My Son Was Brought Back To Me: Emotional Interview with Fallen SEAL's Mom on 'Lone Survivor' Fox News Insider: On Fox and Friends this morning, the mother of fallen Navy SEAL Matthew G. Axelson weighed in on Lone Survivor, the portrayal of her son, and some criticism of the film from the political left. The film tells the story of a fierce firefight in 2005 in Afghanistan that left three Navy SEALs dead, including Axelson, who would later receive the Navy Cross. Axelson was played in the wildly popular film by actor Ben Foster, who received high praise from Donna Axelson. "He did an amazing job of bringing Matthew to the screen. And after I saw the rough cut in May, I texted Ben and I said, 'Thank you for bringing my son back to me for a few hours," said a tearful Axelson.