Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Christopher A. Gibson

23, of Simi Valley, California.
Gibson died due to injuries received from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on April 17, 2004.

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"I am a Captain for Southwest Airlines. On Monday morning (Memorial Day 2016) I flew from Los Angeles to Nashville Tennessee. Each flight that day we honored the memory of a fallen soldier. Corporal Christopher Gibson was the honoree for that flight. I too am originally from Simi Valley. So it was an honor for me to have memory of Christopher as my honoree for the flight. Several passengers stopped by the flight deck on the way out to say thank you for observing his memory, so I, in return, want to pass my thank you and theirs on to his family and in a way him through this page. Corporal Gibson, thank you for the ultimate sacrifice for our Country and our freedom. You will always be in my heart and I will carry your name forward each and every Memorial Day."
Scott Varco of Las Vegas, NV

"Well we celebrated your home-going to the Lord yesterday! So hard to believe it has been Eleven years. It was different this year. Everybody who loved you was sharing their favorite pictures of you and I found some new ones and I posted them! I found myself this morning thinking of you in heaven instead of losing you on earth. We went to a funeral for a man that was older than you but much to young 47 years old. He was a brother to a dear friend I have made as Randy and I have been ministering to new couples. It is like our lives mirror one another, except 20 years apart. The Lord has helped me minister because she is a Mom in a blended family situation and you and I sure know about that! She has a son that reminds me so much of you when you were 12. His name is Adan and he is so loving just as you were at that challenging age. This week I was able to go visit her and her Mom as I know the pain they are in and I want to give them hope that it gets better. As I said this year was different! I was so excited about posting those new pictures and then Lauren is always so good about giving pictures she has and sending them to me usually on this day! I love getting pictures I've never seen before because it makes me feel like you are close. You had such an amazing smile and I miss you, but I am so very happy you are with the Lord. I like to think you might meet Cordell her brother. He had a rough life, but now He is with the Lord and out of pain. It's been I while since I've written on the site, but when a long time has gone by I like to write, because I never want you to be forgotten. The love I have for you is still so strong in my heart, but someday we will meet again, and I look forward to that day. Love you."
Terri Bowman, Mom of Lyman, Wyoming USA

"This Memorial day I'm thinking of you and all the other fallen Marines in that hell hole in 2004. Thank you for Being a Marine and having our backs. Im sorry you paid the ultimate sacrifice."
Former 3/7 Marine of Columbus Ohio

"It doesn't seem possible that you have been gone for 10 years but I look at Ivy and Luke & realize how the time has flown. You must be so proud looking down from heaven & seeing how beautiful and smart Ivy is & what a wonderful young lady she is becoming. And Luke is just as handsome, funny, sweet & exasperating as you ever were. Jessica has done a great job raising them & they are a credit to her & to you. She has kept your memory alive for your children. We all remember & miss & love you Chris. Semper Fi Marine!"
CC Guttry (Aunty Pooh) of Ventura, CA

"Jan 2014
I knew Chris for a short time while we were stationed together at FAST Co. and I had the privilege of meeting Jessica and Ivy while at a Super Bowl party at his appartment. Chris was so willing to share his home with the guys who were not as fortunate to be with their families while in the service of their country, but that's just who he was. Its hard to believe that we spent such a brief period of our lives together, yet years later, late at night my mind still manages to put me back there like it was yesterday. It's the men like Chris that I miss the most from my time in the Corps and I thank them for the sacrifice they have given that allows us all to continue to enjoy each and every day. I now have two beautiful children that bring me so much joy, but in the back of my mind I still manage to feel guilty... I can't tell you all how sorry I am that his children will grow up without him in their lives. They should know that their father was a great man who is forever remembered!"
Jeff of Syracuse, NY

"12/2013
Oh my Chris, this will be our 9th Christmas without you! I love that I can write my thoughts about how much we still miss you with all our hearts. The holidays are absolutely bittersweet,because most of our family is now with you in heaven. I am so glad you are all there together, but I miss you so much. Every time I hear I'll be home for Christmas I cry, because I know you will never come home where we are and I long to see your smile or hear the sound of your voice. I talked to a woman at church this week who lost her son earlier this year and try to share things that have helped me move on through the years. She says the holidays are so hard and I don't tell her that headed to the tenth year of losing you that it doesn't get much better, you just learn to keep moving and the pain subsides.
We love you and miss you so much, Mom"
Terri Bowman of Lyman, Wyoming

"Mrs. Gibbson I was "Gibby's" Platton Sergeant, William Champion, I know it has been too long, but thanks to my family I am learning of this site due to there understanding of how I have never and will never get over the losses of Husyabah. I have so much to say, but in the deepest part of my soul I wanted to say I'm sorry and, I miss your Husband and will never forget him. I will serve in his grace till I pass and meet him again. I truly feel blessed having known him and miss him with all my heart and soul. Every year to this day I break down thinking there was somthing else I should have, could have done. I miss the fallen dearly and I miss your beloved. (champion_w@msn.com)-(william.champion@usmc.mil)"
William Champion of 29 PALMS CA

"I am in shock right now like this just happened even though you died 8 years ago. You were my Step Son for a short time but I have thought about you many times over the years. Because you were such a warm, loving kid. I remember your hugs and I remember you wrestling with your dad to on the floor. But, I remember when you accidently spilled your entire plate of Spegetti at my Sisters house the first family dinner you had with us. You were so afraid at first and I am sure a bit embarrased but when we all started laughing and told you that it was not a big deal that we all have done it many times you laughed with all of us. You were so easy to like and to love. I knew you were going to be a remarkable Man some day. I am so glad you had a chance to have a family and they could know your love. Jeff I am so sorry for your loss you were a good father and I know how much you loved Chris. Terri I can only imagine the pain you have gone through my heart goes out to all of you. Thank you Chris for giving your life for all of our freedom."
Robyn Howell Poole of Winston Salem, NC

"2/3/2012
I did not know Chris. I saw a bumper sticker on a car in his memory. I wanted to pay my respects to his family, albeit late. Although I don't think it's ever too late for respect. I wish everyone wellness and as much happiness as possible. I thank Chris for his service, and for his sacrafice.
HOORAH <3"
-M of Ventura, CA

"Stand your post Marine and protect the Gates. I never got to me you, but while serving as your CACO, I came to Honor, Respect you."
GySgt Booker Maxwell of 3/7

"Everytime I saw Chris at family gatherings he always had a bright smile on his face. He was a great father and husband to my cousin Jessica. In
remembrance of Chris today I want to pay my respects and let you know you will never be forgotten. Your name will live on in the family as I have named my son Christopher after you who is now 5 years old. See you in heaven.
R.I.P Christopher Gibson

Jayme Brady (Jessica's Cousin)"
Jayme Brady of Chatsworth, CA

"Hello family of a true American hero! I am a Marine Corps Veteran as your son, and just wanted to give my condolences. Thank you for raising a brave and corageous young man who had enoughintestinal fortitude to lay down his life for a greatful nation. If I can ever be here for you guys in ANY way feel free to contact me at 6206871778"
David of Frontenac, Kansas

"To the family of:Christopher A. Gibson
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga" 1-1-11"

"I only met Chris once however I knew his wife very well. Our husbands served together and I was there after Jess was told Chris would not be coming home. Jess I just wanted you to know not a day goes by that I don't think of you, Ivey and Luke! I'm sorry it took me this long to contact you just know I never forgot you or your family. You are always in my heart and prayers I hope you all are well Email me crystalmakoski@ymail.com"
Crystal of Arizona

"I served at 1st FAST Co. With Chris and others that have posted here. We were deployed together in Bahrain and other crappy places. I've known about his death for years now but have never reached out to his family.

Jessica, I passed out on your couch one night watching the Super Bowl during a party at your apartment. Me and Chris had alot of fun together. I want you and the kids to know that Chris was a great man and I considered him my friend. I will tell my children stories of Chris for years to come, he will never be forgotten in the Burgos family. I have several photos of him from our time together at FAST Co. If you would like copies of them let me know (burgos2918@gmail.com). I can mail or e-mail, whatever is best for you. I miss Chris and the Marine Corp. God Bless"
Cpl. Alberto Burgos of Tampa, FL

"You will never be forgotten as long as you have family who loves and misses you everyday. Everytime we see Ivy and Luke we see you in them, if not in looks, then in a certain look that says Chris all over it. They are precious. We miss you so much and can't believe it has been six years since you have been in the presence of God. I miss your hugs so much, Mom."
Terri Bowman of Las Vegas, NV

"18 March 2010. You are not forgotten. You never will be...."
Chris

"It is January 14, 2010...a new year. And I'm just missing you today...thinking about the fact that you'll never meet your niece, Naina. We miss you Chris."
Michelle Figueroa of Athens, AL

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"September 29, 2009
I hope is some way you know how much you are missed. It is almost your birthday, a day I will never forget. That day there was a dove outside the window, and we never knew what important task God set before you. I truly long for the day when I can see you, Grandma, Dad, and Grandpa once again. I miss the hug that only you could give that made me feel blessed just because I was your Mom. I am so glad to know you are with Jesus and that gives a peace to us that surpasses all comprehension. Love, Mom"
Terri Bowman of Las Vegas, NV.

"To this day, and forever, You will not be forgotten. Thank you so very much. Words can not express the gratitude we owe You. I hope we are all worthy of your sacrifice."
Chris of Minnesota

"You will always be in our thoughts. Your sacrifice allows our freedoms for generations to come. Thank you. My grandson will proudly bare your name, James will tell him of your bravery."
Stephanie Beebe of Shreveport, La.

"Semper Fi my brother, you are never forgotten"
Jeremy Daniell of Alaska

"Well, it is July 13, 2009 and it has been more than five years since you left us Chris. I had a dream about you the other night and it was so vivid. You were in my kitchen and I was telling you how good it was to see you! In my dream, I knew that you were really gone and I was telling myself not to tell you what had happened to you. While it was totally strange, it was really, really good to see your smiling face. We all miss you!"
Michelle Figueroa of Athens, AL

"Chris, it's hard to believe it has been five years since you were taken from us. Your "baby" boy just turned six. He is so much like you that sometimes Jess says you are whispering in his ear, telling him what to do. He is sweet, loving, cute & incredibly aggravating. He is all boy. Your beautiful daughter Ivy is quickly turning into a young lady. She is so smart & loves to read just like her Aunty Pooh. They are a credit to you & to Jess. She is a good Mom. My brother Curtis went to join you this last year. I know you greeted him with open arms. It makes it a little easier knowing that you are both together in heaven. You are always in our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers. Semper Fi marine! God bless you. Love, Aunty Pooh (Jessica's aunt)"
CC Guttry of Ventura, CA

"January 12, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Christopher A. Gibson:
Christopher 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

"Chris lives in a deep part of my heart, I have nothing but the fondest memories of him. I knew him throughout HS in Simi, and I have to say, from the day I met him, I knew he would be a Marine. I have prayed for his family everyday. The Lord needed him. A prayer I recite everyday has gotten me through the toughest of times. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. May your family be protected and loved until the day you can hold them again, Chris. Thank you for your bravery. You will always be in my heart."
Molly SVHS Graduate Class of '99 of Olympia, WA

"I miss you man. I think about you all the time. I named my son after you. I cant beleive its been this long."
James Lis of Amarillo Tx

"On this memorial day, and throughout the year, your service and your sacrifice are remembered. I am proud to have served with you. Semper Fi."
Former 3/7 Marine of Lancaster, OH.

"This is the first time I have been able to write on this website, for many apparent reasons. Chris was the light in my life, the smile on my face, and the twinkle in my eye. As his grandma I knew him so well, and him me. We shared all of our deepest thoughts, joys and fears. He was so very special to me. Being able to lead him to Jesus was one of the biggest joys of my life...I remember so well when he looked across the table at me and said, "Gramma, I want to ask Jesus into my heart......RIGHT NOW!" He sure did and we did, RIGHT THEN!
Happiness doubled when he married Jess, and had those two beautiful children...Ivy and Lucas. What a gift from God they are and how proud of them all he was.
Grandpa Bud was his role model, and both were very proud MARINES! They shared stories, and more importantly love for each other.
Knowing my precious grandson, he would give his life for his country, all over again, because he believed so strongly in what he was doing.
I don't have many heroes in my life, just two, but I certainly do in Chris, as is my father a WWII Marine Vet. My precious young grandson made this grandma so proud when he entered the CORE, and until the day he and I meet again in heaven with Jesus, I will love him, miss him and honor his memory. He truly was a man of God."
Grandma Deb of Nevada

"I feel a little silly....I didn't know Chris. I stumbled on this site actually looking for Bible verses that would "hit home" for a friend of mine. I found this....just wanted you to know how much this site impacted me..so much love, respect & admiration I felt that this young man has from so many! I am so sorry he is gone physically from your lives, but his impact upon you lives today, and although I never knew him....somehow I feel better knowing there is such love in this world. Thank you."
Donna of Missouri

""GIBBY" IT HAS BEEN ABOUT THREE YEARS NOW AND NOT ONE DAY GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK OF YOU OR THE REST OF ARE GUY I GOT PICS. OF EVERY ONE FROM THAT DAY ON MY WALL AND I THINK HOW LUCKY I WAS TO BE IN AND HAVE YOU IN MY LIFE I THANK YOU EVERY DAY I LOOK AT YOUR PIC. AND IT GIVES ME THE ABILITY TO KEEP MOVEING YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME WHEN I NEEDE HELP OR WAS MESSING UP YOU ALWAYS HAD SOME THING TO SAY MY ONE OF MY BEST MEMORIES WAS HELPING YOU BUILD UP THE FURM BASE AND IRAQ THE WALL WE PUT UP FOR ARE HOOCH AND ME AND LANZI HELPING YOU RUN PIPES FOR SHOWERS THANK YOU FOR EVERY THING I AM HEADING TO THE EAST COAST I WILL TRY TO GET OVER TO SEE BEFORE I LEAVE"
SGT VILLEGAS (070617) of 29 PALMS CA USA

"Wow I cant believe it's been four years. Chris was one of my first high school friends, and he was always there for me. My favorite memories were of us playing one on one, he wasnt afraid to play hard just because I was a girl. That was the kind of guy he was, he always made you be your best and never let up. I think of him and know that he went out with a fight in his heart. Bless his family and I know I will never forget you!"
Angela Jensen of San Diego, CA

"gibby i finally made it to your grave this year it was rough man but im glad i did it im sorry bout the corona but i wasnt in a jack drinking mood hope fully you understand thanks for looking out for me and shane this year we appreciate it ill see you in due time and we can commence going at each other again peace brother"
cpl komora of too far from my best friends

"Thank you and God bless your family."
The Ignatowski family of Connecticut

"you were the tough guy who could hide his soft side. you were what i think of when i hear the words, infantry marine.though we were in seperate platoons we were all still Lima 3/7 and you knew my weakness' ,and i only knew your strengths. you would be proud of my accomplishments, MMA fighting with some of the best trainers in the state, im sure with all my new ground fighting skills you still wouldnt give me the satisfaction of a tap out (haha)im glad you and valdez were together that day, im sure you two are playing spades in heaven. you both are my heroes, if america only knew the quality of men we have lost... Sgt Antista"
Sgt Anthony Antista of Atlanta, GA USA

"to cpl gibson "gibby" my mentor in the marine corp it was always nice to have someone like you there to make me feel safe you always had a way of making every thing feel alright i miss you to this day and i will forever, you were the best leader in combat i could have asked for. see ya when i get there
Herbel"
Austin Herbel of Colby KS

"Chris, I did not have the honor to meet you. Yet your father talks of your spirit as if you were still here... You live in his heart, Thoughts, Best Days, Worst days, In Ien your Little brothers smile, You live through the wind that touches his face you truly live in his heart... He carries your picture in his car.. and Has a decal of the US Marines in the back of his car... I have heard the stories of Chris and his dad playing Nintendo and sitting in the couch while wrestling in the ground.. Jeff, I admire your strenght when you are missing your son, I thank you and Many other parents who's son have lost their lives for my freedom.. May god bless his spirit, Children, Wife, Mother and You Jeff..."
Karla Galvan of Valencia, California 6/08/2006

"Chris. I will always remeber the good times me you and Jermey had on training opps in the field in FAST and sharing memories of family together when we were sent to IRAQ. I hold you in the highest regerd in my heart and you will always be the utmost of hero's to me. I'll see you on post at the gates of heaven when it is my time. God bless and rest in peace."
SGT. Greg Lowe of Gaithersburg MD

"My Forever Hero...that's who Chris is now to me. He started out as a thorn in my side when he began dating my daughter in high school, we rarely saw eye to eye...then he became my friend, and confided in me... in 2000' he became my son-in-law and the father of my first grandchild, Ivy Lynne...he was a great father too, pitched in at all duties of parenting, even getting up late nights to feed her. In 2003 while he was in Iraq the first time, his son was born, Lucas Christopher, and never a more proud papa have I seen. He became a man I so respected and loved for so many reasons, but mostly for the way he loved his family and his country...then one tragic day, he became the fallen husband of my 23 year old daughter...2 years ago... I will miss him forever, but above all other things he was to me, he will always and forever be my hero."
Collette Brady (mother-in-law) of Simi Valley, CA, USA

"two years to the day and it still feels as fresh as it did the moment it happened. Cpl Gibson was my section leader on that fateful day. he and i very rarely saw eye to eye on anything. we went head to head on many occasions but during that intense battle during a precious moment of silence that day we looked at each other and with as few words as possible we made peace. i have never forgotten that conversation we had moments before the stroke of luck from an unseen hand separated me from him moments before he was gone forever. it was an honor to serve with himand next to him as much as i disliked how we interacted i wouldnt trsde it for anything on this wonderful earth thank you"
cpl Kyle Komora of baghdad

"Dam, what can I say? We had a lot of disagreements. You were such a hard headed Marine. I must have lost my voice ten times yelling at you. CPL Gibson, I just want you to know it was not because I did not like you, it was not because you were below average. Actually, I always believed you had the potential to be the best Marine. I was your Squad Leader for two years. Two years of my life I saw your defient face, there were many times you shined many times you made me proud. If there is a God I hope your in heaven waiting for your family.
Semper Fidelis"
SGT Brandon Duran Guitierez of Virginia Beach, VA

"Just wanted to say thank you Chris. I miss you and am glad I was able to see you before you left to Iraq. God take care of him."
Corey of Newbury Park, Ca

"I have a bracelet with Christopher's name on it - I wear it proudly and my heart goes out to his family and friends. His sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Gail Bouton of Burke, VA

"Cpl. Gibson was a very good friend of mine. I had the honor and privelege of serving with him at both F.A.S.T. Co. in Norfolk and as a fellow squad leader in Lima Co. Wpns plt. I could always count on him to give me a ride to the chow hall in the mornings and afternoons in the blistering heat of the Mojave desert. He and I shared many laughs together as well as arguments as most friends do. I've never met another Marine like him and I will always miss him. Until that glorious day when we are at the throne of our heavenly father and together once again,Semper Fi Marine."
Sgt. Jason Long of Richmond Va

"CPL. GIBSON WAS A OUT STANDING MARINE I SERVED WITH HIM IN OIF1 AND OIF2 HE WAS THE PERSON THAT WOULD ALL WAYS BE THERE FOR YOU IN GOOD TIME OR BAD TIMES. I REMEBER TIME IN IRAQ THAT TIME I FELT SO DOWN AND HE ALWAYS KNOW HAVE TO MAKE YOU SMILE THERE WILL NEVER BE A PERSON LIKE HIM AGIN HE IS A EXCEPIONAL PERSON I MISS HIM DEARLY AND WILL NEVER FORGET HIM."
LCPL VILLEGAS of 3/7 LIMA COMPANY WEAPONS PLATTOON

"You will never be forgotten.. Thank you.."
Jessica Huntoon of Georgetown, Texas

"Chris, Your with him now. You will be missed. Our memories of you will live on forever. Semper Fiedelis and Good Bye."
SGT 1F7 of Norfolk, VA

"To the family and friends of Cpl Chris Gibson:

I served alongside Chris' unit in Husaybah, Iraq while my platoon was attached to Lima Co., 3/7. From hearing first-hand accounts, there is no doubt that Chris displayed immense bravery in the face of the enemy on the 17th of April as he unhesitatingly came to the aid of his fellow Marines who were under fire. You should be very proud of him. His actions on that day, and the many dangerous days that preceded it, stand as an example to all of us. He was a true warrior and will always be a hero of mine."
Capt Jeff Moore of 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, Camp Pendleton, CA

"I proudly held the name of Christopher at a memorial ceremony held in Illinois this past Sunday. All 1,032 soldiers whose lives were lost,had a person to carry their name and lay a lily at the memorial in their honor. I want you to know that I held his name high for 2 hours in his memory knowing that I would want the same done for my family member. I am so sorry for your loss. I will hold on to his name as a reminder of this horrible cost of war. My thoughts are with you and I thank you for all of your sacrifice."
Laura of Illinois

"To the Gibson Family:
There are two words that Marines live by, and being a former Marine from Simi Valley myself, and, part of the Marine Corps League colorguard at the Church that day, my two words to Chris and his family are: SEMPER FI! Chris and everyone that went before and after him are the true heros in our society. May God bless him and your family."
Paul Mole of Simi Valley, CA, USA

"I went to high school with Chris and I'm sorry to hear he passed being a brave soul in a hellish place. I'm affraid to say that Chris is the second person from my graduating class to give his life during this war. To Chris Gibson & Mike DiRaimondo, I'm sorry to see you go and you'll be missed by so many."
Sean G of Simi Valley, CA

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

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

"To Cpl Chris Gibsons family I send all my deepest sympathies and condolences. I was a friend of Cpl Gibson the past few years of his young life and he was a great man and marine. I will never forget the pride he had when he announced the birth of his son, and I am so sorry Lucas has to grow up without his father, but know he loved his son so dearly. God bless you all."
SGT PICCOLI of Quantico, VA

"Cpl. Christopher Gibson,
You are HONORED and REMEMBERED this Memorial Day and everyday."
Norma Pate (aunt of Maj. Richard J Gannon KIA 4-17-04) of Capistrano Beach, CA USA

"There are people in our lives who leave a great impression on our hearts and will never be forgotten. Chris, my hero, I will never forget you. I have no words to describe the impact that you have made on my life and I can only thank God for the privilege of knowing you! Your smile will forever be imprinted in my memory and I will cherish it until the day that I die. Psalm 116:15 says "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." So, even though the pain of losing you is so strong, I will consider your death precious. May you always be remembered as the hero that you are. Those who knew you always knew that you were a hero and now the rest of the world gets to share in that. May you soar on wings like eagles and watch over the rest of us down here. And until we meet again, Goodbye! Semper Fi, Marine! I will love you all my life!"
Jennie of Simi Valley, CA USA

"I am Chris' mom and I really want to write to thank all of you for your kind words and your encouragement. The messages that come from families that understand our loss are such a blessing.

The people that knew Chris best will always remember him for his big powerful hugs and his bright shining eyes when he smiled. One of my early memories of Chris was how he just loved to roughhouse on the floor with his Dad. He loved to be physical in every aspect of his life. It is clear to me, now,he was born to be a Marine and because it was God's Will for his life, die as a Marine. One joy I got out of life was watching Chris become an adult. I enjoyed seeing the responsible, courageous, loving, independent man he became. In the last few weeks,I have been looking over the pictures in his adulthood,and I see more than anything how much he loved his precious children. I promise, Chris, to honor your memory and never let your children forget that you loved them with all your heart. I will take the opportunities I have to share Jesus with them, and tell them at the end of your life, how you were walking again with your Savior, Jesus Christ. One of his favorite bible verses was Isaiah 40:31. The loss of a child, husband, father, Grandson, brother, and nephew has been very traumatic for our family, but we have the confidence to know that Jesus made a house for him in heaven and when it was ready, Jesus took him by his hand and showed him his special place. We know when it is our turn to see Jesus face to face, we will see him again. I long for that day when I can wrap my arms around him once again."
Terri Bowman of Las Vegas, Nevada USA

"You were only here for awhile yet your memory will live forever.

Chris was my Nephew-In-Law by marriage but my Soul Mate by nature. He and I both Love to show our affection by Hugging anything or anybody that would stay still long enough for us to grab hold.

The first time I met Chris he called me "Uncle Cursus" which is my Neice Jessica's pet name for me. I knew then and there he was the man for my Jessy.

When he enlisted and started his training at Pendleton my Wife Carol and I were living right down the road in Vista, California. We would pick him up on the weekends so he could have a good home cooked meal and a place to relax in a family environment.

He finished his training and was sent overseas to the Middle East. He was there when 9/11 happened. He was sent into Iraq after 9/11 to help Free the people there from a life under a tyrannical ruler.

His Son Lucas was born April 3rd, 2003 while he was stationed there so he missed the birth of his only Son. When he came home after his Tour of Duty ended we got te be with him for Christmas at my Sister, his Mother-In-Law Collette's House. His father Jeff joined us and we had a great family Holiday. I will never forget everytime I came to see him he would tell everyone that was there when I showed up I would be sporting one of my many Grateful Dead shirts. He knew me very well.

After the Holidays He and Jessica made a very hard decision. Chris signed for a second Tour to increase his knowledge for his future in Law Enforcement and increase his benefits for his family that he Loved soo much.

He was in Iraq in April so He missed Lucas' 1st Birthday. These sacrifices he made so people in other lands could enjoy the Freedom he already had.

I will always Love you and remember you Chris. I promise to keep watch over Jessica, Ivy Lynn and especially Lucas as you would have done if you were here. Your Son and Daughter will know you as I know you, Loving and Caring, Gentle and Strong.

Semper Fi
OOOOOh Rah

Love to you from your Uncle Cursus."
Curtis Guttry of Santa Barbara, California in the United States of America

"Chris was the husband of my niece Jessica. He was a big, sweet, loving, sometimes aggravating man. A good husband, loving father, great friend. We all miss him but we are also grateful that he is safe with his heavenly Father. I know he is watching over his family and someday we will all be reunited. "None lost just some gone ahead". Chris, you live on in our memories and in the legacy of your beautiful children. We will try to live up to the standard you set for us. God bless Jessica, Ivy, & Lucas Christopher always & all ways. SEMPER FI MARINE. I love you."
CC Guttry (Jessica Gibson's aunt) of Santa Barbara, CA

"As his wife I feel the need to let you all glimpse in to his heart. Here is an excerpt from a letter he wrote me letting me know how he felt about the kids and me. " If I don't come home please let the kids know their Daddy always loved them and that they were my fovorite things in the whole world. Don't let them forget me." Chris we will never forget you. You will live in our hearts forever. Someone told me "God just gave him the ultimate PCS (permanent change of station) orders, they are just unaccompanied for now." He was right. Chris is home now guarding the Gates and I will see him again in heaven when God decides to make his orders accompanied."
Jessica Gibson, Widow of Cpl. Chris Gibson, USMC of 29 Palms, CA

"GOB BLESS THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO KNEW AND LOVED CHRIS. MAY HE BE WITH YOU ALWAYS IN YOUR HEARTS AND MEMORIES SO HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. REMEMBER HE IS NOW YOUR GAURDIAN ANGEL AND WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS."
DEBBIE HUNT of TEMECULA, CA

"Chris was my Grandson-in-love, the husband of my Grandaughter, Jessica, and daddy of my Great-Grandchildren, Ivy and Lucas. He was a loveable tease. It was his joy to "get my goat", by leading me into a debate. One of my fondest memories is our arm-wrestling episode. (I almost took him, but he would never admit it..:) His happiest times were being with his family, playing with his children, and loving his wife. I thank God for the time that we had with this beautiful young man, and for his willingness to go into a battle that he believed in, even though it meant separation from the ones he loved, and who loved him. "Greater love hath no man" John 15:13 was so true of Chris. He, along with the ones who have gone with him, are heroes in every sense of the word. God bless them, and the families & friends they left behind. Thank God that we have the "blessed assurance" that we will see him, again. May God continue to bless America!"
Phyllis of Santa Barbara, CA, United States of America

"To the family of "HERO" Christopher A. Gibson. MAY GOD GRANT YOU PEACE!
There is a Viet Nam Wall & then there is my own wall.
Christopher A. Gibson's Photo along with:
J.W. Magness Cpl.U.S.M.C. WWII
T.Magness Sgt.U.S.M.C. Viet Nam
B.Magness Lt. U.S.M.C. Viet Nam
J.R.Grimes LcplU.S.M.C. Iraq Freedom
All are just some of my HEROS.I look at their faces every day and think of the saying,"All GAVE SOME & SOME GAVE ALL"
MAY GOD BLESS, "SEMPER FI CHRIS""
Bob Magness of Okla. City Oklahoma

"Our son, a Marine for 13 years, was KIA March 21, 2003. Also I graduated from Simi Valley High School and my husband is a retired Seabee........we truely are very sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts in the future."
Joe and Judy Childers of Powell, Wyoming

"To the Family of American Hero Chris Gibson:

All Marines, past and present are honored to wear the same uniform as Chris. His enemies are our enemies, always and forever. May God, and Chesty Puller hold him in gentle sted.

Semper Fi Chris Gibson"
Tim of Ventura

"God grant us the serenity...

Love and support to Jessica, Chris's parents,Chris and Jessica's children,Jessie's family and friends and to those Iraqis and fellow soldiers who's lives were touched by Chris.

Regardless of what the news targets and highlights in the negative, we all know that this young man, and his compatriots were (are) doing a great job under terrible circumstances. "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me".

God bless you all. And God bless and lead America."
Maggie Crosby of Santa Barbara, California

"Chris will be my forever hero... he will be missed so much by us all. My sincere thanks to all of you who leave a message here thanking him for his fight for freedom and for his and his family's ultimate sacrifice. May God continue to bring peace to his wife,my daughter,Jessica,his kids, his Mom and the rest of his family and friends, and all the families who have lost loved ones in this time. Chris is safe in Jesus' arms now. Please Lord, keep the rest of our sons and daughters over in Iraq safe till they return home. God bless America!"
Collette (Chris' Mother In Law) of Simi Valley, CA USA

"Our Dearest Friend and the Family

You are in our every prayers and every though. Chris was a friend and a fellow Marine. He will never be forgotten. Know we love you and we are always here for you all. Always Remember.....

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family.

Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my Country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.

If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.

Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.

....we love you"
Joe, Laura , Alexis & Amber of New Jersey

"To Christopher'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 his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com

"To Christopher's 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 and friends of Corporal Christopher A. Gibson,

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

"Thank you Christopher Gibson, 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 Cpl. Christopher Gibson:
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 Christopher 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 Cpl. Christopher Gibson:
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 Christopher, 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