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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Matthew Dillon who was born in Virginia on December 28, 1980 to Neal and Lucy Dillon. Matthew was raised and attended elementary, middle and high school in Aiken S.C. Matthew graduated from Wardlaw High School in 1999. From 1999 to 2003, Matthew attended Aiken Tech College until he was called to duty while serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard. Matthew was deployed to Operation Iraq Freedom I, operating as a Combat engineer. During his one year deployment Matthew was injured while on a patrol mission when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (roadside bomb). Matthew returned safely from Iraq in 2004 and was awarded a purple heart from the Army for his injuries received while in combat.

Despite Matthew’s veteran military service record in 2005 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Matthew graduated from Marine Boot Camp, Marine Combat training school and Military Police school and was assigned to Marine Air wing Unit MWSS 373, Miramar CA. Due to Matthews outstanding service record and professionalism he was quickly promoted to the Non Commissioned Officer rank of Corporal, in the short time period of 16months. In 2006, Matthew was again deployed to Operation Iraq Freedom with MWSS 373, serving as a Military Policeman fire team leader for Havoc II.
On December 11, 2006, Matthew and Havoc II were conducting a combat mission in the Anbar Province of Iraq when there Humvee vehicle was hit by a large Improvised explosive device (roadside bomb). Cpl. Matthew Dillon, Lcpl. Clinton Miller and Lcpl. Budd Cote were killed instantly and the incident further injured two other Marines.

Matthew was a beloved son, brother, and friend to many. He exhibited a zest for life and love for his country that was beyond compare. Matthew’s earthly body is gone, however his love and energy lives forever in every life he touched. Matthew is survived by his parents Neal and Lucy and his brothers Rob and Michael. We love you Matt………..

Military Police Havoc II team
(Matt center, Clinton right)

This website is always being updated.
Please check back as often as you would like, and feel free to notify us if you would like to add anything! We Thank You all for visiting and hope this helps to keep Matt's memory alive. Please feel free to leave messages in the Tribute & Condolence Section whenever you think about Matt.


Matt, more and more every day we miss your laugh, beautiful smile and since of humor..

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Tributes and Condolences
Never Forgotten   / James White (Served Together (USMC) )
I was doing my pre-deployment training when Matt came to Miramar. I didn't know him well, but I immediately felt a kinship because we were both prior service National Guard Engineers. I was on the rotation before his, and came home a few months early...  Continue >>
Cpl. Dillon   / Juan Machuca (Fellow Marine )
I served with Dillon in MWSS 373 as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Normally, our guys didn't mingle with the Military Police unless it's in the backseat ride to the Provost Marshall's office for booking. However, I was closer to Dillon due to training i...  Continue >>
Matthew  / Kevin Armstrong (none)
I was driving on Richardson Lake Rd. Thursday (12-8-16) and saw Matthew's memorial sign. I had seen it before, but noticed the Marine emblem for the first time. My son joined the Marines his senior year of high school and went to Parris Island July 4...  Continue >>
I thought of you......   / Mom &. Dad Dillon (parents)
I thought of you today but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is a keep...  Continue >>
Missing you   / Jesse Palmer (Best Friend )
Miss you brother. You should be proud of your bro being strong when those needed him most in recent days. Love you bro, till we meet again
Thank You  / MIKE HALL (Friend)    Read >>
Forever in my heart and mind  / Keith Staros (Friend)    Read >>
Thanks / Chad Kimbrell (Friend)    Read >>
My deepest condolences  / Raquel Valencia (None)    Read >>
We honored your Son today  / Leslie Emery (none)    Read >>
Honoring you and your son today.  / Mother Of A. Marine (My son served with Matt )    Read >>
Mrs. Brown  / Harriette Brown (Mother of childhood friend )    Read >>
Thoughts are with you  / Shane Dillon (Brothers in arms )    Read >>
Rest in peace  / Bryon Adcox (RPD friend &marine )    Read >>
In our thoughts  / Jesse Castro (RPD/Military brother )    Read >>
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His legacy
WIStv (LIVE VIDEO) Disabled artist makes gift to honor fallen Marine  

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NBC Augusta (VIDEO COVERAGE) Aiken Marine Remembered On The Wall Of Honor  
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WRDW News (VIDEO FOOTAGE) Fallen Marine honored on Aiken's Veterans Memorial Wall
WRDW Fallen Aiken Marine put to rest
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Matthew's Photo Album
They let Mike hold him!
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