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


----- 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.


--- 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 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.


Mike Dowling