Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Brandon S. Tobler


19, of Portland, Oregon.
Killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Iraq. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 671st Engineer Company, Portland, Oregon. Died on March 22, 2003.

Tobler dreamed of a career in law enforcement and enlisted in the Reserves to earn money for college. His family says he loved to ride his bike, hike on Portland's Mount Tabor and drink Beck's beer. He also possessed a masterful and hilarious ability to affect French, English and Scottish accents. He died in a sandstorm when his Humvee smashed into another vehicle.

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

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"R.I.P Brandon, I will never forget you!"
Chow of Portland Oregon

"Tobler- I wish I could go back in time and not put you in that vehicle. I have no way to express the pain and guilt associated with placing you in that seat, and I would have gladly traded you seats had I known the outcome. I am so sorry. You were a better man than me, and this was not supposed to have happened to you.

P.S. you had my Game Boy games. I expect you to return them ASAP"
That Guy of Salem, OR

"Hey nephew, it's your old Uncle Scott. Save a seat for me when my time comes. Miss ya buddy, trying to take care of your mom as best we can. Watch out for us and give grandma a love for us. Happy Vets day pal! :)"
Scott Tom of Portland, OR

"Happy Veterans Day 2012 buddy. I will never forget you."
SPC Joshua Poole of Dayton OH, United States

"I miss you. Just had a dream abou you its 6am and i was going to try to sleep in. You are always coming and going in my dreams. Carly and matt miss you to. 2012 love kayla"
kayla bronson of silverdale wa

"I miss you. Just had a dream abou you its 6am and i was going to try to sleep in. You are always coming and going in my dreams. Carly and matt miss you to. 2012 love kayla"
kayla bronson of silvwrdale

"god bless you brandon. i salute you brother."
joe of portland, or. multnomah

"December 2011
I never met Brandon, but since March 2003, I've felt some kind of connection with him after meeting with a young woman from his unit at Landstuhl/Ramstein. For me, he represents all the young men and women who go to war and don't return, all the dreams that die, and all the lives that should have been lived, but weren't. I think of Brandon often, and hope his family is well.
May God grant you peace."
L. Hackman, Lt Col, USAFR, NC of Palmyra, PA

"You were one of the first of the 671st over. You were a great soldier and friend, you taught me a lot about being a young soldier. You always had me smiling and reminded me everything was going to be alright. I think about you frequently. You are a Hero! Happy Veterans Day 2011 and I know you are still watching over our brothers. ESSAYONS!"
Joshua Poole of Dayton OH, United States

"This is for Brandon and his family for whom I am so grateful to today. My daughter at Franklin HS received his memorandum scholarship and is graduating today. Being in a family with service members, I can only imagine the heartbreak for Brandon's friends and family. I want you all to know that his memory will go on with my daughter's education and passion for life. Thank you and rest in peace Brandon."
T. Snedden of Portland, OR

"RIP SPC Tobler,
It could have been any of us...I will never forget.
SGT Caulfield"
SGT Caulfield of Aberdeen, SD

"We thank you Brandon for protecting this County and to me and to Others you are just one more Angel in God's Heaven watching over all of your family and all of your family in the service as well
Thank You Sir
Peggy Gillespie"
Peggy Gillespie of Palm Coast,Fl

"Dear Brandon,
words cannot express how much you are missed. When feeling sad I remember the great times we had at Franklin, your great sense of humor and most of all your humanity. I miss you and I miss your smile :)Every time I hear Des'ree's "You gotta be" I think of you and smile!!! Miss you"
Liz Gomez of Portland, OR

"Brandon,
Little buddy, I think of you often. You really made those long days with the ten pack (advance party) much shorter with your humor, can-do attitude, and your quick smile. You and your parents are in my prayers often. God Bless You!, from "OLD MAN" SFC Ostertag"
David Ostertag of Dublin, CA USA

"I miss you man. It's been years but I can still remember your Sean Connery impressions in English class at Franklin. My heart hurts for you even today."
Michael Whipple of Beaverton, OR

"I remember the accident like it was yesterday, and this is over seven years later. I was in Tobler's platoon. I was getting to be friends with him before he passed away. I will always remember you."
Sgt. Brian Altmaier of Spokane, WA

"I spent some time getting to know Tobler when were were in Kuwait together before going into Iraq. He was in a sister unit of mine and we were both in supply so we worked together often. I wish I would have gotten to know him better. Six years later my heart still sinks when I think about what happened. He was a really funny and sweet guy. I'll never forget him."
Sgt Monica (Park) Watson of Parkersburg, WV

"Can't believe it's been 6 years already. A group of us went up to see you yesterday and even though it was cold, windy, and wet, toasted one in your honor. God Bless and see you on your birthday."
Di Fran of Oregon City, OR

"thank you so much for your service you are my hero"
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"Spc Tobler was and still is a great soldier. He was a commited soldier and he did his job well. I did not now him really well. But from the time I had to get to now him, he was a very smart young man. He would have made a great law enforcement officer. God bless"
Carlos Santini of Pullman, WA

"I know this message is many years behind the rest, I spent Basic Training, AIT and the war with Brandon.
I remember that faithful night in my dreams and memories, I was there helping direct traffic at the time of the accident, Brandon had many good traits, he lived by the Army LDRSHIP values on a daily basis and had a heart of gold.
On that night and following memorial service in the desert, my heart sank, and when I think about the event, tears start rolling as I think about the good times we had together (to include Basic Training heh).
Though he was only a year behind me in age,I still looked up to him. He was a friend, a compatriot, and above all a soldier.
Life and death, he will live on in my memories, and the memories of others."
SPC Josef Bennett of Salem, OR

"He was my cousin and i never got to know him and didn't find out he existed till last year. aug."
Melissa Scot of parkdale or.

"This song is for you my friend . It's called " FEEL YOUR PAIN "

http://www.myspace.com/4thesound

Dedicated to our brave soldiers"
Hands of help of Sanra monica California

"May 22, 2007
To the family of Brandon S. Tobler. Brandon 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

"His dreams were cut short in the service of his country. May you always remember him for the hero that he was"
Lorene Meacham of Monument, CO, USA

"To Brandonís family I wanted to extend my deepest condolences. Although I didnít know Brandon I served with him in the 671st and have thought of him often."
Duane Neukom of Phoenix AZ

"To the family of:Brandon S. Tobler 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"

"Brandon as we enter this Christmas season we are reminded of the ultimate sacrafice you made for American and we are missing you. We miss writing to you and we miss receiving your response. May our God continue to keep you close to His heart and forever in ours. Thank you!"
Martin L. Hudler of Lake Oswego, Oregon USA

"Our thoughts are of you this day! May God keep you today, tomorrow and always. Angels watching over us now inlude you!"
Martin L. Hudler of Lake Osego, Oregon USA

"Brandon,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, TX

"This message goes out to the mother of Spc. Brandon Tobler. I am a 14 year old girl from Central Point Oregon and I don't know if you are familiar with the Hero bracelet organization, but I have one of those bracelets and your son is my fallen hero. It would have been an honor to know your son. As I was walking through Sisters, Oregon, I came across a quilt that had the names of fallen soldiers from oregon on it and I found your son. From what I have read about him, he seems like he was an amazing man. It seemed like he had so much going for him and I'm sorry he wasn't able to live his dreams. I don't know the pain you had to endure from losing your only son, but I can imagine it was terrible. I just wanted to send you my love and support. God Bless and remember to only remember the good things about your son. He seemed amazing and I wish I could have had the honor to know him. God Bless."
Jordyn Clausen of Central Point Or USA

"To the family,loved ones and friends of Brandon; may your memories always remain strong and bring comfort. Our family will always remember this hero.
We will remember ~ Brandon will not be forgotten.

With deepest respect
~ Teira, Desiree and Donna"
Dietz Family of Clackamas OR

"I served in the same unit with SPC Brandon S. Tobler. I remember that night like it was yesturday. I will never for get SPC Tobler for the ultimate sacrific he gave to our country. I had the chance to meet and work with SPC Tobler for only a little bit and he reminds me of a soft spoken person and care about others. I will alway remember him and I will look at March 21 as a day of rememberance for the rest of my life. HOOHA and one pushup for the Mechanic in the sky."
SPC Santini, Carlos of Vancouver, WA

"I just wanted to express my sympathies to the family and friends of Spc. Tobler. I did not know Spc. Tobler however I was part of a sister unit in the same convoy which he was part of, and passed the accident scene on the day of the accident.

He was a part of a valiant, unprecedented, and historical movement of US military power. Those days were physically and mentally demanding and still Spc. Tobler continued the push north through adversity and weather conditions the likes of which I did not know could even exist on earth. He was dedicated and brave in a situation which tested ones metal. You should also know that his name was and is remembered and revered by all those who were part of the operation.

matthew.j.obrien@att.net"
SSG O'Brien 299th ENCO of Suffolk, VA

"Thamk you!"
Carlt of WA S ilerdale

"I didn't know Brandon but I do know his aunt and cousin. My family's thoughts and prayers were with you in March 2003 and they continue to be with you today."
Andrea Healy of Vancouver, WA

"We have chose Brandon and Brandon's family to pray for this holiday season. Our family is praying very hard each day that pain caused by Brandon's sacrifice may be eased in some small way. You are in our thougths and in our hearts. God Bless You!"
Mike, Khris, Kyle & Katrice of Eagan, MN

"I will always miss you maverick. I always told you i would be your wing man well I guess I have to fly solo now but i will always keep you in my heart mind and soul for you are my battle buddy and always will be. i'll see at the gates maverick. loving you always Goose ( kenneth A. Egger)3ID 2-7 inf. fort stewart ga"
kenneth egger of ludowici georgia

"I knew Brandon well, and he is sorely missed. He always seemed to light up a room. Brandon, you will always be loved."
Allison of Portland, Oregon

"I was once assigned to the 671st, but I went active right before Tobler came to the unit. I never knew him but it still hurts when someone from your unit or old unit gets killed, a feeling I know too well. I wish the best to his family, friends and comrades. God Bless America"
Sgt David Strong of Ft Bliss, Texas (dave_becca@hotmail.com)

"My husband, Spc. Justin W. Linden also died in Iraq and was also from Portland, OR. He also enjoyed drinking beer and one of the reason's he joined was also to save money for college. These men were so courageous and brave and they will be remembered forever. I will never forget your loved ones sacrifice. Stay Strong"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR

"Honorable, Brave, Kind, Giving, Ethical, a close friend. Every day I miss him and remember him. He was the kind of person we all hope to be. God speed on your journey, Brandon. You will never be forgotten."
SPC Dahrens, Brian M. of 671st ENCO, Portland, OR

"This message is from the family of Spc.
Brandon S. Tobler who died in Iraq on
Mar. 22, 2003; He was a Son, Grandson,
Nephew, Cousin, Friend, but most of all
he was a United States Army Reserve Specialist doing what he was asked to do and wanted to do. We wish to THANK
everyone who has written into this web
site with kind and thoughtful wishes in
memory of our loved one. He is missed
everyday of our lives and will continue to be until we are together again.
Please know that your thoughts and wishes are deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,
Gail Tobler & Family
(Mother of Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, Portland,OR)"

"This message is from the family of Spc.
Brandon S. Tobler who died in Iraq on
Mar. 22, 2003; He was a Son, Grandson,
Nephew, Cousin, Friend, but most of all
he was a United States Army Reserve Specialist doing what he was asked to do and wanted to do. We wish to THANK
everyone who has written into this web
site with kind and thoughtful wishes in
memory of our loved one. He is missed
everyday of our lives and will continue to be until we are together again.
Please know that your thoughts and wishes are deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,
Gail Tobler & Family
(Mother of Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, Portland,OR)"

"This message is from the family of Spc.
Brandon S. Tobler who died in Iraq on
Mar. 22, 2003; He was a Son, Grandson,
Nephew, Cousin, Friend, but most of all
he was a United States Army Reserve Specialist doing what he was asked to do and wanted to do. We wish to THANK
everyone who has written into this web
site with kind and thoughtful wishes in
memory of our loved one. He is missed
everyday of our lives and will continue to be until we are together again.
Please know that your thoughts and wishes are deeply apprecited.

Sincerely,
Gail Tobler & Family
(Mother of Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, Portland,OR)"

"My University's Navy ROTC and Army ROTC units have begun a tribute to the fallen heroes of the war on terror. For every service member KIA in the line of duty since September 11, 2001, we will run one mile (so far, the total is over 700 miles/fallen service members). We are running these miles consecutively, 24 hours a day, until everyone has been payed their due respects. As a Midshipman in the Navy's Reserve Officer Training Corps, it was my privelidge to run a mile dedicated to SPC Brandon Tobler. It was at 0200, Sunday 03 April 2004.

The purpose of the Run For Freedom is not only to pay tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters in arms, but to gather donations for numerous charities that benefit the families of the fallen. So far we've raised over $15,000, and have an outpouring of local support.

If you would like to see additional details about the run, or contact those in charge of the event, the address is: Http://www.odu.edu/runforfreedom

I have a number of friends serving in Iraq, and 4 of my good friends who are Marines in my ROTC unit are preparing to deploy this summer.

All give some.
Some give all.

Know that SPC Brandon Tobler was a better man than most ever aspire to be.

Very respectfully,"
MIDN 4/c Jason C Allen of Old Dominion Universtiy NROTC, Norfolk, VA

"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.

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

"As one of Brandon's best friends back home, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I miss him. He was a brother to me and i would have gladly laid my life down for his as I know that he would have done for me. I will miss spending countless hours at your house, and am deeply saddened that I will not be able to share an appartment with you like we had planned when you got back. God bless and rest in peace."
A1C Sheridan G Hurd of Eglin AFB, FL

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Brandon, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"Thank you Brandon Tobler, 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

"truly sad. he served his counrty and the world well. thank you-"
steve of seattle wa

"I knew him...and what they say is true. He WILL be missed, by all of us. I am one of the lucky ones to have had him touch my life. Thinking of you always Bran-Bran!"
Kim Grieve of Portland, Oregon

"On behalf of all Oregonians of Senate District 23, I want to extend our heartfelt, deepest sympathy to you. I hope that the gratitude of millions of people across America for Brandon's service will be a source of comfort to you. God Bless you!"
Senator Avel Gordly of Oregon

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"I am terribly sorry for your loss. I will pray for your family and friends. May God be with you!"
Kim Mendoza of Milton-Freewater OR. USA

"To the family and friends of Reserve Spc. Brandon Tobler:
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 Brandon for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"SO SORRY FOR YOUR GREAT LOSS.My prayers are with your family and your SOLDIER :BRANDON S.TOBLER,I never knew him,but surely his actions in protecting our country spoke for him.THANK YOU FOR YUR ULTIMATE GIFT TO US BRANDON-OUR FREEDOM."
ALICIA of BAKERSFIELD CA USA

"To the family and friends of Reserve Spc. Brandon Tobler:
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 Brandon, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Look God:
I have never spoken to You,
But now I want to say,
"How do You do."

You see God,
they told me You did not exist;
And, like a fool,
I believed all of this.

Last night from a shell hole
I saw Your sky;
I figured right then
they had told me a lie.
Had I taken the time
to see the things You made,
I would know they weren't calling
a spade a spade.

I wonder, God,
if You would shake my hand;
Somehow, I feel
that You will understand.
Strange, I had to come
to this hellish place
Before I had time to see Your face.

Well, I guess there isn't
much more to say,
But I am sure glad, God,
I met You today.

I guess the zero hour
will soon be here,
But I am not afraid
since I know You are near.

The signal - well, God,
I will have to go;
I love you lots,
this I want you to know.
Looks like this will be
a horrible fight;
Who knows, I may come
to your house tonight.

Though I wasn't friendly
with you before,
I wonder, God,
if you would wait at the door.

Look, I am crying,
me shedding tears!
I wish I had known you
these many years.

Well, I will have to go now, God.
Goodbye
Strange, since I met you,
I am not afraid to die.

RIP Soldier..."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

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