Archives for: July 2009

Wellpartner Pharmacy

by manager

Many of you have friends or relatives that serve or have previously served in our armed forces. As a small gesture of our appreciation for their service as well as the service of others, we are collecting items to donate in the memory of Marine Cpl. Matthew Lembke, a 22-year-old from Tualatin. Cpl. Lembke died after sustaining a serious combat injury while serving in Afghanistan, which occurred after 2 prior tours of duty in Iraq. The following is a link to a story on Cpl. Lembke that was run in the Portland Tribune:

http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id 4770984500756500

Click here for a list of items that are appropriate to donate. Collection boxes will be placed in the break room and we will be accepting donations through August 14th. The items will be sent to Cpl. Lembke’s unit (2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines Golf 6, Scout/Sniper Platoon 2, Unit 44060).


Thank you in advance for your support.

WNDU NewsCenter 16, South Bend, Indiana

by manager

Oregon Local News - July 20, 2009

by manager

The Times, July 20, 2009

by manager

Funeral for Marine Cpl. Matthew Lembke

by manager

Funeral services for Marine Cpl. Matthew Lembke were held today, July 20, 2009, at the Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church, and he was buried at Willamette National Cemetary.

If you attended the services and would like to share your thoughts, please feel free to do so.

Tampa Tribune - July 20, 2009

by manager

Oregon Local News - July 18, 2009

by manager

News Release, Governor's Orders

by manager

-----Original Message-----
From: HOWARD Debbie D * FACL OM
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:27 PM
To: flagnotifications@listsmart
Cc: FACILITIES_OM_Dist
Subject: [FlagNotifications] NEWS RELEASE:Governor Orders Flags atHalf-Staff in Memory of Oregon Soldier - Monday, July 20, 2009

Please distribute the attached press release requesting flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, July 20, 2009. This request is in memory of Marine Corporal Matthew R. Lembke of Tualatin, OR.

If you have any questions, please contact DAS, Facilities Division, Operations and Maintenance Section.

Thank you!

Debbie Howard
Administrative Manager
DAS Facilities Division | http://oregon.gov/das/fac
1240 Ferry Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

Please tell us how we are doing!
The Facilities Division is a flexible team that relies on the strengths of its people to effectively pursue excellence in state government.

Matt's Services

by carolyn

So little by little we are getting the details nailed down. The funeral service for Matt will take place at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 20th at the Church of the Ressurrection. I belive these addresses have been posted already, but just so everyone knows;

Church:

Church of the Ressurrection - Roman Catholic Church
21060 SW Stafford Road
Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 638-1579

Cemetary:

Willamette National Cemetary
11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 273-5250

The reception will also be taking place at Church of the Ressurrection (NOT St Cyrils like I've been telling people for the past few days :) )

Some Thoughts, Matthew's Funeral

by dale

We have been thinking about alternatives for flowers at the funeral. We would rather make an immediate difference that would directly help other military families in distress and great sorrow. When a terrible event happens to a soldier or Marine the families are thrown in tumoil in so many ways - It's hard to deal with job issues, travel, room, and board, etc. Our family directly benefited from some of these and I can tell you they really are fantastic. We would like to have people donate to these very worthy causes instead of buying flowers, which although they are beautiful, will only last a few days. Each of these really step up to the plate and make a differance.

This one is extremely helpful for the wounded indiviual and when the family needs to get to their wounded soldier or Marine. They were there very quickly when our family was in great distress.

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

This one is so great. At six or seven military medical facilities these houses (donated by the Fisher Family) provide free imediate housing for the family. They are very nice, clean, and really well run and maintained with a warm and comfortable environment for families in great distress. They have volenteers making meals and making sure things go smoothly.

Fisher House

This one takes care of the families and medical transition needs.

Wounded Warrior Project

Please consider these options to show your support and to make a difference.

Thank You,

Dale

Funeral Arrangements for Matthew

by claudia

Matthew will be flown home on a military plane on Thursday, July 16, escorted by the Marines and his father.

The time for the funeral Mass has not been set but we have the date set for Monday, July 20.

Time and date for the Rosary have not been set yet.

Funeral home:

Cornwell Colonial Chapel

29222 SW Town Center Loop East

Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-1177

Church:

Church of the Ressurrection - Roman Catholic Church

21060 SW Stafford Road

Tualatin, OR 97062

(503) 638-1579

Cemetary:

Willamette National Cemetary

11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd.

Happy Valley, OR 97086

(503) 273-5250

July 10, 2009

by the lembkes

Where do we begin...? This has been a day like no other. We have lost our son and brother too soon. He walked early, talked early and now he has left us early. We have been so blessed to have the support and prayers of so many. We want everyone to know that all of our - and your - prayers have not been in vain; we will always treasure these 15 days that we have been with him, to comfort Matt and each other. Thank you and God bless.

With love,

the Lembkes

Oregon Local News - July 10, 2009

by manager

7/9/09 Update

by carolyn

I feel so blessed with the amount of love, support and prayers going out for Matt right now. I'm having a difficult time putting into words exactly what I want to tell everyone. As of yesterday, Matt has taken a turn for the worse with an infection that the staff is trying desperately to keep under control. We have to keep the faith right now and trust in God that He has a plan. My parents and I will be camping out in the ICU waiting room this evening so that we won't be far from his side. They are keeping him comfortable with pain meds and I don't believe that he is in pain.

Tough Day, 7/8/09

by claudia

The outcome of Matt's surgery this morning was not as good as we had hoped. An aggressive infection has set in. Please continue to pray for Matthew.

The Oregonian, Front Page Headline News Story, 7/8/09

by manager

7/7/09 Update

by carolyn

We kind of had an uplifting day today. Two Marines stopped by this afternoon to visit Matt and we got a chance to talk with them and I think all three of us had a nice sigh of relief afterwards. One of the Marines, Marcus, was in Matt's platoon on his first deployment to Iraq (where Marcus had been injured) and the other one, Jeremy, had only heard of Matt but just came by to offer support. Both of these guys had been badly injured, and are both still at the neighboring hospital Walter Reed, but were standing there with us, telling us of other Marines and soldiers who have sustained similar injuries and have come out on the other side strong. After talking with them and seeing how well they were doing I think we all felt our spirits were lifted a little. Also, (can't say this enough for those Marines!) seeing how they all support each other and root for each other is really great. Matt really has a tight family in the Marines, and I feel encouraged they they will help him get through the tough parts.

Hehe, had to laugh.... the next place they move these guys to after ICU is up on the 5th floor, so all I keep hearing about from other people coming in and out of the ICU waiting room is that they're moving on to the '5th floor'.... must be a magical place! :) People we've run into tell us they'll come visit him on the 5th floor when he gets there. So now all I keep thinking now is "gotta get to the 5th floor! gotta get to the 5th floor!" hehe, ahhh it's the little things. Cross your fingers - maybe we'll be going up to the 5th floor soon!

My uncle Don and uncle Steve are coming to visit tomorrow. We're not sure if they'll be able to come see Matt yet, but it will be nice to have some familiar faces around!

Matt Update, July 6, 2009

by claudia

Matt's surgery this morning went well and the surgeon was pleased with what he saw. The mix of drugs keeps Matt in a haze but during our evening visit he seemed a little more alert and squeezed each of our hands a few times. He will be going back for more surgery on Wednesday so the doctors can keep a good watch on the wounds and hopefully stay ahead of any infection and we expect him to remain in the ICU through this week.

We received a package today from my Uncle John and Aunt Miriam which contained Holy Water from Lourdes and St. Ann's Oil for anoiting of the sick. We blessed Matt with the Holy Water and anoited him with the oil while praying for him tonight in his room. We definitely believe in the power of prayer and know that all the prayers being offered on his behalf have sustained him so far.

Semper Fi, Matt!

by manager

Semper Fi, Matt!

The current military actions in Afghanistan are possible from the sacrifices made by Matt and his fellow Marines in active duty these past months. In honor of the many Marines, and their families, who are following Matt's progress via Dateline Matt, an additional web address has been set up:

www.semperfimatt.com

This web address will redirect to the original www.marinematt.com so you are welcome to use either address. The name was chosen as it may be easier for his fellow Marines to remember.

Please share these addresses and feel free to post comments to the family and friends as they bravely struggle through these difficult times with Matt recovering from his injuries. To post a comment, simply click on "comments" under the post paragraph, scrolling down to the comment box after the last post. The family is finding great comfort in the community and support of the website and its kind contributors.

We salute the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. God bless their efforts.



Respectfully submitted,
Managers, Dateline Matt

www.semperfimatt.com
www.marinematt.com

Holiday Weekend, Bethesda

by claudia

Matt has had the weekend off from surgeries but will be back in the O.R. Monday morning. They have cut way back on the sedation drugs but he is still in a daze. We are so anxious to get some type of recognition out of him but he has had such a mix of drugs that he is having trouble cutting through the fog. We know we need to be patient as his body recovers from the trauma and the drugs but it's hard.

We were able to attend Mass this morning right here at the chapel at the medical center. It's funny how sometimes the readings are just what we needed to hear and today was another example of a time I felt the Word was speaking directly to me. The theme of the readings was all about faith; to consider the value of faith, the necessity of faith, if we are to expect God's work in our midst.

Independence Day 09, Bethesda

by dale

(also posted on Facebook)

Matt makes me laugh - I can't wait to get him back......soon.

Friday at Bethesda

by carolyn

I think we're all feeling a little worn down today... Matt's surgery went fine, he was in the operating room for a shorter amount of time than he has been before. Since he was operated on today, he's obviously back to being very heavily sedated. I know that it's not a step backwards - his body needs that right now - but after seeing him moving and opening his eyes a few days ago, I guess it feels like we've stalled. They did work on his left hand today. He had some fractures in two of his fingers.

Everyone around here is gearing up for 4th of July weekend and its starting to feel like a ghost town. I actually wouldn't mind it being quiet around here for the weekend - everyday we have to meet new people and it gets exhausting (everyone's very nice but all the small talk with strangers is wearing me out.) All the businesses are either closing down for the weekend, or closing early.... hmmm, wondering what we're going to do for dinner...?

Well, no actual "news" today... better luck over the weekend! :)

Bethesda, Day 4

by claudia

I was feeling pretty down this morning but when I got to the ICU we received some encouraging news. After having to wear gowns, gloves and masks each time we entered Matt's room, we were told that was no longer necessary. His numbers look good today and the high risk of infection has subsided for now. We were able to touch him without rubber gloves on. Wahoo!! It's a little thing but it meant a lot to us. The trauma team was making the rounds so we also got an update from one of the head doctors. He seemed very happy with Matt's progress today and told us he had a video conference with the doctors from Afghanistan and Landstuhl, Germany. He relayed our appreciation to the doctors there for the miraculous job they did getting Matt this far. We are also trying to get the name of the medic that virtually saved Matt's life and we will pass that info on as soon as we get it. Matt is still heavily sedated and will remain that way until after his surgery tomorrow but the plan is to lower the sedation over the weekend. Thank you for your continued prayers. They're working!

Wounded Warrior Project

by dale

(also posted on Facebook)

Wounded Warrior Project: We (my wife & I) have just become introduced to the program - unfortunately because our son was severely injured in Afghanistan last week. He is at (and will be for quite some time) at Bethesda. I look forward to information sharing and all the good that it can do for our son.

Wounded Warrior Project

Bethesda, Day 3, continued

by dale

Got up at 6:00 Thought I would sneak over early this morning to see Matt - Carolyn was already here. He's getting ready for a long surgery this morning.

More Bethesda, Day 3

by carolyn

Can't sleep tonight... trying to go see my lil bro, but they won't let me in for another half hour.

Celebrity Meeting

by carolyn

Just met Stevie Nicks (from Fleetwood Mac)... that was kind of strange... she makes her rounds here at Bethesda and Walter Reed hospitals. She was very sweet.

Bethesda Update, 3rd Day

by dale

This is a message from Mike Dowling who is Matt's Team Leader in Afghanistan. We were so excited to hear from them. We've been going crazy trying to get to those guys to find out how they are. Thx

Dale

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "mg dowling"
To: claudia
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 6:51:50 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re:

Thank you for getting back to me so soon and thanks for the updates. The last we heard was that Matt had arrived in Bethesda. The information is getting to us very slow, and the website will help us out a ton. I hope you dont mind that I contacted you. I got your email address form Matt's friend Boone. There was one other Marine that was hurt when Matt was, but he had only minor injuries and will be returning here to us in the next day or so. I'm not sure if Matt had emailed any pictures to you yet, but I have attached the most recent ones we have. I know he was saying that his Dad would really like the first one. If there is any thing at all that we can help you with, please dont hesitate to ask. I'm from Connecticut, which is only a short drive down to Maryland, and my parents have asked if there is anything at all they can do for you, to please let us know. If its alright with you, I'd like to give my Mom your email address so that she can contact you directly. Matt and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

-Mike

--- On Tue, 6/30/09, claudia wrote:

From: claudia
Subject: Re:
To: "Michael Dowling"
Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 8:05 PM

Hi Mike,

We appreciate hearing from you and want all of you to know that Matt is being well cared for and we believe he is in the best possible place for his recovery and rehab. We are just beginning to understand the heroic effort it took to get him out of Now Zad, onto the hospital in Afghanistan and then to Landstuhl, Germany, and finally here to Bethesda. We were flown to Germany and arrived there last Friday to be with him then we were all flown to Maryland on Sunday. His dad accompanied him on the military flight from Germany to Maryland and his sister and I flew commercial. Although Matt has a long road to recovery we have already witnessed some incredible progress in his healing. He is a strong kid and we know he will fight to get his health back. This is his new mission. He has people praying for him and sending him well wishes from coast to coast and we have been overwhelmed with the love and support sent our way.

I just want you to know that when Matt was home predeployment, he had nothing but great things to say about you and the other 3 guys in your team and had such a high regard for all of you. He loved what he was doing and he loves the Marine Corp.

I'm not sure if you can tell us or not but were there any other casualties from this blast? Information has been slow to come.

We know this has been hard on you guys as well and we are praying for your safety and success in Afghanistan. Please keep in touch. We have family and friends in several states so a friend has set up a website to keep everyone updated on Matt's condition. You can log on to www.marinematt.com for daily updates.

Take care,

Claudia, Dale & Carolyn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Dowling"
To: claudia
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 7:30:15 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern

Mr. and Mrs. Lembke,

My name is Mike and I'm Matt's team leader over in Afghanistan. I cant even begin to tell you how sorry I am about what happened to Matt, and I can't imagine what you and your family are going through. Just know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Since he came to the sniper platoon about 9 months ago we've become good friends, but I've known him since his first deployment, when he and I were in Echo company together in Haditha, Iraq, and having him in our team has been an absolute privilege. Matt is one of the strongest guys I know in every way, and if anyone has the will to fight through this, its him. Our team is very close, and having Matt get hurt has been very hard on us all. If there is anything at all that any of us can do for you or your family, please don't hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,

Mike Dowling