Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Todd C. Gibbs

37, of Angelina, Texas.
Gibbs died in Khalidiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated while his unit was on a dismounted patrol. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Greaves, Korea. Died on December 7, 2004.

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"Remembering you today buddy, Memorial Day 2016."
William Alexander of Springfield, VA

"Remembering Todd today.
(Memorial Day, 2015)

Gone but absolutely not forgotten."
Jim (Stubby) Stubblefield of Oklahoma City, OK

"Todd,

You were my first true mentor in the Army and I am still coming to terms with the fact that you're gone. I miss you terribly and pray for your family often. Someday I will find a way to truly honor you. Until then, please know that I carry you and your family in my heart."
David Rutgers

"Your on my mind tonight and I just like to come to this site every now and then and read the messages. You made me a better person. I miss you so much. I was such a mean big sister when we were little, I am sorry. It was just that you were always so sweet and that made me mad for some reason. I guess I was jealous. Some people are just born good and I know you were one of them. I know we will all be together again someday and that makes me smile."
Kimberly Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas

"Todd, My brother in arms. I lament today.
You, Eggers and Huey are always in my mind. Rest easy."
Jesse Walker of Cameron, NC.

"SFC Gibbs

I've been just thinking about you and SSG Eggers allot lately. I’m at Camp Beuhring. It’s where I glued the quarters to the floor to see your reaction. I've been here for almost 9 months now 2 more to go. I tell my men all the great stories I was able to share with you from Korea all the way up to the last day I spoke to you. So I got married to a beautiful women named Toni we have a son Preston that will be 3 in July. I go on leave in two weeks she will be having are second child on the 24th, as long as everything goes to plan, she’s having a sea section. Well I just wanted to say hello and give you a little update.
Talk to you later SSG Mettling"
Eric Mettling of Zimmerman, MN

"I got to watch old video of you the other day with your sweet Lea, whom is all grown up. She is almost 17, yes 17!!! It was good to watch with her. She got to see interaction with you and her mom, which is nice. Time marches on. I still miss you so much. Time is a friend though, and helps heal the heart. The pain isn't so raw most of the time. You are the best. Looking forward to the day that I get to see you again, along with so many others. I love you Todd. Forever in my heart in this ever changing world."
Kimberly Jones of Nacogdoches

"I was proud to serve with you at Fort Benning 10 years ago. Happy Independence Day to your family. It is people like you who make this holiday possible."
Bill of Macon, GA

"Remembering Todd this Memorial Day...(2011)"
Jim (Stubby) Stubblefield of Lawton, OK

"Missing you tonight Todd. Still hear that voice of yours in my head. Still think at times that I can pick up the phone. Would love to have some of your cooking and ambiance that you were always so good at. My son wants to be just like you. He is like you in ways he doesn't even know. He keeps Mother going, along with your sweet children and Bret's. Miss you Todd."
Kimberly Jones of Nacogdoches Texas

"I miss you daddy, Im thinking of you today. Looking back on old photographs, && memorys. That can never be erased you are truley are a blessing. I miss you every day & night. everyone does, i miss your smile your voice, your long talks. I love you & im so proud to call you my daddy <3
muaaah eraaah.
give jesus & mamal a kiss for me"
Lea Gibbs of rocklin CA

"TODD -you will never be forgotten---the greatest nephew I could ever have--patient,kind, and dedicated. In all regards always a hero to me. Lv JimG."
jim gilmore of Dallas,Tex, USA

"My sweet Todd, I miss you so very much. I watch Zack every day and feel so blessed that he is so much like you. He has started asking questions about you as a person and I think to myself "dear god how will i ever be able to describe how wonderful of a person you were and how much you loved us." You are a TRUE hero in that little boys eyes as well as mine and I know many others. You were a wonderful father and husband and a exceptional soldier and i am so proud to have called you my husband. Until we meet again my angel you are always close to my heart and i love you always."
melissa gibbs of TX

"I served with SFC Gibbs in Ft Sill OK, i attended his service in texas and think of him often. We were the same age, he talked mostly of his family, and will never be forgotten by his military family."
SFC Campbell (ret) of Arkadelphia,AR.

"Dear daddy,
I am starting mai sophmore year. I know what the french toast?? haha time flys by and never for one day do I not think about yoo. I just recently saw zack and melissa and mai god, Zack is the sweetest lil boy. hes tender hearted like yoo. I always think "daddys not gonna see me graduate" or "daddys not gonna see me get married or have kids or get mai first car" But those thoughts have dimminished. I know now that yoo will be there. yoor the reflection in the puddles when it rains. yoor the sparkle in the snow. yoor buzz in mai ear when I listen to loud moosic. yoor the satelite to mai space. yoor the twinkle to mai little star. I love yoo daddy with all mai heart forever and always no one will forget that I pinkie promise. good morning, good evening, good nite"
Daughter, Lea of roseville. CA

"Okay my brother Todd----You have been on my mind so much lately. I feel the raw pain lately that I felt so much after you died. I recently hit the jackpot in that I came across old home videos that had been packed away for 10 years. I feel so lucky to have come across priceless video of you and Bret and others. I had to go out and buy a contraption that converted VHS-C video to DVD. I would not give any amount of money in the world for these videos. I feel like you are here with me after watching these videos and I even laughed so hard, like a belly laugh while watching. Almost crying and laughing at the same time. I feel like I have a piece of you that I didn't have before and I know that little Lea will love having video of her dad. I even hope to give a copy to your son one day. At least he will be able to see you and hear your voice even though it was way before he was born. I love you Todd and miss your sweet gentle spirit. I know that you are up in heaven with our dad and our grandparents having a great time. I am sure that Ma Gibbs has a hold on your cheek that will not let go. Hoping to leave my mark on people as you did. Thinking about how much the world has changed in the almost 6 years since you have gone. I catch myself lately just wanting to talk to you and it is like a delayed realization that I can't. I try to put myself out of my comfort zone ever since you died and make myself do something that might plant a seed somewhere for somebody. I spoke about you recently in front of an audience of people. I was so nervous, but I told myself I had to do it. I did it for you, because it is the least I can do for you. If you can sacrifice your life as you did for others, I surely can stand up and speak of you and others like you for a few minutes. Just missing my brother tonight and glad that I can put a post out here. It makes me feel better. I see others have not forgotten and their words keep our family going. Nice to hear stories and thoughts from others that knew the kind of man you were."
Kimberly Jones of Nacogdoches

"So many admire and love Todd. This page has renewed my faith in the marvelous sensitivity and resilience of the human spirit.

Thank you Todd, for helping me to regain faith in this country's future. 5/31/2010"
Tim Drumm of Denver, Colorado USA

"Todd was my best friend during his Senior year in High School and I always regret not staying in touch. I still remember his smile and easy going nature and his love for the Cowboy's. Todd thank you for your service and you will never be forgotton.

Your Friend,

Rex Clark"
Rex of Seattle, WA

"Kim,

I think of Todd often. He was a great friend and is dearly missed."
Ed Wetterman of Caldwell, Texas

"Hi love just wanted to say I was thinking about you . Miss you and love you more than words can express. xoxoxoxo"
Melissa of Cove

"My sweet Todd... Yesterday was a hard day what I call another slap in the face. Losing you will always be a constant heartache for me ,Zack ,and, Lea. It would make you so
happy to see those two together they love each
other so very much. I am so blessed to have
such a big part of you in my life. I have always
said having you in my life is one of the things I
am most greatful for . I miss seeing your sweet
smile and I miss our little adventures that
always ended putting us right smack into a bad
neighborhood haha. You still make me smile and
your memory will live on threw all the wonderful
stories that people have about you and of course your beautiful children. I will never forget you Todd and I am so honored to have been your wife and alway very honored to be the mother of your gorgeous son and stepmother to your beautiful daughter. I love you with all my heart and soul Todd till we meet again my angel RIP."
Melissa Gibbs of TEXAS

"You have not been forgotten."
John of Ft. Bliss, TX

"Todd,
I was reading your sisters message. Brother i think of you all of the time. I can't help but laugh and think about the good times we had. Todd the Baum's definitely miss you everyday."
Robert Baum of Hinesville, GA USA

"I think of a friend lost on this day...and know all who knew him miss him dearly! Melissa, if you are still in Texas...I would be honored if I could please meet with you and maybe take you to lunch sometime. I live in Corpus now, but am in Round Rock often. Hope the kids are well. (wiggins_keith@yahoo.com)"
Keith Wiggins of Corpus Christi, Tx

"Todd, This is your sister Kim. It has been almost 5 years since you died. Unbelievable. I wonder, do people still think of you? It still seems like a dream sometimes. I think, oh, he is still over there, fighting in Iraq. I remember the last time I saw you. You said to me, don't worry, I will come home. It will be okay. I watched you walk away in the parking lot. I remember in my mind, thinking, it will be the last time I see you. I still see you, memorizing everything. I was 6 months pregnant with my son, who ironically was born on your birthday, September 9th. My how God has a fummy way of making things happen. Little did we know that there was a reason for little Kade to be born on your birthday. It was so we wouldn't be so sad. Kade literally saved our Mother's life. What was so weird is that I knew that they had sent word to you that Kade had been born and I was told that you would be calling. I waited and waited for that call to come and it never did. I never sent you a birth announcement either. I will regret that until the day I die. I wanted you to see Kade, but somehow in my mind I was scared to send a birth announcement because I didn't know if it would fall into the hands of Iraq soldiers. So crazy for me to think that way. I still hear your voice. I try to live my life so that I know when I die that I will see you again. I have to believe you are in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ because I know your good works alone do not get you in heaven, but God only know that you have to be there because I have heard so many stories about the life you lived and things that you did for others. I wanted to see you after you died and I couldn't. It was the first time in my life that I just had to believe. I wanted some kind of proof that it was really you and I just had to believe that it was. I love you Todd. I remember the fun times that we had. I remember running with you and with my friend Brenda. I remember running with you over a big black snake. I remember you trying to keep me pumped up through my terrible divorce. I remember all the sweet things about you. You are etched you my heart. I hope you know that somehow. Your sister, Kim, remembering and hoping that I never forget."
Kimberly Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas

"Melissa, My son, Daniel, served with Todd and admired him so much....We have a flag the flew in Iraq that Todd signed which says "I have sand in places I didnt know existed"...not a day goes by that I dont think of your family, and the Eggers Family, and say a prayer of thanks for your heroic soldier. I just wanted you to know that we will never forget Todd & Kyle...I wish you peace."
Jill Winkler of Stevenson Ranch, CA

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"Just leaving a huge *thank you* for the sacrifice you've made for our country. You gave the ultimate. Its men like you that have made this country GREAT. Your reward is in heaven, again, THANK YOU."
Chloe of Northern Nebraska

"Todd,

I am so thankful that God honored me by allowing our lives to come together back as young kids. Your family is, and always will be, part of mine.
Words cannot begin to explain how your sacrifice changed my life. You are a hero to us all and we will never forget you or what you have done for us. I know that the peace and mercy of Jesus Christ is yours.

With love and gratitude,

Matt Baker"
Matt Baker of Houston, Texas - USA

"I am missing you more than usually today.. It all still feels so unreal whoever said time heals the heart has no idea what they are talking about.. It just seems so unfair that you arent here with us and something that I will never get over. I think about you everyday and zack and i talk about you all the time.. He is so curious about what you did in the Army.. He has your picture on his wall next to his bed and will look up at it every night when climbing in bed.. I am so blessed to have a piece of you with me everyday.. To this day I thank god for bringing you into my life its something I am must grateful for.. I will love you always Todd and you will remain in my heart forever!!"
Love, Melissa of TEXAS

"To the family members of my friend, high school classmate and college classmate, today I honor my friend Todd Gibbs.
Today as I celebrate the 80th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I was reflecting of his many sermons, quotes and messages. I was reminded of one of his quotes being that "one day we shall overcome, blacks and whites together.".

I am an African American female and Todd is one who did not see color. He and I were friends from the beginning of time. When he and I would ride from Lufkin Texas to Sam Houston State University together, often times passerbys would look and stare, but Todd and I would just laugh and keep on going.

Todd and I were the greatest of friends. During our 20th Class Reunion of LHS in 2006 we honored him for his service. Never would I have thought that a man of his character would not be here today. Though he is gone, he will never be forgotten. To his wife and family, know that Todd was a man who did not see color. He was a man who fought for the good of all. He was a man that I will forever cherish as a friend.

A few years ago I attended a Memorial Service for Fallen Heroes held on the Mall Area in Washington DC (though a Texas Native, I reside in the DC now). It was so awesome to see the many names of people who have given their lives for our country. When I saw the name of Todd Gibbs...it was like time stopped. And instead of his name scrolling across the marquee it was his face and his memorable smile. Todd always had a small no matter what. He always had a way to brighten your day!

On this day and forever more...deep in my heart I do believe that we as a race of people shall someday overcome. Todd did and so should others!

Always with a Smile,
Your Friend Angela"
Angela Hobbs-Spencer of Frederick, Maryland

"Another Christmas without you, it seems harder every year to not have you here with us.. I think of you everyday and miss you so very much. I dont think that there will be a day that I dont miss you or think of you..I love you Todd RIP angel.. Merry Christmas Angel!!!"
Your wife of TX

"4 years today. As i sit and think about it the time has flown by but memories stay strong. SFC Gibbs was a warrior like not other. Men like him have defended this country and provided us with our freedom that is so often taken too lightly. He is missed. Rest in Peace Seargent."
of WA

"November 30, 2008
To the family of Sgt.1st Class Todd C. Gibbs:
Todd 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 daddy just thinking about you. Zack is looking more and more like you each day. The familys doing great and we all miss you and know your looking down at us. I love you daddy forever and ever"
Lea Gibbs (Daughter) of Roseville, CA

"To Melissa, the entire Gibbs family, and you, SFC Gibbs, Todd, Gibber.

I am very deeply saddened to learn of Todd's death. I don't know to express my grief and sorrow other than to say that I loved Todd as a person just as anyone who knew him would agree to, and I will miss him very much. What a great person, soldier, friend, and leader. I was stationed with Todd in Berlin, Germany (D Co 6-502) and at Ft Campbell with the 502nd. Todd was genuine, without question. Thats what I admired about him, his genuine presence.
Todd, thank you for your selfless service and sacrifice for our country and our way of life. Thank you for being my friend."
William Alexander of Springfield, Virginia

"Hi angel.. I had to tell you about my conversation with Zack this morning.. Today is freedom day at school and he wore your dog tags and his button with your picture on it he was so proud to show everyone your picture.. He asked me what kind of soldier you were and I told him that you were a infantry soldier and he thought that was the most amazing thing ever.. He said mama daddy fought those big transformers!! lol.. I told him daddy fought bad guys just like the bad transformers.. He was so proud of you ! He told me that he wanted to be a brave infantry soldier just like his daddy. He is such a blessing Todd thank you for giving me such a wonderful little boy.. I love you!!"
Love , Your wife and Son of TEXAS

"Hi my hero, you would have been 41 today. You had so much to give in life I guess that is why I will never understand why you were taken so young... I miss you so much especially on special days like this it just doesn’t seem fair that you aren’t here. Zack is starting to ask a lot about you as a soldier, I find myself at times not finding the words to explain what a brave man you were. I can promise you that he will know what a wonderful man you were and how much you love him... I will carry you in my heart forever Todd and I will always love you! Happy Birthday My Hero!!""
Love, Melissa of TEXAS

"5 years ago on this date we were sitting in a hospital bed adoring our new son.. I cant believe he is 5 already !! I see so much of you in him. He wants everyone always to be happy and he makes a friend in everyone that he meets. I am so blessed to have him in my life and knowing I will have a piece of you with me always is so comforting. I miss you more everyday and saden that you arent here to see Zack grow up or to share in his accomplishments and one day his own family. I try to always remember you arent to far way and watching over us . I love you Todd and will always love you . Rest in Peace my sweet angel."
Love, Your wife of Copperas Cove, TEXAS

"I haven't left a message in a very long time. I seem to freeze up when it comes to putting my words in writing. I miss you just as much today, as the day you died. I play things over and over in my mind. I still hear you voice. Your children miss you so much. Your family misses you so much. I think your death had such a profound effect on all of us, in ways none of us can explain. I know we will all see you again one day and what a wonderful day that will be. It really comforts me to read what people say about you. Most we have never met. That just proves to me even more the kind of person you were. I tell people about you and I am so proud of you. I only wish my son could of met you. He knows about you though and I swear, he would know you if you walked through the door today. He knows you are a hero. You are our hero. I love you! Your sister"
Kimberly Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas

"A special salute to you on Memorial Day although your memory is alive and well every day of the year. As long as I'm kickin', your memory will be alive and the people around me will know of your kindness, sacrifice and legacy. A salute to you and all who put their country and their fellow man ahead of themselves. God Bless - Bret Gibbs of Tomball"
Bret Gibbs of Tomball, TX

"I just needed to say that I love you. I say it to your picture everyday but that wasn't enough for me today. I try to be a big sister to Kade like the big brother you are to me. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing. :)P.S. I could use a glass of your sweet tea. Without any salt."
KPB, niece of Texas

"To The Gibbs Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I don't know if you remember our family are not. I was at Fort Benning, GA when I met Todd we lived at the same apartment complex on South Railroad Street. I am sorry for your loss. Todd thank you for the service to our country"
SFC Martin T. Dillon of Minot, North Dakota

"Hi My sweet Todd. You have been on my mind a lot lately.. There isnt a day that passes that you are not in my thoughts. Zack is growing up so fast and asking so many questions about you. He is so sweet he will look up at the sky and say my daddy is up there watching me.. It breaks my heart that he has to go threw life without you. You were such a great person Todd and I will never forget you.. I will love you always and miss you forever!!"
Melissa Gibbs of Copperas Cove, TX

"This Message is actually for Melissa Gibbs. I know every day is a ttrying day losing someone you love so much. My name is James M. Cook (SSG-RET) from Lufkin Texas. I would like your support and blessings to try to name a street here in Lufkin For Todd Gibbs. If You would like to contact me my e-mail is SSGJMCook@yahoo.com If You do not want this let me know and I will not procede."
James Cook of Lufkin, Texas 75904

"SFC GIBBS,(PLT DADDY) I THINK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME. I JOINED THE NATIONAL GAURD I'M IN KOSOVO RIGHT NOW. I MISS YOU ALOT MAN SAME WITH SSG EGGERS AND THE REST OF 2ND. I GOT MY E-5 I JUST HOPE I CAN HAVE THE SAME IMPACT ON MY SOLDIERS AS YOU HAD ON ME. YOU TOUGHT ME ALOT I WILL BE SURE TO TRY TO PASS ALL THE KNOWLEDGE YOU GAVE ME TO MY GUYS. I'LL TALK TO YOU LATER."
SGT METTLING of ZIMMERMAN, MN

"Happy new years daddy! I love you and miss you so much the snow dwn here in Taho makes me think of u in killeen I luf u and will miss u in this new year 2008"
Lea Gibbs of Cali

"To my Dearest Todd,

I know that today you wouldn't want me to be sad but the loss that our children and I have suffered is extreme. I have never in my life met such a wonderful person like you and there will never be another Todd. I miss you so very much there are so many things that I wish I could talk to you about.. You were always there for me and always knew the right thing to say . You were not only my husband but you were my best friend and someone I could depend on for anything.. They always say you miss the little things when they are gone and that is so true.. What I would give to smell coffee in the air and be able to walk out into our living room and see you sitting on the couch having your morning coffee. You have no idea how much I miss seeing your sweet face. I miss all our talks about life and just being with you it didn't matter what we were doing as long as I was with you. I have so many great memories and I am so thankful that I do. I will never forget our love and I will never forget everything you have done for this country... I know that one day we will be together again walking hand and hand in heaven. I will love you always Todd!! Rest in Peace my sweet angel!!"
Melissa Gibbs of Ft. Hood , TX

"Seems like no matter how many years pass this day is never going to get easier. Some days are, I never go without thinking about you but the days are getting less hurtful. I stopped thinking about all that I miss about you and started thinking about all that I love about you. Just today, it's to hard to do that. I just miss you so much. I was sitting at home yesterday and I laughed out of no where and my husband asked what i was laughing about and I told him to think back to the party we had after we got married and he said ok. I looked at him with tears in my eyes and said "no one poured beer down the sax!" He deff. didn't get it but I knew you would. I love you so much Uncle Todd. I miss you with all my heart."
Mindi Sheree' Wacaster of Fort Smith Ar

"To the Gibbs Family,

I did not have the honor of knowing Todd, but my son-in-law Kyel Eggers did. He spoke of Todd on many occasions and it was always good. I would like you to know that Todd will always be remembered in our hearts here in Yakima WA."
Jim Giles of Yakima, WA

"Lea turned 13 yesterday! Hard to believe she is a teenager now. She is so beautiful. When she woke up on her birthday she said that the branches on the tree next to her bedroom window were knocking on the window. She said "I feel like my daddy is knocking on the window, wishing me a Happy Birthday". I know you were looking from above and smiling. She looks a lot like you and has a lot of your maneurisms. I know you are proud. She misses you so much and it is days like on her birthdays where she wishes you were there to sing her Happy Birthday and give your hugs she loved and talks about. SHe always sais: My Daddy gave the best hugs ever. I know you do give them to her from heaven above. She laughs at how you could put a whole Tortilla Chip in her mouth and tries to do the same. :)"

"Hi Angel. You have been on my mind lately and I just wanted you to know I love you and miss you.. Zack is doing so awesome in school and actually LOVES it!! He sure does miss you and starting to ask where you are and seems a little confused about all of it.. I know that you are his angel and with him everyday .. We both love you more than words can express and we miss you dearly."
Love always, Your wife and son of Ft. Hood, TX

"HI DADDY! we miss u and thinkin abt u everyday zack is growing up well im just gunna say i luv u forever! california is good and the family is doing good so yea i luv u!"
lea gibbs of california

"Hi sweet heart.. Our little man started pre-k today.. It was so hard not having you there with us. He tried to be a tough little guy but it didnt work out that way :) We miss you everyday and love you very much.. You will always remain in my heart !!"
Love always, Melissa of Ft. Hood, TX

"So umm, About that dance you owe me... Will be cashing in pretty soon. I got our song all picked out, I just need you to show up. I miss you so much, Uncle Todd. I had a dream the other night that we were sitting at a high top table and we were watching Lia and Zack and my sisters kids play on the floor. You touched my hand and I looked up. You told me to tell you about everything that has happened since you've been gone; we sat there and talked for hours. It was nice, Something I miss a lot. I love you."
Mindi Morris of Fort Smith AR

"You have a beautiful daughter and I know you look down at her daily and smile at her. She has been through a lot. She misses you a lot. She has your strength and courage and takes life on with a positive attitude. She has a loving and caring heart like you do and carries that on for you. You touched so many lives and are a true hero. Your daughter is so blessed to have a father like you, you did a great job."

"hey dad i dont feel good and im sad a was thinking about u and wanted you to know that i love you daddy"
daughter lea of todd clayton gibbs of heart lies in texas but in cali

"hey daddy ive been thinking about you....i miss you a luv u i miss texas so much yep me & mum moved but melissa is going 2 stay thats good ^_^ i wrote a song about you and im doing good with singing it to ppl its just so hard to know that i cant call you or see you but ill see you where i get old and die and go to heaven i miss texas so much it reminded me of you and the move kinda took it away but atleast mum and the family r happy about being in california your my hero and your soul flys around everybodys heart and ill hold on to your fav duck picture forever and let it be in my coffin when i get old i know my letter was a simple 1 that they put in your coffin...i just couldnt think straght i was in denyle of u being dead but when you died i grew up fast sum how you were always there for me and you'd hold me tight in your arms and say i luv u and when i was hurt same thing happened 2 u when u were little and youd always find a way to fix it...and we'd drive alot and we'd always go see mimsi (kay) everybody loved you so much.......my question the one i think of alot why do the good fall.....or why?!?!!? why is a very common question 2 bad things that happened in alot of ppls lives the iraqie took you away frum us and i dont know why....i luv u daddy just know that were coming to heavean to see you daddy...were going 2 see u i promise im going 2 see u! dont forget about yur life on earth i luv u so much..............plz plz plz dont forget about us daddy we'll see you soon ok soon......."
daughter lea of todd of my heart lies in texas but i live in califonia

"You were with my friend when he needed you. Now you walk with him in a better place. You are not forgotten, not even by those of us that have never met you."
John of Yakima, WA

"Hi sweet angel.. I am still amazed at how many lives you touched.. I am reminded daily when I see kind and heart felt notes like this.. I am so very proud of you Todd and I am so proud to have been your wife and mother of your son.. I will love always and you are in my heart forever!! We love you so very much.."
Your Wife & Son

"Todd, friends, and family,
I only just discovered this page and I am deeply moved. You were a great friend and roommate, and a true hero. Every Sunday I hug Paris Gibbs and think of you buddy. Love to yours always,

Eddie Wetterman"
Ed of Caldwell, Texas

"To the Gibbs family... I served with Todd at Fort Sill and attended his service and funeral. I served also in the 1/506th in Korea but prior to Todd being assigned there.
He was and is still my brother-in-arms. I remember him fondly and think about him often while traveling around Fort Sill.
I recently started riding with the Patriot Guard Riders to help honor our fallen heroes.
I ride in his honor and memory and will continue to do so until we are no longer needed.
Many of us here at Fort Sill remember Todd and talk of him often.

I wanted you to know that he is not forgotten and he is a hero in the truest sense of the word.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John xv. 13."
Jim "Stubby" Stubblefield, SFC (Ret.) of Lawton/Fort Sill, OK

"Hi sweet Angel!! I just wanted to write and tell you, you are with me everyday and always will remain in my heart. I miss you so much Todd I wish that things could be so different for us.. It breaks my heart that Zack will never know his wonderful daddy.. I will do all that I can to make sure that Zack knows how much you loved him and what a great man you were.. I love you very much and will miss you always.."
wife of SFC Gibbs of Ft. Hood, TX

"SFC Gibbs, we didn't always get along (I was an uppity Private) but I learned so much from you. I know there were things that you blamed yourself for and I want to say again that you did your job above and beyond what was required of you and to the best of your ability. Nobody has ill thoughts of you. You should see the smiles on our faces when we get together and remember our time working for you. You know everybody in the company wanted to be in 2nd Plt.
We miss you."
SGT Tilstra of Fort Carson, CO

"SFC GIBBS, You were a true professional and a mentor to many. I only knew you briefly from BNCOC but you taught me a lot and passed on a better sense of how to treat Soldiers. You will forever be in my thoughts and the Army will miss your leadership and knowledge. You were the best instructor I have ever had the honor to work with. You will be in my thoughts as I advance through the ranks and I will do my best to carry on what you have taught me."
SFC WILLIAM DUNN of LOUISVILLE, KY

"Hi Dooh!! Just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts daily and I miss you always and will love you forever!!!"
Wife of SFC Gibbs of TX

"Merry Christmas Dooh!! Gosh I miss you so very much. Zack is getting so big and looking more and more like his daddy daily. He is so excited about Christmas morning. I know you are right here with us and not missing a thing. I think about you everyday and know that I will always love you. Till we meet again my angel!!! Sending you Huge Hugs, Kisses , and tons and tons of love!!"
Your Wife , Melissa of FT HOOD

"I can't believe its been two years Todd, you gave so much for so many! Not a day goes by that I don't lift your name up in prayer! You are a true hero and your sacrifice will never by forgotten. May you rest in peace, and always remember that your family is loved and will forever be surrounded with family and friends who love them! God bless you our true Hero, and God bless your family forever!"
Proud Army Wife of USA

""Never will I fail my country's trust.
Always I fight on-
through the foe,
to the objective,
to triumph over all.
If necessary, I fight to my death.""
Fellow comrade of the 1/506th of MD, USA

"It is the Soldier
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves under the flag,
And whose coffin is draped in the flag,"
unknown of TX

"HAPPY THANKSGIVING MY HERO. I LOVE YOU DOOH!!!"
your pooh of FT HOOD

"TO MY HERO AND BEST FRIEND... HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU TODD NOR WILL I FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN THIS COUNTRY. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AND I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER ! ONE DAY WE WILL MEET AGAIN. TILL THEN MY ANGEL. I LOVE YOU !!!"
Melissa Gibbs(widow of SFC Todd C. Gibbs)KIA 12-07-04 of FT HOOD, TX

"This is for you
"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, 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 have done your time in Hell"
unknown of TX

"Hi my Dooh,

This weekend would have been our 4 yr annivesary. I still remember the day I first saw that sweet face. I miss you so much Todd and no one will ever replace what I lost. I will love you forever and one day we will be together again. I am so proud of you Todd and I will make sure that your son grows up knowing that his daddy was a hero and what a great man you are. I love you Dooh and till we meet again in heaven rest in peace!!!! I love you!!!"
Proud wife Of SFC Todd C. Gibbs)12-07-04 of tx

"My name is Tiffani Mapp and I work with your daughter, Lea Gibbs at school. I am her counselor. She is in the 6th grade this year and she is pretty young lady. I know you are proud of her. She misses you very much! She is proud of you as well! I am working with her so that she is able to be optimisitic of the future and to remember and cherish all the wonderful memories of you as her father!

Thank you for being brave and for fighting for our country to promote democracy in the world!

May GOD bless you!"
Tiffani Mapp of Killeen, Texas

"daddy.......i miss u im crying right now and i want u to come back! but u cant i kno yur in a haeven but i love u so much and i wish u were here......"
lea of killeen

"Hi my sweet Angel.

You would have been 39 on Saturday. As I stood at your grave Saturday I struggled to understand why you were there instead of with us. I wish with all my heart you could be here so we could celebrate this special day with you. I miss you so much Todd and wish that I could understand why you had to leave this earth. I miss you more and more everyday and there isn’t a day that goes by that you aren’t in my thoughts. I think a lot about all the good times you and I had together and of course the first time I layed eyes on you. I know I have told you in the past how I felt but it just was so amazing to have you in my life for the time I did. You were a great man and you loved me with all your heart and I loved you with all my heart. Todd I am the person I am today because of you. You taught me so many things about life and love and I want to thank you for that. There will never be anyone that can take your place in my heart. My love grows stronger for you everyday and I will love you always. I want to thank you for all the wonderful things you brought to my life. Love was the best thing. I never knew what love was till the day I met you. You loved me unconditonally and never judged me. You made me a better person and made all my dreams come true. I would not change one thing about our life together my angel it was perfect. Thank you for giving me our beautiful son. Oh Todd what I would give for you to be here with us. He is such a great kid and reminds me so much of you. He is always so happy in the mornings just like you were. I will never forget us lying in bed at 5am talking before you have to leave for PT or all the times you would come in after PT when we lived in Oklahoma and put your cold feet on my back when I was sleeping. I miss those little things honey and I would do anything to have it all back. I so miss you Todd and I wish all this made sense. I know in my heart you haven’t gone far and you hear me talking to you and I hope you know how much your wife loves you. Till we meet again my sweet angels always remember that I love you with all my heart and soul and I miss you so very much. Happy Birthday my love… Big Hugs Kisses and Tons and Tons of Love Always and Forever!!!"
Love your Pooh of FT HOOD TX

"You have a beautiful young daughter. I know you are so proud of her. She came to my office today (her school counselor)because she was missing you. I was so impressed with her I had to write and tell you."
Sonya Harrington of Killeen, Texas

"Hi my love !
Our baby turned 3 yesterday. He is such a blessing Todd I really dont know what I would do without him. He reminds me of you so much. He is just the sweetest kid ever!! It broke my heart that you werent physical here with us to celebrate but I know in my heart that you were right there with us. Wow it just seems so strange that you really are not coming home. I miss you more than words could ever express. My heart aches everyday what I would give to have my husband and best friend back. I know that one day we will be together again and dont ever forget how much your wife loves you.
BIG HUGS KISSES AND TONS AND TONS OF LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!!!"
LOTS OF LOVE YOUR POOH of FT HOOD , TX

"I served with SFC Gibbs in 1/502nd, I learned of his death while overseas through the ArmyTimes, I just wanted to tell his family Godbless them and my thoughts are often with them."
Angelo Arvizu of CA

"Hi My Love,

Zack and I were sitting in the chair today looking at pictures of you. Still to this day it just doesnt seem like you are gone. It just seems that you should be walking threw that door any day now. My heart aches that Zack will never get to know you. He is growing up so fast and talking . I dont have a baby anymore. He is so much like you honey , he is loving and affectionate. I see so much of you in him. I guess my one wish is going to come true. Thats for our son to be just like you. He is a blessing thats for sure. I miss you more and more everyday and how I wish that I could be in your arms once more and talk to you about so many things. You always made me feel so safe and loved and like nothing could ever harm me. I was reading some of the letters you wrote while in Iraq last week. I to thank God that he brought us together my love , I really believe that even if I had known what was head in life I still would have married you. I have never in my life loved someone the way I loved you . No one will ever replace what I lost. I will love you forever. Zack and I send you HUGE hugs and kisses and know how much we love you and miss you !!"
Lots of Love, Your loving wife, and son of FT HOOD , TX

"Happy Fathers day i miss u so much i wish u were here really much.i want to go see melissa today cause i want to be with zack and melissa cause they dont have anyone there with them and i really want to see zack.i kno u were their with us always but i want to see zack."
daughter of Todd of killeen TX

"HAPPY FATHERS DAY MY LOVE. I WANT YOU TO KNOW NO MATTER WHERE MY LIFE LEADS ME ZACKARY WILL KNOW YOU AND KNOW YOUR LOVE. I WILL FOREVER LOVE AND MISS MY BEST FRIEND AND HUSBAND. RIP MY LOVE AND TILL WE MEET AGAIN AT HEAVENS GATES. I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL.... BIG HUGS KISSES AND TONS AND TONS OF LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!"
Melissa Gibbs(Proud Wife Of SFC Todd C. Gibbs)KIA 12-07-04 of FT. HOOD, TX

"My Love,

I dont need a day to remind me of what I have lost. I would give anything for half of this pain to go away. I feel I will carry this void for the rest of my life. I wish that I could understand why you. I always was so thankful that I had such a wonderful husband and a awesome father for Zack. I believed that you and I would grow old together and our love would grow stronger and stronger as the years went on. Todd I will never stop loving you and I will never forget what you did for this family and all Americans. Rest in Peace my sweet angel. I love you with all my heart and soul. Hugs ,Kisses and tons and tons of love always and forever.XOXOXOX"
Melissa Gibbs(Proud Wife Of SFC Todd C. Gibbs)KIA 12-07-04 of FT HOOD, TX

"Todd
Thank you for the sacrifice you made for all of us to have our freedom. We miss you very much and you are always in our hearts and on our minds. How different our lives would be if you were still here with us but instead our lives are not the same now that you are gone and never will be the same. It breaks my heart that Melissa and Zack will never have the life they deserved with you. I hear the pain in Melissa's voice everyday. It just is not fair. You were taken way to soon. I know you look down on them everyday. Zack is growing up so fast and even though I know you see him it is not the same as you being here to see it and him not being able to get to know what a wonderful man you were. I see you in Zack every time I see him. He is so caring and friendly just like you were. He is a handsome little boy and Melissa is doing a great job with him. I know you are as proud of her as I am. She misses you so much. She is trying to do everything as you would have. You were very good for her. We love you and miss you. You will forever be in our hearts. You are our HERO."
Carolyn Teague of Round Rock TX

"Todd,
For our true hero. May you always know you're in our hearts every day. Today we honor the sacrifice you made for all of us. Thank you for all you gave. And may your family remember they're loved as they too are heros! Happy Memorial Day! God bless you all!"
Proud Army Wife of USA

"Todd,
It is me Kevin - it is a day like today- Memorial day - that I find myself hurting more than other days. I still want to pick up that phone at times and listen to your silly laugh when I try to be funny... I could use your advice at times and I could use your courage when I look at the tasks ahead of me. Why you were chosen to leave I still do not know today but I am trying hard to determine that.
The other day I found a letter you wrote to me when you served in Macedonia. You said that I should hang in there and have a beer on you, well -on a day like today, here is to you Todd- you are remembered and honored for the person you were, thank you for being who you were! Cheers! I miss you..."
Kevin of Sacramento, CA

"To The Family and Friends of Todd Gibbs,
Todd was a dear friend of mine in Berlin and in Fort Stewart. It crushes my heart that he is gone. I pray that the Lord might sooth your hearts and that he might comfort all of our souls until we are together again."
SSG Cooke, Travis of Fort Bragg, NC

""Dear Todd,
Hello I'm lea's friend, Sara she really misses you sometimes she'll sit down and cry. I help her as best I can. Even though i didn't know much about you i can see you inside lea she so beautsiful. she had courage in her and I kno u help her get through each day. Me and yasmin and Kayla love her all very much and I'm so proud of u that day you left. You might have died but u live on in every soul. Sometimes u have to know when to stop and when to keep going. u must've gotten that feeling when you left didn't you? I see the pain in lea each day when I see her but I kno ur eating away the pain by making her day great! You'll live on in my soul, lea's soul, Heidi's soul, and Melissa's soul. Even though u fell no one will ever forget your name: Todd Clayton Gibbs. I know I won't forget, remember to bless us in our time of need! ^__^
With Much Love and Respect,
Sara A. Escobar"
Lea Gibbs Friend of Killeen Texas

"hi dad its me lea! today was the talent show and it was cool! we miss you alot....we are watching t.v and there is only 3 more days till schools over. me zack and melissa went to applebees and eat a big choclate browine and our stoumachs hurts really bad!but i feel better but i feel like my best freind yasmin is changing and being mean and i really want the old yasmin bk....well i luv ya hugs and kisses ~lea~"
daughter of Todd C. Gibbs of killeen

"Hi my love. I was just going threw some boxes in the garage and stumbled upon the rubber snake. That snake has scared a lot of people I can tell you that. I am sure the guys will never forget the endless times you would scare them on the range. I still see that smile and hear that laugh. I miss that so much. I have never seen a smile that could light up a room like yours. I think most of all I miss our talks , you could always make things look positive when you knew it wasnt. I miss our little journeys together holding hands and talking. I have and never will meet another person like you. I will treasure our love forever. Dont ever forget how much your wife loves you. Till we meet again my love..... Big Hugs, Kisses, And , Tons, And, Tons , Of Love Always And Forever!"
Melissa A Gibbs(Proud Wife Of SFC Todd C. Gibbs) KIA 12-07-04 of FT HOOD, TX

"dear dad, im at home and i want to say hi and we are learning about the perodic table.i was wondering if you would come back or something....well got to go"
lea a. gibbs of killeen

"Dear Todd,

I dont think there is a day that goes by that I dont think about you and the sacrifice that you have made for us and this country. I wear the Bronze star pin I was given on my uniform so that I can never forget. I will never forget. As I sit here and write this, I find it hard to choke back tears. My heart is still sad for you, Melissa and your beautiful son Zach. It hurts me a lot and I just wish that this was different and you were going to be at Thanksgiving this year to rake my leaves! I am so proud to have the honor to call you my family. We miss you and all of your kindness very much.
Bryce and I were laughing the other day about my laziness when it comes to cutting the grass. He said that I needed to cut my grass before it got up to my knees and I told him that I was so bad that the pile of leaves that you raked up were still sitting there. It is funny, but that pile of leaves means a lot to me. It is a reminder of the kind of man you were. Always willing to help and pull your wieght even when it wasnt necessary. I have never known another person that would do that! Go to their families house and start working around the yard. Something else for sure.
Well I just wanted to write you a small note and let you know that I think of you all of the time and that you are not only an American hero, you are mine. God Bless you and your never ending sacrifice for this great country. I will NEVER FORGET!

Love,

Gene"
Gene Perkins of Lumberton Texas

"hi dad its been lonely....but now im with kayla at her house. hows things up there? i bet there good..... things here are great but i didnt pass the math taks but i get to retake it! ^_^!! on may 16 2006. zack is doing great but he gets sick alot. i worry about him alot and melissa and the doggys. O! by the way sam lives with sara now ,and we have a new dog his name is rocko! when i met him he was tiny now hes bigger than muddles! i wish you were here and today has been silent i was thinking about when im quiet.....o by the way back in black is a great song i see why u like it when u were a kid! i had alot on my mind this weekend.............alot......well i miss u say hi to prisi and spook for me ok ^_^! well i haft to go but i luv u so much and i promise i will be the #1 COWBOY FAN!!!!!!!!! hugs and kisses ~lea~"
daughter of todd clayton gibbs of killeen

"Hi My Love,

I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you. I miss you more and more each day. I would give anything to have you back with Zack and I. You would not believe how big he is getting. He reminds me of you so much. Every time we go to the store he has to make sure he says hello to everyone on the aile. He is so loving and affectionate. I have a huge piece of you right here with me. All I ask for is for him to be a great man like his daddy. That is my prayer. You are a special person Todd and you will always be loved and missed by me forever. Till we meet again my love RIP.

BIG HUGS ,KISSES, AND TONS AND TONS OF LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!!!"
Melissa Gibbs(Proud Wife Of SFC Todd C. Gibbs)KIA 12-07-04 of FT. HOOD

"Todd,

My Birthday past this last week. It was so heart breaking not to get my birthday call. You always made my birthday special and made me feel so loved. You made all my dreams come true . I got a loving husband and a beautiful child. Thank you for loving me so much and thank you for making me your wife. I love you with all my heart and soul. Till we meet again my sweet angel.
BIG HUGS, KISSES, AND TONS AND TONS OF LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!!"
Melissa Gibbs(proud wife of SFC Todd C. Gibbs)KIA 12-0704 of FT HOOD

"Todd,

These last 14 months have been so hard for me. I never thought that you would be taken from me. It hurts everyday and I miss you more and more everyday. I have realized a few things . I know in my heart that there is nothing that anyone could have done to change this horrible event. I try each and everyday to understand why God took you from me and I truly believe that you were needed to do god's work. Todd you have done so many wonderful things in life and touched so many lives. I am very saden that you were taken from me. There is a part of me that knows that you may have been taken from this world but you have never left me and you are here with me eveyrday and you will never leave me. I am so proud of you Todd. You are a hero to millions and you have always been my hero and someone that I could always depend on. Its hard to just pick up my life and continue on without you but I know in my heart thats what you would want me to do. I hope that I will never disappoint you or let you down cause I know that you never let me down, or disappointed me. I love you Todd and I will always love you. You may be gone from this earth but you live in my heart and are so alive in this house. Our son will know what a wonderful person you are and how much you love him. Its amazing how happy Zack gets when he see's you in pictures. His eyes just light up as he shouts "DADDY" He will always know you and your love for him and I will be the best mommy. I will cherish our love forever my love and dont ever forget how much I love you. Till we meet again my sweet angel!


BIG HUGS KISSES AND TONS AND TONS OF LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!!!"
Love always, Your Wife, Melissa of TEXAS

"Todd: We are all proud of the life you lived and the sacrifices you have made to bring freedom to others. You will always be remembered!"
A Proud American of Good Ole USA!

"Hi My Love:) Happy Valentines Day. I miss you so much. I wish that I could be in your arms one last time. Things were not supposed to go this way were they baby? I never knew what true love was till you came into my life. you made everyday that we were together a gift. I miss that sweet smile and your loving hugs. Dont ever forget that I will always love you and you will always have a special place in my heart. Till we meet again my love . Big Hugs, Kisses, Tons, And Tons Of Love Always And Forever!!!!!"
I Love You Always Your Wife, Melissa of FT HOOD TX

"Hi My Love:) Happy Valentines Day. I miss you so much. I wish that I could be in your arms one last time. Things were not supposed to go this way were they baby. Please always remember that you will always be in my heart and I will always love you. I never knew what true love was till you came into my life. you made everyday that we were together a gift. I miss that sweet smile and your loving hugs. Dont ever forget that I will always love you and you will always have a special place in my heart. Till we meet again my love . Big Hugs, Kisses, Tons, And Tons Of Love Always And Forever!!!!!"
I Love You Always Your Wife, of FT HOOD TX

"Happy Valentine's Day!"

"Todd: You are a true blessing to all who knew you. You will forever live in the heart of your family and friends. God Bless You!"
Proud American of USA

"A true inspiration
Whenever life seems too tough, with too many bumps in the road. All I have to do is think of your family. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily trials and tribulations but knowing Melissa is a true inspiration. Not only do I want to thank you Todd for all you gave for us. I want to thank Melissa for being the wonderful woman she is and the true inspiration she may not know she is! God Bless!"
Just a Wife

"Hi Daddy:) Just wanted to let you know how much I love you and miss you . I will carry you in my heart forever."
I Love You Daddy !! Your son, Zack of Ft. Hood , Tx

"God Bless you soldier and all you have given to us so we can be free."

"Hi My love.
You have never left my mind or heart. I miss you so very much. I sat in the living room this morning and watched our videos that we made. It was so good to see your face and hear your voice. We were so happy and I guess thats why I will never understand why I lost my best friend and have to continue on with out you. My heart aches every day and I wish that I could change things for Us, Zack , and Lea. There is not a day that goes by that you are not in my thoughts or dreams. I love you with all my heart and I will always love you and I will always keep you in my heart. Big Hugs Kisses And Tons Of Love Always And Forever!!"
I love you!!! Your Pooh

"Todd,
I know that you are having the ultimate Christmas Celebration with Jesus Christ. I hope your family knows you are with them this Holiday Season. We miss you all so dearly Todd, and will never be able to tell you just how much. Rest in peace this Christmas Day."
Just A Wife of USA

"There is a candle in the window this Christmas...a candle for Todd and for all the light he brought to my life. So many years he would drive through the night to get home for Christmas. I would listen for his car and run to the door. Always he would be standing there in the darkness with that wonderful smile, reaching out to hug me.
Somehow, I will always listen and wait at the doorway. The candle will glow always in the window, and my heart will hold the treasured memories of Todd, my son. Too soon, too soon he left.

Kay Gilmore Gibbs
Lufkin, TX
Mother of SFC Todd Clayton Gibbs"

"My Sweet Angel,

I miss you so much Todd. It just doesnt seem like this is all real. I still catch my self thinking that you will be walking threw that door soon. You leaving will be a heart ache that will never go away. I not only lost my best friend but the father of my child. I sit on Zack's floor many nights and just watch him sleep and I wonder how will I ever explain to him why his daddy had to die. Lea and Zackary lost a wonderful dad and I lost a wonderful husband. There is not a day that goes by that I dont think about you or think about the funny things you did or said. Like the time you came home with Army issued glasses on sticking your teeth out. I will also never forget the time you thought it would be funny to put a rubber snake by the stove when I was cooking. LOL. At least one of us thought it was funny. I miss all of that so much. I miss that sweet smile and the sparkle in your eyes when you would look at me. Why was this taken from us?? I will never understand why , but Todd I know in my heart that you are with me every day and one day I will see you waiting for me at the gates of heaven. Till then my love I will see you in my dreams and carry you in my heart forever!!!"
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of FT. HOOD , TX

"To the family of:Todd C. Gibbs I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"You're not forgotten. You will always be remembered along with all Heros that walk forward into adversity."
John of Afghanistan

"Todd,
I woke today with an ache in my heart, more than usual. A year has passed. I can remember the day like yesterday, Melissa and I were chatting on line, and all of a sudden, we were on the phone crying uncontrollably. We were up all night long. No one knows why you had to be taken. No one understands why it had to be you. Melissa is such a wonderful person, Zack is such a perfect gift from God. I know you are constantly watching over them and all of your loved ones as they continue to ask why you. Todd you touched so many people, even those you never met. I know you are an amazing man, and am truly saddened that I never was afforded the opportunity to meet you. I hope that Melissa and Zack will always know the love and support of their family and friends. There isn't a day that passes that I don't pray they are doing alright. I miss them dearly, and wish them nothing but the best. I know that you are making sure that will happen. Until we are all together with our Father, rest in peace angel. We love and miss you dearly Todd. You are a true American Hero."
Just a Wife of USA

"My Love,
These Last 12 months have been so hard for all of us. There is not a day that I dont wonder why your life was taken or what could have been done differently. It has been so hard for me to except that you are not coming home. I remember our last conversation like it was yesterday. You told me not to worry our love was so stong and that our love would get us threw anything. You are so right. Our love has gotten me threw so much and I know in my heart it always will. My heart aches everyday and I would give anything to have you home with us. I play that night of December 7 in my head over and over again. A part of my soul was taken that night. I will never forget the 2 soldiers at my door and the pain in my stomach that seemed to knock the breath out of me when I opened the door and saw them . They didnt even have to say the words. I knew the love of my life was gone and I wasnt sure how life was supposed to continue without you. Its something that everyone prays never happens to them and something I thought you and I would never go threw. I truly believed that you and I would grow old together and God woul bring you home to me. The truth is I will never understand why you were taken when you had so much life to live. I will never forget the last time I saw you, in all the airport goodbyes you never looked back and this time you did. You seemed to stand there forever just starring at me and saying I love you over and over. That another moment I will hold dear. Our wedding day and the birth of our son are the memories that I hold dear. The memories and your 2 beautiful children get me threw day to day. I will never forget the day we found out we were having a boy. That smile on your face was a just the greatest gift. I dont think you stopped smiling that day. You would say"boy you need to hurry so I have someone to watch the cowboys with" :) You never missed on Doctors visit and you were there for me always. The day Zack was born was such a wonderful day. I had so many fears of what may happen. You were such a great husband never leaving my side and telling me it was going to be ok and how I was your hero. I still see that sweet smile and hear that calming voice when I close my eyes. The nurses would comment on how sweet we were when they would find us in the hospital bed cuddled up together. I miss being in your arms I always felt so safe with you.Dooh I can promise you that our son will grow up to know all about the person you are and my only wish is for Zack to grow up to be just like you. He is such a blessing Todd and I am so very thankful for him. He kisses you picture every night before he goes to bed and I tell him what a wonderful man you are and you will always be with him. I am very lucky to have had such a loving and caring husband and I am lucky to have had the time I did with you. You were the greatest person I have ever known. You would do anything to help another person out. My family and I will never forget what you did for my brother. You would be so proud of him Todd. You made him the person he is today. He has done great with his military career and we have you to thank for that. There is not a day that goes by that Bryce doesnt acknowledge what you did for him. Every time he accomplishes a mission he says"Todd would be so proud of me" You have taught so many peoplehow to cherish life and appreciate what you are given. I will never forget the sacrifice you gave this entire country. You are a brave man Todd and I am so proud of you. God defiantly has an awesome soldier in his army now. I love you with all my heart and soul and I miss you dearly. Rest In Peace my sweet angel..
BIG HUGS KISSES AND TONS AND TONS OF LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!"
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of Ft. Hood Tx

"Todd i cant beleive it has been a year since you left us. words can never explain how much i miss you. i think of you everyday and how much i wish you were here to take care of your precious son. what i would give for my grandson to get the chance to know who his dad was. we tell him everyday what a good man you are and in his heart he knows exactly who you are he kisses your pictures and it breaks my heart that he will never really know for himself the dad you were were and was going to be. i was so thankful when you and melissa got married i knew my daughter and grandchildren would always be loved and well taken care of. i had no worries but now that you are gone i do worry. i worry about melissa losing the love of her life and my grandson losing a dad that can never be replaced. you meant a great deal to this family and for all you have done for us i thank you. i miss our talks i miss you rearranging my kitchen playing card games your stories but most of all i miss the look on yours and melissa's faces when yall looked at each other. it was true love, a love no one could ever take away. a love that could never be replaced. thank you so much for giving melissa that kind of love. you only know that kind of love once in a lifetime and it was taken from yall way to soon. it is not fair and i would give anything to change that for the both of you. i know you watch over all of us now and even though it is not the same it still a big comfort to know you are there. now god is the lucky one and someday we will all be blessed by getting to see you again. thank you for all you have done to keep us all safe and just know you may be gone but you will never be forgotten. i love you dearly, and i am so proud to called you my son in law. lots of hugs"
Carolyn Teague of Austin TX

"You are a true american hero!!! god bless you and your family."
of usa

"Todd,

It has been years since we have talked. Somewhere around 1986 and I was a freshman in Lufkin High School and you were a senior. We became good friends and I can remember what a great guy you were. We would ride in the red El Camino I think and you would talk about how great the Dallas Cowboys were. You really loved the Dallas Cowboys. You were such a stand-up guy and that has never left me. All of these years have gone by and you still have left such a great impression on me and given me a mark to live up to. I can tell by reading the other posts on this page that you never stopped being the person that I remembered. I was deeply saddened to hear the news but I know you are in a better place. I hope and pray for rest and comfort to your family. God Bless you for fighting for my freedoms and the freedoms of this great country. When the day comes and I can see you in another place we can talk again about how the cowboys are doing and catch up after these many years have gone by."
Rex Clark of Seattle, Wa

"Todd: Thank you for your supreme sacrifice. Our country can never do enough to repay you for all that you have done for us. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. You are my hero!"
of Texas

"God Bless you soldier!"

"Hi My love,
Today is Thanksgiving and I was thinking about the last Thanksgiving we had together. You were so kind to invite all the single soldiers to the house so they wouldnt be alone. You were always so good hearted. You always wanted to make sure everyone was happy. I miss you so very much and wish with all my heart that you could be here with Zack , Lea, and I. There isnt a day that goes by that I wish that. I miss that sweet smile that would make any problem that I had go away. I wonder at times if this pain will ever go away. I am so thankful for having you in my life and for our son. I have a huge piece of you with me everyday and having him is the best blessing ever. I love you Todd and I will always love you and you will always be in my heart!!!


BIG HUGS KISSES AND TONS AND TONS OF LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!"
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of Ft. Hood

"Todd,
Today more than any other we're reminded of all you gave for us to have all that we do. Your memory grows stronger with each passing day. Our prayers for your loved ones grow as they continue to seek comfort. Today and always you are our Hero. Happy Veteran's Day! God bless you and Thank you!!"
of USA

"Hi My love,
Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you. I wish after 11months I could make sense out of this. I wish that just one person could tell me why you were taken when so many people needed you here. I miss you more and more everyday and my heart aches. I never thought I would have to say goodbye to you like this. I am so proud to be your wife and so proud of all the wonderful things you have done in your life. I know that I will see you again one day but till then know that I will never stop loving you and I will never stop thinking about you and missing you dealry. I love you with all my heart and soul always and forever!!!
BIG Hugs Kisses and Tons and Tons Of Love Always And Forever!!!"
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of Ft. Hood

"I remember the day you were born. Kim was staying with us while you were being delivered. When your dad came to tell us the news, I remember him picking Kim up and swinging her around as he joyfully told her she had a brother and he had a boy! You have added that kind of joy to my life since then. When I think of you now, (which seems to be daily) my heart breaks and swells with pride all in the same moment. You have been a contradiction like that all your life. The power of your humility I did not understand until I became an adult who knows this is life’s mystery that only time can explain. There will come a time too, when I will understand why you had to leave us. I praise God for that hope and awesome peace. I refuse to honor you with mourning. Instead, your gentleness will live on in me as I try to imitate the examples you set. You are what we should be. Shine on Todd— my friend and brother—I miss you much."
Dede Kolb of Lufkin, TX

"Todd--Like a son---forever in my heart--I still see you as the little boy playing sports. Your courage and sense of purpose will light my life the rest of my days. A hero to me , my shinning light.Only that I can be the man that you were. You will never be forgotten and every day will start with positive thoughts of your presence.Your children will be your spirit that will give us comfort. Peace-
Jim Gilmore,M.D.(uncle to SFC TODD C.GIBBS-American Hero)"
Jim Gilmore of Dallas,Texas,USA

"As the tides have come and gone,
the moon shone bright and gloom.
The days we had are long gone,
but inside they all still bloom.
It feels wrong to laugh and move on-
thinking you are above looking on.
But I know its your wish and I'll respect it-
to live my life every day to the fullest.
I look forward to seeing you when my time has come...
to catch up on all the things we've done- since the day you were gone.

I love you forever my friend... thank you for being my friend and for showing me how to be a better man. You will never be forgotten and I am proud of you! ZONKER!"
Kevin of Sacramento, CA

"Todd,
Another day passes and I haven't stopped thinking of you. I know you are watching over Melissa and Zack, but please know that they are loved by so many across the world and will always be supported! You're loved and missed dearly!"
of USA

"Hi My Angel.

We packed the house up today. There were so many memories that hit me watching them pack certain things up. I was so scared that when certain things were taken I would feel empty but as the memories started flowing in i was calmed. I miss you more and more every day and there is not a day that I dont talk to your son about you. He will know what a great man and a brave soldier you were. I got to meet with some of your soldiers last month. They had so many nice things to say and there were so many great stories to hear. I will always be proud of you and I will always be proud to be your wife. Thank you for the wonderful 5 1/2 years of marriage. I was so lucky to have such a loving and caring husband and I will never forget the love that we have. I love you Dooh and you are always in my heart and in my thoughts daily. Big Hugs Kisses And Tons And Tons Of Love Always And Forever"
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of Ft. Hood

"Todd, You are in my thoughts at some point each and every day. Sometimes I look up at the beautiful blue sky and white fluffy clouds and I get a peace and calm about me. I guess it is because I know that you are up in heaven, in a place so much better than any of us could ever imagine, and I feel you are watching down over us in some way, and although it is a bittersweet feeling---I don't feel so scared any more about dying. I know that my brother will be there when I get there. That is such a good feeling. It some how comforts me. You make me want to be a better person. You were such a good, good person. Your family already knew this about you. We know now even more how true it is. We hear it in sooo many stories. You touched so many lives. You touched my life way more than I ever realized. It took you dying, for me to know this. I wish I had spent more time with you. I will forever remember our jogs together and talks that we had and funny things that you did and said. You are imprinted in my heart. We always picked on Mother and said that you were her favorite. You are the favorite for all of us now. I love you! Your sister"
Kimberly Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas/USA

"Todd,
I haven't stopped thinking of you and your beautiful family. I hope you know how much you and your family are loved. May God bless you and your family and give them the strength they need to carry on."

"Todd, My fater and I were talking about you the otherday. About all of the good times we had with you,and of the hard times we went through together. Great stories were told and laughed over and cried over. Things have been so hard on him. I had never seen him cry untill the day he told me what happened to you. To this day he still tears up at the mentioning of you in conversation. This has been difficult on me too. You were always like an uncle to me and I love you dearly. I was thinking just this morning about how at Kara's wedding you promised me that you would dance with me at mine. It brought tears to my eyes thinking about the fact that you wont physically be there. But Todd...Uncle Todd, you will be with me in my heart everywhere I go, forever, just like you will be in the hearts of all the people who know you and even some who don't know you. And I want you to know that I will save that dance for you."
Mindi S. Morris of Ocala, FL

"Happy Birthday my Angel!!!! You are in my thoughts and in my heart always. Sending you HUGE birthday hugs, kisses and tons and tons of Love always and forver!!!"
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of Ft. Hood

"God Bless You soldier!"

"Todd,
Its August 28 at 839am. Thats the time our sweet baby boy came into the world. I remember that day like it was yesterday. You never left my side you were so sweet. I will never forget the tears of joy that you cried when Zack was born. That is one of my greatest memories. I wish that you could be here today to see this sweet angel. He is growing so fast and is doing so many new things. He is talking and thinks he is a BIG boy, he doesnt want me helping him with much. He is so loving just like you. If I could have one wish I would wish for Zack to grow up to be a wonderful man just like his daddy. I miss you so much Todd and you are always in my thoughts and I will always love you.
Rest In Peace My Sweet Angel"
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of TEXAS

"Brother:

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. I can't tell you how unbelievably proud I am of you. To hear all the stories of the people you have touched is simply amazing. You touched more people than you'll ever know and left a lasting impact on many. You will always be my big brother and a man I look up to. Your kindness, compassion, and friendship to others will always be your legacy. I love you brother!"
Bret Gibbs of Tomball, TX

"Hi Dooh!
Where do I start?? Its been a long 16 months. I cant believe its been a whole 13 months since I last saw your sweet face. I guess in a way I was hoping that this all was going to be a nightmare and you would get off the plane with the rest of the guys on Saturday. I just wish that for 5 min. I could sit and tell you all the things I would like to. I miss you more and more everyday. There is not a moment that I am not thinking about you. Every time I look at our son I see you and I am so thankful for that gift. I miss the sunshine you brought to my life . Till we meet again sweet angel always remember how much I love you !!!! Rest in peace my sweet angel..."
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of FT HOOD,TX

"Todd, I never met you. But you were a leader and friend of Kyles. I know that any friend of Kyles would have been a friend of mine. I know that you both are watching over your families. Guide them and keep them safe. You will never be forgotten."
John Neptune of CFC- Afghanistan

"Todd, For the last 19 years you have been the best friend I've ever known in my 38 years on this earth.We went through it all didn't we brother.I'm sure we went through some tough times side by side but all I can seem to remember is all the great times.What can I say that you didn't already know. I guess I should just let you know one more time that I love you brother and I miss your friendship deeply,and without a doubt your my hero, but I would much rather have my friend back. I sure do wish I could have you back.I'm sure we will meet again, but until my times up here this is the only way I can let you know that you without a doubt are my hero."
Will of Rosenberg ,Tx

"Todd,
You are a true Hero in my eyes and will be forever! You had so much to life for and yet you gave it all for this wonderful country of ours. Melissa is just amazing beyond words and Zack is an angel. On this 4th of July thank you for all you gave for this country!
Love,
Nicole
Proud Army Wife"
Nicole of GA

"Todd,
Melissa and I have become so close, and not a day goes by that I'm not amazed by her. She is so strong and such an inspiration. I know that you are so very proud of her, because I know I am! Zack is getting so big, and is such a doll. Please know that your family will never be without a hug to comfort them or a shoulder to cry on. They are loved and supported by so many! We love you for all you gave for us, and you will never be forgotten. We love you Todd!"
Nicole of Columbus, GA

"Hi Sweet Angel!
I miss you so much. I think about you all the time. Zack is getting so big. He reminds me of you so much. I guess God did one thing right and that was giving us that sweet baby. I dont undestand why he took you from me. I never thought that you and I would be going threw this. There are many nights I sit and read the letters you wrote in Iraq. Having those letters and having our son is what gets me threw day to day. We might have not had forever in this life but I know that we will have forever in the next. I love you so very much Todd and please know that I will always love you and you will always be my TRUE LOVE. You are right sweet angel we are soul mates and I know that you will be at Heavens doors waiting for me when its time for me to come home. I cant wait to see that sweet smile and be in your arms again. Till then my sweet angel .

I Love You!

Your Pooh"
Your Loving Wife, Melissa of Killeen, Tx

"I always pictured us spending long days fishing togeter. We used to talk about that alot. You have had an enormous influense on my life for that i will be a better man. some times i wish we could talk. i think about you all the time. you have given more than you know to my life. I know the kyle is gluing chang to the ground as i wright this. thanks for all your brother and friend. love ya"
a friend of USA

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

"To The Family:
I am the brother of your company commander, Cpt. Jason Sabat. I know how hard it was on him to lose you and Eggers. He loved you guys so much. I just wanted to tell you in my own words how thankful I am of your service and for the unselfish acts of courage and bravery. I thank you for the protection you afforded your own soldiers as well as the protection you afforded my brother and family. Jason is getting a bracelet made with your name and Eggers inscribed on it. I plan on wearing it for the rest of my life. You are very much a part of my family even though we never met. I hurt for my brother and your family. You will never be forgotten from the Sabat family. I am proud to have my family associated with someone like yourself and Eggers. I know you are looking down on your fellow soldiers and providing protection whenever you can. My prayers go to your family for their sacrifice.

With Great Respect,"
John Sabat of Lakeland, Florida

"Its been 4 months and there is not a second that goes by that I am not thinking about you. Zack , Lea , and I just wanted to send our love and let you know that you will remain in our hearts forever! I miss you and Love you very much. Big Hugs Kisses and Tons and Tons Of Love Always And Forever!!!!!

Your Wife,"
Melissa Gibbs(Proud Wife Of SFC Todd C. Gibbs) of Killeen, Tx

"As your former Company Commander when you were assigned to C Co.(IN),1st BN, 78th FA,(FT Sill,OK). You were one of the best NCOs that I have worked with to this day. The Army has really suffered a great loss. I will never forget the conversations that we had when you were at the company or the days I visted the Bayonet Assalt Course. Most of all your great smile and willingness to get any mission accomplished no matter how tough. You are one soldier I will never forget for your service and enthusiasm for the people you served with and the Army."
CPT Jon S. Pendell of 1st BDE (SBCT), 25th ID (L), Mosul, Iraq

"To Family and Friends ,
My family is involved in the "Any Soldier" program. We have been corresponding to Todd's unit for a few months prior to his death. Please know there are many of us that you do not know praying for you. Kyle Eggers had sent pictures and we have one of he and Todd. We keep that picture on our refrigerator with our family pictures. Remembering each day we celebrate our life and freedom made possible by these heroes. One of his buddies wrote to inform us about Todd and Kyle. May God watch over you all and fill your heart with the love and strength we send to you.
We had no idea how to send our sympathy to you so we made a contribution to ENDURING FREEDOM FUND in Todd and Kyle's name. This fund is endorsed by Gen.Tommy Franks and is used to assist Fallen Heroes families.
Mrs. Linnie Blankenbecler
c/o Enduring Freedom KIA
P.O. Box# 96371
Washington , DC 20090-6371

Our Prayers are with you. What a blessing I found this site."
Betsy J. Roberts of Maineville , Ohio

"To Todd's 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 hero's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.

Sincerely,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern"
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"Melissa, i never in a million years thought that we would meet for the 1st time a week after our husbands were killed. i thought for sure we would be at a BBQ in CO awaiting our husbands return with the rest of 2nd Platoon.
Although i never met Todd he will always be a huge influence on my life. he and Kyle were buddies. not one phone call home to me from kyle didnt include something about Todd.
They will both me missed dearly every single day."
Jenn Eggers of Yakima. WA USA

"My thoughts and prayers are with you.
"Thank You" seems so insufficient in light of your sacrifice and courage."
Robb Ivey of Dallas, TX USA

"To Lance's Family and Friends:

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

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"Dooh,
I can never express in words what you mean to me. You always made me feel so safe and loved. You always told me that our love would get us through anything. I still do believe that. I just want you to know how proud I am of you, and how proud I am to call my self your wife. You will always be in my heart and you will always be my hero. I love you with all my heart and soul.

Your Wife,
Melissa"
Melissa Gibbs of Killeen, Tx

"To my Uncle Todd--
My life is so much sweeter because of you. You are forever my heart and my buddy. No distance ever was or ever will be too great. I love you more than Dr. Pepper and Coke Icees."
Kristen Baker of College Station, Texas/USA

"Todd----I love you--you were my best friend and like my son---you made my life special---I am sorry that I could not always be at your side and take your place. God has made you special and you have made us all better.
Jim Gilmore(uncle to Todd Gibbs)"
Jim Gilmore of Dallas,Texas

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

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

"Thank you Todd Gibbs, 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. 1st Class Todd Gibbs:
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 Todd 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. 1st Class Todd Gibbs:
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 Todd, 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