STG 2 (SEAL) Matthew Axelson
29, of Cupertino, CA
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. 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 element was conducting reconnaissance when their position was compromised and ambushed by overwhelming Taliban forces. The ensuring firefight lasted over an hour and claimed the lives of three of the four SEALs. The MH-47 Chinook Helicopter sent to the team’s aid was shot down, killing all 16 passengers. A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on Terror. He was assigned to a West Coast based SEAL team.
Fallen Heroes of the U.S. Navy SEALs
September 11, 2001 to Present
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. 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. Similar displays can be found on the quarterdecks of the U.S. Navy and Naval Special Warfare Commands.
Memorial Provided by the U.S. Navy, Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL.