Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ryan Travis Baker


24, of Brown Mills, New Jersey.
Baker died when two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 15, 2003.

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"Dear Travis,
You would of made the best uncle. If you here right now I would make you move down here and make you live with me the whole summer. You would love Mayson he is just like you and he likes like you,too. I miss you sooo much that I wish that you never joined the army. But, you did what you loved and everyone loves you if who you are. I know that you can not read this but I love you soo much. You and I would make the best of friend, we would be inseparable. You would be a great father and amazing uncle. I think about you everyday and tell my friend about the funny games you make up, like cow bowling and how far can camels. I love you sooo much. Kiss to you in heaven.

Sincerely,Kellie"
Kellie Cvaiere of Browns Mills, NJ

"Tristan...this is your uncle sonny, travis's oldest uncle. I am a chaplain for an american legion and have initiated and now wear a patch on our uniforms. On it is shows KIA/WIA. This was the one thing I wanted to do for him."
Sonny Baker of Mountain Top, Pa. U.S.A.

"Thank you Travis for your "NOBLE" sacrifice. You will ever be one of my Heroes."
Infidel WBMC of Illinois

"man days hard hard when your crying listening to see you again and looking at pictures of you i miss you so much i love you bye"
tristan james baker willis of spring hill tn

"A little puppy was found in Kingsport TN.. With Travis's dog tags around it's neck. I'm trying to get it back home to where it belongs..

To the family of Travis I never knew this brave young man that fought for his country but for his sacrifice I am grateful. Words can not express how truly sorry I am..

If you know where this puppies home is please email me Mickiesnapp@gmail.com"
Mickie of Kingsport TN

"I love you"
his son of tn

"I will continue to honor your name every chance I get! No matter how many years go by! I will always keep the memories close to my heart! And always know that you will always be loved and missed by me, your family and so many other lives you're touched! As I would always say to you, "Stay Sweet!" xoxoxoxo
With Love Always,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"You will always have a special place in my heart, as well as your family! I will always remember how amazing you are! Always knew just what, when and how to say something. That takes talent, lol, especially for me!"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"So much has happened, you would always joke with me and say I needed your approval for any guy I dated, lol! Well, I found the "perfect" guy that I know you would approve, yep 100% for sure! His name is Jimmy, he has been such a blessing in my life, sweet, loving and caring! Just like you! I know you are looking down on me, smiling and happy for me!"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"I got to meet Tristan, what a cute boy! He is just like you, a mini-Trav running around, lol! He had me cracking up laughing, just like you! I was in tears, but happy tears remembering the memories!"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"As the years go by, some things just never change! I still smile, laugh and cry thinking about you!"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"I miss you, you are loved and never forgotten! <3"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"I think about Ryan every day for his sacrifice he had a part in giving us all our blessings. I will never forget he is a angel now."
Gilbert Duran of El Paso,Texas

"We will never forget you and your sacrifice, Travis. vicki tindall"
vicki tindall of toms river, nj 08755

"dear dad i have been in toch whith lucies it is cool be in toch with him he is a cool guy he likes to brag about his taco but i make taco saled"
Tristan

"Trav,
This will probably be one of the last things I post here. I love you, and I will see you in a little while. I enjoy watching Tristan grow here. I will continue to watch that for you. I hear songs on the radio at just the right time and realize you are there. Songs we shared, songs you dedicated to me. You are never far away, I know that. However, I am coming to realize I have to let you go. Please, sweetheart know I'll NEVER forget, just letting go. I miss you everyday. Your smile, your laugh, our arguments, our time together, the way you smell, our dance, your time with Hannah, what you taught me. I carry that with me. We carry that with us. God speed Trav. I love you. I always will. You took my heart with you. Well, a piece of it. Can I have that dance again when I get to Heaven and I see you? This will be the last post here from me. I know this post was more for me than you. Its been almost 10 years yet it feels like yesterday. I've never moved on Trav. I still hear your voice, I still smell you. I still have your jacket. Hannah still has your stuffed animals and she is 15 today. We love you. Thank you for all the love you showed us. You will FOREVER be in our hearts. Who knows, maybe I'll even make fudge again this year for Christmas. I haven't made it since you left. We fought over Gram's fudge. Ha ha. I love you Trav. This is not good bye, but see ya."
Heather of Campbell

"Ryan, I remember the good times growing up we shared! You first introduced me to hermit crabs and probably the first time riding a bus to your house!! I still remember your mom telling me you were in basic training and wanting to catch up with you! I kick myself over and over for not showing up to your dad's funeral...you were always a brother to me and I hope you rest in eternal peace...love always!!!"
Scott Burnham of Trevose, PA

"Trav,

I know that the last time I saw or even talked to you was like forever and a day ago...probably Freshman year in high school. Travis and I went to Jr High and High school together in lovely old Pemberton Township, NJ. Travis was definitely a character a totally funny guy who just seemed to have the knack of making his friends smile. Dude you are so missed."
SSG King, LaKeya of Killeen, Tx

"hey dad my b-day was a few days ago now im 11 i wish you a happy thainks giving......i cant wate till crismas by dad :)"
tristan of spraing hill/tn/usa

"miss you buddy"
sandy of browns mills nj usa

"Your smile will always stay forever in my heart <3 It makes me remember so much of our time together!"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Dear Trav,
It has been way too long and time is not healing any of the pain that I still feel from losing such a "TRUE" friend! I don't think I will ever find someone that I will consider a "TRUE" friend like I had with you! I so miss our chats about anything, which would make me laugh. You really knew how to brighten my day/life! You will always have a place in my heart <3 I love you Trav!"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"I still miss you......"

"dear dad i gust got back from a camping trip i made new frends an saw a frend how wenet camping with me 4 3years sinsery tristan"
tristan

"in my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. always. I remember you and your brother coming to our house to hang with my son Nick and thinking about and admiring your close knit family. you were a great kid and grew up to be our great hero."
vicki tindall of toms river

"Hey trav won't forget ya"
jimmy c of new jersey

"The cost of freedom is not free. I do not take lightly the enormous cost our Nation spent in blood and treasure. I honor those willing to make the sacrifice defending our Nation and serving so proudly. Memorial Day is not about backyard barbecues and sales at local stores. It is about those who paid the greatest price of all. Memorial Day is to remember those who sacrificed all for their Country, Family, and Friends. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones life for his friends. John 15:13"
Larry of Chula Vista, CA, USA

"Thank-you everyone for helping me stand up in honor of the fallen. I am supposed to go back to Spring Hill city council. I don't know why but I am really nervous. So I hope you help me make it through cause it will be hard."
Tristan of Spring Hill, TN

"There is nothing we can say to make it easier for all of the family. Thank You for your gift of your life to all Americans. You are with your God now."
Lee of Oceanside Ca. USA

"Continue to Honor your son everyday, He is a war HERO, in my eyes, I continue to Honor mine, Cpl. Erik H. Silva KIA 4-4-03, God Bless you"
Gloria of Banning , California

"Your father would be proud of you!
God bless you and your family and God bless America !"
Jessie M. of NYC,NY

"Thank you for your service and sacrifice... As long as i live you will not be forgotten."
Dan S of Virginia

"Tristen,
I saw your Mother and you on TV. You represented your Father very well. I'm certain he is watching you from Heaven and is quite proud. Don't let the City Council's decision get you down. By speaking about your Father on the news, citizens from all over this Nation will now be honoring him on Memorial Day.
God bless you and your Mother."
Nick Popaditch of Chula Vista, California

"Thank you for your sacrifice. God bless you"
Sue M of El Cajon, CA

"I hoped to honor your Father by looking up this web site. God Bless you and your family! He gave the ultimate sacrifice-his life."
Edith Hughes of Lake Hopatcong NJ

"God bless you and your family. You are a true hero."
Joey of USA

"God bless you all I'm praying for yu"
Caca

"May God continue to bless and keep you, that's our prayer for you."
S. Allen of Jackson, TN

"I am so very sorry for your loss. It is something you never get over, but more like... get around. I am honored to fly a "banner" for your father. Peace to you and yours!"
Liz Barnes Marquardt of Lawrenceburg, KY

"I will see you in Heaven my Brother in Spirit,

ArkBear -"
John Madison Shaw Sr of aledo, tx

"Dear Trisitan: I want you to know that your Dad is looking down badly on a town of officials who have no care for the fallen soliders like your Dad that honorably served our country. Check and see how many who said no to you and your family have not served their country.

But what is most important of all, you Dad is looking not only down at you but also is by your side every day that you need him. He is so proud of you for trying that many other kids would not do.

Not only are the good Americans again are proud of your father but they also raise the American flag for you for being such a wonderful, caring and loving son.

We all here in America who are good Americans love you and your wonderful family.

Good Bless you, your Dad and the rest of the family."
George Ramas of Walnut Creek, CA USA

"To Ryan Travis Baker's Family

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I know even now it still hurts. I am so proud of your son,husband and dad, Ryan. God Bless all of you. He will never be forgotten. Ryan, you would be so proud of your son, he will turn out to be a very great man one day.He has you ,to always know ,that when you stand for something bigger than self, it is well worth giving your life for. I thank you Ryan and pray for your family dearly. You may not read this, but let me tell you,others will and God knows your family and will be there for them as we will. Trisitan , I want to place a brick in your Fathers Name here to honor him. I need his date of birth,any medals he recieced. When it is done and placed I will send you a pic. send me your address to send it to. My address is P.O. Box 408 Springtown Tx 76082 Send me a card with your address. You can also call our church and leave your phone number or address. Hill Top Springtown Tx 817 220 7177 By the way I have a son in 11 years and I understand the Military and the pain. care4troops@aol.com my e mail. Make sure you tell me who you are when sending me e mail"
Michelle Sneed of Springtown Texas 76082 USA

"hay dad it is me tristan it is so long sints i seen you i have a new bro jk but we like to call him a bro he look like my bro chirs"

"Dear Travis,
It is almost eight years since you left this earth They say time heals all but I do not think that day will ever come. I miss you with all my heart and I love you so much you are still my buddy. I know you visit because my house will eminate the smell of coffee and you know I do not drink coffee. I was going through your military papers and I found a letter you wrote telling us about your first week in boot camp. The letter made me so happy like letters from heaven. I am so proud of you the military honors you in so many ways sometimes I can not get to all of them. I was presented a flag with your name embroyered on it and I will fly the flag proudly.I know what you would say I was just doing my job no fuss. I know why you loved the helicopter I was able to do flight simulation on the blackhawk I was the co pilot next year I will go on my real flight, now I know the thrill you always told me about I even earned a coin(ha ha)I know you know why I am laughing. Love you my son.
Love Mom"
Vicki Baker of Brownsmills, N,J.

"dear travis when you passed i had a very hard time finding the right thing to say to your family so i said nothing i would see your sister everyday and feel so bad for your family and for not telling them that im sorry and i miss you too . we had a lot of good times back in school jrotc, hanging out and spending time with each others familys i know you would have been a wonderful father you were a very good friend to me.now i have a family of my own my daughter is 9 she was born the day after me and im married ive been overseas for the past few years first kuwait and now iraq i think about you a lot over here and cant believe we lost you . fort dix has a urban combat training area that is dedicated to you ,your picture is on the wall in the office i have toured it and it is a nice tribute to a hardcore airborne solider . im proud of your acheivements in the army thats where my life started but sadly its where yours ended"
nicholas tindall of browns mills nj

"I'm remember you this day and everyday."
Heather of Fort Campbell, KY

"I miss you....."
Heather of Fort Campbell, KY

"hi dad im at my friends house we live right next to each other my big brother is having air soft war we go to the same school."
tristan of tn

"I just wanted to say...I miss you."
Heather of Fort Campbell, KY

"Dear Trav,
Yet another year and I miss you more and more. What I would do to have one more laugh or see one more smile! Thinking about your family and wishing them the best during these still so difficult times. Praying that your son holds on to the memories of you as he grows up. Thinking of you and wanting you to know that you will NEVER be forgotten! Thank YOU!XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
Love ya,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Hi dad today is my birthday I am 9 years old. I hope you had a very good Vetran's day. Someone sent some presents to me in your honor. I was a little sad today and missed you. Love Tristan"
Tristan of Spring Hill, Tn

"Tomorrow is Veterans Day
You and all the other soldiers is what this day is all about
Thank you and I miss you I think about you everyday
Love
Aunt Kris"
Kris of Warminster,Pa

"To the family of:Ryan T. Baker
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""

"Dear Trav,
It has been all too long! I wish you were here to talk to with some manly advice,lol. I know, I know, just what you would say! You were the BEST to always make me laugh and put a :) on my face. Thinking of you and how much you mean to me and a lot of people, like your son, Tristan.
Tristan, your dad was an awesome man and a great friend. I know that you will make your dad proud of you and grow up to be an awesome person like he is! My prays are with you :)
With Love Always,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Hi it is me Tristan and we got rid of a dog named cupcake. She was still a puppy. I love you and I miss you so much. I am praying for you. Thank-you for joining the Army so our country could be free. Love, Tristan"
Tristan of Spring Hill, TN

"Hi, Its me Tristan, I'm missing you. Your young son, well not anymore. I am 8 years old and I have one big brother and one little sister. I miss you in heaven. Can you tell Jesus I said hi? I am praying for you to have a good time in heaven. Right now I am trying to put on army tattoos. It is not working. Love Tristan"
Tman of Spring Hill, Tn USA

"TRAV,
WOW! IT HAS BEEN ALL TOO LONG SINCE YOU WERE HERE WITH US! I MISS THE FRIEND I HAD IN YOU. I MISS JUST SO MUCH ABOUT THE MEMORIES THAT WE SHARED TOGETHER. I TELL EVERYONE I MEET ABOUT YOU AND WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN YOU WERE TO EVERYONE YOU MET! THOSE WERE THE DAYS AND ALL I HAVE ARE MEMORIES, BUT I WILL HOLD THEM CLOSE AND DEAR TO MY HEART FOREVER! YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!! WITH LOVE ALWAYS!"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"It'll be 7 years this year & I still have your old cell phone number in my phone, I know that's kinda weird but I just keep it, even when I get a new phone, yours is the first number I put in...I guess it's just my way of holding on to you somehow. I'm so sorry I didn't answer the phone the last time you called, it was 2 days before you had to go back to Iraq...I HATE myself for not calling you back in time!!! I miss our late night chats & the way you ALWAYS made me laugh. I hope your mom sees this and contacts me, talking about you makes it easier somehow, at least for me...Vicki, your son was a phenomenal human being, thank you for sharing him with us & thank you for the sacrifice that your family & Ryan made. I will absolutely NEVER forget him, everyone I know gets to hear about my wonderful, hilarious friend that gave his all for his country.
I miss you & love you forever my friend.(contact:refashionista@yahoo.com)"
Beth (Velvet) of Knoxville, TN USA

"Miss you and love you."

"Happy Birthday Trav Miss you EAGLES are doing good this year Uncle Oat stiil has cold beer waiting for you"
Aunt Kris of Warminster,Pa

"I was just having one of those days. I sure do miss you Trav. This is the time of year that I would have to fight you over Gram's fudge. I miss our talks. I miss you being here. I just miss you. Love you always."
Heather of Ft. Campbell, KY

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion _ Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Happy Thanksgiving Trav"
Aunt Kris of Warminster,Pa

"Hi Trav
It's been 6 years today that we lost you
Boy are you missed. I just hope you and Dane are raising havoc up there.ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU and what could have been. Wishing we could see Tristen maybe someday soon. Love yo"
Aunt Kris of Warminster,Pa

"Trav,
Thinking of you and your family! I miss your smile, hugs and laughs! Another year with only the memories to hold on too! Today, on November 15, 2009, I pray for all your family and friends that they will remember your precious smile, hugs and laughs. I pray for the LOVE that you gave to fill the space in our hearts and that we will be reminded how much you touched each of our lives. Trav, You will continue to be LOVED and remembered as a HERO!
With Love Always,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Thinking of you, Trav! It is almost another year that I am missing you! Today is Veteran's Day 2009, I want to salute my biggest HERO, YOU! Hugs and kisses, my love goes out to YOU! Thank you for serving our country! YOU will always be remembered!"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Hey Trav
Just missing you"
Aunt Kris of Warminster,Pa

"Trav,
Each year goes by and I say to myself, Man, I wish you were HERE right now. I could use a hug, laugh and you being you NOW. Yes, it is true. What a difference you have made in my life from the time i was blessed knowing you. In the beginning of the year, I started working at WaWa in Country Lakes where we met. It was tough esp. in the beginning, I just wanted you to walk though those doors, lock me in the cooler or hold me upside down over the trash cans. Something from those memories to put a smile on my face. I was welcomed, but it just was never going to be the same, and then I got a teaching job. I want you to know that you knew me and still loved me for who I am and I truly admire you for being the one person who I could count on, TRULY count on. I love and miss you more than you could have ever known.
Love"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Hey Travis! I am here thinking of you. Hannah is growing up. I wish you were here to see it. She misses going to work with you on Saturdays. I miss your gorgeous smile. I miss your laugh. I just miss ya, man! Anywho, I'm looking forward to seeing you again someday. Until then, I will always remember you."
Heather of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Hey Trav
Just thinking about you. I always do. Your face is on my braclet your Mom gave me I never take it off.Thanks for watching over Shannon she made it back safe and sound. She finally made Sgt I miss you and love you"
Aunt Kris of Warminster,Pa.

"Another year, that frigging sucks,every day, I have a place where you need to make a comment and you're not there to make a smartass comment. So enjoy your time in heaven without us to call you out, those of us that can will be there to join you and the fun that you inspire. So glad we had the time together.
Love ya always,
S"

"I hold Ryan Travis Baker in the highest regard for the heroism that he displayed in his life. I am grateful to Travis for defending our right's and freedoms as American's. I have listened intently when I have heard loved ones speak of him to know more of whom he was, holding on to every word. I am indebted to him for giving me one of the joys of my life my grandson. I see a good mix of Travis and Brooke when I look into Tristan’s face. Tristan brings joy into people's life, he loves deeply, play's intently, loves going to watch his hockey team play (Predators) and would eat a pound of bacon every morning if he could, before going to play with his Star War’s figurines he loves everything Star War’s.
Tristan misses his Dad as he is getting older and trying to figure out if he could still arrange to see his Dad and learning more about death than you want a child so young to have to face, whom you wish could just deal with being a child and all that comes with it

For all who loved and have lost Travis my heart is with you. Thank-you Army Specialist Ryan T. Baker, a son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, friend and Dad.

With Love,
Paula"
Paula of Franklin, TN

"To the family of Ryan T. Baker,
On this veterans day I feel that it is only right to remember a hero like Ryan. I bought a memorial bracelet two years ago at Fort Benning, Georgia and Ryan's name happened to be on it. I don't think that words can express how much your son means to me. I wear the bracelet every single day and every day when I put it on I remember him. Thank you so much for raising a son that was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live free.
"Heroism is not the birthright of 'great men,' or famous men, or men with stars on their shoulders, but finds its most noble expression in common men and women, in circumstances less dazzling than any Hollywood thriller, who give everything of themselves to save a life or serve a cause.""
Amberly Cox of Waco, Tx

"To the Family of Spc. Ryan T. Baker

My name is Carol Milburn, and I'm a substitute teacher at Sumner High School in Sumner, WA. Today we had our Veteran's Day Assembly and as we walked in, we were handed little slips of paper with the picture of a soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I got Ryan T. Baker.

I want to let you know that Ryan is being honored in other places around the US today as we celebrate our freedom and honor those who gave their lives to protect it. May I offer my deepest condolences and thankfulness to you for a devoted son who gave so much to protect our freedom in this country.

"Lest we never forget."

Sincerely,
Carol Milburn
Sumner High School
Sumner, WA
253-891-5500"
Carol Milburn of Sumner, WA

"Hey you! And here I am writing again. I don't know why I keep doing this. You are not here to read it, and if you were, you would tell me how silly I'm being. I miss you so much Trav. I just wanted to tell you I love you. I am thinking about you......always!"
Heather of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Trav, Hey sweets! I just wanted to tell you that I am thinkin about you. Hell, I am always thinking about you. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you, or talk about you. Imagine this, I am getting married in December. I sure wish you could be here. You will always be in my heart. I miss you so much. You will always be in my heart. I love you and miss you more than you will ever know. I just wish some days I could just see you just one more time. I love you almighty fat kid."
Heather of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Dear Travis,
I know you are always with me and I yes my house fills with the scent of coffee to let me know you are with me. I feel so much comfort in that. I know you are with me when I sit outside and just look up in the sky and out of the blue a Black Hawk flys over me. I know it is you sending me a message. I want to tell you what a wonderful son you are to me and how much I miss you. I love you. I can still hear your last words to me I love you and I will call you on Tuesday . Tuesday never came.
Love you
Mom"
Vicki Baker of Brownsmills, NJ

"Hey you. You never cease to amaze me the people that you bring into my life. I feel you with me all the time. I miss you so much. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you, or smell your cologne, or see a plaid jacket and think of you. I love you. I always will. You will forever be a part of my life. I promise you I will never let go of that. I miss my all mighty fat kid. Love you."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"I served with Ryan in D co 4/101 from 1998-2002. Although I was with 1-101 in Iraq in 2003. My fondest memories were assisting him with phase inspections at Sabre. Go tool room! What a great mechanic! The memories we all share will live on. TO RYAN, THANK YOU. dan"
Humble Thanks To Ryan and His Family, Dan Duval of Springfield, TN

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Ryan Travis Baker:
Ryan 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

"Hey Trav, I still think about you all the time. I'm not sure why I continue to write here, you are not here. I guess it brings about some comfort. Spring is about here. We always had so much fun this time of year. We had so much fun all year....but especially in the spring and summer. I wish I could see your face just one more time. I miss you so much. I just wanted to tell you that I love you and miss you everyday!"
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Hey Travie,
I know that you hated it wnen I called you that, but I felt special that I am the only one you called you that and was allowed too. I wanted to say that I miss you so much and dad. Dana went to school today and she talks about you so much like you were her bestfriend.She is so prouud of you and wish that you were still here with us. I know that she would give you a run for your money. She finally got to meet Tristin and she thinks that he is very funny. Kellie is doing very good. I wish thatyou got to meet her. I hope that you like that she has your name and I tell her all about you and why she sould always be proud of her name. I am doing good and I think about you all the time. I love You."
sister, Jamie of jackson, NJ

"I'm at another store that you don't haunt yet so feel free to join me there. The world is moving on without you but it isn't the same, the day goes by but without the laughter you added to it. Rest easy , my friend, you will always be remembered with laughs and love"
s

"trav
Merry Christmas I miss you I know your keeping an eye on Shannon Thanks
Love you"
Aunt Kris of Warminster Pa

"Trav,
It is coming up on 4 years. Wow! It still seems it was yesterday I was kissing you good-bye. I miss you so much Travis. I love you and will always love you."
Heather of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Trav,
It is almost Sept. 11th (2007) again and I want you to know that you are a HERO. Oh, how I miss you so much. I still do not understand why God took such a Wonderful, Heart Filled man from us. About a month ago today, I got in a head on car accident and I had all my children in the car,plus my sister. It was a miracle and blessing that we are all here with just the memory of that awful day. Yet, I ask Why? If I could take that November 15th day back, I would. It is so difficult to understand that life is in God's hands not ours. I thank God for the chance to have met and fallen in love with such an amazing man. It was a blessing to have known you for those 9 years. You are so greatly missed that words can not even describe. Wish you were here, more than just memories, but to make more together.
With Love"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Our Church (First Baptist/Orlando)placed flags remembering our fallen heroes. My flag had the name of Ryan Travis Baker. Please know that you all are included in our prayer time every morning during our devotional time. We are so grateful for guys such as Travis defending our country and giving the ultimate sacrifice."
Bob & Doris Webber of Orlando, Florida

"proud to have known you,"
SFC. Devine Patrick( ret) of Philadelphia

"Travis,
Man I miss you. I still wake up everyday and can't believe you are gone. I think about you every day and know that we will see each other again. That day could not come soon enough. You will forever be the love of my life. I know that I will never again meet another Travis. I can hear you on my worst days saying....don't worry about me, I'm the almighty fat kid. I loved it and hated it when you would say that. But it ALWAYS made me smile. I love you."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Trav,
Thinking of you. I miss you. You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
With Love,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Hey you! Well I didnt get a chance to see your mom this year but I talked to Rob and hes doing really well. Im having another baby boy in May and I wish you could meet my fiance you two would get along so well. I really miss you and the most awesome thing is Im graduating from college in a few months and your gonna miss the party.....Well I miss you and Love you like the brother you always were to me! ..............................................................................................THERES A FENCE HERE THAT IS HONORING YOU AND ALL THE OTHER FALLEN SOLDIERS FROM FT. CAMPBELL. THERE ARE PEOPLE PETITIONING TO HAVE IT TAKEN DOWN AND IM STARTING A PETITION ON MYSPACE AND AT SCHOOL FOR IT TO BE LEFT UP IF ANYONE IS INTRESTED IN JOINING THE FIGHT TO KEEP A MEMORIAL LIKE THIS UP CANTACT ME ON MYSPACE WITH THE EMAIL mandygodsey@yahoo.com I WILL MAKE SURE THE PETITION GETRS TO YOU! THANKS EVERYONE AND I PRAY FOR YOUR SUPPORT."
Mandy of Clarksville Tn

"Trav.,
Thinking of you! You are missed so much! I wish you were here to talk to and most of all laugh with. I forgot how to do that anymore.
With Love,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"3 years is coming on strong and your still here with me, i know you and your dad are getting a laugh from all of us, but we missed you at halloween.
love to you always,"
wawa 329 of country flakes

"Trav,
It has been almost 3 years since I heard of the heartbreaking news about losing you. I pray that you really know how much you are missed in our lives. I also pray for your family that they would be comforted knowing how much you loved them through their memories with you. Trav, you are so greatly missed in so many ways.
With Love,"
Harmony of Browns Mills

"Travis's Family would like to thank everyone who wrote something. It means so much that you took the time to write about him. Thank you all. Travis is in our hearts forever! Travie we miss you!"
The Family Of Travis of Warminster/Browns Mills

"Thank you for serving with my brother, Scott, may you both fly high with the eagles. Not a day goes by that I don't think of all of you. You are greatly missed by your family and friends."
Ann Saboe-Remington of Hot Springs, SD

"Trav,
Another 9 -11 day has past and I keep thinking of all the heros and their families. However, You will always be my #1 hero. Thank you for fighting for our country, but I can't help but miss you. You will be remembered forever!
With Love,"
Harmony of Browns Mills

"Ryan! I miss you so much! You meant alot to me and I cant believe your gone. I try to talk to you every night and hopefully your listening. I really do miss you. Remember the times we went to breakfast and the lady was always telling you how lucky you were to have a girlfriend as pretty as me and we just laughed because it was never like that. I have all the pictures that we took at the bar and they will stay with me forever. YOu were someone really special even if I picked on you all the time! You meant a great deal to me and when I got the call about you I was on the floor I didnt know what to do! I still cry now I miss you so much! We still talk about you all the time and we will never forget you! I really do miss you so much! I met your mom and she was the sweetest person! Ryan I wish you were here so I could talk to you and you would make me feel better like you always did. Your cigarette and beer are still waiting for you at the bar and one day hopefully we will meet again. I really do miss you and I know I keep saying that but you meant alot to me. I just want you to know I think alot about you. Love you always......."
Mandy of Clarksville Tn

"Trav,
I am thinking about you and how much I miss you. I wish you were here to laugh and talk to. I miss those days so much where I had a friend like you to talk with and vent to. You were always there to cheer me up and make me laugh no matter what. Thank you for being who you were to me for so many years.
Love You,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Trav,
I am thinking about you and how much I miss you. I wish you were here to laugh and talk to. I miss those days so much where I had a friend like you to talk with and vent to. You were always there to cheer me up and make me laugh no matter what. Thank you for being who you were to me for so many years.
Love You,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"To the family and friends of SPC Ryan T. Baker,
My name is Amberly Cox and I am from Friendswood, Tx. My brother was stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia recently, and we went to a military store close by. I wanted something to show my support for our troops fighting in Iraq, so I bought a bracelet. SPC Ryan T. Baker happened to be the name on my bracelet. I found this website, and read all of the kind words written about him by friends and family. He must have been a very special man. I will wear this bracelet for as long as I live as a reminder to myself and to others that people like him provide us with the freedom that we enjoy everyday. He is truly a hero and I am so appreciative of what he has done for our country."
Amberly Cox of Friendswood, TX

"Trav,
Thinking of you and missing you. I was going through pictures so I can try to organize several photo albums.
When I came across the pictures I have of you. Thanks to your sister for giving me most of them. I miss those times so much. I also came across letters which I wrote to you back in May 1999 through January 2000. You always have ment so much to me and the memories continue to remind me of that loving friendship. As I read the letters, I could feel how scared I was for your safety, but always knew how proud I was and am of you. I will never forget you, remember that.
With Love,"
Harmony of Browns Mills

"Trav,
Sunday (6/25/06)I played at the veterans memorial and I felt I was playing to you personaly. Part of the ceremony has the people present announce the name of a loved one lost. I proudly shouted out your name. You are missed by everyone who ever met you and will always be remembered."
T J H of Browns Mills, N.J.

"Dear Trav,
More and more time goes by and another memorial day has past. I honor you for being the hero that you are and man that you showed me. Your laughter and love has changed so many peoples' lives. I know you would have made a great impact on your son's life growing up with his dad. I have never met Tristan, but you showed me a picture of him. I said he looks just like you! I pray that Tristan will know the TRUE you through your family. He needs to be blessed with their memories of whom his dad really is. That Wonderful Man! I miss you!
With Love,"
Harmony of Browns Mills, NJ

"Trav, You would be amazed at what people send you, really you laugh your * off but you were good at that or making me do it. It's almost 11 years since we met and it always amazes me that time has gone so fast and that you've been gone so long now. I feel so bad that your family can't see your son because when I've seen him, he's you in a short version. The bitterness and anger can't be good, hopefully in the future, he will know dana and kellie, they are special girls and deserve to know their cousin since they can't know their uncle. Same with little Luke. They need to know the family they have left since they've already lost so much too. You and your dad are missed alot, you didn'tlook like him but you sure did act like him. Damn Travie, you sure did change our lives. I'm still glad for the time we had together, we did some stupid things but no one got hurt so we didn't do dumb things, by the way Lenny is getting married, can you believe that."
sandy of nj

"Dear Trav,
I don't even know where to begin. I just found out about this message site when I talked with your mother. Oh, I wish I could make everything better. As I sit here all I can do is just cry. I know you are looking over me saying don't cry I will see you in heaven. I went by your house the other day and I went up and down the street crying. Finally, I stopped and I spoke with your mother about how wonderful of a man you are and how much I miss you. I miss talking to you about everything from my past to my present. You were always there to make me smile or laugh about any situation. I can't help but think you will be coming back and that you are not home because you are still fighting for our country. Yet, when I visit you and leave you flowers then the reality hits. I just break down! For me, for your family, your son and friends. More than words can say how much I miss you. I thank God for bringing you in my life 9 years ago. I think of the memories when we met, when we drank and laughed after work til the next morning, riding in "the beast" to the bogs, when we went out, when we would sit in front of my door way and talked talked ..... This is one of the most difficult things that I have had to continue to go through is losing you. You are the most wonderful man whom I have ever known. You would have made a great husband, father because I know you were a great son and brother. I would be so honored to have my sons grow up with a grateful heart just like yours. Oh, I miss that so much even when you were still fighting for our country. You are my hero in so many ways. I wish I would have reminded you of them. Every time I order a ham and cheese omelette at a diner, it reminds me of the last day we spent together. Ko Ko's Kitchen, we continued to talk and laugh like the old times. Then went to my house and watched Jerry Springer. Oh, how you laughted at me because I kept saying "This show is awful!" and you would laugh with that smirk saying "How can you not love it?!" Staring at that smile and stroking your hair. Saying that I loved your hair, but there was not one thing that I did not love about you. I love you so much and I will hold on to the memories forever! I laugh because you said the next guy I go out with that you have to approve. Now that I am married I tell my husband that I wish he would have met you. You would have had laughs with him with all the jokes, while telling him that I deserve the Best! That is how much you showed me love in that giving heart of yours. Thank you so much because you were so wonderful inside and out to me. I will never understand why God took such a WONDERFUL MAN! I will see you again in heaven, this I know.
With Love Always,"
Harmony of Browns Mills

"Hey Travis. Just thought I would write to say hello. I miss you.
Love ya."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Well here I am writing again. I feel so empty without you. Just knowing you were here made things ok for me. I wish I could just talk to you, look at you, give you a hug, see your gorgeous smile, see the smirk that you made when you were up to something, hear you laugh. I know that I will see you again someday, but it seems like that day will never come. I know you are here. I feel you all the time, but I can't help but want more. I love you. Just thought I would let you know."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Travis,
I scrolled down this site today and read all of the messages. You are so wonderful. I am really not sure why I keep doing this, I am just not ready to let you go. It also amazes me that so many people have done and said so many things that you would disapprove of since you left us. One thing I have learned from you and all of this mess is that it doesn't matter who was "closest" to you. It doesn't matter who you were dating or not dating. Whether you were dating her or not, you still have a son together. And my my....he is a spitting image of you. I wish I could see him and talk to him. I have seen this competition of people... "He didn't love you, He loved me., He was my best-friend." I know how you felt about me, I know how you felt about many people. I can remember many nights staying up talking with you. I remember many times you picking me up when there was no one else there, and me doing the same for you. Then again, you never needed any help did you. You were the almight fat kid. I hated it when you would say that. But it was always funny when you did. I can remember people looking at us and seeing us bicker and say would you two just get married, you act like it anyway. I know that you touched every single person that you came in contact with. You were cared about by sooooo many people. I am honored that you allowed me to be a part of your life for nearly 5 years. I know that you look down often and get tired of the competition and arguing. I know where we stood and our memories, and the same goes for each and every person with whom you knew. I love you Travis. I always will. You will forever be the one person who showed me unconditional love. I just wish you could have taught that to others. I will never forget you and the joy you brought to my life and Hannah's for that matter. She misses her Saturdays at work with you. I love you so much. I know you would want people to focus more on who you are and were and what you stood for than fighting and competing for you. You are with all of us now.
Love always,"
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Well, Hannah's birthday was Saturday. I thought about you alot that day. Hannah still has the stuffed animal you bought for her 2nd birthday. I miss you soooo much Travis. I hear the song one more day and I think of you. I hear a lot of songs and think of you. Wish you were here. Love you."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Just thought I would let you know I was thinking about you. Wish you could be here for my and Hannah's birthday coming up. We both miss you so much. I know that you are always with us. I know that you are waiting for me in Heaven. I love you Trav. I miss you so much. Life is not the same without you. One thing I know, my life is better for you being in it."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Ryan Travis Baker, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the country as part of Project LIVE ON, a program I founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils will come up each Spring, and, like your spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, please contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 22, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I'm a former Jersey girl now living in California. I have planted a daffodil for you Ryan along with 50 more bulbs to represent other soldiers that have been killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View, California

"I was thinking of you today Trav. How I miss you so much. Just wanted to say I love you. I know that someday we will be together again."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Travis, I have thought about you so much lately. More than usual. I always have you in my thoughts, but more lately. I guess it is just the time of year. I called the radio station here and asked them to play our song. I think about you every time I hear it. I miss you so much. I know you are here. I know you know what has been going on in my life here lately and have helped me through it. I miss you sooooo much. I love you. I can't wait to see you again. I want one of those power hugs."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Dear Travis,
Today is Nov. 15 the worst day of my life. Today I sat with you and talked until I could not talk anymore. Many of your Brothers from the 101 called today to just say "I miss him". I love you
Love Mom"
Vicki Baker of Brownsmills NJ

"TRAV, I WORKED THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT THE OTHER NIGHT AND I FELT YOU THERE. THIS IS YOUR TIME OF YEAR, TASTYKLAIR PIES ARE IN THE STORE AND YOU SHOULD BE THERE BUYING THEM. WAITING FOR A POT OF COFFEE TO FINISH NOT THAT YOU CARED ABOUT FRESH COFFEE. YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN MY BEST WAWA FRIEND AND I MISS YOU ALOT. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT REMIND ME OF YOU, CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES, TOMATOES STUCK TO ANYTHING. WE EVEN HAVE A TRAVIS WANNABE AT THE STORE, JOSIES SON IS SO MUCH LIKE YOU THAT IT DRIVES ME NUTS. YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR NIECES, DANA IS THE SPITTING IMAGE OF YOUR DAD AND JUST LIKE HIM TOO. LIKES TO TEASE PEOPLE AND TORMENT THEM. WE MISS YOU TRAV, YOU BROUGHT THE FUN TO OUR LIVES. WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DID FOR US AND OUR COUNTRY AND VERY SORRY THAT WE CAN'T TELL YOU THAT IN PERSON. I WISH I HAD TOLD YOU THAT THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU. YOU WERE GETTING COFFEE BEFORE YOU FLEW BACK AND I WISH I TOLD YOU HOW MUCH YOU MEANT TO ME. YOU WERE THE REASON I FELT AT HOME AT WORK AND I THANK YOU FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS. THANKS TRAVIE. LOVE, SANDY"
SANDY of BROWNS MILLS

"We are having a Veteran's Day Parade today here at school. Hannah goes to school where I work. It is a small town, so the parade will start here at the school. Hannah made me get out your picture this morning so she could tape it to her poster. We all miss you Trav. Love ya!"
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"Travis, it has been almost 2 years. I still think about you everyday. These last 2 years have been so hard without you. Oh, I miss you Travis. Sometimes I just lay in my bed and wish you would just talk to me. I hear songs all the time that you would play for me or that you would ask me to sing for you. It tears me up inside. Hannah still has your stuffed animal that you bought for her on her 2nd birthday. It still lays on her bed. She will not get rid of that thing because it was from her Travis. You should see it now. Man, it has been "loved" a lot. I miss you. I really hope you know that I will never forget you. How could I? You are just truly unforgettable. I know that you and I will be together again someday. I love you Travis."
Heather of Ft. Campbell, KY

"I will never forget my 13th birthday when you and my sister came walking through the door with a cake and a barbie doll. You made that birthday so special to me. And the time you went to New York with us for Christmas. I will never forget that viking hat you bought at the truck stop. You made us laugh all the way there. I want to thank you for giving my sister such great memories. When I think of you I pull out her prom picture. (The one with you walking through the door holding a Wa-Wa coffee cup)I miss you so much and so does your Sugar Bear. Thank you again for being in our lives. You made it fun. I love and miss you Travis."
Mandy of Browns Mills, NJ

""I just returned from a Memorial Run for Ryan and the others who died that day. My best friend, SPC Jeremiah Digiovanni, also died in that crash that day. I will never forget him or Ryan. Ryan will forever have an impact on our lives. He is a true American Hero.""
Amy Hancock of Fort Hood, Texas, USA

"Travis had fun times when he was here for his father's death. He was over my house alot and his food menu was Srimp!! Also I love him alot! When I saw what Tristen wrote to his Father's Day. That was nice. Tristen will probably foreget about who I am. Tristen was with all of time at Travie's funnrel. He left and I haven't saw him since. I went to FT. Cambell, Ky for a serves to mark the 1 year ago he passes away. Rouors went around that Tristen was going to be there, but Brooke didn't take him. When I was there I met Travis's friend Rob. Rob Showed us evey thing that Travis did. A few weeks ago my mom went to D.C. for a Rolling Thunder thing that everyone goes to, to support our troops and others. Well she saw Tristen there. So I know this web site is for Travis and I've being talking about what I did. I would like to say a few things about Travis, Travis was a loving, careing person! We all loved him so much. Words really can't explain Travis. Travis I love you so much! You're missed alot and big time."
Steven Ewing/cousen of Warminster PA, USA

"Travis, I miss you so much. You were trully my best-friend. I think about you every day. My life just isn't the same without you. I will forever love you and I know that some day we will meet again. I love you Trav."
Heather of Ft. Campbell, KY

"To my son, my bestfriend and my world,
18 months have passed since you left me and time just stands still. I live everyday missing you, thinking of what could of been and should of been. My heart is beyond repair. You truly are a Hero, America's Hero and my Hero. I love you so very much. I am lost without you. I know you comfort me as I sleep, during many lonley times I hear you say " I love you Mom".. You are the first person I see when I awake and the last I say "Goodnight" to. Travis my son, my world, my Hero.
I love you
Mom"
Ryan's Mom

"travie, you're still in our hearts and minds . my son knows about you, you're danas uncle who died in the war because the planes crashed into the buildings. that's one of the best things that i can say about you. you had the courage to be there. i wish you didn't and you would be at the store for a now 24oz coffee and a pack of marlboros but i cherish all the good times we shared, i'm so sorry that your dads funeral was one of the last times that i saw you but i know that you and your pops are sharing a bowls of venison chili, a couple of beers and doing what you can to screw with the rest of us. you're never far from my thoughts. if my josh can be half of the man that you were than i'm a happy mom"
sandy of BROWNS MILLS, NJ

"TRAV, ALL THAT KNEW YOU, LOVED YOU. WE'RE WATCHING OUT FOR YOUR MOM, LUKE AND JAMIE. WE KNOW THAT YOU CURSED OUR XMAS COOKIES, BECAUSE NO ONES , TURNED OUT RIGHT. YOU WERE THE COOKY BAKER!"
SANDY

"to family and friends of ryan, i knew ryan when i was stationed in the 101st, he was a great guy, he had my back a few times, he was always one of the first to stop what he was doing to help with what needed to be done, i will always remember wrecking his truck with him on our way back to ft campbell, makes me smile remembering him,he is being missed, coffie in one hand is how i will remember him,"
terry w webster of ansbach germany, currrently in iraq

"I'm so sorry! So very, very sorry for your loss. I'm in tears right now. My husband and I were very good friends of Ryan. We went to high school with him. My husband is currently in Mosul and is going to be very upset when he hears that Ryan has passed. We lost touch with Ryan when we moved to Washington State with the Army in 2002. I've been in tears since I saw this (just tonight). I'm so sadden. Ryan was such a sweetheart and was a great person! We will miss him terribly! My deepest sympathies to the Baker family. This is just so very heart breaking. I wish I had known about this much sooner."
Dustin and Jessica Buyatt of Fort Lewis, WA

"i hope that you got the card jaime i wasnt sure if you did i hope all is well today on the one year anniversary of his death and i send my deepest heart felt condolences to you guys and my prayers are with you always"
melissa of browns mills

"he was a really great guy aways smiling never sad always playing around with everyone.he loved you guys so much jamie and i know that he is smiling still in heaven. i pray for you and lucas everyday even though it has been a while and i will continue to pray for you always love you guys and hold your heads up and stand proud for the blessings of the lord are upon you and travis would want you to smile and be happy

love always
melissa wyatt
aka melissa swanson"
melissa of browns mills nj

"remembering all the wonderful times especially our last.everything you say,did,done,should haves,could haves, the didn'ts... it all comes back. i just don't want any one to forget about my newphew who fought for our country.Who was the bravest man we'll ever have known.the man we'd like to say.... HAS "BIG" BALLS!!!"
the 'crazy' aunt with uncle mike of chalfont,pa,bucks

"to the family and friends of Ryan T. Baker, although I did not know Ryan I grew up in the same town as him and have a brother the same age. I wanted to say thank you to his family,they have given us a true hero!!! god bless.. and we will keep u in our prayer.."
The Dechert Family of Parsippany, NJ

"Travie was many things to many people. He is my big brother. I miss him so much and i wish that he was still here so we could compare the stupid things that our kids do. I wish that my brother had found happiness in a relationship like i have. Travis was a family man and thats what he wanted, his only dream and it was never accomplished. Tristin your daddy loved you very much. Travie thank you for the 24 years and the 6 months that we lived together your my hero and I love and miss you very much.Thank you for all of the beautiful messages that everyone has left, Travis will never be forgotten."
Jamie Cavaliere of browns mills, NJ

"Thank you Spec. Baker for doing your job.
Helping Americans every where.
Also for fighting for freedom.
Travis I miss you and Mrs.Baker you have my deepest sorrow. And to all Americans that gave there life for are country. And those still over there."
Mckenzie Merrick/ Steven Ewing of Ivyland / Warminster pa

"TRAVIS WAS MY FIRST NEPHEW AND I MISS HIM DEARLY I AM SO GLAD FOR THE TIMES I GOT TO SPEND WITH HIM IN HIS 24 YEARS OF LIFE. THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS YOU PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT HIM AND THE PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY"
AUNT KRIS of WARMINSTER PA

"To the family of Ryan T. Baker:
Just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers. I never got the chance to meet Ryan (Travis), but my son Jeremiah (D.J.) had told me about him. This Memorial Day weekend was very special to me. I loved meeting and getting the chance to watch Ryan's son, Tristan, play with Jeremiah's younger brother, Noah (6). It was a beautiful sight and I know that our sons would have loved it also. My heart goes out to you all. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE OUR HEROES AND NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
Laurie Brock, mother of Specialist Jeremiah J. DiGiovanni of Lakeland, FL

"My name is Tina and I am a friend of Travis' grandmother Marlous. I carry Travis' picture with me to be sure I never forget the sacrifice he made for us. I mourn your loss. Marlous, I love you and you are always in my thoughts. Thank God for that little boy."
Tina of Stillwater, PA

"he was my best fiend. he was also a great loss to our nation, to his family and to his comrads who flew with him. he was a good man and my life has changed for the good becouse of him. he was someone who i would never think twice to drop anything for. he will greatly be missed. any who would want to talk to me on a more personal level about trav. can always contact me at gilbo77@juno.com."
andy gilbertson of schofield hawaii, wheeler army airfield

"although my last moments with travis baker were very harsh, and that i can never go back and change the things that i last said to him, he always forgave me. he was like a big brother to me and that was just the kind of person he was, and in our hearts he will never be forgotten. he was our best friend and the friend who will never die in our memory. andy always enjoyed working with him and thought of him often after we left ft.cambell. there was no greater memories that were built then thoes between andy and travis. and although he will be greatly missed, he will never be forgoten. no man will ever be left behind or forgotten."
kristin and andy gilbertson of schofield hawaii (wheeler army airfield)

"I'm a 7th grade student at Barker Middle School. I feel sorry for your loss. He was only 24 years old at his death. I couldn't imagine having such a short life. My dad was in the air force in Vietnam for a few years. I don't think he ever saw any Viet Cong there. I wanted to be a jet fighter pilot about a year ago, but I then realized that it wouldn't be as fun as I thought it would be. On October 3rd, 2003, his father passed away. Only a month and 12 days later, he also passed away. I'd like to say that I am very proud of Ryan."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"Well done good and faithful servant. Now recieve the royal crown of victory. May he rest in peace...."
Cathy of Rices Landing, Pa USA

"Dear family and friends of SPC Baker,

As I sit here trying to figure out what to say, no words seem to be the exact words to pull from my heart to express my feelings. My hands tremble and I am utterly saddened by the fact that a wonderful person and a great soldier were lost that day in Nov. I served with SPC Baker in 4th BN 101st Airborne and remember him very well. He was the type of soldier always dedicated to doing his duties as crew chief for his aircraft above and beyond the status quo. I spent many hours with him and had great respect for the person and soldier he was. I will miss him immensely, but will honor the fact he volenteered to serve his country and ultimately gave his life in the line of duty. Please know that SPC Baker maintained and reflected the highest Values called for by the US Army (Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage). I will never forget him! May God Bless Him and his loved ones."
SSG Ronald A. Wingfield of Huntsville, AL/USA

"Ryan was a true hero. He will allways be. He was so brave with alot of courage. May God comfort and bless his family. Wanda
wandarogers2000@yahoo.com"
Wanda of Manchester,Tenn USA

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

"My deepest sympathy goes out to Travis' family. After spending one day with most of you, I see how much he meant to each and every one of you. I wish I could of met him, but I feel like I know him so well from what everyone says about him. Just keep your head up Vicky, Travis is with you every day watching over you and Tristan.<3"
Private Tiffany Rhoades of Honey Brook , Pennsylvania

"To the family of Ryan Baker, My sincere sympathy for your loss. May there be some comfort to quiet the pain in the knowlege that Ryan was and is a hero for America. May his honored memory live on forever."
Gordon of Williamstown, NJ

"Vicki, My prayers are with you. I wish I could take away some of the pain you are feeling. I know how proud you are of your son and I know how much he loved what he did. God has a special place for him in his home, and when the time comes...you will be with him again! BE STRONG! Love, Danielle (DWD Cleaning Gal)"
danielle of PA

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

""OUR special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"I never met Travis but I heard a lot about him - he was my son, Jeff and his wife, Stephanie's best friend. He sounds like a wonderful man and I would have been honored to meet him.

Please accept my prayers and sympathy for your family."
Deborah Haines of Gresham OR

"To the Baker family, I went to school with Travis and he was a great guy, he always made me laugh in school I remember that. My condolences to Vicki, Jamie and family."
Debbie Murphy of Minot, ND

"I WORK AT A GAS STATION CALLED THE PANTRY ON LAFAYETTE, BAKER ALWAYS CAME INTO THE STORE. WHEN WE HAVE A REGULAR AMRY MEN THAT COMES IN ALL THE TIME THEY WERE CALLED OUR BOYS. IF MADE ME FEEL GOOD WHEN HE CAME IN THE STORE WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE (EVEN THOUGH HE WAS STILL HALF ASLEEP ) HE WAS ONE OF THE ONES THAT MADE MY DAY. I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY"
DONNA of CLARKSVILLE TN

"My deepest condolences to the Baker family, espicially Vicki. Travis was a great person and we will miss him very much. "If you were a tear in my eye i would not cry for the fear of losing you""
of Browns mills

"travis will never be forgoten he will live in my memorie and the hearts of millions. Travis was my big cusin the oldest of them all, my heart goes out to my aunt Vicky and her kids luke and jamie. Travis was a war hero that will never be fogoton."
Kevin Ewing of Warminster, Pa

"Thank you Ryan Baker, 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

"Travis was my cousin and I can't even begin to say how I feel about everything. When Travis came home for my Uncle's funeral, I got to talk to him on the phone as I was at Ft. Leonard Wood completing AIT/OSUT in the army. I looked up to him a lot because I knew he loved the army and felt the same way I did. I wish I could have learned more from him but I'll always cherish what we talked about and try to carry on his name through my actions as a soldier in the army and in our family."
Pv2 Shannon Ewing of Warminster, PA

"To the Baker family,
Although I did not know Ryan directly, I felt I needed to let you all know how much my family appreciates the sacrifice he made for our freedom. May God Bless your family always."
Riccio Family of Whiting, NJ - USA

"I would like to thank everyone for thier thoughts and prayers for my son. Although his name is Ryan I called him Travis. Travis is a woderful son, my best friend and I miss him deeply. On oct. 3 of 2003 his father passed away and he was granted leave to attend his father funeral he spent three weeks with me and we talked, joked and laughed. He help me get all the things together after my husbands death and took charge of the family. Although Travis was not in a relationship with anyone Travis left a beautiful son behind. When my husband saw him he said "it was like going back 23 years" they look so much alike. I do not see him much because of the distants between our homes he will always know his father I have alot of memories to share with him. Thankyou agan and Travis was a proud soldier."
Vicki Baker of Brownsmill, N.J.

"Travis was a great guy.We all loved him so much. Before Travis went back I gave him a big hug;and said, "be careful. He said," don't worried about me I'll be fine." We all miss Travis very much and love him so much. Also we are proud of him."
Steven Ewing/cousin of Warminster PA,USA

"My prayers go out to the Baker family. Ryan was an amazing man with an amazing laugh. He could light up a room by simply walking through it. My time with him is somthing I will always treasure. His death came to soon and his memory will live on forever."
of Ft. Campbell KY

"Our sympathies go out to Brooke and Tristan and their families in your loss of Travis. He is a Hero and we are honored by his service to his country."
Tlapa Family of Illinois

"My deepest condolences to the family and all loved ones of Ryan T. Baker, my heart aches for you and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the deep hurt you feel can be in some part be eased by the feeling of great pride for Ryan’s valor and deep sense of patriotism.Ryan, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly and without hesitation. Thank you so very much for defending my freedom. It means so much to me, to the people of NYC and to the entire nation. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice in the service of the country that I love so very much. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends". Most Sincerely, Pat"
Pat Shoukry of New York, N.Y. USA

"To the Family and Friends of SPC Ryan Baker...Please accept our Sincere condolences and sympathy on the loss of your Hero, Ryan. He gave the GREATEST GIFT of all, his life for our Freedoms. May your memories of Ryan comfort you now and always. Ryan and his family and friends will always remain in our thoughts and prayers. His courage and Bravery were and are an Inspiration for All of the World to emulate. May God Bless You and Keep You Close Always...With Love and gratitude...."
Heidi and Monica Narr of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"To the Family and Friends of Ryan T. Baker.
May the Lord give you great comfort and strength during this time of grief . . .our nation has suffered a great lost. Your son's deeds of valor and acts of bravery will not go unremembered! We will not forget him. I'm also a member of Military Mom's.net and we're there for you. Prayerfully Yours,
The Sibert Family"
Kathleen Sibert of Redondo Beach, California

"My heart goes out to his mother Vicki and his family. Ryan was in my husbands unit and considered a good friend of Ryans. Ryan was the biggest sweetheart and would do anything in the world for you. Thank you for defending our Country, Thank you for our Freedom. Your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. You were a wonderful friend, soldier and Hero. We will miss you Ryan."
The Tengels of Clarksville, TN Fort Campbell, KY (home of the 101st)

"My husband is CPL Naaman Strom and he worked with Ryan and thought very highly of him, considered him a friend. I did not have the privilege of knowing him, but my husband said he was a man of simple pleasures and could be happy anywhere and that he really loved his son. We are so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the depth of sorrow our unit has felt with Ryan's passing. He will be missed."
Justyne Strom of Clarksville, TN

"I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Such a tragic thing. You are all in my prayers. Your son died with honor. Thank you for allowing us to have him in all our lives."
Beverly Arnold of Cynthiana,KY

"To the family and friends of Spc. Ryan Baker:
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 Ryan 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. Ryan Baker:
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 Ryan, 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