Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis L. Youngblood

26, of Surrency, Georgia.
Youngblood died of wounds received July 15, 2005 from an improvised explosive device during combat operations in Hit, Iraq. He was a hospital corpsman assigned to the Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Illinois and deployed with the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on July 21, 2005.

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"I am doing a Goruck 9/11 Memorial Event in Washington D.C. next week and we were assigned to honor a service member that paid the ultimate sacrifice in response to 9/11. As I searched, I came across photos of Travis and chose him. Maybe because he worked as a medic and was a father and husband, as I am nurse, wife and a mother. Seeing photos of Travis, his wife and children really reminds me how important it is to remember and honor those that have died for our freedom. I will be carrying a photo of him along with some information about him also in honor of him. Thank you."
Michelle of Cleveland, OH

"I saw a photo of Travis's headstone on FB today. I had to Google his name and find out more about him. I thank you and him for your service to our great country, and a salute for his ultimate sacrifice. I pray that the our Lord will bless your family and strengthen you all. Travis is not forgotten, he is an American hero!"
J. Phillips of Madison, FL.

"To the Family and Friends of Travis Youngblood,

This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of running in Travis's memory, his name proudly displayed on my shirt, as myself and fellow Marines of 3/25 made our way from Albany to New Windsor on foot. He lives on with the other 47 Marines and Sailors we lost in 2005, and we will continue to ensure that the story of his life and sacrifice will not go untold.""
Joe Shearer of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you, Travis. Thank you for being a hero. Thank you for protecting your country. May God Bless You!"
Dedi Rapp of Virginia Beach, VA

"To the family of:Travis L. Youngblood
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""

"Dear Family of Mr. Youngblood:
I am a 54 yr.old widowed woman who watches Nancy Grace each night. My heart hurt so badly when Travis's picture graced the screen tonight. I am so sorry that he was killed. If I feel such wretching in my stomach about this by just seeing Travis's picture I cannot imagine how you people, as his family, must feel. I am sure you must be completely devastated. All of our military families really do sacrifice so much, way beyond what people know.
I will say a prayer for you to be at peace and for each of you to only feel and remember the good about and in your loved one, Travis Youngblood.

Much love to you and may time heal your wounds.

Sincerely"
Linda McLawhorn of Tampa, Florida, United States of America

"Time heals. Be strong and let things fall into place. He's much closer now, and things are by no means over. Keep moving forward alongside Travis and watch how he's indeed still around, waiting to meet once again one day. Be in peace, but first let our hearts heal. My utmost regards to all. My honour to serve, and even more proud to be in the US NAVY."
S A Gallegos, PS3, USN of Norfolk, Virginia, USA

"Dear Laura,
The photograph on page 21 of Newsday (June 1, 2010)of Emma & Hunter at their father's grave is both heartbreaking and inspirational. We have two family members in the armed forces who have five combat deployments between them in the past 9 years. We can't imagine at all what it would be like to not have had them come home safely each time. I want you all to know how grateful my family is for the courage and sacrifice of Travis. Corpsman like Travis go into harm's way for only one reason: to save the lives of their sisters and brothers in arms. They are the saints of the battlefield. Our family will keep you in our prayers, as we ask God to give you strength, and peace."
The Matz Family of East Hampton, NY, USA

"I show "Combat Diary" to the community college students I teach. I have several students in my classes each semester who are veterans or family of veterans. They are always touched by the documentary and several of them comment on Travis. Please know his memory is far reaching and impacts even those who never knew him. Take care."
CGreen of Sumter, SC

"I also was in Kilo 3/3 and served with Travis. He was a great guy, and my thoughts are with you."
Eric of Kailua, HI

"I served with Doc Youngblood with 3/3. He was a wonderful guy. I just learned of his death today. My prayers are with you."
Jake of Appleton, WI

"Laura, It's June 5th. I'm remembering Travis today as I told you that I would when I first met you in Arlington Cemetery. I told you when I saw that Travis was born on June 5th also, that I would always remember him when I celebrated my birthday."
Dennis Ulmer of Fort Lauderdale, FL

"Stay Strong Laura. I'm sorry for your loss"
Ian Boutelle of Longmont CO.

"July 17, 2008
To the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis L. Youngblood:
Travis 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

"Laura, Hunter & Emma:

We are truly sorry for your loss and we wish the 3 of you all the best.

God Bless-

The Brucato Family"
Michael & Marlena Brucato of North Providence, Rhode Island

"Laura,
I remember you well and served with you at Family Practice clinic in K-Bay Hawaii, although I didn't know Travis well I remember you talking about him non stop and meeting him at Hunter's baby shower. Words cannot express how sorry I am for you, Hunter and Emma. The Navy and our country lost a great man that day. He will never be forgotten by those his life touched. You are obviously a very strong person and keep your head up, we are all behind you. Travis, Semper Fi my brother, we will all see you again. Laura, if you ever need anything, don't hesitate to ask. daniel_rodgers@yahoo.com
Your friend"
HMC(FMF/SW) Dan Rodgers of Pensacola, FL

"Laura I used to be your neighbor in Hawaii in fact I used to live across the hall from u on Moffett Place. I just wanted to say I am very sorry about what happened to Travis I use to have fun with you guys back then in 2000-2002. I had a daughter named Khyla . I am so sad to hear what has happened to your husband and I am sorry.
He was very funny and I am going to miss him."
Ricky Tukufu of Fort Sill, Oklahoma/ USA

"Hunter, Emma & Laura--
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.
Please know that there are many, many people who are grateful to your family for serving our country. You all are serving and you are the reason our country is worth fighting for. Thank you and God Bless You all!"
Kate of Boulder, CO

"Travis, not a day goes by that I don't miss you. I love you always and forever. You are my sunshine. I'm so lost in life without. True love never dies, and someday we will be together again, until then smile upon us and know how much you are loved."
Laura Youngblood, your proud and surviving wife of HM3 Travis L. Youngblood of Sebastian, Fl

"Travis,
"We will welcome the sun each day and think of your smiles. We will look up at the stars at night and remember the sparkle in your eyes. We will look at the clouds as your pillow and the Heavens as your blanket, and we will know that you are safe. Sleep with the angels, OUR HERO, for we will look for you in our dreams".....Kiki Toa

Travis, you are forever a Hero to the May family. We will think of your Sacrifice and Service for the rest of our days. You are part of us now...your family is our family.

Laura, you are never alone...our hearts and prayers are forever with you.

Semper Fidelis Travis"
Deborah, Proud Wife of SSgt. Donald C. May, Jr. of Jacksonville, NC

"Doc Youngblood,

Well, what can I say? I served with you at 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines, and you were a pretty damn good doc. Never in a million years thought that we would lose you. I thank you for your ultimate sacrifice my brother. God bless you and your family. Semper Fidelis. Fortes Fortuna Juvat."
HM1(FMF) Edward Telles of 1st MLG, Camp Pendleton, Ca

"I just saw the ad you make for Freedomswatch. Thank you and may God bless you and your family for ALL the hard work and sacrifices you've made! Your uncle and your husband are both hero's and so are you. Stay strong and God bless."
Pvt. Richard Holte 418th CAB of Paola, KS USA

"My thoughts and prayers are with you for your sad loss."
Quin of Brighton, United Kingdom

"Travis,
I was reading a recent edition of Leatherneck Magazine and read about the shadow box that was presented to your son Hunter at an awards ceremony for your unit L/3/25. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Doc!"

"to the youngblood family,
my boyfriend HM2 Brian Hill knew Travis, they were in Iraq at the same time. i went to the memorial dedication in Brook Park, Oh last november. if there's one thing i learned this year, its how special FMF corpsmen are. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. thank you to travis for keeping us free."
Katie Draper of Libertyville,IL

"hey youngblood your passing to the other side has not been in vane. You are another bight star with many other bright stars they are Navay Hospital Corpsman who lost this life for this great country. This fellow corps school and FMF school shipmate prays for you and Laura"
shakirah wilson of forestville, CA

"As a Navy Veteran and a friend of Laura, I would like to send my deepest condolences. I was just made aware of this today, but I know that he will always live on in your hearts."
shajauna odom of Cleveland, Ohio

"To the Family of Travis L. Youngblood,

I had the honor to sing a blessing over your loved one's body at a formal ceremony at Baghdad International Airport while I was on tour with Tops in Blue; the United States Air Force's Entertainment Troupe. Our vocal team sang a blessing that day in the back of a C130. We all wept bitterly. I NEVER forget that day as long as I live. On behalf of Tops in Blue 2005, we will be praying for you and that moment had an eternal impact on, not only myself, but the entire team."
Gregory Butler of Hampton, Virginia

"laura,
if there is anything you need dont hesitate to ask, it was really great to meet you today. you and your family are in my prayers."
amanda arciola of section 60

""Rest in Peace, Shipmate. God Bless you for your service to our Nation, my family is indebted to you. Our thanks to your family for thier sacrifice. You have touched many and it will be my honor wishing you fair winds and following seas as you depart on your next journey.
You can rest your oars now Sailor, we have the watch""
Shipmate of FT Sheridan, IL

"Youngblood, you will always be in my mind and heart from a fellow FMF doc to another god bless you, and rest in peace."
Quentin of Texas

"Thanks PO/3 Youngblood! I'm sorry that your family had to pay part of the price for your supreme sacrifice. Your fellow Marines miss you, brother."
James Carter of California

"Semper Fi Devil Doc!!!!!!!!!!"

"Youngblood,

you were by far the funniest person i have ever known. It was an honor serving along side you. i watch the video of you showing hamlet how to shock himself on the water heater all the time. that still makes me laugh. you were like a brother to me and will be forever missed."
Lcpl. "Patty" Ryan of Columbus, Ohio

"TRAVIS, looks like Laura has many missions honouring you and all our fallen. Laura and I have don't some different things for our soldiers and the families. Christmas wreath's from Calverton national, National pinelwan and Arlimngton...along with Valentine's and a trip to Crawford to confront Cindy Sheehna. Not our first confrontation. We did the Big Idea with donny Duestch on a cable network. **********4th of JULY****** in GATLINBURG"S TENNESSEE IS THE MIDNIGHT PARADE AND FIRWEORKS. I ALONG WITH MANY FALLEN FAMILIES WILL BE ATTENDING. TO ENTER A FLOAT TO HONOUR OUR FALLEN / TELLING AMERICAN'S TO CONTINUE " TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS""
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of spring, Texas

"Like many others, I saw you on Hannity & Colmes. I am sorry about your loss & am supporting you 100%. You are truly American-spirited. Sheehan was out of line with the comment she made. Good luck to you in your efforts & take care."
Carol of Marcus Hook, PA

"Dear Laura, I saw you on Hannity/Colmes last night and wanted to tell you what a wonderful, brave young mother you are.
I lost a brother in WWII, my husband was in Korea when our twins were born, and we currently have a Marine grandson in Iraq. We hate what that other Sheehan is doing and thank you for speaking out and honoring your husband and all military by doing so. God bless you and yours."
Eileen Sheehan of Hendersonville, NC , USA

"Hi Laura saw you on Fox,,Thanks for speaking out about our servicemen,was in viet nam,Gob bless you Laura,"
Harry Mengarelli of Des Plaines Il.

"Hi Laura, I'm very sorry for your loss, your husband is a true hero. I applaud your stance against anti-war protesters, they(the soldiers) are the backbone of this country, May God Bless them and their Families."
Cindy Thompson of FT. McCoy FL

"Laura,
I am real proud of you and your late hero husband Travis. I am glad to see someone stand up for our soldiers and our cause in Iraq. I wish the best for you and your family."
Steve Andersen of Clearwater, Florida

"Laura- If you read this, please call me! I watched you tonight on Hannity & Colmes. I own & manage about 120 business websites and I want to set up a free website to honor your valiant husband and assist you in your fight against the commie left who hate our military. Please call me at (909) 214-3518, my name is Richard Houston."
Richard of Southern California

"I am so sorry for your loss.I was a Vietnam Marine ,my son is a MARINE now and was with the same outfit as your husband.I cannot tell you how much I appreciate what he has done for me andour country.Thank You for letting him do his job.Thank him and I will pray aboutt him tonight.As I did for my son while he was over there and still do while he is away from me ."
Mike Wagler of Mesquite,Tx. USA

"Laura,
I just saw you on Hannity and Colmes. My son just returned from a year in Iraq. While he was gone, I wrote monthly columns in the Charlotte Observer and sane people woundn't believe the hate mail I got from the so-called "peaceful" crowd. I'm sure you would believe it because you are probably getting some yourself. I want to say "Bravo!" You are a lovely, brave and articulate woman and you are doing your husband and all of our fighting men and women great honor. Your husband would be so proud of you and I know he is sitting up there in heaven and saying to himself,"Wow! I really picked the greatest woman to be the mother of my children!" I wish you and your children the best of everything. You are a winner!
Cathy Floyd"
Cathy Floyd of Concord, NC

"Laura, my heart breaks for yours and your childrens loss of a precious hero.
I saw you on Hannity & Combs tonight and cried as I heard you speak and cheered at what you are trying to do and express. I am a Marine Mom whose son has now served two tours in Iraq. The last being with CLB-2. I support you all the way. We all need to support our military and their families for the sacrifices. May God bless you and yours and bring you peace in your heart. Travis was a hero and will remembered at such in our household, as others who have served before, now and in the future. It takes a special person to stand up for their beliefs. Semper Fi from a greatful MOM for your husbands service."
Sarah W. of Mesquite, Texas

"Laura, I saw you on Hannity and Combs and I support you 100%. I cried for your loss of Travis as I have for so many of our brave soldiers. My son is in the army, still in training and his best friend, also named Travis, is in Iraq now. God bless you and your family!"
Randy Friend of Seminole, Fl./USA

"I am sorry that your husband was killed by the evil of my people. I am sorry to see people in America not acknowledge that people like youngblood have saved more arabs from a bad leader. Our world of the middle-east is filled with leaders that kill us without a signle thought. America is saving our lives and protecting my brothers and sisters. Thank you for giving us hope and your loved one. I will never forget it. Everyday i am alive, I will work hard on every task because so many gave their lives so I can have my freedom. Thanks for my life and my freedom to you and America. I give thanks to God that I can go to school and not have to worry about beinging killed by the evil Arabs. God Bless you..."
moussa nijmeh of Beaverton, oregon

"Thank you my travis, for the man that you are and all that you have given to us your family.I love you more and more each day and miss you always. You are the sunshine in my life. you showed me love, laughter and goodness. our children have your spark of life and will grow in your image. i love you more than words could ever say, you are in my heart and soul forever. I love you baby, always and forever. smile in heaven for me and someday i will be by yourside for that is where my heart lays. always and forever your loving wife and family"
Laura youngblood of columbus, ohio

"I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know Travis, but know that he served with honor and is a hero and will be remembered as such."
JM of USA

"HM3 Youngblood, I'm leaving this message just in case you can hear me. Remember when we were in Field Med in Camp Pendleton! We were so young then. You were always making me laugh even when we were sitting in the field in the middle of a storm. Dude! when ever I talk about you I speak about how funny you were. Laura "Bowman"! You too girl, you two were meant for each other. Thank you for your sacrifices, Hey guess what I'm not a DT anymore... Laura if you need anything email me bhutchins@mar.med.navy.mil. I miss you, and thank you for everything you've given. Keep your head up shipmate, remember HM1 Markam and his "ERRRRR" Fair winds and following seas HOOORAH!!

HM3 Brandon Hutchins

PS I finally made it back to Virginia, for now anyway. GODSPEED"
HM3 Brandon Hutchins of Virginia Beach VA

"I went to elementary school with Travis. In a small town it is near impossible not to get to know everybody, and do to that you develop a small tight nit group. Although we all grow up and life moves us to different locations, you never forget the memories that those years leave behind. I hadn't seen travis in years, but true friends are friends for life. Laura, my husband and I are very sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers will always be with you. I only hope that through faith you and your children may find some peace. We all grow in different walks of life but we are never forgotten. His sacrifice, wisdom, and sly comedian skills will forever be remembered. Once again my heart and sympathies are with you and your family."
Tanya Barbour of Ivor, Virginia

"Laura i am still so sorry about all this pain you have suffered. I knew travis as the guy who was always there if you needed help and made sure everyone is ok if you need to talk youi have my number we are family i will always be here for you"
Amnesti of Savannah Ga

"To the Youngblood family,
Words cannot ease your pain, but please know that we are grateful for the sacrifice of your beloved TRAVIS. We will never forget it.
TRAVIS - Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and may the Angels watch over them as they begin to heal. Thank you for your service. We honor and celebrate your life as a Hero. Gods Speed.
From a grateful family of a US Army Soldier, stationed in Iraq. 101st AVN Regt, Ft. Campbell. 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis L. Youngblood,

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 use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You.""
Tom Balstad of West Warwick, RI

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"I did not know him but i am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. But all my tears and pain goes out to the family espically the ones that loved him unconditionally. I know that he will be missed by you and all his loved ones. I hope this brings some peace to you and may the lord watch over you. I will keep you in my prayers and in my heart you are truely a blessing sent from God. With my deepest sympathy you are the greatest. God bless this family and the loss of their loved one who has gone home to be with you. "Love you in Christ Jesus."
Bobbie Jo Finch of Jesup Ga

"Fair winds and follwing seas my brother, May God hold you in the palm of his hand."
A Fellow Doc of Las Vegas, NV

"May God Rest Your Soul Shipmate, I know you are in better place now. Thank You For ALL You Did for Us.
May God give strength and comfort to the family in this most difficult of times."
HN Granger of Great Lakes, IL, USA

"To the Youngblood Family, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you. Your Travis is a true American Hero. Travis will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"TO THE YOUNGBLOOD FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON GREGORY LAST YEAR. AN OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH TRAVIS AND YOUR FAMILY. TRAVIS HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. TRAVIS HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO ALL THOSE HEARTS HE HAS TOUCHED; ALL THOSE IN HIS COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, HIS MILITARY FAMILY OF SISTER'S AND BROTHER'S, THOSE IN IRAQ AND HIS LOVING FAMILY; HOLD VERY FOND MEMORIES OF TRAVIS! TRAVIS I THANK YOU, AS A VETERAN, A FATHER, GRAND FATHER, AND ESPECIALLY.........FOR WATCHING OVER OUR SON AS HE HAD DONE FOR YOU. SERVING TWO DIFFERENT BRANCHES ALWAYS PROTECTING EACH OTHER AND OTHER'S. TRAVIS YOU ARE THE ELITE OF AMERICAN'S. ANSWERING THE CALL TO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY. NOT MANY AMERICAN'S WILL! YOU HAVE MADE AMERICA SAFER SINCE 911! THIS IS NOT DONE BY ONE; BUT WITH VOLUME'S OF MEN AND WOMEN LIKE YOU. BEING A SOLDIER IS NOT AN EASY TASK. FOR BEING A SOLDIER YOU GIVE UP SO MUCH FOR ALL OF US HOME IN AMERICA. ALL THOSE AGAINST OUR MILITARY WAYS TO PROTECT OUR NATION. HAVE LEARNED NOTHING FROM 911. TERRORISM IS WORLDWIDE..IT'S SOLDIER'S LIKE YOU TRAVIS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE TRUELY!! YOU ARE A HERO; ONE REMEMBERED TODAY. TOMORROW AND FOREVER NEVER EVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. TO YOUR FAMILY ALL THIS IS VERY HARD. TRAVIS IS WITH YOU! I URGE YOU TO DO SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL IN HIS HONOR. TRAVIS I WILL TELL GREG OF YOU TOMORROW MORNING. BUT, YOU ALREADY MET HIM. THAT A COMFORT TO ME!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"RIP SHIPMATE"
US Navy Sailor

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

"Thank you Travis Youngblood, 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Youngblood:
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 Travis 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Youngblood:
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 Travis, 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