Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Trevor Spink

36, of Farmington, Missouri.
Spink died due a non-combat related vehicle accident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on July 10, 2004.

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"It's been 13 years since his passing and not a day goes by that I do not think about him. Reading these messages gives me joy knowing how loved he truly was. I miss him more and more every day, but I know he is in a better place. He will always be my favorite brother"
Ashley Spink of Palm Harbor, Florida

"11/11/15
Thinking of you..."

"Miss you my friend"
Larry Lacey of Farmington, Missouri

"I served with Trevor back in 2/2 during the first Gulf War. I remember he was called back to go over to fight. He took it all so well and was truly an inspiration on how a Marine should handle himself. Always laughing and quick witted. Proud to have known you. Semper Fi my brother and Rest in Peace."
Craig Grindstaff of Norfolk, Virginia

"To the family of Staff Sgt.Spink,
I knew him only briefly when we served in Iraq together. He was a good marine and even better Staff Sgt. The kind of man you would follow to hell and back if he asked you too. I am deeply sorry for your loss."
Lcpl Sloan of Phila, pa

"Still thinking of you
11/11/13"

"Thinking of you today as with every memorial day"
Woody of San Clemente CA

"I miss you Trevor. We had some great times in Las Vegas. Thank you for coming down to see me and taking me for rides on your Harley."
Shara of Washington, DC

"Hey, Trevor. It's Veteran's Day and I just wanted to say Thank You for all that you did for us. We miss you and, although I'm not your biological cousin, I'll always consider you family."
Ron Hammers III of Farmington, MO USA

"Thinking of you......"

"Thinking of Trevors family & friends on this special day. God Bless. You are an angel & Im blessed to have met you for a brief time in my life."
Brooke of North Palm Beach, FL

"11-11-11;
Thinking of Trevor and his family; and the sacrifices they made."

"I was stationed with Trevor from 87-88 at Marine Barracks Norfolk, Va (F.A.S.T Co. 4th Platoon). I was Trevors squad leader and could always depend on him for everything. He was one of the most squared away Marines (especially as a PFC. at the time)in the barracks. I would serve as Cpl. of the Guard and give the guard inspections before going to stand gates and I'd NEVER ever find anything wrong with him or his sharply pressed out cammies, which would give him the reward as being the duty driver for the shift. I just found out about his passing after trying to find him on facebook for a future Marine reunion that's in the making. He was one of the friendliest and good mannered guys I can honestly say I'd ever met. My sincere condolences to the family and just would like all of you know that he was truly a special person and an awesome Marine that I'm very proud to have known and served with. SEMPER FI Brother!"
Chuck Johnson of Beavercreek, Ohio

"11/11...... Trevor's Family.....thinking of you and the ultimate sacrifice that comes with protecting our freedom."

"Trevor and I served in the same unit on Pendleton (1st SRIG) 1994-1999 . We were the two Marines selected for board to compete for general driver , and of course the poster boy for the Marines won , anyone who names thier green Ford Explorer ( the rig ) deserves a driving job driving a Marine Corps general , he was a great marine , and a good friend , and will always be in my memories ."
Robert Finder of Hillsboro , Mo.

"Me and Trevor Severed in 3/12 in okinawa together as mechs in 1996. i remember he had just came back the MC and was excited to be back. He showed me pictures he did for the recruiting posters at the time. He was a good friend and an great Marine. i remember i was at MCRD San Deigo in the chow hall eatting breakfast and i picked up the paper only to read what had happened. Brother i know you are in a better place you will always be missed and Never forgotten. SEMPER FI!!!!"
GySgt Johnson of Camp Pendleton

"May 11,2010
Every now and then i cry because i miss Trevor and wish that i could of had more time to spend with him and get to know him more.i do regret not getting to spend more time with him, he was a cool cousin.but i cherish the time i did have with him and will keep the memorys forever. i love you Trevor!!!"
Sierra Lamers of Farmington MO

"i didnt know Trevor that much but he is my cousin and i miss him, i wish i could of had more time to spend with him. when i was little i remember that he use to baby-sit me all the time. the last time i talked to Trevor was at a BBQ at aunt Cindi's. he was very fun to be around. i wish i could of had more time with him but we all do.i am thankful for the time i did have with Trevor. i know i should have been closer with him and i wish i would have. But he will always be in my heart. Trevor is a hero and he is my hero. HE WAS VERY BRAVE abd fought for our country. i Miss him and i know he is in a better place and he is greatly loved. "they say bad things happen to the very best people." and a tragidy happened to someone really great. he was a good person and he will never be forgotton. i know i wont ever forget him and the times i talked to him. i love him and all of my family."
Sierra Lamers of Farmington MO

"i didnt know Trevor that much but he is my cousin and i miss him, i wish i could of had more time to spend with him. when i was little i remember that he use to baby-sit me all the time. the last time i talked to Trevor was at a BBQ at aunt Cindi's. he was very fun to be around. i wish i could of had more time with him but we all do.i am thankful for the time i did have with Trevor. i know i should have been closer with him and i wish i would have. But he will always be in my heart. Trevor is a hero and he is my hero. HE WAS VERY BRAVE abd fought for our country. i Miss him and i know he is in a better place and he is greatly loved. "they say bad things happen to the very best people." and a tragidy happened to someone really great. he was a good person and he will never be forgotton. i know i wont ever forget him and the times i talked to him. i love him and all of my family."
Sierra Lamers of Farmington MO

"Trevor and I served in FAST Company 4th Plt. in 87-89. He was always full of energy and a happy guy. We spent a lot of time together and got to know each other pretty well. He always said that he wanted to be a Police Officer when he got out of the Corps. I didn't know he re-enlisted. Very sorry to hear that he passed away. RIP Brother, you are missed."
Steve Catti of Sylvania, Ohio

"We still miss you buddy! Its hard to believe so much time has passed. Trevor and I were stationed together with 3/1. From Singapore to Australia we always had a good time. Trevor was full of life, even in Iraq in 2003 he was the one guy who you could always count on to see a smile on his face. Since I am from Missouri too there was a bond between us. Take care and Semper Fi"
GunnerySgt Leahey of 3/3 Hawaii

"I am late on the passing of SSGT Spinks,my heart is weakened as if it just happened. I became aquainted with witn Trevor in 1995 in MOS school he had just returned to the Corps. Me at the time was a hot headed KID. Trevor in his fashion pull me to the side and became a Big Brother to me. I will always be grateful for his guidance and leadership. My you rest in GOD's care until we REGROUP

"Most people go thru life wondering if the made a differnce, MARINES don't have that problem". President Ronald Regan"
Anthony Canty of Oceanside Ca

"Nov 22 2009 - Today is Trevor's 42nd birthday so I wished him happy birthday, said a prayer and lit a candle. He enjoyed life so much and was such a fun person. I know he is at peace and loving heaven and will be waiting for us when we pass. I miss him so much."
Pam (Trev's Mom) of Desloge Missouri

"November 11, 2009
Thinking of Trevor and the sacrifices that he made."
Stephanie of Missouri

"November 11, 2009
Thinking of Trevor and the sacrifices that he made."
Stephanie of Missouri

"July 10, 2009 -- It's been 5 years since we lost Trev. Sometimes it seems more recent, sometimes so long ago. I miss Trevor so much. He was always smiling and making everyone laugh. I miss hearing his voice and seeing his smile. Thanks to everyone who visits this site and remembers our heroes. We have lost too many and no end in sight."
Pam (Trev's Mom) of Desloge Missouri

"I knew Trevor prior to him joining the Marines. We were good friends. We joined the Farmington Police Explorers together and trained young to be police officers. Trevor was a date, when I need one, he was a shoulder to lean and cry on. He could be a jerk and a sweetheart all at once. Good friends hurt each others feelings from time to time, and we did just that. I do miss him, even though our paths took on different scenery. Thank you Trevor for your sacrifice. My family sleeps knowing others like you are keeping us safe.
P.S. If you cross paths with a man or woman in the service, of any kind, please thank them for their sacrifice!"
Lisa La Chance Puckett of Hillsboro Mo USA

"Thinking of Trevor,and his family and friends on Veteran's Day."
Stephanie of Missouri

"I just stumbled upon this site and would like to add something about (Sgt at the time) Trevor Spink. My name is (Sgt) Heather Goldman and I served with Trevor in I MHG (1st SRIG) on Camp Pendleton from 1998-2000. I remember that Trevor had a huge heart and proudly did everything the Marine Corps called upon him to do. It is a pleasure to have called him my friend. When I got out of the Marine Corps he attended my “going away” party. As a present he gave me a signed (poster boy) picture of himself and we laughed that it would be valuable because he would be famous someday. Today that picture IS very valuable to me because he is very much a hero in my eyes. I am so glad I still have it to remember him by and think about all the Marines and their families who sacrifice so much."
Heather Goldman of South Carolina

"July 10, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Trevor Spink:
Trevor 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

"Dear Family of Trevor Spink:

To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families,the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

For information, please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net

Sincerley;
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's summit,Mo.

"CHRISTMAS DAY 2007 --- This is our 4th Christmas since Trev passed. I miss him so much and it's still so hard to believe he's not going to call me and make me laugh. Trev would have been 40 in Nov 2007. He was so special and I'm so proud of him. Trev's little brother, Lucas, is 23. Luke and Cassie had a baby girl born on Dec 6 2007, Trev's first niece, Ashlyn. She will hear so many great stories about Uncle Trev as she grows up. God Bless You Trevor, and thank you for being my son and Luke's brother. We love you and miss you so much.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO THINKS OF TREV AND LEAVES MESSAGES HERE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND ALSO, OUR SOLDIERS EVERYWHERE."
Pam Oder of Desloge MO

"12/16/07
Ms. Pam, I don't know you, but I had the pleasure of meeting your son Trevor. He truly left an imprint on me. Trevor and I had several converstion about his life choses and I know that he died doing what he belived in and what he enjoyed. Continue to find strength in the Lord above. Thank you for raising a strong and caring son. You truly gave us all a gift. Trevor was a treasure."
Patricia of Fallbrook, Ca.

"TREVOR, YOUR MISSED BROTHER.I DONT KNOW IF THEY GOT REDMAN WHERE YOUR AT BUT IF THEY DO IM SURE YOU GOT A POUCH.3/1"
Sgt Sanchez Mark

"I went to high school in Farmington and joined the Corps as did Trevor. I salute you and all of our fallen brothers and sisters. But true to our Hymn we will all be together once again to stand gaurd the streets of heaven. Semper Fi."
Sgt. Lloyd Hammers of San Marcos, Ca

"I meet Trevor on my last WEST-PAK float when he was attached to the 11th MEU. We bacame good freinds and had lots of fun. I remember doing things that didnt make no sense to anyone but us. I do miss the man, and wish that those day were back again. I drink a beeer for him and all of my other fallen brothers and freinds every chance i get."
Jay, SSGT USMC of NAS PENSACOLA FL

"Memorial Day 2007 --- Thanks to all of you who take time to remember Trevor. We miss him so much. He was so proud to be a Marine and serve our country.

If you would like to read an article and see a photo of Trevor's headstone, PLEASE LOG ONTO DailyJournalOnline.com

Please keep leaving messages on this website. It's so comforting to know Trev had such caring friends."
Pam, Trevors Mom of Mo

"Whenever I hear the name of another fallen hero it always makes me think of Trevor and his family. He was a very special person."
Stephanie of Missouri

"I knew Trevor since 1996 in Okinawa, with 3/12. He was a close friend of mine. After Oki, we were both stationed at Pendleton, where we were at the same unit, again. I can remember leaving Pendleton in late 2002 getting an email from him. My wife and I were both Active duty, then. My wife and I were very close to him, and each and every ball we go to every year, we always talk about Trevor and how proud we were to know him. It seems to be a conversation that people who never knew him, seem to be engaged in. I miss him, and will never forget Trevor."
Mark and Heather Brown of Camp Lejeune, NC (molalla, or originally)

"SSgt Spink,
I know it's been a couple years now but I can never forget that man. He and I were Sgt together at 3rd Bn 1st Mar, I was the Platoon Sergeant and he was like my right hand man, he made everyday that we spent together and those same memories carried over to both deployments I had the pleasure to serve with him. I love him as my fellow Marine and I will never Forget you Trevor. Jim says hi.....LOL
SSgt Cruz, Jonathan of now November Battery 5th Bn 14th Mar."
SSgt Cruz, Jonathan of Los Angeles Ca,

"CHRISTMAS 2006 --- This will be our 3rd Christmas since we lost Trev. I'm having a very difficult time tonight, really missing him. Trevor enjoyed life so much, he always had a smile on his face and usually entertained anyone near him (even when he was a child, he had charisma). We miss him so much but I feel him near me often. Trev loved being a Marine and was very proud to serve our Country. Thank you to those of you who still leave messages and still remember Trev. He had so many friends and it's comforting to me to share him with so many others. Thank you for all you kind words. God Blessed our military and their loved ones. I keep them in my prayers."
Pam Oder of Desloge MO

"My name is Justin Thompson, I served with SSgt Spink while at 3/1, I also was a driver. I remember when we were training for our deployment right before the Iraq war started, we were assaulting the beach at Camp Pendleton. When I drove off the LCU I forgot to close the fording valve and my Humvee stalled when I hit the water. After they towed us out of the surf, and back to horno SSgt Spink spent 4 long days with me getting my truck back in shape, we ate together at the chow hall a couple times together, he was always there to help and always had something funny to say. We used to compare him to Tom Arnold he always thought that was funny. God Bless him and his family, a true american hero has left us."
Cpl Justin Thompson of Grayling, MI

"I served with Ssgt Spink aboard Camp Pendleton and in Iraq. I was a HMMWV Driver, so I spent a lot of time in the Motor Pool. I felt a connection to Ssgt Spink because my first name is Trevor too. Ssgt Spink was a cheerful and considerate person. I didn't know anything about working on HMMVW's, but Ssgt Spink was always there to make sure things ran smoothly. I was shocked and saddened to learn of his death. I will never forget Ssgt Spink's compassion or his enthusiasm for life. To his family: I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my thoughts and prayers."
Lcpl. Trevor Parker, Wpns. 3/1 of Portland, OR

"NOV 22 2006 --- Trevor would be 39 years old today. I miss him so much but I believe he is in a better place and I feel him with me often. God Bless our soldiers and their loved ones. I hope this war is over soon and pray that everyone comes home soon."
Pam Oder of Desloge MO

"It's hard to believe my Trev has been gone over 2 years now. I miss him so much and am so proud of him. I'm also proud of my other son, Lucas (age 22), who has chosen Law Enforcement as a career (only because I asked him not to go into the Marine Corps).

I would like to let everyone know about a CD with 2 songs on it in memory of Trev and those who passed with him. The songs were written by Emily Lindeman; Emily's husband, Brandon, served under Trevor in Iraq. Emily released the CD in 2005. If you listen to the songs, I would appreciate your comments on them.

The songs are titled "Leaning on your Promise" and "Let Go and Let God". You can hear these songs on "adamsfamilyministries.com" where you can also purchase a copy of the CD, if you like the songs. Emily and Brandon and Emily's family are opening a chapter of Operation Homefront,,, a national non-profit volunteer group that provides emergency support and assistance for service members and their families.

I am so thankful that Emily took the time to contact me and let me know about her CD. It's very comforting to know people still think about Trevor and have such good things to say about him. Please keep leaving messages on this website. Thank you, Pam (Trev's Mom)"
Pam Oder of Desloge MO

"Hi, I knew Trevor only briefly when he was a Police Officer at Iron Mountain Lake and Lived in an apt in Farmington, One thing I will always remember about Trevor is his sense of humor and how he looked for the good in everyone! Also his Courage one time he took me out to a bar way out in the boonies and he had no problem going in there where I felt very nervous of the surroundings! He will be sadly missed!"
Jason of Farmington, MO

"Trevor and I were Sgt's together at 1st SRIG later became I MHG during. I remember giving him a hard time about being a poster boy some thing he would proudly display in his room. It was always good to give him a hard time about so many things I was a Grunt and he was Motor T and at one time was driving for the General at I MEF. We always made time to talk with one another but as goes in the military you move on I was transfered to recruting duty lost contact. I deployed to Iraq in 2003 returned in 2004 and 2005... when I returned in 2005 I was watching an show honoring all the fallen I remeber just watching looking at all the people who I had known served with me when I saw that famous photo that Trevor was always so proud of... I know we lost touch man, but I was a shock to see your photo I recall telling my wife if she remembered you... we logged on the internet and I showed her your photo... she almost hit you not paying attention in front of the barracks at main side, you gave her a hard time about it at the Marine Corps Ball... I know it has been some time but you are still remembered, guard those gates well my friend... AND STOP SHOWING EVERYONE THAT POSTER BOY PICTURE UP THERE... you know I had to end with giving you are hard time just would not have been fitting."
GySgt Larry R Long of Corpus Christi, TX

"To the family of:Trevor Spink 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"

"July 9 2006: I want to thank all of you who take the time to remember Trevor and those of you who take the time to contact me. I am so thankful for email and for this website so that friends and loved ones can leave messages for everyone to read. We miss Trev so much. I'm thankful he was such a happy, healthy man who took time to smile and be a friend to so many people. Trev truly enjoyed life and usually made sure everyone around him had a good time. Thanks to everyone for sharing memories and leaving messages. I miss Trev so much but feel his presence often. I am so proud to be Trevor's mom and know that he turned out to be such a good man."
Pam - (Trevor's Mom) of Desloge MO

"To the Family of Trevor,

I was Trevor's Sergeant Major and was deeply saddened when I heard of his death. Although we didn't have too much of a "personal" friendship, I do consider him a friend. I remember one day I was riding my Harley the day before he deployed. I rode up to a place in Temecula called Rythem and Brews, and there was Trevor, smiling as only he could. As I got off of my bike and walked towards him, I noticed that he had a cold beer in his hand for me. He handed it to me and we then began our conversation. We talked about how he was going to get a bigger Harley when he returned and about other things. We then went on a ride together to Temecula's Wine Country, where I had introduced him to a few friends. We had a few more beers, then it was time for him to leave. I remember that night when we left the winery, we rode together for a few miles, then he went on the freeway, waved to each other, then parted ways. Little did I know that that would be the last time that I would see him. Trevor will never be forgotten by me and every time I ride my Harley I think of him. He was one heck of a Marine, but more than that, he was one heck of a man. He will live in me forever. Rest in Peace, Trevor."
Leo Rivera SgtMaj, USMC (Ret) of Lake Elsinore, Ca

"To Trevor's family & friends, I miss him so much, my prayers are with the family, friends & troops still serving our country. I miss you so much but I feel you with me as my guardian angel a lot. I read your letters often & will cherish everything forever. Thank you Ms. Oder for everything. My prayers are with you always."
Brooke of Orlando, FL

"To Trevor's family and friends, 3/19/06
I have just returned from a service at the Marble Collegiate Church in NYC during which I received Trevor's name in remembrance of his service and sacrifice in Iraq. The 3 1/2 hour service was designed to pray for the family and friends of those heroes whom have given their lives for this country and the freedoms of others. We want you to know that hundreds of people were present to prayer for peace, as well as uphold those who have given up so much by losing such a fine young man like Trevor. From what I have briefly read on this site, I can see why the Marines selected him as a "poster boy". May God continue to provide you with the support you need and a love that knows no boundaries. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you. In His Grace!"
Doug of Midland Park, NJ

"Trev, I think of you so often and how so very proud of you I am. I was fortunate enough to go to Washington last year and when I visited the Arlington Cemetary, and there you were as handsome as ever. There is a memorial of fallen soldiers named "Faces of the Fallen" it was so touching. The picture of you was so beautiful. Thank you for being such an inspiration and hero. I never thought when I moved away from Cali that you wouldn't be there for me to see whenever I came back to visit because your always there when I come home. It is so hard to admit to myself and accept that you wont be this time. Damn Trev I only have 1.5 more years until I'm back for good. I feel so angry at the world for taking you away from all of us I know that is selfish but I can't help feeling cheated. Too many soldiers have been taken now and I just want all of our guys & girls to come home so others can be spared the pain of losing the ones they love. Let the other countries take care of thier own crap. I know you would lecture me about that statement and I know you loved what you did you were truely an awesome marine and hero and I know you wouldn't have had it any other way. So forgive me for my narrow thinking on that one. You were one in a million and I am so glad to have been fortunate enough to have known you and had the pleasure of spending all of the time we had togather. Today I threw a hat on and happened to be wearing hoop earrings and couldn't help but to laugh and think of you, I always thought that it was so silly that you preferred that look to any other. Thank you for touching my life. I pray for your family often. I can't wait to see you agian, hopefully I will make it to heaven, where there is absolutely no doubt that you are right now. Thank you for being you:) Love Forever Korrie"
Korrine Orton of Jacksonville, NC, USA

"Hello to the family of Trevor Spink. I just learned of the unfortuate loss of your son,and my brother in arms. My condolances. I had the honor of serving with Trevor in the Marines, i remeber when he became "poster Marine" i met him at Camp Lejune around 1997-98 and i thought he was a celebrity, he had the biggest smile and he was the kindest most friendliest Marine i had ever met, he will always be a hero to me,thank you for the "ultimate sacrifice" and keeping America the land of the Free, god bless you and your family Trevor and Semper Fi Brother."
Cpl. Glenn Laswell of Boston MA USA- SEMPER FI

"I knew Trevor many years ago. He won my heart instantly with that smile, and he gave me much comfort when I needed it. I think of him often, and the loss that it brought those closest to him. In reading all of the messages, I can tell that he was a friend to so many and a wonderful loving son. I hope that he had a happy life. I was fortunate to have known such a respected person.
I will continue to think of him and his loved ones."
Stephanie of Mo

"It came as a total shock to find out this evening about SSgt Spink's untimely passing last year.
I had the enormous pleasure of serving with Sgt. Spink, what a great friend and mentor you were to me. We served together at Camp Pendleton I MHG MMO, along with SSgt Jessica Fields and Sgt Heather Goldman. I remember hanging out with Trevor when I was a new Corporal and he was such a great example for me to follow.
My greatest memory of Trevor was during a PFT run I fell and cut my knee, I rememmber Sgt. Spink, who was running ahead of me, turning around and sacrificing his own run time, to help me to my feet and back on track. This was the caliber of Marine Trevor was. God Bless you bud.
GOD BLESS Trevor's Family."
Oscar Bucio CPL, USMC of Long Beach, California

"TO LCpl Craig Cummings of Farmington MO -- Thank you for your message. I would love to meet you when you get back to Mo. Please feel free to email me at "pamoder.com" or by mail to Pam Oder, PO BX 62, Farmington MO. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you return home safely."
Trevor's Mom of Farmington MO

"Christmas Day 2005 --- This is our second Christmas without Trevor. It is so hard not to be able to hear his voice or receive mail from him. He always sent me such beautiful, sentimental cards on my birthday and holidays. He was a very thoughtful son and loved to make people laugh. I appreciate everyone who still checks this website and takes the time to think of Trev. I pray for all our soldiers and their loved ones; as well as our fallen heroes and their loved ones. I hope this war will be over soon and our soldiers can come home safely. We have lost so many brave, dedicated soldiers, I just hope they didn't die in vain."
Trevor's Mom of Farmington MO

"Happy Birthday,you are greatly missed and thought of. My prayers our with Trevor's family always."
Brooke of Orlando,FL

"SSgt Spink,
Words cant express the sacrafice that you have made for our country. You make me proud to be a Marine, to be from Missouri, and to live in Farmington. I know when I make it to heaven we will meet and guard the streets together.

Semper Fi,"
LCpl Craig A Cummings of Farmington, MO Currently in Ramadi, Iraq

"Nov 9 2005: I miss my son, Trevor, so much. This website has been such a blessing. It has been so comforting to read all the wonderful messages Trev's friends have left. Trev's brother, Lucas, was going to go into the USMC but I asked him to wait a while so he is in Law Enforcement right now. We miss Trev so much. Friday will be Veteran's Day and our local VFW's always do an emotional ceremony for our fallen heroes so Trev will definitely be remembered by many on Friday. I urge everyone who is eligible to join or support your local VFW (the cost is about $15 yearly and it's a great organization that helps veterans and their families). If you have a relative who is/was a veteran, please check into joining. You don't have to attend meetings, if you don't want to. Some of you may know, Trev's birthday is Nov 22 and of course, Thanksgiving is right after that. This will be a tough month but when I'm down, I read the messages on this site and I feel so blessed to have been Trevor's mom. Even as a child, Trev always had a smile on his face and loved life. I am so thankful to have been able to share Trevor with so many people. He was a wonderful son. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to leave a message."
Pam Oder of Desloge MO

"Trevor, It's been over a year since you were called away and I am still missing you. I keep all your letters and pictures close to my heart. The puppies miss you too. I will forever cherish our last days together. Our love will be reunited in Heaven."
A.M of N. California

"Trevor, I still can't believe you're gone. But you will always remain in my heart. Vanessa and I miss you so much...you were so special to us. All those amazing stories...she couldn't get enough of them. It broke my heart to have to tell her what happened. But we both are so proud of you...a true hero in so many ways. You were always so thoughtful, and such a charmer. You always put a smile on my face! I will treasure all of my memories of us. My prayers are with your family. I know how painful their loss is. God bless you Pam and Luke...he talked of you often and loved you both so very much. Good-bye Trevor, until we meet in heaven. Vanessa and I miss you and love you....
P.S. Physco Kitty misses you too...I'm taking good care of her for you."
Sheila Paderes of Yucca Valley, CA

"To everyone leaving messeges. . .Thank You so much, you have no idea how much it helps my mother everyday. Losing someone you love is the hardest thing in this life, but there must be a reason, Trevor is definitely a Warrior Angel, he fought til' his heart was black and blue, definitely a Marine tried and true, I will never forget my big brother and as long as I live and no-one else will either! I LOVE YOU TREV!"
Luke of Farmington - Mo.

"Trevor, It's been a year and not one day has gone by that I haven't thought of you. Actually ever since the day I met you. I have never met anyone has special as you in my entire life. I feel so blessed to have been on that flight with you and will cherish the memories I have of you forever. Your beautiful smile, blue eyes and all the laughter. You will always hold a very special place in my heart. I miss you and can't wait until the day I can see you again."
Brooke of Orlando, FL

"There will be a memorial poem and photos of Trevor in our local paper on Sunday, July 10. If you would like to see it, please go to "mydjconnection.com" and look under the "classified" section. Thank you to those who are remembering Trevor on July 10 and to those who are emailing and calling me. It helps to know so many are still thinking of Trev. I miss him so much but feel him near me often. Keep your loved ones close to your heart and enjoy your children, they grow up so quickly."
Pam Oder of Desloge MO

"There is an article in our local newspaper today (May 28 2005) about my son, Trevor. Anyone interested in reading it can go to "mydjconnection.com" The article has a photo of Trevor taken in June 2004 by Capt Adams while they were in Kuwait waiting for a flight to Iraq. As far as I know, this was the last photo taken of Trevor. The article also has a photo of the Comfort Quilt which I received from a wonderful organization which makes these quilts to honor our fallen heroes. I continue to pray for our fallen heroes, as well as our heroes who are still with us and trying hard to keep us safe. Thanks to all of you for remembering Trev and for taking the time to contact me or to put a message on this website. I only hope people are becoming more patriotic these days and realize our soldiers are fighting for our freedom and our rights.
I miss Trev so much but I'm so thankful to be able to share him and so many wonderful memories with so many people. My other son, Lucas, is 21 and had taken his physical and was going to join the USMC last year but I asked him to postpone those plans so he went into law enforcement and is a police officer. Our family has always been patriotic and we have a lot of Veterans in our family. If anyone would like to contact me, my email address is "pamoder@msn.com"
Pam Oder of Farmington MO

"Ma'am...It was good to see you at the Memorial. Like you already stated, I wish you could have stayed afterwards for the reception. It's understandable, thank you for coming that day...as much as you may have needed the Memorial, I needed to see you, and other family members of our other Marines we lost. It continues to put things in perspective... I thank you for the mug and rest assured I'll continually use it and never forget the man on it."
Sgt Ferguson of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"On May 4 2005, I went to Camp Horno/Camp Pendleton for a Memorial Service in honor of Trevor and 32 other fallen heroes. I am so glad I was able to attend. I met several of Trevor's friends who remembered him as a good Marine to work with and also a good friend. I am so sorry I was unable to stay for the reception after the service. I want to thank Ann for the Lily she gave me at the service. I would like to get in touch with Ann or Woody. I am so thankful to everyone who takes the time to remember our fallen heroes and also, our heroes who are still with us. I hope the US citizens/residents are becoming more patriotic and understand that these men and women in the Military are the reason we have the freedoms we have in this country. God Bless our soldiers. I miss my son, Trev, so much."
Pam Oder of Farmington MO

"As of April, I continue to receive emails and calls from Trevor's friends. I am so thankful that so many of Trevor's friends have taken the time to contact me. Trev was a wonderful son and I'm so happy that he touched so many lives in a positive way; he loved to make people laugh but he was always patriotic and proud to be a Marine. Trevor's name was recently added to a memorial in front of our County Courthouse. Trevor was the first casualty from St Francois County; I hope he will be the last and our soldiers can come home safely soon. Trev's headstone was donated by a local Monument Co and is beautiful. They used Trev's "billboard photo" and it's like looking into Trevor's eyes when I visit him. If anyone would like me to email a photo to them, please let me know at pamoder@msn.com. God Bless all our soldiers and families for keeping us safe and free. (04/20/05)"
Pam Oder of St Francois Co MO

"St. Charles Democratic Alliance held a Tribute & Memorial to the 20 fallen soldiers from Missouri on 3/19/2005, the 2nd anniversary of the War in Iraq. Four families of the fallen attended the event, and nine families shared messages that were read during the tribute by Connie Greene, sister of fallen soldier Jamie Huggins. The event aired on all four local newscasts (Fox KTVI, KPLR, KSDK, KMOV.) Biographies of each of the fallen soldiers were read while photos of the soldiers were displayed. The event also included Bible readings, songs, keynotes speeches by Rev. Jason Samuel and Viet Nam Veteran Ken Peters, and a fellowship in the church hall immediately following the tribute. Our organization was sensitive to the fact that even though information on Missouri’s fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number – we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the family’s perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouri’s finest, as well as the sacrifice the families made, and continue to make every day. Special thanks to the Burkhardt, Gottfried, Huggins and Spink families for traveling long distances to Transfiguration Church in Lake St. Louis to participate in this community tribute. (anngastler@charter.net)

PS: Pam and Lucas and family, thanks for sharing this special day with us - I'll be sending a video as soon as it's finalized."
Ann Gastler of St. Charles Democratic Alliance of St. Peters, MO

"Your son is a TRUE HERO. He will be REMBERED in my HEART for the KINDNESS that he had showed my family and I when we first moved to camp pendleton. He was a great friend to my husband.When I first meet your son he had a smile that was so infectious, he was filled with laughter and jokes. I to share the same loss. If you ever need someone to talk I would be glad to hear from you...danigrle@yahoo.com"
Danile Nachampassak of Honolulu,Hawaii

"What can I say that has not already been said, Trevor was a Great Marine, Wonderful and Thoughtful Man but most of all he was a great friend and one of my closest (that always spoke his mind). Before, he left for Iraq this final time, he told us he was not coming back …nevertheless, he went not because it was his job but he was protecting his family, friends and his country this is the type of man that he will be remember for. In his post cards, he was always worrying about his mother, he would be hoping she would not worry about him (he would always be thinking of others and not himself) and we would be praying and wishing for Trevor’s safe return. My husband I are very fortunate to have know Trevor, We will always remember the good time we had with him. We truly miss him."
Doreen and John of Las Vegas

"My son, Trevor, is still being remembered by so many people, which means so much to me. Trevor's name has been added to a "Fallen Heroes" monument outside our County Courthouse under the heading "Iraq", along with WWII, VietNam, and Operation Desert Storm veterans. Our local paper can be accessed at www.mydjconnection.com/archives. The most recent article was dated Oct 9. Thank you all so much for remembering Trev; he was a wonderful son and my hero."
Pam Oder of Farmington MO

"Trevor Spink- Thank you so much for your bravery. You are a hero in all of our hearts. To the family- God bless you through the tough times. Sounds like you really had an amazing man on your hands, not only that but also a hero. Thank you and God bless."
Alicia Biby of Nevada,Missouri

"To the family of Trevor Spink, thank you for such a wonderful man. There was no one better.
Trevor, buddy how is the barracks up there? I miss you and your "Rig". I know you are watching over us. I know you are the Duty SNCO at the gates of Heaven. I am ready for inspection. 1st MHG/MT. Barrack Manager Bldg 1396. Take Care good buddy. SEMPER FI!!!"
Lee Strain , Cpl of El Paso, TX

"To the Family of Trevor Spink,
I served with Trevor during our first run in Iraq and if I could say one thing about him, it would be that he is and will always be a Marine's Marine. When I learned of his passing, it saddened me, but I know that he is in a better place and that he is looking down on us all through the holes in the floor of heaven and fighting with god's angels to protect his Marines remaining in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Spink, I rode in your memory along with 200 bikes on Sunday August 22nd through the roads of GA. You will never be forgotten "Bud""
Jason of Senoia, GA

"To the Family of Trevor Spink,
I served with Trevor during our first run in Iraq and if I could say one thing about him, it would be that he is and will always be a Marine's Marine. When I learned of his passing, it saddened me, but I know that he is in a better place and that he is looking down on us all through the holes in the floor of heaven and fighting with god's angels to protect his Marines remaining in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Spink, I rode in your memory along with 200 bikes on Sunday August 22nd through the roads of GA. You will never be forgotten "Bud""
Jason of Senoia, GA

"Trevor inspired me to be better than I am and to relearn what smiling means. He always had a laugh ready and a story to make make those around him laugh with him. I am a better and more determined bachelor because of his wisdom and instruction. All the rides we took together aren't enough and I hope to God there are some Harleys and some seldom travelled roads in heaven so that we can continue to feel the wind and sun in our faces, hear the roar of pipes in our ears and share the feeling of pure contentment as the miles roll by as we thunder to the next destination to share a beer and some laughs. I remember Phoenix and Palm Springs with Joe the best. Those were GOOD TIMES! and God willing we'll share them again in heaven. Hell, maybe God will let us have that bachelor pad we planned on there too! I know Trevor has gone on to a better place as a reward for all the good he's done as a human being and a Marine. It just sucks the rest of have to miss him so damn much. My deepest sympathies and most sincere condolensces to his family and those closest to him."
Lars Torkelson of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I met Trevor on his way over to Iraq. We talked the whole flight and he had me laughing the entire time. Once he was there we started writing back and forth. My time getting to know him was cut very short but I feel blessed to have met such an amazing person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and troop. I would love to get in contact with some of the others on that flight over, so if you know of anyone please email me at brookelouise81@earthlink.com. God Bless you All!"
Brooke Mosley of Orlando, FL

"ABOUT MY SON, MY HERO. I have been overwhelmed by all the prayers and kindnesses I've received on Trevor's behalf. Trevor is very special to me and it helps to know he was so special to so many others, too. Thank you all for remembering Trevor. Please feel free to email me at pamoder@msn.com"
Pam Oder of Missouri

"Trevor, you were a good friend, a good man, and a hero to us all. You will be truely missed. God Bless and thank you for what you gave us all."
Steven Poinsette of Camp Fallujah, Iraq

"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, may time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. God Bless you."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

"We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence
We often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake
With which we'll never part
God has you in his keeping
We have you in our hearts."

"To the Spink Family - I am so sorry for your loss. When my husband emailed me from Iraq, all he could say was "I lost a good friend today" We may not have him down here anymore, but God received a warrior angel. And we sure need those more than ever. God bless you."
Jennifer Wade of Oceanside, CA

"My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you in this very, very sad time. My stepson GYSGt Christian P. Wade worked with Trevor and spoke highly of him. I continue to pray for all of the soldiers serving our country. You will contiue to be in my prayers."
Ingrid Wade of Sarasota, FL

"I was a friend of Trevors and when i found out about his death i was deeply saddened. We used to hang out at Incahoots in Oceanside before it closed. I will miss him."
Jason Morris of Oceanside,CA

"I met Trevor when he first moved into Vintage View Apartments in Temecula and I was the manager. He spent alot of time in the office just shooting the breeze, and we became friends. Talk about wild stories... he had a million of them!!! I am deeply saddened tonight upon hearing of his passing, but will always remember his beautiful smile and caring, friendly way. And the laughter, lots of laughter!!! He is truly unforgettable. My heart goes out to his family, my prayers too."
Peggy Treadway of Temecula, California

"Trevor, who the hell am I gonna get Redman Golden blend from? I hope that there is plenty of beer and leaf tobacco at your new home. I am gonna miss you, my Brother. Your laugh was always ready and heart felt. Those of us that hung out with you at E.T.'s are saddened to see you go, but you are moving on to better and bigger things. From one soldier to another, keep your powder dry and you pecker hard. You are the epitomy of a Marine, hard core through and through, righteous in your self belief and convictions and completely GOD, Country, Strength and Honor. Semper Fi, Marine, Semper Fi. Ride long into the sun, keep your knees to the breeze, your face in the wind and keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down. I will see you on the other side, my Brother. Well share a chaw of Redman and drink a beer or two. I LOVE YOU, MAN!!!"
Bill Fuller of Murrieta, Ca

"I knew Trevor from the local pub in Temecula, CA. He was respected by all of us there. We will miss him greatly and I wish that I had gotten in a couple of rides with him. Our prayers are with you. I am really gonna miss Trevor. He was a great guy. GOD bless you and keep always."
Bill Fuller of Murrieta, Ca

"Trevor you left a lasting impression in just the short time that I knew you. You are a very caring and thoughful person. Thanks for looking out for me. God bless You and your family."
Misti Lamb of Temecula Ca.

"I remember all of our rides together on our Harley's and the great times together. You always knew how to have a good time and make me laugh our ride to palm springs was the best, you, me and Lars. Best freind a guy could have. You will always be remembered and I will never forget. I will miss you, but I will see you in heaven my freind and we will ride again."
Joe Quiroz of Fallbrook, California

"To Trevor's Family and Friends:

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

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Trevor, of all the people I have ever met in the Marine Corps, you stand out as a true friend. I could talk to you about anything. I remember all the talks we had and all the wild stories you told me. Thank you for always being there and being such an awesome friend to me. I will miss our talks and all the laughs we shared. You epitomized what being a Marine is and have made us all proud."
Jessica Fields of Temecula, CA

"Trevor, although our time together was cut short, my love for you will forever live in my heart. I will hold the times, laughter and love we spent together forever in my memories.

You are a fallen hero not only as a proud Marine serving his country but to those individuals who knew you personally and were fortunate enough to be touched by you for they are truly blessed.

I remember your last words, "I will talk to you soon,..... and before you know it...it will be February and I'll be home". Now, you are truly home... and someday we will be together again."
Anne of Sacramento California

"Trevie Spinky as i would call you i miss you already and will never forget you , my boys and my husband are very heartbroken about you being gone bro .. As am i too .You guys never went anywhere without each other. we will take care of all you left behind i love you spink and till we meet again in heaven i will always call jimmy 100 times a day and call him
CLOWNSHOE atleast once a week
Good Spped my brother WE LOVE YOU WITH ALL OUR HEARTS..
ANN JIMMY JAMES AND SEAN MULFORD
YOU ARE OUR HERO AND ALWAYS WILL BE."
ANN&JIMMY(WOODY) of CAMP PENDELTON

"Our family is deeply saddened by Trevor's death.
He was a good friend of our daughter.
Two memories come to mind when I think of Trevor. One is glancing up at the doorway of my husband's hospital room and seeing this avowed bachelor Marine with a big grin on his face. On one shoulder he carried a large pink diaper bag. The other arm was loaded with my baby granddaughter, her blankie and stuffed animal. He wouldn't have cared if all the Marines at Pendleton had seen him. He was so confident in himself.
The other picture is Trevor coming to my daughter's home on Christmas Eve and leaving a plastic bag full of toys for her baby on the front steps. The tag simply read, "From Santa Claus"
He didn't need the credit or thank you's.
Our deepest sympathy to his family."
The Bletcher Family of West Covina, CA

"Trevor, I will miss the way you made me laugh and I wish we could have spent more time together...I will miss you. You and your family are in my thoughts."
Emily Martin of Temecula, CA

"Trevor, I remember you from school and what a very nice young man you were. It saddens my heart to know that we have lost such a good man & soldier in you. My deepest sympathy extends to your mom, dad, and brother. May God comfort them now. God Bless You Trevor, you definately are a HERO!!"
Mel of Farmington, MO

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

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Trevor Spink,

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

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

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

"To Trevor'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 Trevor Spink, 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 Staff Sgt. Trevor Spink:
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 Trevor 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 Staff Sgt. Trevor Spink:
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 Trevor, 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