Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Staff Sgt. Patrick L. Lybert

28, of Ladysmith, Wisconsin.
Lybert died in Gowardesh, Afghanistan, when he encountered enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Calvary, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on June 21, 2006.

Please send information, photos, and corrections for Army Staff Sgt. Patrick L. Lybert.

Links:

Contributions to the Families of the Fallen

Messages:

Leave a message in memory of this servicemember, and/or to the loved ones left behind.

Please report inappropriate messages

"Pat,
Hey man, so it's been almost 5 years. It seems like it was yesterday when we last spoke. I just wanted to let you know that I still live by what you told me that night outside the building. You gave me the best advice anyone had given me. I'll never forget the words you told me or the man you were. I try to be the way you would have been to my soldiers. Thank you for everything buddy. So on this Memorial Day, like every one since that nigh, I remeber you and everyone else who gave their lives. If it weren't for you I don't think I'd be the same person today. Thank you for everything Pat. I love and miss you. I'll see you around buddy :)..."
Jorge Villaverde of Ft. Benning, GA

"My memories of Pat don't come any less now than they did 2 years ago. I still bring out the newspapers from my desk periodically to read them. I think of Pat everytime I give a discount card out at Shopko in Winona because it was a program that Pat helped me set up. I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes everytime I sing that national anthem. I will never be able to sing God Bless the USA again because I cry in the middle of it. Through all of this, I know that my good friend Pat died so that I could continue to do all these things. He passionatly belived in what he was doing. He is one of the reasons that we can carry on with all our freedoms. What a great young man that touched so many. I am so glad that he shared his friendship with so many of us. I will miss him and I will never forget him. Thanks Pat."
Jo Thesing of Lewiston, MN

"To the family of:Patrick L.Lybert I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

""A Message from Our Loved Ones Who Have Gone Before Us:

To the living I am gone,
To the sorrowful I will never return,
To the angry I was cheated.
To the happy, I am at peace.
And, to the faithful, I have never left.

I cannot speak, but I can listen.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.

So, as you stand upon a shore,
gazing at a beautiful sea,

REMEMBER ME.

Remember Me in your heart, in your thoughts,
and the memories of the times we loved,
the memories of the time we shared.

for if you always think of Me,
I will never have gone."

-author unknown
* * * * *
We shall Never Forget. You are never gone from our thoughts, heart and memory.

Love,
Mommy and Brothers"
Cheryl Lee Patrick of Ladysmith, WI

"On April 2nd, 2008 at the Ladysmith, WI VMA, SSG Patrick Lee Lybert’s home town of Ladysmith, WI, Veterans, Military Friends, Friends and Loved ones
gathered together as U.S. Army Major General John Pollmann presented a Silver Star for the posthumously to SSG Patrick Lee Lybert.

SSG Lybert was killed in action on June 21, 2006, at age 28 serving with C-Co., 3-71 Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division (Recon) near Gowardesh, Afghanistan. Written statements of Soldiers with SSG Lybert during action relate SSG Lybert was returning fire with his weapon at his shoulder when he received his fatal wound.

Representatives of the 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum, New York were not able to be in Ladysmith, WI. Representing the U.S. Army Major General Pollmann, who heads the 88th Regional Readiness Command based at Ft. Snelling, handed the Silver Star to Patrick’s grandfather, CPL Robert Patrick of Ladysmith, who in then presented it to his daughter and mother of Patrick, Cheryl Lee Patrick.

Patrick had requested his Grandfather Robert Patrick present the Blue Infantry Cord when “Turning Blue” at his graduation from basic training , Fort Benning on Nov. 15, 2002, 50 years after he (Robert) had served there.

Near the podium for the presentation were his mother Cheryl Lee Patrick, maternal grandparents Robert and Helen Patrick of Ladysmith; his paternal grandparents, Frances and George Kettering of Glen Flora; and his brothers, Stacy Lybert of Nevada and Noah Nussberger of Ladysmith. Patrick’s father David Lybert was unable attend the ceremony, and a Silver Star was presented to him in Montana where he resides.

Also gathered at the Veterans Memorial Association Hall were many of Patrick’s cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, fellow, Veterans, Active Military, Boy Scouts and former Brothers in Arms.

All present heard “Patrick’s actions on that day in June were those of honor, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, integrity and personal courage . . . values that we as soldiers strive to live out everyday,” said General Pollmann. “His were the actions of a hero exemplifying all that America has stood for and held dear since the birth of our nation.”

“The Silver Star is reserved only for an elite few who epitomize these values no matter what the cost. First approved on July 19, 1932, the Silver Star is awarded for gal-pantry in action against an enemy of the United States, and of the 120,000 soldiers that have served in Afghanistan to date; only 101 have received the Silver Star.” Explained Major General Pollmann who continued on to say:

“For SSG Patrick Lybert and for many others like him who have earned this prestigious award, we are unable to present it directly to them for their gallantry in action because they made the ultimate sacrifice . . . a sacrifice so great that it renders this medal as only a small token, but most importantly it rep-resents a tremendous symbol of honor bestowed upon Patrick from a forever grateful nation.”

SSG Lybert, an Eagle Scout, joined the army in 2002 then deployed to Iraq in September of 2003. Upon his return to Fort Drum, NY he volunteered for a new unit, forming the 3-71 Cavalry (Recon), and then deployed to Afghanistan on Feb. 12, 2006.

Command Sergeant Major John Vacho of Ladysmith (who has served with General Pollmann the past three years in the Headquarters of the 88th Regional Readiness Command and is also the Father of Fallen Soldier SSG Nathan J. Vacho KIA 05 May 2006, Iraq) explained to those there actions of SSG Patrick Lybert on 21 June 2006 when killed in action in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. CSM Vacho explained (as taken from the Incident Report) that K Team (a forward observer element) and members of C Company, 3-71 Cavalry, executed a two-day climb to assigned watch/hide position on a ridge approximately 4-5 miles from the Pakistan border. K Team took up a position along hill 1610, actually more of a small ridge which ran north to south.

“They were to establish surveillance on the target area of a suspected enemy area/safe house operating in the vicinity,” said CMS Vacho. “The position also overlooked a trail with steep slopes in all directions. The cover on top of the ridge consisted of some boulders, some bushes and a few scrub trees.

“On the 21st of June at approximately 1415 hours (2:15 p.m.) K Team, just recently supplied by helicopter, set up in three small groups along the ridge top. SSG Lybert was in the southern most group of soldiers on that ridge.

“The soldiers had just finished packing away their supplies and started laying out their security plan by pushing further out up the trail when they came under a combined arms attack initiated by rocket propelled grenades, simultaneously accompanied by intense machine-gun and small arms fire. The direction of the attack came from a north to south direction running the full length of the 50 meter deep defensive perimeter set up by K Team.”

The attack was so violent that one K Team soldier was immediately wounded by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade and simultaneously shot by small arms fire.

“He said he knew if he stayed in his position he would die, and ran with the rest of the northern group of soldiers to where there was more cover (this was to the southern area of hill 1610).”

One soldier said he was unable to return fire immediately as there were “friendlies” in that direction and it was a narrow sector along that ridge, and he got on the radio to call for indirect fire support from artillery and mortars. He went on to say, “I observed Lybert returning fire over the wall to my left.”

Another soldier who didn’t have his rifle with him when the attack started said the gunfire was too heavy to reach for it, even though it was perhaps two feet from him on the ground.

Another soldier observed Lybert was at one end of the formation firing and a second soldier was at the other end trying to peek over and call on the radio.

One soldier remembers rounds impacting on the dirt all around him. He ran back to some rocks and took cover. “I was unable to grab my weapon due to the fact that rounds were impacting right next to it.” He went on to grab a wounded soldier and drag him to cover. “While looking for cover, I saw SGT Lybert who was returning fire. I watched as he engaged multiple targets. He was popping, popping up and over the rock wall and engaging the enemy and ducking back down again.”

Another soldier said, “I reached for my weapon and when my hand touched it, it got shot out of my hand. I jumped behind a small bush and small rock. To my left was SGT Lybert. I yelled to him, ‘I need a weapon.’ He yelled back, ‘Where’s yours?’ “It got shot out of my hand,’ I said. Then he (SGT Lybert) looked behind him and then forwards, shooting and shooting.”

The thrust of the enemy attack came on the left flank, which was the direction SGT Lybert was directing his fire, as documented in the incident report.

CSM Vacho continued to describe the enemy launched its attack with violence and surprise. “But by stalling the attack or causing the enemy to take cover at a greater distance, you buy enough time to recover from the initial shock of the attack, gain momentum and are able to call in indirect fire to inflict casualties on the enemy and save the lives of your soldiers.”

“By SGT Lybert’s quick reactions in the opening minutes of the attack, he accomplished just that,” said CSM Vacho. “He engaged targets close enough and returned fire long enough that others could recover from the ferocity of the enemy’s attack, return fire, treat the wounded and call in indirect fire from 120 mm mortars, 105 mm Howitzers and air support from A-10 fighter aircraft, C-130 Specter Gunships and B-1 Bombers.”

Of the 17 soldiers there that day, two more would die on that hill with the additional death of a helicopter medic when the hoist on the helicopter malfunctioned. This bought the total number of Fallen during that battle to four.

Also speaking at the ceremony were political leaders or their representatives: Karen Graff, the northern representative for Senator Russ Feingold, read a letter from Sen. Feingold, Marjorie Bunce, the northern representative for Senator Herb Kohl, conveyed Senator Kohl’s message, Doug Hill, representative for Congressman Dave Obey, relayed the Congressman’s sentiments, 87th District Assembly representative Mary Williams present commented on the awarding of the Silver Star to SSG Patrick Lybert, Master of Ceremonies, Iraq War Veteran, Shane Sanderson read a letter from Senator Russ Decker who expressed his admiration and respect for Patrick’s heroism. Senator Russ Decker, unable to be present, recalled attending Patrick’s Eagle Scout ceremony.

Cody Lehman, of Boy Scout Troop 45 led The Pledge of Allegiance with fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 45 (the same Troop Patrick and his brother Stacy rose to the rank of his Eagle Scout).

Jessica Hamilton , one of Patrick’s cousins led the singing of the National Anthem. A Final closing prayer was offered by Doug Sorenson.

Daniel Linnihan, who was at Patrick’s side the day he was killed attended with his parents and brother. He described Patrick as “the greatest leader I have ever seen. He was a great guy and a good friend. He always put his men before himself.”

The certificate along with the Silver Star presented reads “The Silver Star awarded to SSG Patrick Lee Lybert, United States Army "For Gallantry: in action on 21 June 2006 while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sergeant Lybert distinguished himself against an armed enemy, while serving as a Recon Team Leader with 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry (Recon). His professionalism and ability to accomplish the mission set him apart from his peers. Staff Sergeant Lybert's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry, Combined Task Force Spartan, Combined Joint Task Force-76, and the United States Army." Dated 20 February 2007

SSG Lybert’s awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, and Parachutist Badge.

SSG Patrick Lee Lybert
C –Co. 3-71 CAV 10th MNT DIV (LI) Recon
KIA 21 June 2006, Gowardesh, Afghanistan

My Brother, My Hero. Your brothers Stacy, Noah and your Reddog miss you so much."
Noah Brother of SSG Patrick Lee Lybert of Wisconsin

"SILVER STAR AWARDED TO SSG PATRICK LEE LYBERT"

SSG Patrick Lee Lybert's family was notified on 11 March 2008 that Patrick has been awarded the Silver Star.

The Letter from the Army dated 20 February 2007 stated the Silver Star awarded to SSG Patrick Lee Lybert, United States Army "For Gallantry: in action on 21 June 2006 while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sergeant Lybert distinguished himself against an armed enemy, while serving as a Recon Team Leader with 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry (Recon). His professionalism and ability to accomplish the mission set him apart from his peers. Staff Sergeant Lybert's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry, Combined Task Force Spartan, Combined Joint Task Force-76, and the United States Army."

It may have taken from 20 February, 2007 to 11 March, 2008 for Patrick's friends and loved ones to receive this news. This does not lessen how overwhelmed and proud we are of those who knew of Patrick's Gallantry and put him forth for this tribute. Thank you to each of you involved.

Notification of the Silver Star coming on March 11, 2008 may have been late....but we all smiled. It was Patrick's Godson's 15th birthday. We think Patrick had a hand in the notification date. In Patrick's style he most likely would have figured if it was to be late it should arrive on a day that had meaning. His Godson will always remember his 15th birthday as the day he learned his Godfather was awarded the Silver Star. Some things turn out to be extra special.

"Patrick, we miss you, we love you. You are cherished.""
Mom, Cheryl Lee Patrick of Wisconsin, USA

"Patrick will never be forgotten. The men that were there that day will keep their story alive. My son has talked of that day often. I thank God everyday that he came home to us and through him I feel that I have come to know Patrick, Sgt. Monti, and Brian Bradbury. My prayers are with all their families and the family of Heathe Craig. They will always be remembered as heroes. I thank all of them for the sacrifice they made."
Diana Chambers of Tustin, California

"I went to basic training With Patrick and he is one of the only people I remember vividly from that time, since he was always there to crack a joke and make everyone laugh. No matter how alkward the situation he knew how to turn it into something funny. I am gateful to have known him, if only for a short time. Goodbye Pat."
Tony Purtscher of Felton, CA

"September 11, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Patrick L. Lybert:
Patrick gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Dear Mrs. Lybert, I am the grandmother of Landon Duff, a soldier stationed at Camp Lybert. I was told that you had contacted him by email and I want to say thank you. I cannot imagine how hard it is for you to have lost Patrick while doing dedicated service so I can be free to write this note. I am so proud of all the men and women in the service and have a whole new respect for the USA and the American flag. Again, I am so sorry for your loss and thank you for caring about all the other men and women, especially Landon. We are very proud of him. At this time he is having some medical problems. He was biten by a scorpion a couple of months ago. Now he has "footdrop" which could have been related to the bite. They have sent him back to his base in Germany for medical treatment and then we will go back to Camp Lybert where he will finish his second enlistment. God Bless Patrick's family - he was definately Our Hero.
Mrs Robert Duff
4756 State Road 18 West
Delphi, In. 46923
cater@tds.net"
Patricia Duff of Delphi, Indiana

"Our dear Patrick, I can't believe it has been a year now since we lost you. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and the sacrifice you made. Flowers will be on the altar at church for you this weekend. Yes, it is being done at the time of your passing into God's hands. But I am dedicating them to you, what you stood for, and your love of life. We miss you."
Lisa, Jake, Katie, Kyle, Jake & Josh of Custer, WI

"Patrick,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OEF, but also for your service in Iraq as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Gallantly Forward"(71st Cav Motto)"

"God Bless..."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"A HERO, AN ANGEL OF GOD, A SON , LOVED ONE. HE WILL BE FOREVER IN GODS PRESENCE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRAFICE TO ENSURE OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. GOD BLESS AMERICA. PAT, PRAY FOR US."
J. JOHNSON FAMILY of PLYMOUTH,WIS.

"My name is Wendy Peacock and my husband Brandon served with Patrick in the 3-71cav. He thought of Patrick as a role model and was deeply saddened by this loss. I just want you to know that all of the men who worked with your son were touched by him and still tell stories of him. He is gone but will never be forgotten, and I'm sure he is watching over our men in Afghnaistan. God Bless"
Wendy Peacock of Watertown NY

""THE NATION WHICH FORGETS ITS DEFENDERS WILL ITSELF BE FORGOTTEN"

It is February 27th, 2007. I walked to my mailbox this afternoon expecting to find bills. I gathered my mail and headed back into the house, being messed up by my 2 yr old as my 6 month old watched. With only one peice of mail in my hand I neared my front door. What I was looking at was a flyer from The High Ground in Neillsville, WI. We set a stone in memory of my Grandfather last spring. Normally I do not open these for days or months, but for some reason I opened it on my way back into the house. It opened to page 3, As I read "Let them not go in silence" My eyes scanned the list of WI soldiers killed. It HIT me so hard, I read "Patrick L. Lybert" for a moment I thought, no, it can't be. Then, there has got to be only 1 "Pat Lybert" I got on the internet and found that my thoughts were correct.

I am SO sorry for your loss!!! I met Pat in 1998 When I enrolled in the Police Science Program at WWTC. In my life's journey I would have to say that he was one of the funniest, most good hearted, yet mischievous people that I have ever met. We spent days together learning about how to "serve and protect." We had ALOT of fun. I thank god now that I have so many pictures of all of us from those years, they are priceless.

I am truely at a loss for words, perhaps it has not really sunk in. I do know that you could not ask for a better person. My husband is Army Reserve and has done 3 1/2 years since 2001 and is getting activated again in August 2007. Truely, they are all HEROES!!

I had the chance to meet Pat's dad, Dave when we took a bus for Heidi's Birthday Bash, what fun we all had. To all of SSG Patrick L. Lyberts family, I am sorry for your loss. Pat was such a wonderful person and so full of life and he will be missed by many.

SSG Patrick L. Lybert, Pat, Thank you, Thank you for defending my Freedom and the Freedom of my children!! We had alot of fun Pat, I will never forget you!!Thank you for all the laughs. May God Bless you and your loved ones.

May you have the sunshine on your face, as much as it was in your smile.

Rest in Peace my friend, our HEREO

Hope & SSG Thomas Brennan"
Hope (Hesselberg) Brennan of Bangor, WI

"I have been so fortunate as to view photos of Camp Lybert. The location is breathtaking. Such an honor to my dear son from his fellow soldiers.I only wish Patrick could be there to share it with them. He would have loved it so. Someday I hope to visit with soldiers that have been there, those who knew Patrick. May the 3-71 CAV be blessed by God, held in protection by all the Angels and Saints as this year of deployment is now extended four months. I believe Patrick and all 3-71 CAV Fallen watch over these camps, at the ready when the time comes to direct the Angels, leading the way back to Fort Drum, NY."
Cheryl Lee Patrick-Nussberger ( Mother of SSG Patrick Lee Lybert ) of Ladysmith, WI USA

"My son, with 10th Mountain Divison, has written about his Camp site perched on the side of an Afghanstan mountain over watching passes from Pakistan. He says the view is "Spectacular." His camp is Camp Lybert. Thank you Patrick for your sacrifice and paving the way, so my son and others can be safe. God bless you and your family. Your memory will never be forgotton."
Gloria Chambers of Terre Haute, Indiana

"Our beloved Patrick has left us much too soon. Our hearts ache to see his smile and hug him just one more time; but we have to wait until we are joined in heaven for that. During Pat's tours in Iraq and then the last one -- I always said that if anything ever happened to him, I would hold onto knowing how much he believed in what he was doing and how proud we are of him. But I never, ever dreamt that day would come for him to be taken from us. It is now hard to hold onto knowing how much he believed in what he was doing -- and not question it. But we have to hold onto Pat's belief, and devotion to his country. And that devotion and sacrifice was for every one of us sitting comfortably and safe at home tonight. How we all miss him. The tears will never stop flowing for you Patrick. And our love and precious memories will never stop either. We love you and miss you. And how I wish I could take away the pain of my sister, his mom. She couldn't have shown more love, devotion and support to her son. Cheryl you are in our prayers every day."
Aunt Lisa Patrick, Jake - Katie & Kyle of Custer, WI

"As this message is extremely over due, I'm not quite sure how to express my deep sympathy for the Lybert Family.

For you see that Derek, my son-in-law, was a survivor but wounded that day with Pat and the others on June 21st.

I want to tell you more . . please feel free to call me.

With due respect, and love, and again my apoolgies for being late on this."
Bob Crown of Coshocton, Ohio

"I am so saddened to read about Patrick in the Catholic Herald. Losing a son is so difficult; the pain and grief is more than most can ever understand. Please be aware that many of us feel your pain and pray for you and your family. Patrick's memory will always stay close in your thoughts and everyday life, even as the years go by. Talk of him as often as you can. I will put you in my thoughts and prayers."
Mary Erickson of Cumberland, WI

"Thank you to all who have and continue extending condolences for my son SSG Patrick L. Lybert. We all miss him so much. As Mom I am finding it hard to find a place to put this grief. I still am unable to believe it to be true. Patrick was our rock,mischief maker,steady shoulder to lean on, Our soldier and hero. As Mom my heart is torn.His brother's Stacy and Noah miss him dearly. His cousins who lived not more than 4 miles from our home adored him and looked to him for guidance in all the ways of life, including the mischief, swimming, tree climbing, learning to drive truck in the back field . Patrick was the heart of all our family and the world stopped when he came home on leave to his cherished home in Wisconsin and we enjoyed our time with him.His community, His school "The Ladysmith Lumberjack" athletic teams (wrestling, baseball, cross country, football) all carry his memory. An accomplished scout, he earned Eagle Scout. Patrick was not perfect. No human is. Patrick had his flaws just like the rest of us but he always owned up to any shortfallings and tried to correct an error or misunderstanding. That was a quality that made him special. Patrick was patient, understanding and firm with Noah who has Asperger Syndrome (Autism) and multiple challenges. Patrick's goal was for Mom and Terry to hold onto the forty and home in Wisconsin as after a few years in the military he planned to retire here and provide care for his brother Noah's future. How much we have lost. He had plans to marry his fiance Carola. We all knew she was the one.I cry and pray "why, help me understand". There is no answer. We prayed so hard. We loved so much. I always said Patrick was in God's hands no matter where he was. But when God wanted him back so early, so young I struggle to understand. Especially with the added need for Noah's future. Patrick was so committed to making Noah's adult life safe and secure. Now what happens to Noah extendes grief and loss. Patrick believed in America, his Army, The 10th Mountain Division, and his Mission. God Bless our Patrick. Love,
Mom(Cheryl Nussberger)
Brothers : Stacy and Noah
Aunt Marcy, Uncle Otis and cousins
Aunt Lisa and cousins
Aunt Chris, Uncle Herb and cousins
Uncle Doug and Cousins
Grandpa Bob and Grandma Helen
Your Hometown of Ladysmith,
Red your golden retriever,
your community and your friends.
Cheryl Nussberger (Ladysmith, WI )
clnfhs74@yahoo.com"
Cheryl Nussberger of Ladysmith, WI

"I read with deep pain your loss in the Catholic Herald. Your son will not be forgotten. He gave his life so all of us can stay free in this country. Freedom is not Free. I hope and pray that God gives you the strength to carry on and ease your pain. My deepest concern and sympathy to you and Patricks brother Noah."
Mary Waters of River Falls, WIsconsin

"Dear Patrick's family"
I'm am so very so for your loss. I too have lost a son in Afghanistan Aug. 31,2003 his name is Adam Lee Thomas. Like Pat he was with the 10th Mountain (1-87) (LI) my son was a sniper on his second tour. I read everything that goes on with the 10th mountain and it seems like they have all become my sons. This hit hard in our home.One of your sons leaders used to be with my son also as he returned to take over for someone else who was killed in a helecoptor crash there. I was just at Fr. Drum at the end of June to see the memorials for my son and heard many speak about the loss of good soldiers and young men. This month will be three years that my son Adam has been gone and I can tell you it still feels like yesterday!. I didnt ever want to be a part of a group called Gold Star Mothers, but I am. The one thing I can say is the Gold Star Familes are the BEST!!! Without Faith and these wonderful people I wound never of have survived. Patrick is a hero and he is safe. I hope he will bring you peace thru this most difficult time and I and America thank him and will never forget him.
Proud Army Mom:
Ellen Thomas
Ellenethomas@comcast.net"
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, Illinois

"Pat we will never forget all the fun times we had with you. Uncle Jay and Pat putting up the ceiling fan, Aunt Jolie making Pat laugh so hard that beer came out of his nose, Uncle Tim and Pat being in the fireman's water fights in Ladysmith. WE all loved you and in my sorrow forgot to put some important people in my original message, ie... my own husband.

Rest in Peace Pat,

WE love You,

Aunt Karen and Uncle Dan,
Uncle Dale and Aunt Jane
Uncle Tim and Aunt Jean
Uncle Gale and Aunt Shirley
Aunt Jolie and Uncle Ronnie
Uncle Randy
Uncle Jay and Aunt Lisa"
Lisa Lybert Adams of Indianapolis, IN

"Dave, Janet and family,
May the grace of God be sufficient during this time of grief. We pray that you realize how proud we were of Patrick and not even knowing him but a minute he was impressive. He made his choices to serve God and His country and we are all so blessed because of his precious gift to us. Your grief will be softened by our Lord and the daily reminders of Patrick and all he stood for and what he chose to do with his life. Be strong and know that he is in the arms of our Heavenly Father and everyday be thankful for the moments you had and the future to have with him in heaven. One day you will be able to find peace and joy in his service to his county. What an honor to be his parents and his family. He stood for freedom and we are ever so grateful.
May the Lord bless you all,
Pete and Patti"
Pete and Patti Rogers of Carmen, Idaho

"DAVE AND JANET AND FAMILY,THIS IS SO VERY HARD, AND PAINFUL..THE LOSS IS UNBELIEVABLE..THE GIFT IS MORE THAN WE WILL EVER KNOW..MY LOVED ONES I,VE NEVER FELT SO HELPLESS..PATRICK HAS TOUCHED THE FACE OF GOD..AND FOR US WHO GRIEVE SO BAD.. HE FLYS ON ANGELS WINGS...THANK YOU PATRICK AND FAMILY FOR MY GIFT OF FREEDOM..."
CAROL BAUCUM AND SHARK of CARMEN,IDAHO AMERICA

"When we would ask Patrick why he went to Iraq or Afganistan, he would say " If not me, then who?" When Pat came home from Iraq one time, I asked him how he was doing, he said he missed his unit and couldn't wait to get back to them. He felt guilty, because he depended on them and if they needed him, he should be there to have their backs. That was my nephew, always doing the right thing. Pat, was also very fun loving and ready to play a joke or have a sarcastic come back to bring a smile to your face. Pat reminds me very much of my brother, Pat's dad David Lybert. Both are great men. The loss my family has expierenced is great and Pat's dying has left a huge void. Pat we were privileged to have you in our lives for the too short of time we had you with us. We will always love you.

You will be missed by us all:

Your Dad and Janet
Stacy, Matt, Erica, Melissa
Grandma and Grandpa Kettering
Uncle Dan, Aunt Jane, Aunt Jean,Aunt Shirley, Uncle Ron, Uncle Randy, Aunt Lisa

Cousins:
Bobbie Jo
Brian and Kristen
Shelly, Sandy, Melissa
Alex, Jackie, Chris
Paula, Lizzie
Jennifer
Sarah, Jason, Luke"
Lisa Lybert Adams of Indianapolis, IN

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, *** will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

NO greater gift can one give - than to try to save another's life..."

"Thank you Patrick Lybert, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Patrick Lybert:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Patrick for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Patrick Lybert:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Patrick, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on