Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Travis A. Babbitt

24, of Uvalde, Texas.
Babbitt died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces using a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on November 9, 2004.

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"we will all miss you and will always love you"
mikinze leighty of odessa mo

"we will all miss you and will always love you"
mikinze leighty of odessa mo

"Dad I really miss you! I wish you could come back home."
Serenity babbitt of Killeen,Texas

"Dad I love & miss you everyday! I wish you could be here watching me grow up. Im 12 now. Its been a long time since ive seen you. I dont remember much but I know I will sometime. I know that if you were still here you would be proud out all of us!"
Serenity Babbitt of Killeen Tx

"Hard to believe it's been over 10 years. Travis and I hung out as kids. We met through our parents being friends.When he came home for his parents wedding, I tried to get over there as soon as I found out he was there. Unfortunately I missed him by 20 minutes. The next time I heard his name, I was flipping through channels and came across the Frontline show.After all this time I never thought to check his name on the Internet,but I got to thinking about him today and typed it in,and there he was. I remember being there the day Barney and Kathy left with Travis and Crystal for Texas,and I still get upset that I didn't make it to their wedding sooner. Missed you before and still to this day brother."
Steve Cole of Independence, Mo.

"I was Travis recruiter when he joined the Army, this young man was so full of joy and always had smile on him. I remember him coming down to visit the station every time he was in town and tell me how much fun he was having and how much he loved his job. I was in Iraq at the time he died, I had a hard time accepting the fact that why such a great person like Travis was gone. Then I found out how he died and I was so proud of him and I still am to this day. He died protecting his brothers in arms like a true SOLDIER!!! I know his family is very proud of him and he will always be remembered.

Respectfully,
SFC Luis Capeles
U.S. Army"
SFC Luis Capeles of San Antonio, TX

"Great guy, I serverd in iraq with him ...... miss ya brother !"
Michael Sewell of Blum tx

"Hi its me Serenity wanting to let you know i will never ever forget you.I Love and miss you very much.I just WISH you were here watching me grow up in this life LOVE and MISS YOU"
Serenity Babbitt of Killeen,Tx

"Travis i love you so much and wish you never died"
Cassie leighty of indep.mo

"I never knew this wonderful handsome young man. But I have her so much about him through my fiancé, his cousin MIkala Leighty. She talks about him everyday and is always showing me pictures. I am so thankful that you served for our country and protected us. My dad was in the air force and died in 1996. Hearing stories like this breaks my heart for ther family and children. Just know that you are very much respected and I appreciate everything you have done. I haven't got to meet the rest of our family yet but I plan on doing it soon. I will continue to pray for them and protect the family of yours I am around now. Thank you for all you have done. My heart goes out to the family and children."
Tabatha Paxton-Leighty of Independence, MO

"dear dad i really wish you were here right now the only day i rember when me and you actually went somewhere is when we went to the zoo and the lama spit on you...I lOVE YOU <3"
unique babbitt of San antonio t.x.

"dear dad i really wish you were here right now the only day i rember when me and you actually went somewhere is when we went to the zoo and the lama spit on you...I lOVE YOU"
unique babbitt of San antonio t.x.

"Travis, No words can ever express the hole that has been left in my heart since you have gone. Every November gets harder with each passing year. I try to stay in contact with Mom and Dad as much as possible. I am trying to do my part and keep your light shining for the kids. We had a little heart to heart when I was down to see Mom and Dad. I still need to make time to go on one of the rides with them.I just wanna sy that I keep you in my daily thoughts and that miss you brother. I love you homie..."Like a fat loves cake""
SGT Chuck Kennedy of Fort Drum, NY

"To the family of:Travis A Babbitt
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""

"TRAVIS, When I heard the news I was in shock, saying to myself thats not the Travis Babbit that I know. When I saw the PBS show it hit me like a ton of bricks, I could not believe this was happening. All the good times we had in high shool came rushing back to me. With tears in my eyes I looked to my wife and said thats my friend there talking about. I know your looking down on us watching our six and keeping our heads down, Babbit family, I will pray for you and forever hold Travis in my heart. God Bless. VIPER 89 OUT"
Jesus Garcia of Ft. Sam Houston TX

"dear daddy
i really really miss you and i still wish you were here right now with us we will always and have been thinking of you i wish i was lod enough to see you actually instead of when i was a baby i remember nothing exceot for the day u left i love you"
unique babbitt of san antonio

"Man I woke up this morning thinking about all my fellow soldiers lost on my first tour of duty overseas and the person that stuck out the most too me was my friend Babbit. One of the coolest and humblest dude I've ever meet. Always ready for what ever task he was asked to do. Truly missed soldier. Rest in peace my friend."
James of Tampa, FL

"Wow.. its been nearly 7yrs:/ Travis We Miss Yu So Much But We All Know Yur In Gods Hands Know. As I Type This I Beggin To Cry Cause I Neer Thought The Next Time I Saw Him Was Gonna Be In The Obituary.. We Love Yu Travis So Much Yur Greatly Missed..

R.I.P Travis A. Babitt<3"
Breana Patterson of Sabinal Texas

"It's been over 5 years and still is not near getting easier for me and my kids. We miss my husband so much. This hole in my heart will never be filled. I thank god he brought me n Travis together. We have 3 beautiful children who are very proud to call him their father. Seeing him leave when he was here for r&r was so hard. I won't lie, I begged that man to stay. His response was: I have to go back baby, my brothers are waiting for me, and I need to protect them, they are my family too. I love you so much Trav, I miss you everyday. I still have moments where I think you will call, or I will see you when I visit your mom n dad. There are no words that I can say to thank you enough cs without you, I wouldnt have our kids. They miss you like crazy. Unique cried her Lil eyes out with me watching the Frontline documentary. She misses her daddy so much. Diego already has it planned to follow in your footsteps. He doesn't cry, tries to be tough like you. Serenity see your pictures and your videos, it hurts her though cs she was to young to have memories like the other two, but me,your parents, and sister let her know you loved her so much. She loves the pic of her and you on the day you were going back to Iraq. She asked me why you looked like you were gonna cry, and I told her because you were sad that you had to leave us but that's what a soldier has to do. I thank those who didn't know Travis but still gave him enough respect to show some love and kind words for my husband. It means ALOT to me n my family. I will always miss you baby! I will always love you, I'm glad I had your heart, and you had mine. Your our hero forever baby! I love you!"
Anita Babbitt(wife of this amazing man) of San Antonio, TX

"All these years and it seem's like yesterday we were on the roof talking about home. You are a good man. You and your family are in my prayers. Miss you brother."
Robert Garrison of Dickinson Tx

"Travis was my moms best friend. when he died she changed alot. we love him always. sabrina and breana patterson"
breana of sabinal tx usa

"Dear Babbitt Family,
Travis, Crystal and Myself went to School together and I have know about this since 2004. My condolences go to you and your family I am currently in Afghanistan severing our country just like Travis and I have been ever since I got out of school. Crystal I hope that everything has turned out ok and you can always hit me up if you need a shoulder

SGT Robert Rodriguez
USMC
Uvalde 1999"
SGT Robert C Rodriguez of Kandahar Afghanistan

"Dear Babbitt family, I didn’t know Travis, I am just getting to know Crystal, and I know he would be very proud of his sister. After reading all the message’s that where left I can feel the love so many people had for him. Travis sounds like he was a wonderful,caring,loving and brave young man that will always be missed. I want you to know how much I appreciate his and your sacrifice for our country. God bless, I will keep you in my prayers."
Lisa Welcome of Kemah, TX

"It's amazing how you changed my life. From the first moment we met you protected me, guided me, stood next to me and taught me how to be a real soldier. You were always there when I needed you. You were a person I could laugh with at 3 am in the watch tower in iraq. You were the guy that made those 120 degree days seem to go by in an instant. You brought joy to others who couldn't seemingly bring it to themselves. For every act of aggression you gave a hug, ill never forget that about you. You always acted so tough, but you didn't have to be , you were already my hero. I miss you everyday. "MISFITS" we will always stay united. "GOV TEAM ASSEMBLE!" heard over the radio, in minutes we were all there, ready to go, ready to die. Forever Brothers. Rest in peace <3"

"Hey Trav it is so hard to believe it has been 5 years. I hope you are watching us from Heaven. I know that's where HEROS go!! I love you and miss you everyday!!"
Aunt Stacy of Independence MO

"travis was a nice guy . i remember groing up with him in uvalde . myself travis and eric m. used to practice break danind in a little shack at my house on park and pecos. =-) good times"
jack of deer valley

"25 March 09
Hey brother, its been a long time. I was thinking about you today, it being memorial day and all. I just arrived in NTC and I cant help but remember the rotation we spent here. I never thought i'd think about those days as the "good old days." Man its crazy how things are. I think about you all the time and worry about your family. I dont know why but I do. Its almost been five years but I know we all still carry you in our prayers. The other day I spoke with Jason and we talked about you and Anita. I really wish I would have stsyed in touch with her just to let her know that we miss you too. Your mom too. I remember when I last saw her. It must have been so hard for both of them to come to Fort Hood and face everything. They were both great. Dude I will always keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care."
Alex of Orlando, FL

"14 April, 1009
I am currently watching "A Band of Brothers" which chronicled Spc Travis Babbitt's company in Iraq in 2004. This was mabe by Frontline on PBS and broadcast on 22 Feb, 2003. What a wonderful testamony to his courage and bravery. I know the family's hurt as we lost our son Capt. Lowell T. Miller II, 31 Aug. 2005. Know that after all this time I know you are still tender in your emotions. God bless you his family. I thank you for his service and your sacrifice."
Lowell T Miller of Flint, Michigan

"Travis,
You may not be here with us in this cruel world but you are alive in our hearts and in a better place. I know we will see eachother again and will remember the good times.
May God be with you until we meet again!

To the Babbit Family,
Travis will always be remember among our souls. He is just gone for a short while in a long journey and one day we will join him through out eternities! May prayers are with you always."
SGT Orellana, Max E. of Gaithersburg, Maryland

"Travis will never be forgotten. He gave his life so that others can live. He was a brother and a friend for life. I knew him since I was 8 and and I still serve also. I will honor his name and life and not let others forget. He was a hero and will always be."
SGT Messerschmidt, Aaron of Pleasant Hill, Mo

"We are remembering your family as another year has passed since that tragic day. God's grace is what I pray for your family. Nov 8 2008"
The Hampton's of Garland, Texas

""DEAR MOTHER ,FAUTHER AN FAMILY OF TRAVIIS BABBIT,THIS MAN FOUGHT AND WAS PROTECTING HIS COUNTRYAND AS THE LORD IN HIS NAME SAY MAY HE REST IN PEACE""
GEORGO W. BUSH of WASHINGTON D.C

"hi kathy and barney its me kelly and im sorry for wat had happened to travis"
kelly of uvalde,tx

"Rest In Peace Babbitt. I remember meeting you threw Ballesteros, I PCSd but word got to me about what happened I was shocked brother. Thanks for serving our country you will never be forgotten."
Juan Baca of La Puente, CA Los Angeles

"Thank you to everyone for honoring Travis and his memory! He is truly an outstanding person! I love you Trav and thank you for being an awesome brother! Always your little sister Crystal"
Crystal Babbitt-Lambert of Texas City, Texas

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Travis A. Babbitt:
Travis 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

"Kathy if you ever need to talk just pray
and gracefully god will give you a connection to him."
KellyLuna of Uvalde,Tx

"Travis i miss you im you parents next door nabor.Im only 12yrs old."
Kelly Luna of Uvalde,Tx

"TRAVIS,
I 'M WRIITING THESE FEW LINES TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I KNOW YOUR IN HEAVEN AND DOING JUST FINE, NO MATTER HOW FAR AWAY YOU ARE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. YOUR MY #1 SOLDIER AND YOU'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MISSING YOU TRULY SOMEONE YOU MEANT ALOT TO."
JESSICA of KANSAS

"To the Babbitt family especially his wife and children. We were blessed to meet Travis and he was so generous to spend a couple of hours of his time with us (myself and my 6th grade class of students at Sacred Heart School)right before he left to Iraq. He shared many photos with my students and they enjoyed his talk of experiences there and of the children of Iraq that he met. He was an angel to us that day and made the class realize that he is a truely a hero who is fighting for what we all take for granted which is...freedom. Before he left he told us a wonderful story of how when he was in the field he started thinking of his wife and kids back at home. At that exact moment he looked down and at his feet and saw a heart-shaped rock and how he felt the presence of the love of his wife and kids at that time. There was not a dry eye in my classroom as he told us this story. For the brief moment we met him we all realized that he was a very special person. When we heard the news of his passing we dedicated a special "mass" in his honor. God Bless Travis Babbitt and his family of whom he spoke so wonderfully of."
N.Alvarado of Uvalde, TX

"Merry Christmas brother. Miss you like hell."
SSG Jason M. Ellis of Fort Knox, Kentucky

"To The Babbitt Family they are the strongest people I know and Love
Its been tough but anna and the kids are grateful and love Travis as if he never left To those of you who see his memorial today on the anniversary of his passing Im thankful that though Travis is gone he has and will not ever leave are hearts So Thank You for keeping him alive"
His Niece Ginavie Meyer of San Marcos Texas

"Hey cousin its me i just wanted to let you know that i thank you alot for surving our country. I also think you for being a hero for alot of people you dont know how much everybody thinks you. Just thought ill tell you that your kids are doing fine and so are you parents."
Your cousin Sarah L. Perez of Uvalde Texas

"Hey Travis
Whats up bro, I am sorry it has taken so long to write you, I know you are in heaven lookin down to us keeping us protected and in line bro, I miss you like crazy man, it is ironic on your anniversary, I will be graduating the Army recruiting course the same day. You know you are dearly missed everyday by all of us. Well bro I could go on all day talkin to you. Keep us protected and love ya bro and miss you. Hey Kathy, Barney, Krystal and all the kids, With love and God Bless"
SGT Spears, Chris of Fort Knox, Ky

"we are the Texas Vietnam Veteraans from Alvin, Txx. On Sept. 16, 2007 we presented the parents of Travis Babbitt a POW/MIA flag in Uvalde, Tx. We walked frrom Rosenberg tto Del Rio honoring parents of fallen soldiers. We are planning another walk to Lareddo. God bless the families of our soldiers"
Celinda Santos of Alvvin, Tx

"To the Babbit family:
I just wanted to let you know that Travis is not forgotten in the Blanchard family. I served with him in 1-8 Cav for 4 years. He was an awsome MAN. Thank you for keeping him alive in our memories."
SSG Blanchard of Ft. Hood, Texas

"Ana, i just wanted to let you know that were thinking of Travis, and you and the family are in our prayers"
Ayla VanZuiden of macomb IL

"I never did get to meet this great man but i do know his baby sister she is sure one of a kind. She loves him so much and we never speak of him as if he was not here he is here in her and his children but also her children crystal's soon to be 8 mo old son look's so much like his uncle Travis, that sometmes it is hard to not think of him this child is the greatest gift as is any child. He is his uncle's mini me.Crystal is a great sister friend and mother when she loves you trust me you know it is real."
Donna kaye Wood of Texas City,Texas

"To the entire Babbitt Family: I want to start off by saying that I am glad that my brother SPC. Charles E. Odums II (K.I.A. 5/30/04) served with your hero, Travis. I pray for your strength and hope that you know we will always be family just as our brothers were! Thank you, Crystal for your words of endearment on Charles' page, take care Babbitt's and know that your brother and mine are still proudly serving together (as heros), I miss them everyday! May God Bless you & keep you."
Janel Odums Johnson of Leesburg, Georgia

"Hey brother. You were the best damned tank driver I had and by far one of my best troops. There is hardly a day goes by that I don't think of you and your family. Bro, you fought bravely to the last in the true Cavalry tradition. I'll never forget that day as long as I live. Every anniversary of that horrific day hits me like a sledgehammer, but the sacrifice you made kept your fellow Troopers alive.

Anita, our prayers are still with you, we will never forget. Travis lives with us every day in our hearts. He was a TRUE brother-in-arms."
Staff Sergeant Jason M. Ellis of Fort Knox, KY, USA

"To the Babbitt Family; its been 2 years since the awful day came knocking on your door. Our son was with the 1/8; he called us when your son and Spc Ray White were killed days apart. He was heartsick. I was there with all of the families the day we sent them off to Iraq from Fort Hood. We were promised that our men would be returned to us in the way we sent them. Your soldier will forever be young in your hearts and mind. We as a country owe you a huge thank you that seems like it will never be enough. Our broken hearts can not compare to your broken lives and the hole left in your heart with Travis being gone. Know that we send hugs of love this week to comfort and warm you. Thank you so much for your Travis' love of country and his loyalty to his brothers in arms."
Family of Sgt Joel Smith formerly of 1/8 CAV of Garland, Texas/ USA

"To the Family & Friends of SPC Travis Babbitt.
Having just watched the moving documentary by PBS aired this evening on the BBC, I was moved by the camaraderie of his unit & the sentiments left here. You have my sincerest sympathies for your loss.
I too recently lost my father, who was an Army Lt Col of 43yrs, thankfully he died a retired officer, but his loss is still as heartfelt as if he'd died in the 5 conflicts/police actions he'd taken part in.
To fight for ones country is an honour not all of us have the courage to fulfill.
To die for ones country is the greatest sacrifice one can make.
His name will live on in those that remember him & what he represented.
Here is a latin prayer/chant that has given me solace in the past, it's of catholic origin.
Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae,
Vita dulcedo et spes nostra salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes,
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eja ergo advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Jesum benedictum fructum ventris tui
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.
[ For those who don't speak latin:-
Hail holy queen, mother of mercy,
Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry poor banished children of Eve,
To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate
your eyes of mercy toward us.
And after this, our exile,
Show us the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.]
God Bless you."
R. O'Malley of UK

"Travis and family,
You are in my prayers."
Richard of Dublin, Ireland

"Dear Specialist Babbit And Family,

I never knew you, but I felt compelled to say thankyou after watching "a company of soldiers". What you did was truly heroic. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

God Bless."
Geoff Norman of London, UK

"Hey brother its me, your old LT. Its taken me awhile to get here but I'm here. I see that many people are still praying for you. That makes me feel good. I hope you understand that they all still love you and miss you dearly. When I spoke at your memorial I said that instead of speaking about how great you were I would keep that all to myself and instead remind everyone about how great all the soldiers were, but I should have told them, your wife, your mom, about you, the real you. Yeah you were sometimes lazy and other times had to be told what to do over and over again, but you know what I wouldnt have traded you for any other driver in the battalion. You were one of my boys. You were DK and I was Frodo. You were the one that always stole more food from SGT P so that we could chill and eat on our tank. You were the one that, despite how hard it might have been, always ask me if you could borrow my phone to call your wife and kids while in the field. You were the one that always wanted to fight anyone who spoke bad about our tank, no matter who it was. We had a great crew you, Arguello, SGT Ellis, and me. Its bad how we were separated after I left, makes me wonder if it would have been different had I not left and been there. I know it was way out of my hands, but I wish I would have atleast been there with you in the end. I miss you. Brother, you are my hero, and I will carry you with me always, in my heart and in my prayers. I love you."
LT

"Travis, there isnt a day that go's by when that name doesnt come to mind. we had so many good times and just as many bad times i think but hey we turned out all right. I remember the last time travis came to town and i quit my job so we could go out and party and when travis went to my house and we had a beer and talked about old times, i never once thought that would be the last time i would see him. Travis was such a big part of my life growing up and even now. I rember looking up to him and trying to be just like him even though i really never could. I remember asking travis to join the marines with me but he was just starting his family so he couldnt. Then when i got out of the Marine Corps he asked me to join the army and go with him but this time it was me who was starting a family so i couldn't. well even though i didnt go with him physically, a part of me did and will always be with him. Travis was my cousin but we were closer than brothers and ill never forget who he was or what he did. I love you Travis!"
Shawncy Perez of Kingsville Tx.

"SPC Babbitt,
When we got back from Iraq, your parents spoke to the medics that tried desperately to save your life. Your mom stood tall, stood strong and gave us all strength. You and your family are in my prayers."
MEDO

"I was a friend of Travis. And as such, I am extremely proud of him.we'll miss ya buddy! Good job, well done."
James Stobaugh of Carrizo Springs, Tx

"Crystal Babbitt ,
Symapthy to you and your family. You are in my prayers."
Julie Cruz Peters of California,Mo

"God bless you and your family."
Henry L. Wimberley of Barksdale, Tx.

"May the Lord Bless Travis and all who have fallen in this war against evil. Family, friends, and country all mourn the loss of this hero."
Kurt of Westlake, TX

"TRAVIS WAS ALWAYS AT MY HOUSE ENJOYING MY FAMILY. THERE ISN'T A DAY OR TIME WE DON'T REMEMBER HIM. HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS. WE ALL KNOW THAT HE DID WHAT HE LOVED TO DO. BEING A SOILDER, FIGHTING IN THE BATTLE. TRAVIS I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND THE FAMILY MISSES YOU SO MUCH. YOU ARE MY "HERO" . YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED."
J.O of UVALDE,TEXAS

"To the Babbitt Family.

It has almost been a year now and I think about you all the time. Kathy, I miss the fun we had working together at Southstar and I will never forget the times Travis stopped by after school to visit. It almost seems like yesterday 12 years ago. He was a great guy and always had a smile on his face. We had a great time joking with each other and he helped all of us laugh when we needed a lift.
God Bless You"
Michael Corrigan of Hondo, Texas

"I saw a documentery on his squad and by the the way they said he deid this man is truly a hero and has made my motavation stronger to join the military rest in peace and god bless"
C\PO1 DeLeon of Ridgecrest ,CA

"Growing up with Travis is something i will never forget. We had a lot of fun together and almost a year latter it is still hard to believe he is not comming home again. He was one of the closest friends and cousins that i grew up with. My brothers and i all remember him well and will never forget the years we shared together. This is the last picture i have of Travis from his short leave home not long before he was killed. He is truely missed!"
Aaron Perez of Fort Worth TX

"Travis, I've often thought about you since I came back from Iraq, I still remember that day, it seems like you will call me one of these days and snap me out of this day-dream, but I know it won't happen and I know you made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and I want you to know how much I love you for that. You will be missed but never forgotten travis. Mustangs!"
SGT. Arguello, Christian, A. of Fort Carson, CO

"I JUST WANT TO SAY TRAVIS IS MISSED VERY MUCH BY ALL OF HIS MISSOURI FAMILY I CAN SAY THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK OF HIM AT LEAST ONCE AND HOPE HE IS LOOKING DOWN ON ALL OF US WE MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU"
AUNT STACY AND KIDS of INDEPENDENCE MISSOURI

"Travis Family,
My Name is SSG Maldonado, Jesus S. and I used to be stationed in Fort Hood. I am still a good friend in heart and mind. Travis is a good friend of mine, we always talked to meet up at Uvalde, because I was from Crystal City. We were in the same company in A Co 1-8 before he went to S-4 in the battalion. He was one of our great soldiers in the platoon. I will always have him in my heart and GOD Bless the Travis Family."
Jesus Maldonado of Fort Knox , KY

"May God continue to bless all family and friends of Spc. Travis Babbitt. I share what your pain is like as I too lost my husband, Army Sgt. Jonathan B. Shields, 3 days after Spc. Babbitt. My family and I remember the great things said about Travis at the memorial in December and we pray that those memories are stronger the painful memories of the day you were told of your loss. May God continue to strengthen you.
Mrs. Deanna Shields"
Deanna Shields of Killeen, TX

"God Bless Travis, family and friends, and all who have shared the same for other fallen soldiers. God Bless the USA!"
Jose Herrera USN of El Paso, Texas

"Kathy and Barney,Our thoughts are with you always.Wish we could have known Travis better he was an awesome person and he will be missed."
Alex and Rhonda of Leakey,Tx.

"god bless you and your family"
mike of adelaide australia

"Having just seen the PBS program (shown here in Australia by the SBS network) I felt I should express my heartfelt condolences to the family, and the colleagues and friends of Travis.

In a way the PBS documentary has highlighted the horrendous loss felt when a soldier falls.

Nothing can replace your loved one but please accept that my thoughts are with you."
chris benham of melbourne, australia

"As I watched "Frontline" tonight I couldn't help but think of anything more but THANKING YOU the Babbitt family for such a admirable son, father, husband, and soldier. Although I didn't know Travis I know he will truely be missed, a TRUE HERO! I too lost family in the war, my cousin Sgt. Michael Barrera was killed on October 28, 2003. Heros aren't made, they're born, and each soldier is an automatic HERO. God Bless the Babbitt family, and every other military family."
Analicia of Laredo, TX

"AS I WATCHED FRONTLINE, ALL I CAN DO WAS CRY FOR THE DEATH OF SPC BABBIT BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID HE SAVE HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS LIVES BUT HE RISKED HIS OWN AND THATS BRAVE WHAT HE DID. I PRAY FOR THE SOLDIERS ALL THE TIME FOR GOD TO BLESS THEM AND CONTINUE KEEPING THEM INSPITE OF EVERYTHING THAT SURROUNDS THEM.I JUST WANT TO SAY TO TRAVIS BABBIT'S FAMILY IS THAT, I KNOW ITS HARD TO DEAL WITH A LOVED ONES DEATH BUT STAY STRONG AND PRAY CONSTANTLY AND ONLY KNOW THAT HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE."
BRIANISHA PARKER of FAIRBANKS, AK USA

"AS I WATCHED THE FRONTLINE ALL I CAN DO WAS CRY FOR THE DEATH OF SPC BABBIT BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID HE SAVE HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS LIVES BUT HE RISKED HIS OWN AND THATS BRAVE WHAT HE DID. I PRAY FOR THE SOLDIERS ALL THE TIME FOR GOD TO BLESS THEM AND CONTINUE KEEPING THEM INSPITE OF EVERYTHING THAT SURROUNDS THEM.I JUST WANT TO SAY TO TRAVIS BABBIT'S FAMILY IS THAT, I KNOW ITS HARD TO DEAL WITH A LOVED ONES DEATH BUT STAY STRONG AND PRAY CONSTANTLY AND ONLY KNOW THAT HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE."
BRIANISHA PARKER of FAIRBANKS, AK USA

"Watching "Frontline", I cried to see the men talk of their love for Travis Babbitt after his death, and at his memorial. He will always be remembered with honor."
Jon Engdahl of San Francisco, CA USA

"To Travis Babbitt's family and all of our fallen soldiers, I cannot thank you enough or commend you enough for the sacrifice you make in the name of freedom. My son is a Major in Mosul. Everyday you all and all of your families are in my prayers. Your efforts and courage will NEVER be forgotten."
Mike and Midge of Bergheim Texas

"To the family and friends of Travis Babbitt: I recently watched the frontline documentary, and was very saddened for your loss. I also lost a friend of mine, Sgt. Benjamin Gilman, in Afghanistan. It has been over a year since he passed but every time I hear of another soldiers death I feel the same pit in my stomach and cringe at the thought of another family going through what we did. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the soldiers."
Stacy Hankey of Waterbury, CT

"Spc. Babbitt didn't seem like the type to accept the title "Hero", but a Hero he was. God bless."
WW of KC

"My prayers go out to the family of Travis Babbitt. May God bless you all and I thank God for wonderful Soldiers Like Travis who laid down their lives in bravery so that we can all live out the freedoms of the U. S. A.May you rest in peace."
Sandra of Pelham New Hampshire U.S. A.

"I give thanks to Travis's family and loved ones, who have suffered such a loss. I saw the Frontline show, and I wanted to find a way to say, I am grateful, and I thank God for his response to serving our country. May God give you comfort."
Sharon Monroe of Colorado

"My prayers go out to the family of Travis Babbitt. May God bless you all and I thank God for wonderful Soldiers Like Travis who laid down their lives in bravery so that we can all live out the freedoms of the U. S. A.May you rest in peace."
Sandra of Pelham New Hampshire U.S. A.

"My prayers go out to the family of Travis Babbitt. May God bless you all and I thank God for wonderful Soldiers Like Travis who laid down their lives in bravery so that we can all live out the freedoms of the U. S. A.May you rest in peace."
Sandra of Pelham New Hampshire U.S. A.

"I just saw the special on PBS on your company. You fought the good fight and saved others, you are a hero in my eyes. Thank you for giving your all."
Sonia of WI

"You have touched more people than you probably would have ever realized. You made me proud to be American."
Michael J. of Chicago IL

"Soldier, you will not be forgotten. God Bless you, your Family and your fellow Soldiers."
Laura of California, Maryland

"Specialist Babbitt, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Thank all of you for all of your support and condolences. We greatly appriciate it. Travis was a loving and devoted Father, Husband, Son ,and Brother. He will always be remembered for the wonderful person he was. We love and miss every day!LOVE YOU BUBBA!"
Crystal Babbitt-Lambert of Texas City,TX. U.S.A

"To Travis' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we lose yet another of Texas' sons.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"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. Your HERO, Travis will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Travis' Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Travis Babbitt, 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 Spc. Travis Babbitt:
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 Travis 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 Spc. Travis Babbitt:
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 Travis, 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