Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. John Travis Rivero


23, of Gainesville, Florida.
Rivero died from injuries sustained when his HMMWV turned over in Western Iraq while he was on a mission in support of special forces near H-1 airfield, in Iraq. He was assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Division, Eustis, Florida. Died on April 17, 2003.

Cpl. Rivero was a Florida National Guardsman and a student at the Univ. of South Florida in Tampa.

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"Travis, we all still miss you deeply. You are often thought of and remembered. Always in our hearts and prayers
Lynn Lattimore and Family"
lynn of new york

"Travis, we all still miss you deeply. You are often thought of and remembered. Always in our hearts and prayers
Lynn Lattimore and Family"
lynn of new york

"Tears still fall, You are loved and missed every day of our lives. We love you and miss you so much. You have my heart son."
Mom

"Thinking about you today,but you are always in my thoughts."
Fred Walters of Hawthorne,Fl.,UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

"April 17, 2016

Remembering you today as I do every day. Missing you so much it hurts...You have my heart son.

Love
Mom"

"3/13/2016
Missing you so much it hurts as it does everyday. You have my heart.

Love you Son"
Patti

"I miss you Travis. You were a great friend I still think about you often.
Rest well.
Your Omega Delta Sigma Brother.
Dave"
Dave Morton of Gainesville Fl

"Nov. 24, 2015

Happy Birthday in Heaven Son. I know your with your Grandpa, Nana, and Aunt Terri, and you guys are watching out for us. We love and miss you everyday. You have my heart.

Love,

Mom"
Patti

"I think about you alot Travis,GOD BLESS YOU."
Fred Walters of Hawthorne,Fl. USA

"2015 Veteran's Day

You are remembered today as you are every day. Remembered, loved and missed, so bad it hurts. Love you son.

Mom"
Patti

"10/14/15

Missing you so very much. You have my heart.

Love,

Mom"
Patti

"Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Remembering you today as I do every day of my life and missing you so bad it hurts. You have my heart son.

Love Mom"
Patti

"April 5, 2015

Today is Easter Travis. You are missed so very much. What I wouldn't give for one of your smiles and hugs. You have my heart son."
Mom

"Dec 25 2014

Merry Christmas son....Love and miss you."
Mom

"11/24/2014
Today is your Birthday son. I miss you so much....You have my heart.
Love Mom"
Patti

"11/11/2014
Thinking about you today...not just because its Veterans Day, but because I think about you every day. Love and miss you so much....You have my heart."
Mom

"Just drove by Buchholz high school and was thinking about the old times. Can't believe you're gone. I still think about you and you're family. Your one friend I'll never forget."
Joe of Gainesville, Fl

"5/26/2014
Its memorial day. Your family and friends are remembering you today. I remember you everyday and miss you so very much. Love you son...you have my heart."
Patti

"Remembering you today. You are not forgotten."
Hilda (Perez) Santa of Springfield, MA

"4/17/2014

Its been 11 years today son...You are loved and missed every day...You have my heart.

Love Mom"
Patto

"02/6/2014

You have been on my mind all day son. I miss you so very much. Love you with all my heart Travis.

Loving you always,

Mom"
Patti

"Dec 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Travis. We sure miss you so very much. We love you with all our hearts.

Mom"
Patti

"11/28/13 Thanksgiving Day.

Missing you son, so very much.

Love
Mom"
Patti

"11/24/13 Its your 34th Birthday Travis.
I miss you so much every day. You were all a mother could have ever wanted and I was so blessed to have had you. You have my heart.
Love you son.

Mom"
Patti

"God Bless you Travis,you are always in my thoughts."
Fred Walters of Hawthorne,Fl./USA

"2013 Veterans Day

Thinking of you today as I do everyday of my life, loving and missing you so very much. I was always proud of you son and always will be. I was so blessed having you and your love and humor for 23 years.....just wish you were still here, but I do feel you Travis. You have my heart.

Mom"
Patti

"Today on September 8th I will have the honor of running a 5k in your name, Although I did not know you personally, I know that you served our country with honor and respect. May you rest in peace and god bless you and your family. I will represent you proudly. The run is in Tampa fl."
Michelle Torrrs of Tampa Fl

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day 2013 and whenever I go fishing at Fort DeSoto. Hope your family is doing well."
Patrick J. Steed of Mulberry, Florida

"2013
Its Memorial Day, We remember you today as we do everyday. We have always been so proud of you. You are loved amd missed every day. You have my heart son.

Loving you
Mom"
Patti

"Cpl. Rivero,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones-especially your Mother, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"April 17th, 2013

Its been 10 years Travis. Ten long years with out you. You are missed just as much today as you were 10 years ago. Your sister and I will never forget you. We love and miss you so very much. You have my heart son. Please give Nana a Birthday hug from me.

Love you,

Mom"
Patti

"John I hope your still watching over your family and can take the time to police up Wershow and join us on a ride I put together in your guys honor its happening next Sunday in Eustis. I will see you there as well as on our anniversary, 10 years brother. Miss ya!!!"
Garrison of Colorado

"2012

Its Christmas and Iam missing you so very much. I always do. You will never be forgotten son. You have my heart."
Mom

"J.T., You are in our thoughts forever. I knew your father from Howard Air Force Base Panama, and know he is the kind of man that is very proud of your service. God Speed!"
K.L. VanDerPoel of Jacksonville, Florida

"11-24-12

Happy Birthday Travis. You are missed so very much. Love Mom"
Patti

"2012
Its Thanksgiving day and you are missed so much. We are thankful for the time we had you with us.....but wanted so much more. We love you son."
Mom

"Remembering you and your family this, and every, Remembrance Day.
The Ba˝uelos family"
Elizabeth of Brantford, Ontario, Canada

"2012

Thinking of you this Memorial Day as I do every day son. I was always so very proud of you. You and your sister were the best kids ever, and turned into such wonderful adults. I was a very lucky mother. Loving and missing you,
Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"I sure do think about you and Wershow a lot and wish there was some way I could turn back the hands of time! I will never forget that day, but most importantly I will never forget how awesome of a person you were! I sure enjoyed the time we spent together and look forward to seeing you again. RIP"
Pickens of Grand Island, Fl

"Been a while since I have been here but not an hour goes by that I don't think of you in some way brother. I miss you and hope your watching over your family. Next year is our 10 yr. anniversary I will do something special sorry I couldn't visit this year. I moved farther away, again but it has not changed my feelings/thoughts about our last day together.

See you soon
Garrison"
SGT. Garrison, Robert of Colorado

"The memorial garden in your honor,was in full bloom 17 April,gone but NOT forgotten.love you R.I.P."
John Rivero of Clear Alaska.

"RIP John"
Karg of Vail, AZ

"April 17, 2012

Went to visit you today Travis. Had our talk like we always do. I know you are watching over your sister and I. We love and miss you so much son.
Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"JT, Thinking of the men and women like you that made the sacrifice,for our freedom.Iknow you are with Jesus,who also made a sacrifice,that will allow us to meet again in heaven bless you,love you."
john rivero of Clear Alaska.

"March 14, 2012

I visit you almost every day. You are always on my mind and in my heart. Your sister and I will never forget you.
Your neice and newphews will never forget you either. We know you are watching over us son.
Love you,
Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"I was there at H1 that day, across the airfield. I was on watch in our little ops center when the call came in that there had been an accident. When our medics came back we heard the terrible news. I remember feeling detached from myself, thinking that here we were, so far from home, and this has happened. A family back in the US doesn't even know yet. It's hard to describe but has affected me ever since. Take care bro, watch over your family and buddies."
Darren of NE

"It has happened as in your letter to me you wished that the war would lead to a democraticNation for the efforts .The last troop is out of IRAQ. Ishared some of your letter with Iraq veterans in my counseling group,They though is was so impressive your words of future peace in Iraq.LOVE you proud of you and will continue doing some of your request."
john rivero. of Tallahassee,Florida.

"Travis,Igot a special chance to fly Space-Ato Iraq. There is a Memorial wall much like the Vietnam Memorial wall,except it has all the names of OIF KIA. SAW YOUR NAMEthere.There is talk in the Military grapevine that they want to move that wall to the UNITED STATES.Today I am visiting England.Soldiers from the uk have also gave their lives for the freedom. I visited you at Gainesville, not long ago it seemed so peaceful NOT noisy like last time.On your birthday I thought about all the things in your letter again one part is happening now, the drawdown down and the democratic hand over.Iknow up there in Heaven you feel a strong sense of pride for changing history.love you dad."
John F. Rivero of Fairford,afb UK.

"Happy Birthday Son. Happy Thanksgiving too. Its just not the same with out you. WE miss and love you so very much Travis. You have my heart.

Love, Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"11/11/11

I came and spoke with you today, as I always do. You will always be in your sister and my heart. We will always be proud of you as we were your entire life. We miss you like crazy. All our Love. Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"The Memorial Garden in your memory is doing well.Igo out there as you know and talk to you often.The deer still like to eat the flowers but I figure you would not harm an animal so I don't bother them.Your sacrifice is NEVER forgotten and I still get mail from armed forces members discussing you ,your memory, and YOUR sacrifice.Isometimes show theold home movies of you and your friends in Orlando."
John F. Rivero,Major,usaf (ret). of Belfast ,Maine.

"Tomorrow is 9/11 Travis and was thinking about you and missing you as I always do. You are so loved Travis, and that will never change. You are always in your sister and my thoughts, we speak of you ofter and always will. We love you son.

Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"7-4-11,Travis you are remembered today and EVERYDAY as a son, brother, mentor, caregiver, hero.Today you are remembered for your sacfifice to this great nation..for all gave some some like you my son GAVE ALL.. I still read the last letter you sent to me from IRAQ ,you would be happy to know that I have accomplished most of your wishes. I am/have devoted as you requested free PTSD/TBI COUNSELING to returning combat veterans.In your death you still provided a means to help all battle buddies."
Major John F. Rivero, USMS/USAF Retired. of Spartanburg ,South Carolina.

"Travis....I know I haven't written in awhile, but you know why. Grannie and Aunt Terri are with you now..I know you and Daddy was waiting for them, and are taking good care of them. I know Grannie gave you that big HUG and Kiss I sent you. I love you son.

Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"Travis, I just wanted to honor you this memorial day. We will not forget you. We will not forget your service to your country. We will not forget your sacrifice. My hat is off to you."
T.Hanson of Winter Springs FL

"Well Son today is memorial day as you knowin my heart everyday is memorial day.For the whole earth is the tomb of famous men; not only are they commerated ,but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them,graven NOT onstone but in the hearts of men..pericles."
major john f rivero of spartanburg sc

"grunt to grunt proud of you son still got your letter from IRAQ and yes Ithink we would of accomplished those things,Especially the last part.I am confident knowing you figured it out war does that to people that bond is still there as you know changes things,been in contact with some of your battle buddies and it is straight now.I will see you on the other side grunt to grunt. LOVE YOU SON..DAD."
MAJOR JOHN F. RIVERO of Spartanburg SC.

"4/17/11

Your in my thoughts today Travis, as you always are. I so wish you were here with us. I know that you watch over us and that is a comfort. I love and miss you so very much."
Mom of Gainesville, fl

"JT,BRO .SUP URMISSED REMEMBER KATHY SHE IS A MOTHER NOW.LAST NIGHT THE MOON WAS SO BRIGHTSEVERAL OF THE OLD TIMERS DRANK TO YOUR HONOR.RIP ."
DARELL of ORLANDO FLA.

"Feb.2011

Christmas and New Years has come and gone. I haven't had much time lately to write but you are never out of my thoughts. Aunt Terri, past away, and granny hasn't been doing well. I have been very busy with the two of them. You know that though, cause I know you are watching over us.
Love you son,
Mom"
of Gainesville, Florida

"Happy Birthday, though I'm sure you would have objected, and happy Turkey Day.
Love Eternal
Sis"

"11/24/10
Happy Birthday Travis. You would have been 31 today. The tears still fall. You are missed and loved so very much.

Love,
Mom"
of Gainesville, Fl

"Veterans Day 2010

Today we honor you as we do every day of our lives. You are never out of our thoughts. We love you so much, Travis.
Your memory will never fade.
Thank you for serving our country, and thank you for being my son.

Love,

Mom"
of Gainesville, Fl

"Aug. 24, 2010

Thinking about you today Travis, as I do every day. What I wouldn't give for one of your hugs. You are so missed and loved.

Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"jt, we got orders to pull out of iraq all combat troops are leaving.only the training troops remain.iraq is so much better of now than when you and i deployed the first time.you will always be part of history as the first group of combat soldiers to help liberate iraq. we will never forget your sacrifice, courage and love of country. well jt i am getting out of army but will come back as officer i have been accepted into georgia military college. love you bro. derick."
msgt.reneyls. of perry ga. usa.

"Just wanted you to know I was thinking of you, and your Mom, today, as I often do. Although thank you is not nearly enough, thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are loved and missed by so many."
Elizabeth of Hamilton, ON

"JT,man i think about you al the time.i am going back for my fourth tour .my friend we have made progress since you went to heaven,YOU helped make it possible.I got promoted and now they want to make me an officer do you remember how we talked about YOU being the officer and me being the peon.i decided to make a full army career in your HONOR.when it happens you will be with me.well, i leave tomorrow but i will take a little bit of you with me. love you jt.forcemak1.msgt"
msgt.forcemak. of ft.bragg nc.

"Memorial Day 2010

Travis, We honor you today for your service to our country. However, we honored you every day of your life. We are missing you as much today, 7 years later, as if it were day one.
We love and miss you son, each and every day.

Love Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"JOHN TRAVIS RIVERO,I SAW YOUR FATHER LAY A WREATH IN YOUR HONOR AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY.HE HAS ALSO VISITED YOU AT GAINESVILLE MANY TIMES,WE ALL REMEMBER YOU ON MEMORIALDAY 2010.GOD BLESS."
FRANK CONNOR of ITHACA NEWYORK

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"I can't believe it's already been 7 years. You're still missed today as much as you were 7 years ago. Always in my heart and in my thoughts."
Michelle of Orlando, FL

"April 17,2010

Travis, my son, its been 7 years. It still isn't any easier for your sister and I. You are always in our thoughts and in our hearts daily. You will never be forgotten son. You will always be loved and missed so very much.
You have my heart.
Love,
Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"March 2010

It will be Easter, this weekend Travis.
I was just remembering all the fun times we had. I miss you so very much son. You are never out of my heart or thoughts.
Thank you for being my son.

Love,
Mom
gardham@att.net"
Patti of Gainesville, Florida

"hey pal i know its been a long time but i was thinking of how dedicated your were about being a soldier and was remembering the things you taught me in delta co im glad you was my team leader we never really never had a chance to get to know each other and in a way im kinda glad we didnt. it would just make this much much harder for me you pushed me when i needed it and i thank you for that you are always in my thoughts good friend i know you are up in heaven yelling light switch light switch and keepig those aroud you on their toes god bless you and god i want you to know you have a true soldier in your midst so take care of him please sir!!"
hey mo of florida

"Christmas 2009
Dear Travis,

Another Christmas without you, they are just not the same, with you not here.
We love and miss you so very much. You will always be in our hearts. Son, you will never be forgotten.
Loving you with all my heart,

Mom"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"Nov. 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Travis.
Today would have been your 30th Birthday. We miss and love you so very much Travis.
Love you Always and Forever,
Mom"
Patti of Gainesville, Florida

"November 11, 2009, Veterans Day

Dear Travis,

I saw your mother today at a ceremony honoring you and the other soliders from Alachua County that have passed on...she looks good, loves and misses you. We both know you and Jeffrey are together helping other soliders who have joined you.

We love and miss you both...

Love,

Anne Marie, Jeffrey's Mom"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"Veteran's Day 2009
Travis, We are honoring you today as we do everyday. You are missed just as much today as you have been from day one. You have our love , you have our hearts. You will never be forgotten. To SSG. Garrison, Bobby, We honor you today as well, and once again, thank you.
Love ,
Mom
gardham@att.net"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"Travis, Duke is with you now. I know both of you are happy being together again. I am doing my best trying to take care of granny. Not a day goes by that I don't talk about you. Not a day goes by that you are not loved and missed so very much.
Love you son,
Mom
gardham@att.net"
Patti Gardham of Gainesville, Florida

"Hey Buddy, It has been a long time, I always think about you and your sacrifice everyday, it is such a terrible lost of such a great solider, friend, and leader."
Mayfield of Brooklyn, NY

"Hello any family member of John Travis, I am with the Student Veterans Association@USF.

We want to start a scholarship fund with name of a USF student who has been killed in action. This scholarship would be for future USF student veterans.

We discovered John Travis by searching on the USF Oracle archives.

However, to establish the scholarship, we need the family's permission.

Could someone from the family contact me at RodrickColbert@gmail.com?

Thanks and we appreciate John's service to this nation."
Rodrick Colbert of Tampa, FL USA

"July 13, 2009

Hey Travis, went to visit your mom and granny the other day. Saw so many pictures, your beautiful smile and blue eyes. I think of you often and am so very proud of you! You are loved and missed."
Morgan & Birdie of Newberry, FL

"I think about you every day. I had to take off my bracelet for a while because it was making me feel guilty that I came home and not you. It was building up anger inside of me. My wife still asks me why I took your death harder than when I lost family members. I don't know why. You were like a brother to me. As long as I live there will be atleast one person on this earth thinking of you. I love you man."
SSG Frank Gayle of Jacksonville, FL

"Hey brother we went and visited you today,we all miss you like crazy,we talked about the "good old days" when you were here,love and miss you bunches."
STRICKLANDS of KNOXVILLE ,TN

"Memorial Day Weekend 2009
Your sister will be here Travis. She and I will be remembering you as we always do. We are very proud of you and what you did for our country. We will always love and honor you.
Love,
Mom
gardham@att.net"
Patti of Gainesville, Florida

"Mother's Day 2009
Oh how I miss you. My heart still ackes for you. I went to your grave today to talk with you, as I do often. I know if you could, you would be with me today. I love you son."
Mom of Gainesville, Florida

"Hey brother i am sorry it took so long for me to write you. however do not think for one minute that a day gos by that i do not think about you and what i could have done that day. It has taken me some time to come to terms with the accident as well as heal inside and out. I miss you brother"
SGT. Robert Garrison of Ithaca,New York

"Here it is almost six years later and not a day goes by that I don't think of Cpl Rivero. Not a single day! My prayers are always with you and your family. I still have no words.

104FW, Barnes ANGB"
Hilda Perez, TSgt of Westfield, MA

"Miss you Bro!!!"
Partain of Memphis, Tn

"Dear Travis,

On this Veteran's Day of 2008, I wish to thank you for your service to our country. You will be forever missed, loved and never forgotten.

Give a hug to Jeffrey for me.

With respect,

Anne Marie Mattison"
of Gainesville FL

"Travis, I still think of you often and miss you dearly. You're always in my heart."
Michelle of Orlando, FL

"It's been a while since I came here to visit, still miss you and came here tonight to help your niece work on a Veterans project for school. It's nice to see all the comments and well wishes from others. Later bro."

"I am a stranger who is also a mom. I happened on this site and my heart aches for you. I cannot know your pain, but am smiling through my tears at your precious messages to your son. I am sure he knows your heart today."
Jill of Fayetteville, NC

"Aug. 21, 2008
Thinking of you and missing you son, just as I do every day. You are so loved, you have my heart.
Love
Mom"

"Happy 4th of July son.
You always in my thoughts.
Love
Mom"

"May 2008
Its Memorial Day Weekend Travis. I think of you everyday, but this weekend remembering all you gave for our country. You are loved and missed every day.
Love,
Mom"

"April 17, 2008

Its been 5 long lonely years without you son. Today is very hard for me, your sister and granny.
Not a day goes by that you are not missed. We miss your big blue eyes, your smiles, your laughs, your crazyness and your love. We know you are watching over all of us from above.
We love you so much, you will never be forgotten.

Love,
Mom, Sis, Granny, Duke and the whole family"

"Trav, I miss and think of you often. I keep a picture of you at my work in front of me, I will never forget the sacrifice you made for me and other americans. I love you very much."
Morgan of Newberry, Florida/USA

"March 2008
Happy Easter son. Thinking about all our Easter memories. I would give anything if you were here. We miss you so very much.
Love,
Mom"

"2008
Happy Valentine's Day Son. You will always be my Valentine. You have my heart.
Love,
Mom"

"I still think of you often brother. The most loyal friend I ever had. Miss you."
Rob Francis of Gainesville, Fl

"January 12, 2008
To the family of Cpl. John Travis Rivero:
John 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

"Its New Years Travis, and as always my thoughts are with you. I love and miss you so much son.
Love,
Mom"

"Just thinking of you Travis, "Wish you were here", that song still makes me cry when I hear it.Wish you could see your Jordan , Chad and Dalton growing up.I miss those nights when you and Terese would stay up late at night trying to solve the worlds problems,she sure misses you deeply too. Love and miss you brother"
John of Knoxville,Tn

"Merry Christmas Travis. Its not the same without you. You are so loved and missed son. What I wouldn't give for one of your big bear hugs and a smile.
Love,
Mom"

"Patti,
I knew Travis in high school. I didn't know what happened until I left active duty Army and returned to Gainesville in 2004. I'm very sorry. As a soldier, I know that he knew what he was doing was the right thing and felt very proud of it. He is definately a hero, not only in our eyes, but surely in the Lords. God Bless You and your family.

"All things I can do through Christ, he who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13"
Kent Mock of Gainesville Florida

"Dec. 17, 2007
Thinking about you and missing you today, as I always do. You are so missed, especially this time of year.
Love,
Mom"

"Not sure where my mind is these days Travis, but its your 28th birthday.
Happy 28th birthday son.
Love
Mom"

"Travis,
Another Thanksgiving and your not with us. We miss you so very much. Tomorrow is your 27th birthday and you are on our minds. We love you so much.
I know you are taking care of Michelle's mother, keep your big arms around her.
Love
Mom"

"Travis,
You're always in my thoughts and missed so very much. Make sure you take care of my mom - I know I'll see you both again one day."
Michelle

"Sorry son its 2007 not 2008. I was thinking about how much you are missed and missing all are good times, I typed the wrong year in."

"Dear Travis,

You are missed by all who knew and loved you. You live on in everyone's heart.

Love,

Anne Marie Mattison, Mother
Spc Jeffrey Mattison Wershow
KIA Iraq, 4-22-81 to 7-06-03"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"Veterans Day 2008
Remembering you today, as I do every day son, with respect and pride. You are loved and missed so very much. You are and always will be my hero.
Love Mom"

"Yesterday was September 11th and though I tried very hard it is not just another day, and today (like many others) I think about you and cannot believe you're gone and it still brings me to tears."

"John,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, especially your mother, please accept my deepest sympathy.

"Florida And Country"
124th Inf. Motto"

"Aug 25, 2007

Just missing you tonight, as I always do. Love Mom"

"Happy 4th of July, Travis. As always I am thinking about you and missing you. You were an Uncle again on June 15th. He is a big healthy boy.
Loving you with all my heart, Mom

Thank you so much to all of you who still think of Travis and leave messages.

Patti
gardham@rogers.com"

"Missing you every day buddy"
James Tillery of Gainesville Fl

"Travis--
though I did not really get to know you,
I will never forget you."
Brent Bowman of New Port Richey, FL

"Dear Travis,

I honor you for your service to our country. Thank you for all you did. You will never be forgotten. I know you and Jeffrey are together along with over 3,000 more men and women from this horrible war. God bless you all.

Love,

Anne Marie, Jeffrey's Mom"

"May 2007
Travis, as always I am thinking about you. This is Memorial Day weekend, and I am thinking about what all you gave for our country. YOU GAVE ALL. You are in my heart son, you will never be forgotten, you are loved and missed so very much. A mother could have never asked for a better son than you were.
I am so very proud of you. I always was."
Love, Mom

"April 17, 2007

Travis you will always be loved and missed, more than words can say,
..........you have my heart.
Love,
Mom"

"2007
Happy Easter Son. I love and miss you so very much."
Love, Mom

"2007
Happy Valentine's Day Travis. I think about you all the time. I love and miss you so very much. Your in my heart son and always will be.
Love,
Mom"

"To the family of:John Travis Rivero 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"

"Happy Birthday Travis. Miss you and think of you often."
Michelle of Orlando, FL

"Happy Thanksgiving Travis. Tomorrow will be your 27 th Birthday. I love and miss you so very much. Its just not the same without you. Your going to be an Uncle again. Just wanted you to know that we think of you every day, and love and miss you so much son.
Love,

Mom"

"Veterans Day 2006

We think of you and remember you daily Travis. We are all so very proud of you, you are and always have been our hero.
Jordan's class each had to write a report about a Veteran, to be read to the Veterans that had been invited to her school. Of course, her report was about her Uncle Travis. She still remembers her Uncle Travie, and loves and misses you. She will never forget you Travis.
We all love and miss you so very much."
Love you always, Mom

"On this Memorial Day, as in all days, you are on my mine and in my heart. I honor and respect your service to our country, and the fact that you and so many others, gave everything. I love and miss you so much Travis."
Mom 2006

"Its Mothers Day once again, and your not with me in body, but I know you are watching over me. I love and miss you so very much."
Mom

"JELLY BEAN POEM FOR EASTER

RED is for my love for you that will never sever...
For love is not measured by the time we had together...
But what's in our hearts forever.

GREEN is for memories that I always will treasure...
Although, time may pass...our memories will last...
forever and ever and ever.

YELLOW is for sunshine that you have given me...
You brightened up my life and made my world shine...
And will continue to shine brilliantly for the rest of time.

ORANGE is for the candles flame I light in memory of you...
Flame that glows so bright as I speak your name in prayer...
Asking God to hold you close...until I join you there.

BLACK is for my grief from my broken shattered heart...
Taking each day one at a time...as I keep your memory alive...
Life is different...I am different...but its so hard to survive.

PURPLE is for tears I shed as I remember you...
Precious memories you left behind...preserved deep inside...
You will always live on through our family...forever by our side.

White is for my hope and faith in God above...
The promise of resurrection...knowing we will reunite...
Above the clouds...over the rainbow...in His everlasting light.

PINK is for the signs you send from Heaven up above...
Lighting my path where I go...and whatever I may do...
My precious son... My Travis...I will always love...and always remember you.

Remembering you on Easter....and ALWAYS.

LOVE, MOM"
Patti Gardham

"Happy Valentine's Day Travis. Your sister and I miss you so much. Your always on our mind and in our hearts.
I love you!"
Mom

"Travis....Merry Christmas Son...You are so missed, you loved Christmas time. You loved having all the family together and was always so excited about opening the gifts. You brought us so much joy and so many laughs. Christmas will never be the same without you. Life is just not the same without you. You are so missed and loved more than words can describe.
I know you are watching over us, but I would give anything for just one more smile one more hug."
Mom

"You're always in my thoughts Travis. I miss you so much."
Michelle of Orlando, FL

"Dear Travis,

I think of you often. I know you and Jeffrey are together with many, many of your fallen comrades. God bless you.

Anne Marie Mttison"
Jeffrey's Mom of Gainesville FL

"Happy 26th Birthday Son. Thanksgiving and all other holidays are just not the same without you. You are loved and missed so very much."
Mom

"Veterans Day 2005
Travis, Granny and I have spent the day together remembering all the good times we had with you, and missing so very badly all those we are not having now. You are loved and missed so very much. You were always our HERO and you always will be."
Love, Mom

"Son..Not a day goes by that I don't think of you...Not a day goes by that I don't speak your name...Not a day goes by that I don't touch your picture...Not a day goes by that you are not loved and missed so very much...The tears still come and my face stays soaken...from the heart of a mother that is forever broken....

I want to thank all of you once again for honoring Travis with your kind words and thoughts...they mean so much to us. Thank you."
Patti ( Travis's Mom)

"Once again, my thoughts turn to you as I celebrate our country's independence. Thank you for this wonderful gift you've helped to give us all.

7/4/05"
C. Van Vleet of Florida

"Patti and Family,
My heart goes out to you and your family. Travis was one of my school mates at Buchholz and let me just say that he touched the hearts of everyone he met, including myself. He was a great person and will be missed greatly. Travis was a hero who stood up for his country. I will wear his bracelet in honor of a great american soldier and a friend."
Amy Barron of Tampa, Fl

"I purchased a bracelet from herobracelets.org. Each bracelet has the name of an American soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. I am honored to have received a bracelet with the name of Cpl. John T Rivero. After reading about Cpl. Rivero, I reach but one conclusion: Cpl. Rivero is a true American Hero. I wear the bracelet proudly. Despite never having met Cpl. Rivero, I will never forget him.
My condolences to Cpl. Rivero's family and friends. God bless you all."
Alejandro Espino of Weston, FL

"We came to remember you today. We stood by your stone and said a prayer. We stood by your stone and cried.
On your 25th birthday we came to honor you.
Missing you today and always.
The Lattimore Family"

"Nov. 11 ,2004
Veterans Day.
A day set aside to remember and respect the sacrifice made by all war veterans. This day takes on a whole new meaning for us as we focus on your memory. Today we will think of you and how much you meant to so many. Today we will leave flowers at your marker in Safety Harbor. Today like every other day since April 17, 2003 , we will miss and honor you Travis.
Always,
Lynn, Lindsay and Karsen"
Lattimores of Safety Harbor, FL USA

"October 17, 2004

Even now, over a year and a half later, I think of Travis and grieve for his family. I lived in the same neighborhood with him when he and I lived in Gainesville and remember him jogging laps around the neighborhood. I remember talking with him late at night with only the sounds of chirping frogs to keep us company as his footfalls echoed on the pavement, my bike chain gently clacking as I rode along beside him. I remember a feeling of peace and security, as though nothing could ever go wrong in our two very seperate worlds.

I'll be honest, I didn't know Travis as well as some - he moved to Tampa a few months after our late night exercises but what I knew was he was dedicated to serving his country, it drove him, it inspired him and it inspired others around him. He was kind, even to complete strangers like myself, and had a good sense of humor. While I was only given a glimpse of who he was, it was a profound experience and I will remember his sacrifice for the rest of my days.

Thank you Travis for your sacrifice, your honor, your dedication, your love of all that our country stands for. May we never cheapen the loss of you or others by forgetting what you fought for and believed in - freedom for our country and others. You are missed so much."
C. Van Vleet of Clearwater, Florida, USA

"We have dedicated a paver brick engraved to honor you at the Safety Harbor Veterans Memorial. This is in front of the Safety Harbor marina and pier, a place where you spent many happy days.
Remembering you on Memorial Day and every day."
Lynn and Lindsay

"Travis: I love you and miss you always. When, I get bogged down in the saddness I try to think of the crazy things in life as you would. They say only the good die young . . . so, it will probably be a good while before we see each other again (just kidding). I know things are not always as they seem and still trying to sort them out. I'm doing my best not to let you down bro. One phrase that I have been working on "everyone will die but not everyone will live." I know you are watching so I am working on the living. Maybe not to Travis standards but . . . Trav, I know at times I seemed hard on you but I learned a lot from you too. Your spot can never be replaced and even now your light shines too brightly to be extinguished.
Oh, yeah, all of the philosophy stuff I think you were right."
Terese of Tennessee/USA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/2004)

"Patti and family,
My prayers and thoughts are always with you, especially during difficult times like these. I hope your memories and knowing that you raised an exceptional son bring you comfort. Thank you for what you and your family gave to all of us."
Michelle Ramos of Orlando, Florida

"one year later: We 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, John will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"Thank you John Rivero, 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

"Dear Patti and family,

As the Holidays are here, I wanted you to know that we continue to think of you all and Travis. I know that he and Jeffrey are together in a wonderful place in time where there is no war--only peace and love.

I send you peace and love to help you through the hard times.

Love,

Anne Marie Mattison, mother
SPC Jeffrey Mattison Wershow
KIA July 6, 2003, Baghdad, Iraq"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"Dear Patti and Family,This is Ora Boies remember me from Voyles? My family and I are EXTREMELY saddened at the loss of Travis. We know how much you and your family loved him and we do not have words to express our sorrow. You and your family have been in our prayers from the time that we became friends. We will continue to pray for your strength as the days go by. If you feel strong enough please email me at boieso@hotmail.com, I will reply. God Bless each of you and Keep you in His Care. Sincerely, Mrs. Ora Boies and The Moore Family"
Mrs. Ora L. Boies of Wiesbaden, Germany

"Patti,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
Michael & Elizabeth Banuelos of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

"Travis was an angel here on earth before he was one in heaven. He touched my life in so many ways and I feel so blessed to have had him in my life. He was truly an exceptional person. He shared so much love, so much humor and so much of himself in every way. I will always keep my memories of Travis close to my heart. I am forever changed because of him and will forever love him and miss him."
Michelle Ramos of Orlando (& Gainesville), FL

"Happy Birthday Travis"
Lynn Lattimore of Safety Harbor, Florida

"Travis,
You are missed more than you could ever know.We all look forward to seeing again. Even 6 months after you left us, you still bring a smile to my face, just thinking of the fun we had. I wish we could go back and do it over again.
Your memories will live forever with me."
James Tillery of Gainesville, Fl

"Travis was a very special and loving young man. He is missed deeply by his family. I know that Travis is with God, along with my son, Spc. Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, who also died serving his country in Iraq. Jeffrey called me from Iraq when Travis died, and I told him then that Travis' big arms were encircled around his platoon and would look over them. Now, Jeffrey and Travis both have locked arms to keep their buddies safe. Blessings to the Gardham and McIntyre families."
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"My family and I wish to thank all of you that have posted messages to honor Travis. Travis was proud of what he was doing for his country. We were proud of him. He was always our HERO and the center of our lives. There are no words to tell how special Travis was, how much he is missed and what a void he leaves. He was my only son and my baby. He was such a loving son, brother, grandson, and uncle.
We will miss his big HUGS.
We will never forget his SMILE.
We continue to pray for all our men and women that are still in harm's way.
Once again thank you for all the kind words."
Patricia Gardham, Travis's mother

"I think of you everyday Travis. I hope you can hear me tell you good night right before I fall asleep. I want you to know that your fish Frank is doing well and we are taking good care of him. Lindsay continues with her studies and struggles through the days on campus without you. I was saddened to see that Karsen's beautiful letter came back unreceived by you last week. I pray that doesn't mean you never got the rest of the packages either. I know my cards got to you but I dont know about the care packages. Our lives will never be the same without you here. We will never forget you and the joy you brought our family. We love you."
Lynn Lattimore of Safety Harbor, Florida

"Travis Rivero was a member of my platoon during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a good soldier and a good leader. He and Jeffery Wershow, another soldier in the same Platoon, are greatly missed. The State of Florida, the Florida Army National Guard and this great nation lost two of its greatest soldiers and citizens during this war to bring freedom to the Iraqi people. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten by those who served along beside them."
Matthew Karg, SGT FLARBG

"rivero this is from your platoon black sheep you were a great leader and a better freind just want to say we still think about you everyday so long pal. never forgotten."
3rd plt C co 2/124th INF of BAGDAD IRAQ

"On behalf of the student body of Santa Fe Community College, I would like to send my heart felt thank you for the sacrifice that your son gave while serving our country and fighting for the freedom and rights of a suffering people. He will forever be in our thoughts."
Eric M. Joseph of Gainesville, Florida

"To the family of CPL Travis Rivero,
I can not express to you the depth of how much the loss of Travis touched the lives of the soldiers he served with in Delta Company as well as their families. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you as well as with the soldiers still serving overseas."
1SG Carey & Mrs. Lori Baker of Eustis, Florida USA

"Dear Cpl. John T. Rivero, it makes me extremely proud and greatful to live in a country where good men like yourself are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve both our freedoms and those of oppressed people around the world. May God bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten for your courage and bravery. Thank You"
Chase Perkins of Vero Beach Florida

"I am very saddened by your loss. Thank you for the sacrifices you and your family has made. I do know how hard these past few months have been.
My husband is still overseas with A company of Leesburg. I don't believe he knew Cpl. Rivero personally, but he is with the same unit.
We grieve with you."
the Harvey family of Ocala, FL

"I was stationed at the same base with your son overseas and lived two tents across from his. I wasn't someone he knew personally, but there was a beautiful memorial that the men from his company made. It was touching and the best way the men could cope with it. I hope it gives you strength to know that. I was deeply saddened to think that someone who lived that close to me touched my heart on so many levels.

May God bless your family and continue to help ease your pain. John's name and memory is embedded in my heart forever. He is someone that I will never forget."
Hilda M. Perez, SSG , 104th FW, Barnes Air Nat'l Guard, Westfield, MA of Springfield, MA

"We thank you for the sacrafice your son made for us. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time. Thank you John, May God keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Cpl. John Rivero:
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 John 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. John Rivero:
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 John, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Cpl Rivero.
We will never forget what you did for the people of Iraq that could not help themselves. This country is very proud of you and will never forget you or your sacrifice. Thank you. God Bless your Family"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on