“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

Leathers was a native of Woodland, California. He joined the Navy in 1998 and had been assigned to the SEAL unit at Pearl City Peninsula, Hawaii, since 2004. He was a member of the SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team that goes on missions using flooded submersibles launched from submarines. He had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. His skills as a warrior and endurance as an athlete go without saying. He had that uniqueness to be the warrior that he was, and yet the human being that he was as well.He was the father of three young children. He always maintained the importance of remembering the sacrifice of others. “When the time comes we have to never forget, and just remember them.” -- Matt Leathers