Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Tavon L. Hubbard

24, of Reston, Virginia.
Hubbard died in a helicopter crash in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Command Element, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on August 11, 2004.

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"Tavon i just wanted to let you know that there isnt a day that goes by that i dont think about you. You were more than just my moms boyfriends son, you were my brother. You watched me grow from a little girl into damn near a woman. We did so many stupid things together, got in trouble and laughed for hours after the fact, and i miss you for that. I miss everything you can think of about you. Tavon Hubbard is that person everyone wishes they had in their life. Love and Miss you always brother..."
LaNae Hembry of Herndon, VA US

"This and all Memorial Days may you rest in peace Marine!"
Solo of Los Angeles

"Hey Hubbard. I don't know why but this past Memorial day you kept popping up in my head. I guess they are right you will always remember the special Marines that helped you in your career. You were a great friend and helped me alot in Okinawa. I still miss you."
SSgt Castellucci USAF (Sgt Castellucci Marine Vet) of Boca Raton, FL

"To the family of:Tavon L.Hubbard
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"3-26-11"

"I had the pleasure of knowing Tavon in middle and high school. I will never forget his funny ways, always making someone laugh and just being a great guy to hang out with. I will truly miss him dearly and keep him in my prayers. Tavon, I want to say thank you for serving our country and paying the ultimate sacrifice."
Josh Smiroldo of Arlington, VA

"To the Hubbard family, the memory of Tavon will never be forgotten. He was an outstanding Marine. The short time he was at Pendleton he left a mark with his smiles and sense of humor. I still remember him saying to me "you trying to get your boots shiny like mine, huh? He was serious about what he did, and if you didn't know something you could depend on him to know it. I'm sure everyone that worked with Tavon remembers and continue to pray for you guys because he was a brother taken to soon and is missed by many. I say to you stay strong, one day at a time and cherish the moments you shared with him.

Thank you and Happy Vets Day LCPL Hubbard, you are truly missed."
Angel Patterson of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Hey brother, Another year goes by since you left us man and it still hurts the same everyday. Some of us have since left the Corps and moved on, but those who you touched and had the pleasure of working with you everyday, miss you still the same. I still remember that terrible night, I hate to think about it. Hub, we miss your smile and pleasing personality. You are a hell of a marine, one a hell of a great guy. To your family, my family and I send our deepest, heartfelt condolenses, the world is not the same without Tavon. We will not forget you man. Semper Fi. LCpl Phil Rivera Camp Pendleton/Al Asad, Iraq"
Phil Rivera of Houston, Texas USA

"LCpl Hubbard, I served with you while I was at the MEU CE, and everyone had great things to say about you. You were a very hard worker and a good guy over all. Every time I seen you, you had a smile on your face. I remember the night and I will never forget it. I won't forget it because I was the one who was supposed to be on that helo....and at the last minute my boss pulled me off the flight. Unfortunately you took my spot on the helo. Till this day I don't know what to say, or how to feel. I will always remember you...Semper Fi."
Solo

"Im distraught at the fact that I was on facebook looking for you Tavon, and another person replied saying that he was Tavon D Hubbard... I was looking to see how you were doing and what you have been doing.. THe last time I saw you was in South Carolina in 1999, ten years ago.. and we use to talk then lost contact.. then to think this morning on facebook, I see that the other guy Tavon told me to Google you.. and to my surprise your gone.. but I still remeber you laughing, making jokes all the time, and you had such a wonderful spirit..and to learn that you had a wife and a baby girl.. oh they must be so proud of you. I cant beleive you are gone.. I was just hoping that at least you would be alright.. well I know you are, looking down on all of us.. and condolencess to your family. Life is so short, its unbeleiveable.. you were gone at 24, life well lived. Well Ill see you in the sky. take care"
Nickesha Chung of CT

"Tavon,

Man it took me a long time to even believe that you were gone man. I still have the last email that you sent me saved, just so I can remember how crazy you were. I think back on the time we drove from Virginia to California together to our first duty stations. We ran out of money in Arizona from all the spending we did on the way. We had to sleep in the car until our direct deposit hit our accounts that night, LOL!! I dropped you off at Barstow and we looked at each other like what the hell is this place. Then I drove down to San Diego and called you laughing like, dawg you need to get down here. Well, trust me I will never forget our times together to much to put on paper but you will never be forgotten. A Tay, Jay-Z is still better than Redman. LMAO! I'll catch you in the sky homeboy."
Kenneth Charity of Oceanside, Ca

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Tavon L. Hubbard:
Tavon 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

"Tavon.. Man you will be missed I was remembering the time in oki when you checked in and told me you were from Va. and we were going through pictures and you said hey.. we played football against a team with those colors.. come to find out we played high school football against one another... that was a crazy begining to a great friendship.. I also remember talking to you on the phone a few days before you passed you were so happy and ready to come home we exchanged a few emails those days before and then I got the news. Tavon was a great person and also was positive no matter what. If you were down and out he would find a way to make things better in your life. I just wanted to take the time to write to let everyone know how great you were as a friend to me and that I think about your from time to time. You will never be forgotten and I know you are in a better place. God bless your family and those special to your heart because I know you were special in mine.

Sam"
Samuel Haughton (SSgt Haughton of Alexandria, Va

"This is for the Hubbard family. I first want to send my sympathy out to your family. I just so happened to be looking up my name when I stumbled across this site,and read about Mr.Hubbard. When I read all the comments left about Tavon I was very proud because my name is also Tavon Hubbard and I happen to be 24yrs old and I always though I was the only person with that name, but to find out that there was someone else with the same name and he served this country proudly makes me feel privilage to be named Tavon Hubbard so to the Hubbard family may god bless you!"
Tavon D. Hubbard of Athens, Ga

"words cannot express my sadness in your passing, my pride in your honor, courage and commitment, my thankfulness for having known you
semper fi"
neil callahan of st pete beach fl

"EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE GONE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY THOSE WHO LOVE YOU AND THE ONES THAT YOU FOUGHT FOR. EVERY DAY THERE IS SOMEONE WHO REMEMBERS YOU AND HONORS YOU....IM GRATEFUL FOR WAT YOU WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH FOR OUR COUNTRY AND HAPPY THAT IM HONORING "YOU"....
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A HERO AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
Brenda Jimenez of bakersfield, ca/us

"Tay,
We miss you every day man. We will never forget you. Always clowning people, and getting laughs in. Casey and I miss you bro. At least we went out like champs in Hawaii."
Lcpl Rob Woolsey of Laguna Niguel, CA

"Tay Taaaay!!
Damn, it's just by sheer luck that i stumbled across this site. And when i saw the name, i heard you laughing man! We all miss ya goofy @$$ bro. Seems like yesterday, we the "MCLB Barstow Crew" were chillin, partying, and clownin each other. By the looks of things here, you touched a lot of others just as deep and sincerely as you did with us. And they know you as well it seems too! Always clownin, running late, putting lotion on, lol!! that's definitely you! I'll never forget our Vegas trip man. We almost didn't make it past that weekend, did we?!! But all bologna aside, you know i would have swapped places with you in a heartbeat, and still would if i could. I know you're still with us, but we'll see ya again. Better have your A game ready!!
Love & miss ya."
Pete of 29 Palms, CA

"Not a day goes by and a thought of you doesnt cross my mind. You were my first NCOIC I worked for when I was first stationed in Okinawa. You were so full of life and never let the best get to you and that is what I always admired about you. You always had a great sense of humor and always knew how to turn a bad day around. I remember seeing you again when I was deploying to Iraq in Camp Pendleton gym and I couldnt believe that you were just starting your life you had a family and all, only to see you again in Al Asad and to serve with you and our unit out there. No matter what had happened to you, you were always there to lend a helping hand no matter what time of the day. I will cherish all the memories that you have made for us I wish that you had never had to get on that helo not a day goes by that we all think of you and your family, My deapest condolences go out to all your family.You lived life to the fullest and never regretted anything You were an awesome person I will never forget the edge dressing incindent in brks 1217 and everyone that was present that night all know who you are will not forget either when we were in okinawa. You are deeply missed Semper Fi and God Bless"
Cpl Lynch aka (LynchMob) of Yokohama, Japan

"Man I can't believe you are gone ! Not you ! Your happy-go-lucky attitude was admired by so many, so much so that it seemed you would live forever. Sometimes I reminisce on when we were stationed in Okinawa. I was the newly promoted Sergeant and latmover to postal. I was the Sergeant you loved to hate. Cause you just could never be serious about anything..but that's just the way you were. Even though we did not get along some of the time you were still like a brother to me, because you never forgot where you came from. Through the rough times in Oki, you kept your head up. Thanks for being you ! My deepest condolences go out to your daughter, and all your family. You will be greatly missed. Semper Fi !"
Sharese D Jackson, Former Sergeant of Marines of Baltimore, Maryland

"Man I can't believe you are gone ! Not you ! Your happy-go-lucky attitude was admired by so many, so much so that it seemed you would live forever. Sometimes I reminisce on when we were stationed in Okinawa. I was the newly promoted Sergeant and latmover to postal. I was the Sergeant you loved to hate. Cause you just could never be serious about anything..but that's just the way you were. Even though we did not get along some of the time you were still like a brother to me, because you never forgot where you came from. Through the rough times in Oki, you kept your head up. Thanks for being you ! My deepest condolences go out to your daughter, and all your family. You will be greatly missed. Semper Fi !"
Sharese D Jackson, Former Sergeant of Marines of Baltimore, Maryland

"Man I can't believe you are gone ! Not you ! Your happy-go-lucky attitude was admired by so many, so much so that it seemed you would live forever. Sometimes I reminisce on when we were stationed in Okinawa. I was the newly promoted Sergeant and latmover to postal. I was the Sergeant you loved to hate. Cause you just could never be serious about anything..but that's just the way you were. Even though we did not get along some of the time you were still like a brother to me, because you never forgot where you came from. Through the rough times in Oki, you kept your head up. Thanks for being you ! My deepest condolences go out to your daughter, and all your family. You will be greatly missed. Semper Fi !"
Sharese D Jackson, Former Sergeant of Marines of Baltimore, Maryland

"This one is from Dad to you my son! I miss yo so much, we all miss you. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you-your smile, your joking ways. I could write for days on this site-but just wanted you to know how much you are missed & that this pain I feel is still very fresh and to others that might read this that I thank them for the prayers and all of the blessed comments about you. You are my heart, I Love You, Dad"
Elmer Robinson-Dad of Arlington, Va.

"to the family of tay, i served with tavon in iraq as i was part of the 11th meu. he was my rack mate on the ship ride out there and we shared so many personal stories from clubbin in d.c. to playin high school ball. i myself am from maryland and next time im home i would like to pay my final respects. if there is any info the family could give i would be eternally grateful. i miss my friend and my deepest condolences.
cpl. casey j marlak
caseyjmarlak@yahoo.com"
casey marlak of camp pendleton, ca.

"To the family of my brother Tavon,
If you are reading this please contact me. I would love to speak to you. Tavon and myself go way back, I still have his phone number stored on my phone, is the only physical thing I have to remember him. Please write me at giovannivalladares@yahoo.com"
Sgt Giovanni Valladares of Los Angeles, California

"I remember Tevon or Tay-Tay for short as some MCLB Barstow Marines had call him. Tevon was a comedian by nature, he had the uncanny ability to clown on any subject or person. So descriptively funny that his audience would be rolling on the ground chuckaling uncontrollablly as they could literally visualize what Tevon said. I once approached Tevon about considering comedy as his career after his enlistment, for I felt that he had the potential of being a big star in comedy. Unfortunately there's an Idiot in the White House, indifferntially cold to the fact that his war has killed this young man and other Marines/soldiers along with innocent Iraqi civilians, such as, men, women, and babies."
Ktzstrf of USA

"I had the pleasure of knowing Tavon throughout high school while sharing a great deal of laughs and jokes with him. A person who I recall as sincere to his friends and to all around him. A privilege it is to have met someone with the volume of character that Tavon had. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Ryan Walsh of Arlington, VA

"To the family of Tavon....I just want you to know that WE (His friends) Have not forgot about Tavon...He died on my B-day! I will never forget that! Please know that he is thought of! He is LOVED and he is missed! I wish the war would end...So many young people that have not had the chance to live are Dying! I will continue to pray for the family!"
Mikelle Smith of Alexandria Va

"this is to tavon's close friends and family, thank you for your sacrifice. i couldnt ever come close to repaying you. but i will thank you every day.
love robert"
robert schmidt of oklahoma city, ok

"hey Tavon, cant believe your gone. i didnt know you extremely well but you lit everyones face up with your kindness, and sense of humor. every time i had to come and get mail you made it as fun as possible, thank you. i am blessed to have known you, and i will never forget that day because i should have been up there with you. i still dont know why i didnt go but i thank god for every day i have. wish you were still with us. much love, robert."
robert schmidt of oklahoma city, ok

"To The FAmily and Friends of Tavon,
My prayers are with you always. From the moment I met Tavon, in postal school, he kept a smile on my face. He gave me the shirt off his back within minutes of knowing me. He is an eternal light in the lives of all of us blessed enough to have known him. I am deeply saddened by the news, but the memories he gave me will shine forever. If anyone in the family would like to contact me, please do. My e-mail is jayanzaldo@yahoo.com . I have some pictures from Okinawa I would like to send . Again you have my deepest condolances, my prayers are with you."
Lcpl Jason Anzaldo of Brooklyn, NY

"Tavon,

I still can't believe your not here. I can remember back in the day when me, Kareem, and Irv would come pick you up for school and you was always late, running out the house half dressed with a lotion bottle in your hand. You always knew how to make us laugh! You will truly be missed. May God bless you and your family! One love dawg!"
Shaun Anthony Howard of Reston, VA

"Tavon, I can't believe you're gone man. I didn't know you that well but I knew you were a great person. May god be with you and your family."
Antoine Thorn of Reston, VA

"Tavon,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of your passing. You were a great guy who could always be counted on for a laugh. My deepest condolences to your family as they grieve the death of a wonderful person."
Jewel Carpenter of Reston, VA/USA

"Tavon,
We LOVE and MISS you so MUCH! Itís still hard to believe that youíre gone. You will always be in my thoughts. Youíre a wonderful man. I am so glad to have the opportunity to know you. God Bless you and your family. Love Always,
Kisha Howard, Shaun Howard and Irving Scott (South Lakes 1998,1999,2001)"
Kisha of Reston, VA

"I did not know Lance CPL Hubbard personally, but I read his profile from CNN Fallen Heros. Being a service member, it grieves my heart when I see my battles who have made the ultimate sacrfice on the battlefield of war. His honor and his courage will be honored and appreciated by all members of the US Armed Forces."
1LT Kathy S. Oliphant of Yongsan, Korea

"Tavon, We love you and miss you. You loved this country and did not live in vain. I know your wife and daughter will miss you, but they can hold their heads high knowing that you were a good man. With much love and respect from all your friends and supporters from South Lakes High."
Nia Lewis of Reston, VA/USA

"We miss you Hubbard... it was hard to hear this news. You'll always be in our thoughts. Protect the streets of Heaven till the rest of us come see you.

-Sgt Hollis Hudetz
My Homage To Hubbard"
Hollis Hudetz of HQMC Arlington, VA

"Tavon was a genuine great guy. I know this because I went to middle school with him for three years. I saw him occasionally after that, but it was always love and respect when I did see him. It is truly a shame that this happened. He deserves to be honored for his service to our Country as well as for his love and friendship to the people that he knew. He will be missed greatly."
Chris Trahant of Arlington VA USA

"Tavon was a genuine great guy. I know this because I went to middle school with him for three years. I saw him occasionally after that, but it was always love and respect when I did see him. It is truly a shame that this happened. He deserves to be honored for his service to our Country as well as for his love and friendship to the people that he knew. He will be missed greatly."
Chris Trahant of Arlington VA USA

"Thank you Tavon L. Hubbard For serving our country. For a School Project I had to choose a way to honor you. I chose to make a donation to the freedom alliance a military charity in your honor. Thank you very much for every thing. Also thank you to Tavon's family for their sacrifice that they made."
Jeremy of Rocky Hill, CT

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Tavon L. Hubbard,

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, Ca

"Tavon, i will always remember the time we spent together. I'm sorry it was you on that copter that night, Id do anything to have traded places with you. Everyone in the unit misses you so much. I know one day we'll see each other again. Thank you for your sacrifice. The world is a better place because of people like you."
Richard Shephard of Camp Alasad Iraq

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To Tavon'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

"Thank you Tavon Hubbard, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Tavon Hubbard:
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 Tavon for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Tavon Hubbard:
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 Tavon, 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