Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Travis A. Fox

25, of Cowpens, South Carolina.
Fox died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on October 30, 2004.

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"Bubba I miss you much it's been 10 years and it seems like yesterday. You are my hero. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I know I will see you again so until then.you will forever be in my heart. I miss my best friend the laughs, the late night talks all of our crazy adventures we never had a dull moment. Bryson talks about you all the time. Wanting to know what his uncle Travis would have done or thought about something. Everyday I look at him and I see you. It's crazy how much he reminds me of you. Mama and daddy miss you so much it breaks my heart. I love you Bubba."
Tiffanie Foc of cowpens sc

"its been a while i jst want to express my prayers and love to the family of TRAVIS FOX hes smile i still can remember and hes goofy laugh i called him my lil brother we wrked at walmart together and he will always be in my heart :)"
kathie davis of boiling springs sc

"8 years have passed...how I wish I could see that smile and hear that laugh...Seems like yesterday yet at the same time a lifetime ago. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you!"
Sabrina Kirkland of Woodruff, SC

"It will be six years this year since Trav went to be with the lord. I still think of him each and everyday. I will be getting married next month and it is going to be really hard not having my older brother there. The last time I seen Travis was at his own wedding a few months before he passed away! He is and always will be my Hero! I love you Bubby!"
Stormy of Gaffney , S.C.

"To the family of Lance Corporal Travis Fox:

As a member of Marine Corps League, and a participant in the Adopt A Highway program that honors Travis, I want to tell you that Travis is remembered every time we clean up the borders on Canon's Campground from the Hot Spot south to the new bridge! Semper Fi!

HUTCHINGS-CALDWELLS
Marine Corps League Detachment 1134"
John Kopchik of Cowpens, SC USA

"August 31, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis A. Fox:
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

"TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY MAY 26TH 2008, JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE, THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, YOU GAVE YOUR LIFE SO EVERYONE CAN LIVE FREE, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU BROTHER, I WEAR A BRACELET TO COMMEMORATE YOU EVERYDAY, I LOVE YOU BROTHER BROOME CLASS OF 98 AND MARINE FOR 9 YEARS"
RANDALL SMITH of ORALNDO FLORIDA

"ITS BEEN THREE YEARS BROTHER, JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY KNOWS YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. RIP TRAVIS!!"
RANDALL SMITH of JACKSONVILLE NC

"Foxy,
I am honored to have known you and I will always carry your memory close to my heart. Broome Class of '98"
Josh Harvey of Charlotte,NC

"Travis Fox was a good person and a friend to everyone.My brother thought alot of him..He will be missed and never forgotten."
Paula Huskey Broome High School Class 98' of Gaffney, SC

"TODAY IS SEPT 11TH. TRAVIS DIED DEFENDING THE COUNTRY AGAINST THE PEOPLE THAT KNOCKED DOWN THE TRADE CENTER. WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. RANDALL SMITH BROOME CLASS OF 98 AND CURRENTLY IN THE MARINE CORPS"
RANDALL SMITH of JACKSONVILLE N.C.

"Bubby, I miss you sooooo much...It still months later don't seem real. I miss you more and more everyday. But i know i will see you again soon love you bunches"
Stormy of Cowpens

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"He was my bubba, my marie, now my hero, it has been almost a year now and we all miss him sooooo much this year has gone by so fast. he will never be forgotten and always me missed by everyone. thank you trav for fighting for us. we love you!!!!

My fallen Hero
Travis A Fox"
Stormy Grubbs of Cowpens, SC

"Its been almost a year now since Travis went to a better place, i just wanted to let the family know i havent forgotten him, or the sacrifice he made for our freedom, i will never forget him. Broome class of 98"
Sgt Randall Smith of Jacksonville N.C.

"My regret is that I did not get to know Travis as a Marine. I had the pleasure of knowing him while we were classmates at Broome. It breaks my heart everytime I hear that one of my Marine brothers has died in battle. It hurts especially worse when you find it was someone you knew. Your memory will go on forever, I know I will never forget you. Semper Fidelis."
Sgt Robinson R. Rodriguez USMC Broome c/o 98 of Jacksonville, Fl

"One of the Few.
You will never be forgotten Travis for what you gave everyone here on earth will keep your name in our hearts forever. I was shocked to here of your death. You died with such honor that we can not be sad of your death but proud in the since that you did it for your country. You will never be forgotten.
SEMPER FI
LCPL GREENE"
of Cowpens,SC,USA

"To the family of Travis A. Fox, I am so sorry for the loss fo your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully 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 at Gateway Community Church: Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington ,Ga.

"To the family and friends of Travis, Travis will always be remembered. We have the utmost respect for him. Travis was a model for what an American should be. More important, he was a model for what a man should be.His sacrifice is appreciated by his country and his life will forever be celebrated."
Broome, Class of 96 of Florence, SC

"LCPL Fox will never be forgotten. Travis loved life and everyone that he was surrounded by day in and day out. Cassie you were lucky to be the one that he chose to be with and I know that you will let his spirit live on in you and all that you stand for"
Wanda Simmons of Spartanburg SC

"Thank You for your unbelievable and heroic sacrifice. You will never be forgotten for giving your life for the freedom of others. God Bless your wife Casie. Protect her with your angel wings."
Jenn Adams of Melbourne, FL

"Casie,
I would like thank you for kind words. My Son knew and believe was friends with Travis (Brian Medina KIA: 12 N0v 04. I know of no words that will ease your pain. I've been told time will heal everything but I don't believe that. I can only tell you that I fell and know your pain, God Bless and if you ever what to talk please lets do that. gregory.medina@jacobs.com
With Much Love from your adopted family."
Gregory Medina of Woodbridge, Va.

"Dear Casie, I would like to thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers that you sent me for my son Cpl. Christopher J. Lapka and to tell you that you are in my prayers too. Travis and Christopher seemed to be very good friends. I received some pictures from Hawaii from somebody and they all had the same 5 Marines in them. Through some internet site I saw a picture of your Travis, and he was in just about every picture with Christopher. So I would like to tell you that it brought me comfort to know that my son was with one of his best friends when he was killed and that he did not die alone. I'm sorry that I havent written sooner, but the words just wouldn't come to me. I received your card in the mail and was going to email you but I'm not sure of the address if the last part is lin29 or linz9 if you could send me another message on Christophers page I would love to correspond with you, once again I am truly sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers, Tina Lapka, proud MARINE MOM of CPL. CHRISTOPHER J. LAPKA"
TINA LAPKA of PEORIA, ARIAONA

"To the parents of Travis Fox: My tears and prayers are with you now and always. My son, LCpl Andrew Riedel died with your son on Oct. 30th. I have written to Travis's wife but I didn't have your address. If you can please write to me, so I can have your address(if you don't mind) mine is: 9808 Rapp Lane, Northglenn, Co 80260
Please try, as I am, to be strong and fill yourself with the Love of God to get us through this.
In Christian Love
pmm of LCpl Andrew Riedel"
Sherri Busch of Northglenn,Co

"I am sorry for your loss. I am at loss for words right now. You wrote that your husband was with my husband the day they were both killed. I just do not know what to say. We have two small children and my daughter asks for him everyday. I hate that this has happened. I still feel like I am in a nightmare and I can't wake up. My body is still in shock and I do not know how to react to something like this. I hope you and your family are getting through this difficult time. If you need anything or just to talk since we are dealing with the same thing let me know. We can always exchange numbers or something."
Cindy Courtney of GA

"To the family of Travis Fox, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Our heart aches, as we know your pain, our grandson, LCpl Juston Thacker KIA in Afghanistan 6/24/04 leaves us with such a void in our lives. These young men are "HEROES" who willing gave their lives for people they didn't know. John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Our brave warriors have truly entered into the Hall of Heroes. We shall always miss you and think of you. May our God comfort you at this time. Our family may be contacted at website:lcpljustontthacker if we can help at all."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"To the family of Travis;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Travis is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless your family during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"I didn't know Travis, but my grandson LCPL John "Tommy" Byrd did. Tommy died the same day in the same attack. They are heroes who will NOT be forgotten. The Lord will sustain us and help us thru this terrible time."
Matha Byrd of Fairmont WV

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

"Thank you,you are a great Hero.
Died for Europe-People too.
All american soldiers are Heros
God bless all Soldiers,fighting for Freedom"
Ute B. of Ramstein/Germany

"Lance Corporal Travis A. Fox
Your smile and laughter will forever be remembered in my heart. Thank you for your sacrafice and all of the special memories that you have left me with. There will not be a day that goes by that I don't think of you. To Cheryl, I am so sorry for your loss. I know the pain that I feel and can't even imagine to yours. Travis was like a brother to me and I know how much he loved his "mama". Casie, I am so glad that Travis met and fell in love with you. It made me so happy to see you at your wedding. I want you to know that you are in my prayers as I can't even begin to imagine how you feel.May God comfort you. Travis was such a great friend to so many. Now he is our HERO! "Foxy", we will miss you and love you forever."
Sabrina Kirkland of Roebuck, SC

"To the family and friends of Travis Fox I just want to express my deepest sympathy.Everytime I hear of another death my heart aches.My son Cpl. Christopher Ebert was KIA in Iraq on Sept. 17.I know the pain your going through right now that nothing can ease.I still cry everyday so I know the hard times you have ahead of you.Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers.Your son is a hero who will be missed greatly.To Cheryl,please feel free to call me if you would just like to talk to another mother going through the same.The Capt. can get you in touch with me.I'll be keeping your family in my prayers.
Semper Fi Shirley Ebert ( proud Marine Mom )"
Shirley Ebert of Union Mills,N.C.

"To the family of Travis Fox,
My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. My son, SSG. Tony Bruce Olaes, was killed in Afghanistan on September 20th. I know the pain and sorrow you feel, and my heart goes out to you> May God give you strength to go on, just as I have been struggling to. Your travis is a hero, and will always be remembered in the gratitude of this nation. Blessings to all of you.
Mother of SSG. Tony Bruce Olaes
KIA SEPTEMBER 20, 2004
AFGHANISTAN"
Terry A. Ward of Westminster, s.c.

"I just want to tell the family of Travis i am praying for them, i am a Marine stationed in Jacksonville NC, i graduated from Broome high school with Travis in 1998, and when i saw on the internet version on the spartnaburg hearald he had died i felt so bad because i hadnt seen him since we graduated. He served his country with pride and i will never forget him.

Semper Fi Travis!!"
Randall Smith of Jacksonville, NC

"Casie,
We just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you, and you are in our hearts."
Danielle and Jeffrey Burgeson of Duncan, SC/USA

"To Cassie and the family and friends of Travis,
We are keeping you close in thought and prayer and hoping that you will draw strength from your faith, your family, your friends, and from those of us around the country who share personally in the loss you are experiencing. Our loved one, Sgt. Kelley Courtney, was killed with Travis and we know they are both now flying with angel's wings. Thank you for your loving words and prayers for Kelley and his family. God be with you now and always!"
Lynn and Ronnie Andrews of Macon, GA

"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 "

"Casey:

No words or hugs can ease the pain you are feeling. The next few days are going to be difficult.

For Travis, I am so proud of him. He married a very precious young lady whom we love dearly. He sacrificed his life for our country and our freedom. Travis has fought his last battle and reached his final destination.

Travis was your husband, your love and the man you wanted to share the rest of your life. You had dreams and goals. At this point in your life it seems unfair that all had to end. Life was disrupted, but we must remember God is in charge. Keep your faith in our God and he will see you through the days ahead. I pray for the peace in your heart that only God can give you.

Please rely on family and friends during this time. We are here to help you. Believe me, you will need your time alone in the days to come. Its OK to cry, but remember to laugh. You have many wonderful memories.

Have faith Casey; Remember Godís people may fall, but we rise again. There will be questions and feelings you will not understand. Just remember God had a reason and he has a plan.

Our time here on earth is short and can end without notice or reason. Nevertheless, the next time you meet Travis, it will be for eternity.

I love you Casey and I am here for you.

Your friend,"
Debbie Ferguson-Reese of Duncan, SC USA

"RIP Tufelhunden. Semper Fi Marine!
The Taylors in NC...God bless your family"

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Travis A. Fox."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"Travis Fox
We only met you once in your short time on earth, but the heroic act you did for us will live on in our minds. Our prayers are not for you now, as they were before, but for your dear wife and family you left behind. You do not need our prayers, for you are in heaven, but your loved ones do. We are the ones that must go on without you. The prayers we offer to our Lord now are for the ones that you have touched on earth. You died defending this country so that my family and I may live a peaceful and free life, and for that I am eternally grateful to you and I look forward to a day when I may walk into heaven and personally thank you for what you have done for this county. My prayers now are for your family and especially for Casie who had you for such a short time.
Thank you Travis"
Stewart, Casey and Rebekah Jeffery of Reidville, SC

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Travis Fox was an outstanding american.He loved his family and what he did.Mostly he loved GOD & his wife Casie.Travis was loved but anyone and never had any enemeys.WE will all miss him dearly.He was my brother and my HERO!
Travis THANK YOU!! I LOVE YOU!!!"
Stormy of Cowpens SC

"On behalf of the Ratliff and Graham families, we wish to send our love and gratitude to the family and loved ones of Travis Fox in thier time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers as well as our hearts. We have family at Camp Summerall in Iraq and your loss is deeply felt across the globe. God bless you all, our troops and thier families, and our country."
Sara Graham and John Ratliff of Gaffney, S.C.

"Lance Corporal Travis A. Fox is a true American hero who will always be in our hearts. God blessed our lives with him. We are forever grateful to him for his bavery and service. Travis was taken from this earth too soon, but God has gained an angel in heaven. Travis was a wonderful person, so full of life and love and so much to live for. My sister Casie Hendricks, his wife, was the love of his life and he hers. His eyes sparkled at the thought of her. He was her world. The sun rose and set with Travis. She will always love him and he will hold her heart forever. I pray for her daily as she is going through this time of sorrow and I pray that all of the family will be given strength from God to get through this sad time. Travis- we thank you for your bravery and for your fight for our freedon. We will see you again in heaven!! We love you always! We are so proud of our Marine!"
Heather H. Smith of Greer, South Carolina

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Travis A. Fox,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California

"To the friends and family of Lance Cpl. Travis Fox,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Respectfully"
Rebecca of Los Angeles

"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.

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"

"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

"To the family of Travis Fox.
Our family would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to you . We share in your pain. Our son Sgt. Andrew Brown was killed on Oct. 8. These boys are true American heroes....although that will not lessen the pain. May God bless you."
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Brown of Pleasant Mount, PA

"Thank you Travis Fox, 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 Lance Cpl. Travis Fox:
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 Lance Cpl. Travis Fox:
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