. Coalition forces located the service member while conducting a combat search and rescue operation July 10, 2005 in Kunar province. No animated GIFs, photos with additional graphics (borders, embellishments. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. The SEALs, Lt. Michael Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell had a vital task. We have 2 volunteers within ten miles of your requested photo location. GREAT NEWS! Year should not be greater than current year. Matthew Axelson, 29, was one of four Navy SEALs taking part in Operation Red Wing, a secret mission in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, head of an insurgent group known as the “Mountain Tigers.” The SEAL unit was betrayed to the Taliban, which attacked with a force of more than 40 men. Please contact Find a Grave at support@findagrave.com if you need help resetting your password. In the days, months, and years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Navy SEALs have been called upon more so than ever to employ their unique set of skills in accomplishing our nation’s most dangerous and covert operations. According to HM1 Luttrell, PO2 Axelson had three magazines remaining when the blast took place. Make sure that the file is a photo. Matt earned a degree in political science from California State University-Chico. For me, the mental Operation Red Wings countdown begins in May. On this 8th year of Remembrance of the sacrifice of Navy Cross Recipient Navy Seal Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Axelson, we hold up his family - … A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on Terror. The element was conducting reconnaissance when their position was compromised and ambushed by overwhelming Taliban forces. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. A champion of freedom, Petty Officer Axelson will be remembered for his self-sacrificing actions in the continuing Global War on Terrorism. Your Scrapbook is currently empty. We have a volunteer within fifty miles of your requested photo location. We have a volunteer within ten miles of your requested photo location. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson. Demonstrating exceptional resolve and fully understanding the gravity of the situation, Petty Officer Axelson's element bravely engaged the militia, who held both a numerical and positional advantage. On 28 June 2005, the element was spotted by Anti-Coalition Militia sympathizers, who immediately revealed their position to the militia fighters. Oops, we were unable to send the email. He was discovered by a group of American pararescuemen during a search and rescue operation and returned to the United States. Share this memorial using social media sites or email. Please reset your password. For Edits select Suggest Edits on the memorial page. Thank you for fulfilling this photo request. Elof Martin Axelson and Nellie Anderson Axelson. Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. The ensuring firefight lasted over an hour and claimed the lives of three of the four SEALs. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. We have 2 volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Drag images here or select from your computer for Matthew Gene Axelson memorial. With total disregard for his own life and thinking only of his teammate's survival, he continued to attack the enemy, eliminating additional militia fighters, until he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. The four SEALs were scouting Ahmad Shah – a terrorist in his mid-30s who grew up in the adjacent mountains just to the south. From that SEAL team, Petty Officers Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson posthumously received the Navy Cross; Lt. Michael P. Murphy posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the first to be awarded for the war in Afghanistan. See more ideas about Operation red wings, Navy seals, Military heroes. Matthew Gene "Axe" Axelson was an enlisted United States Navy SEAL who was awarded the U.S. Navy's highest decoration, the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. ). Jeff Axelson (Matt’s brother) Cindy Oji (Matt’s wife) visit and “like” the Matthew Axelson Foundation Facebook Page. Ignoring his injuries and demonstrating exceptional composure, Petty Officer Axelson advised the teammate closest to him to escape while he provided cover fire. You may not upload any more photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this memorial, This photo was not uploaded because this memorial already has 30 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 20 photos to this memorial. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? A native of Chicago, Illinois, he played college football at the tackle position for Boston University in 1946 and at the University of Michigan from 1947 to 1949. Type to begin searching or press esc to exit. Failed to delete memorial. A sonar technician, he volunteered for Navy SEAL training. Try again later. Failed to remove flower. By his undaunted courage, fortitude under fire, and unwavering dedication to duty, Petty Officer Axelson reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. GREAT NEWS! The three coins you will receive are: LT. Michael P Murphy, SO2 Matthew Axelson, &SO2 Danny Dietz which were part of a 4-Man SEAL team, killed in an ambush on June 28th, 2005. We’ve updated the security on the site. Matthew Axelson Foundation. Flowers added to the memorial appear on the bottom of the memorial or here on the Flowers tab. Please try again later. Sep 25, 2015 - Matthew Gene "Axe" Axelson (June 25, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL who was killed in the War in Afghanistan. Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; father, Cordell; mother, Donna; and brother Jeff. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. Resend Activation Email. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. Visiting the Veterans Memorial. Photos larger than 8Mb will be reduced. Please select a county or city to continue. Please try again later. His Navy Cross Citation reads: For extraordinary heroism in actions against the enemy while serving in a four-man Special Reconnaissance element with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Naval Special Warfare Task Unit, Afghanistan from 27 to 28 June 2005. He was 29.Matthew was assigned to SEAL, Delivery Vehicle Team One, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Axelson died while conducting counter-terrorism operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Oops, something didn't work. Verify and try again. Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson sustained mortal wounds in a fierce firefight with Taliban forces in the Kunar Province of Eastern Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. Close this window, and upload the photo(s) again. Place the pin on the map to plot a location. He was part of a four-man SEAL element that had clandestinely infiltrated the Hindu-Kush Mountains in search of a high value Taliban target. He was part of a four-man SEAL element that had clandestinely infiltrated the Hindu-Kush Mountains in search of a high value Taliban target. The Axelson family caught the first glimpse of their future home while skiing at Heavenly. Add to your scrapbook. Also an additional volunteer within fifty miles. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. Navy Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, Calif., was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; killed while conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Kunar province, Afghanistan. The foundation seeks to provide academic scholarships and financial opportunities to deserving members of the armed services, in honor of Matt. Try again. Are you adding a grave photo that will fulfill this request? Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. The foundation seeks to provide academic scholarships and financial opportunities to deserving members of the armed services, in honor of Matt. View Matthew Axelson's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook. Coalition forces located his remains while conducting a combat search-and-rescue operation July 10 … An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. 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