Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Travis S. Cooper

24, of Macon, Mississippi.
Cooper died in Balad, Iraq, from wounds sustained the previous day in Baghdad, Iraq, when an inprovised explosive device exploded near the vehicle he was searching. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery Regiment, Starkville, Mississippi. Died on July 16, 2005.

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"Tod Holland, I pray that you find comfort knowing that you did all you could, there are scars from the battlefield that no one will ever see. You gave all in a different way and I know that "Coop" will be there at the Pearly Gates to welcome you home when that time comes. "Stand Fast Brother""
Nicky of Brandon, MS

"Travis "Coop" Cooper may you rest in peace brother. I pray that your family finds comfort knowing that you are resting in fields of glory."
Nicky Norwood of Brandon, MS

"Hi Coop. Just want you to know I always have and always will respect and honor your memory. I hope to shake your hand when the time comes for us all to lay our burdens down and join you in everlasting peace. Rest In Peace."
SSG Jon (Tony) Mariotti of Southern Pines, North Carolina

"11:59 they called you and they called me midnight because of our complections and the fact that we were never to far away from each other. Me and wooley talk about you positively all the time. i still remember the day you were upset you busted your lip when cox let you shoot the shotgun... and the time you and i were getting mortared from the top of the hill during the mission from dogwood... until next time brother. you know that you are always and will always be missed.... we are STRAY DAWGS!!!!! And they aint no ryder"
SGT Meyers, Adula of miami, fl

"To the family of:Travis S. Cooper
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""

"I did not know you as well as I should, having been with you for a few years in Starkville. I always remember you. Rest in peace."
SFC Tennyson (US Army, Retired) of Ocean Springs,MS

"Coop, what a sad day in our unit when we lost you, Jump, Cox, Kirby, and all the 2nd Plt Guys felt your pain. I never met a guy that truly loved his friends more than you, you fit right into 2nd Plt. It was a pleasure standing next to you when we recieved the awards at TQ Airbase, watch over your family and may you rest in peace until we meet again!"
SFC Beck, Scott of Seoul, Korea

"Dear Cooper family, I was with Travis the night he was injured. Those injuries ultimately caused his death. I was part of the team from a near by patrol base that responded to the explosion. I was the medic for that team. I want you to know that I did everything I could to save Travis's life. While I did not know Travis before that night, I think of him everyday and I just wish there was more that I could have done. RIP Travis, you will never be forgotten."
Border Patrol Agent Tod Holland of Sierra Vista, Arizona

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Travis S. Cooper:
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

"I first met SGT Cooper when I was an SMP cadet in 2-114th. He was a good man and losing him is an injury that will not heal easily, if at all."
Bryan D. Ward 1LT, FA of Fort Sill, OK

"I really didn't know you very long Coop. I just want to say you shall be missed. You no longer have to suffer here on Earth, however we know that you are in a better place."
SPC. Samson Edmond of Columbusm, MS USA

"Travis, I love and Miss you so very much, if I would have known that the last time you were home would be the last time I would see you, I would have said THANK YOU, thank you for being YOU, thank you for giving me so many smiles, and most of all, thank you for your service to our country. To the family, be strong and know that we all feel your pain and we shed tears with you, but the tears I shed today are tears of JOY, and you to should shed tears of joy, just knowing that Travis's time here was not in "Vain" he touched so many people and he will never be forgotten!"
Dana B. of Macon, MS/USA

"Dear Coop,
it was a thrill to get to work with you in Iraq. I can still close my eyes and think back to when you would come into our tent in Kalsu and play dominoes. You always brightened up the room that you walked into. I know that you are in a better place and I can't wait to see you again be able to hear you say "The Champ Is Here""
SPC Christopher G. Lee of Ft Benning GA

"Travis, brother, I miss you. Honest to God, there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you even if it's a second.Life is funny, you know. Even though me and you grew up in the same area, went to the same high school, I knew some of your family members, you knew some of my family members, we didn't meet each other until Iraq. In that short time, I've gotten to know you and you've gotten to know me. I'll never forget you, Coop."
Sgt Reginald Pippin of Brooksvile, MS, USA (Currently Stationed In Fort Irwin, Ca)

"Coop...I miss you more than anything brother, and find myself asking day in day out why you instead of me. You and I were standing side by side for awhile when you had came to relieve me that night.....what caused me to leave you just minutes before the explosion, I can't wait to see you again someday.....I never had the chance to say, Thank you....for everything
Hold strong....and trust me, "They didn't break the mold when they made you""
SGT Aaron M. Cox of Shenandoah, IA

"Thank you, Travis, for your dedication and ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. I'm proud to be your namesake."
Travis J. Cooper of Miami, FL/USA

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"To the Cooper family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you for the loss of your beloved TRAVIS. We celebrate and honor his life as an American Hero and hope you take some comfort in that. He will not be forgotten.
TRAVIS - Thank you young warrior, for your courage and bravery. May the Angels watch over your family as they begin to heal. Gods Speed."
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You.""
Tom Balstad of West Warwick, RI

"To the family members of Sgt Cooper I send God my prayers that he will be with you in this time of mourning. I am from Macon and attended Noxubee County High School with Sgt Cooper, I was at a lost for word when my mother told me what happened. Again you have my prayers and God Bless."
SSgt Kendrick Harmon of United Arab of Emirates (Middle East)

"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 "

"Our deepest condolences to the family of Travis Cooper. Travis will always be remembered as a brave American hero. May God's abundant grace and peace comfort and strengthen family and friends during this great loss. Thank you Travis for making "the ultimate sacrifice" for our great United States of America!"
Jim and Christi Littlejohn and Family of Pontotoc, Mississippi USA

"To the Cooper Family, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you for your loss of your Travis. Travis is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. That is a fact. Travis is at home with God now safe and sound. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"TO THE COOPER FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF TRAVIS. TRAVIS WAS ONE THAT HAD A CALLING TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY. AN HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH IN LIFE. AN TO ALL THOSE TRAVIS TOUCHED IN HIS LIFE. WILL REMEMBER ALL THE FOND MEMORIES SHARED WITH TRAVIS. TRAVIS YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER! WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR. AN IT'S A COMFORT THAT HE SERVED WITH SUCH A GREAT PERSON AS YOURSELF. SOMETHING SPECIAL OF A BOND IN THE MILITARY, TRUE SISTER'S AND BROTHER'S. ALWAYS WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER. TRAVIS NOT MANY AMERICANS, ENJOY IT'S JOB TODAY. NO LESS CARE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY AS YOU. YOU ARE THE PERSON THAT FIGHTS TERRORISM. TO GIVE ALL A SECURITY OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY! MY TEARS FOR MY SON ARE TEARS FOR YOU. EACH TIME IT'S LIKE IT FRESH. LOSTING GREGORY, ALL OUR FALLEN IT'S LIKE YOUR MY OWN. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU TRAVIS AND YOUR FAMILY!!! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Travis Cooper, 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 Sgt. Travis Cooper:
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 Sgt. Travis Cooper:
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