Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson

23, of Hillsborough, New Hampshire.
Gibson died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"To Tim's Parents/Family,

It's been several years now and your son's picture(s) are still on my wall at my office. Just know I still miss him and always will."
Mr. D.- Mike Downs of Woburn, MA

"Hey Tim, I know i didn't get to know you very well, and I never will now... But I loved you and respected you. I keep your memorial card on my dresser and every day I see it, I wish i had been there to actually be your cousin and go fishing, play ball, wrestle, everything we should have been able to do, but never can now. I miss you man, and I'll never forget you"
Jake Parker of Conesus, New York

"Timmy, remember you are not forgotten. Im going back overseas to iraq on aug7th 2010...Please watch over me while im there. Upon return june 2011 I will come visit your resting place and thank you for your service and protecting me. Miss you man, words cannot express. Semper Fi"
Michael J Baum USN of Merrimack, NH

"God bless you Tim and thank you for your service to protect our way of life. You will never be forgotten."
Chrissy Geen of Merrimack, NH

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"January 12, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson:
Timothy 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I knew Tim Gibson for many years. We shared the some of the same classes from Readiness all the way to Graduating in 2000. I had just returned from my tour in Iraq when I heard the news of his death. I was floored. Although we were not friends, I consider it an honor to have known him. He was a great person. May he live in our hearts and memories for years to come. You are truly a hero in my eyes. God bless."
SFC Tammy Shiffer of Bronx, NY

I just wanted to leave a message to let you know that I have been thinking about you lately and that you will never be forgotten. I had a dream last night that we were playing baseball again. I was pitching, you were in CF, and Tom was at SS. Just as I was at bat in the last inning with the bases loaded...I woke up:)The whole way to work (all 1 hour drive)I started thinking about you and the irony of your tragic death and where I am currently in life. I just started a new position at Kaman Aerospace outside of Hartford CT. Im the Safety Engineer for the company. The company makes and rehabs Helicopters for the government on various contracts. Seeing some of the helicopters makes me think of you and remember you.I am truely thankful and blessed for what you did for our country. Im thankful for the friendship we had and I will never forget you.

To the Gibson Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers and although the pain may never go away, always remember what an incredible son, brother, friend, and teammate Tim was. I hope all is well."
Corey Hartson of Merrimack, NH and CT

"We miss you Gibson. I know Tyler does more than anything. Thank you for saving his life...I dont know the story but I am grateful for what you did. I hope our son can live up to his namesake. Semper Fi, we love you."
Erin Smith of Gahanna, Ohio

"God Bless you, Tim. You are missed."
Rich Mohrmann of Merrimack, NH

"Timmmy, Its mikey baum out in the persian gulf...Miss you bro...you will never be forgotten!"
AD2 Michael Baum USN of Merrimack, NH

"my buddy my friend my hero. i shook your hand you said goodbye. i didnt know it was gonna be the last time i saw you again. I am so proud of you my friend. You have helped this nation free a oppressed nation and much rewards your receiving in heaven i know Heaven has a special spot for those who willingly lay down there life. Enjoy your rewards my brother and from the bottom of my heart i say thank you
thank you thank you."

"I love you bro!!!!!"

"On this day I still awake sad and lost. Even after two years the pain of your loss is still fresh and will always be with me. Often tears run down my face as I think of you and your family. I watched you grow up and you always made me proud, it was like you were a part of my family. Devon only knows of one angel that is always watching over us and it is you. After each birthday/celebration we release a balloon up to heaven for you- you are always in our hearts and we miss you dearly."
Lisa of PA

"I remember when I was like 7 and I was scared of the dark.
You told me there was nothing there to get me and that I shouldnt worry.
You were friends with my brother and it's hard to realize your gone even though it's been 2 years.

You missed Tim, by everyone who knew you. By everyone you touched.

We love you."
Tabetha of Merrimack

"Hey Gibson
It's 2007 and were still missing you
i liked the way you could ease the
tension in me when i had problems with
other marines. I am truely grateful to have known you. I am wondering when the
pain of your loss will subside. It
deems to come and go. Ill be joyful for
you because i know you always helped me
if i looked upset or hurt. Ill be
strong for you brother and move forward
ill see you again
see you later Cpl Gibson"
India 3/3 Marine

"I went to high school with Tim. He was in my brother's graduating class and his brother, Patrick, was in my own graduating class. They are among many of America's heroes - who fought for their lives and the lives of their countrymen. God Bless you Tim, you are greatly missed by all who knew you."
Crystal of Merrimack, NH

"Cpl Timmothy Gibson and I were roomates in India company 3/3 1st Platoon. Thankyou Tim for your love and zeal you live on in my heart and ill see you
When God calls me to heaven. Then it will be like we never parted
Semper Fi"
Anderson of Rockford, IL

"I will always remember the first time I met Timmy. It was my freshman year in college. The first night I was there, everyone was obviously partying and meeting new friends. Timmy came up to me outside my dorm and started talking to me and my roommate. After that night, I always thought of Timmy as one of my true friends. He always had a way of making me laugh and keeping a smile on my face. I didn't know anyone that didn't like Timmy. He was definitely one in a million. I will always remember him as my first friend at school. I love you rest in peace!"
Kelly of Boston, MA

"To the family and freinds of Timmy,
I served with Tim in C. Co 1/3, 2nd plt. Not a day goes by that I don't think about my fallen brothers. If you read this, please contact me at jezbinchilling@yahoo.com. I have some pictures you may like as well."
Scott P. Widmayer of Coeur d'Alene , ID

"No one will ever be able to replace someone as selfless and loving as Tim Gibson. In the short time I knew him he brought nothing to me and my family but happiness and a true friend. I'll never forget about you Timmy and I miss you-"
Josh Gallagher of Merrimack, New Hampshire

"I remember this day one year ago, it will forever be in my life. The day a part of me died with my best friend. I was happy because my unit was leaving Iraq in February, I was more happy because I knew that I was going to be going home to Merrimack and that Timmy along with all our other friends deployed to Iraq would be home at the same time. It was going to be the first time in 3 years we were all going to be home together again. But on this day, my mind was racing and in my heart I knew something terrible had happened. I couldn't focus on patrol, I couldn't think straight until I had the chance to call home. I cannot describe the feelings and emotion I experienced that day, especially knowing I would not be home in time to honor my friend at the service. So I wrote a letter to Mr. Mrs. Gibson, I thanked them for the gift of Timmy, for gracing all our lives with his touch. No one person can say that he never had some sort of impact on them, even if only they met just once. He was truly an angel amongst us, and my heart still cries today. There is a little piece of Tim in all of us who knew him, and that we may share that with others is what makes him live on. To my Best Friend and Brother in Arms - I love you and Miss you everyday, and I'll see you on the other side. To the strongest family I have ever met - You make us all stronger for who you are and what you do, I am forever grateful to you all."
Jake Gallagher of Merrimack, NH

"Timmy was one of the first people I met at Dean. I always thought about Timmy, and what he was doing and was always sorry I didn't keep in touch with him. Tim will always be in my thoughts forever. My prayers are with the Gibson family.
LeeAnn of Medfield, MA

"It is closing in on a year and I am still in shock. Timmy was a super human being and a great Marine. I will always remember you Timmy.Especially when I look above my visor, I see your picture. You passed on my birthday and I would give anything to have had my birthday wish come true... Safety for all Marines, but especially my brothers in 3/3 I Co. Moore, Johnson, and Starr are with you and so is my heart. Semper Fi."
Marc G. of N.H.

"To the Family,
Few, but those who have experienced your loss will understand. I attended boot camp with Timothy, and following two tours in Iraq with 3rd LAR. I now find myself scrolling lists for friends. My deepest, sincere condolences. May you take some solace in the fact that fellow Marines whom you will never know or hear from will bear the memory of your son.

Semper Fidelis,
Roman J. Fontana,"
Roman J. Fontana of Buffalo, NY

"To the family of Timothy M. Gibson, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayfully one day we will all meeet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga U S A

"My Fellow Warrior,

As I drove down the old street in front of the high school that cold winter day, there was a large celebration in your honor for your service and sacrifice to our country. The Marine Honor Gaurd had just finished their salute, and I stopped on that road, bowed my head, said a small prayer, and then saluted you. God Bless you fallen Warrior. I came to your place of rest to honor you in early spring and was disappointed that there was no marker or headstone, but I realized that it really doesn't matter in the big scheme of things, just that your at peace now.

As I drove home to my house one day mid summer, I thought to myself, how about stopping and visiting my Fellow Warrior, and I did. What a glorious thing it was. There was a beautiful marker in your honor, dog tags, and a wonderful note from a friend stating she had nemed a child after you. Best of all my friend, it just happened to be your birthday. I hit a knee and bowed before you and prayed again as usual, gave you the salute you deserve every time I see you, and sang "Happy Birthday".

With Love and Respect,

Semper Fi"
J Pulice of Merrimack, NH

"To all who knew and/or pray for Timmy...I share your pain. I knew him since I was a little girl. My older brother played sports with him since they were old enough to join, and remained close friend through the day he became an angel. Although our hearts are filled with emptiness and sadness, remember what an incredible person Timmy was. Always helping those in need. He was saving lives even before he joined the marines. I know that he will continue to watch over his family and friends until they join him in heaven. God Bless all, and we miss you Timmy! You are in my thoughts and prayers always!"
Lori Principe of Merrimack, NH

"I met Gib through a mutual friend. He was the absolute nicest guy you would ever want to meet. And I remember that sometimes he looked so sad, and it was because his brother was in Iraq. He was constantly worried, and always believed he should have been out there with him, protecting him. One of his good friends, my boyfriend Cpl Nate Moore, was on the helicopter with him when it went down. I know that Nate and Gib were pretty tight friends, and now that the rest of the 1/3 are back on island, I have come to learn how close they all were. The love and admiration those guys have for Gib is immeasurable. I know I don't have the words, because I too have an emptiness that can never be filled, but I wanted to express my deepest sympathy for Gibson's family and friends. But know that he is not alone...I believe that God has a special place for Marines, and I know that Gibby and Nate are there together...it has brought me some comfort, as I hope it does you."
Mariel Rivera of Hawaii (mariel.rivera@hickam.af.mil)

"I am so sorry for your loss for I am feeling it also. I am the father of Lcpl Brian Hopper, who was on the helicopter with Timothy. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper, rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"He died so that others may live. God Bless Timothy Gibson and the other fallen heros."
All Good Americans of USA

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on the helicopter with Tim. I share with you in the pain of this loss. We are forever united through our sons' sacrifices. Thank you and God Bless"
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"Timothy died with my son, Richard Gilbert, Jr., along with 29 other heroes on that helicopter. They will forever be brothers in arms. May God ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"May God be with you in your time of need. Thoughts cannot be put into written word for how I feel for your loss. I didn't know him, but he was a brother through our Corps. He will forever guard the gates of Heaven, a duty given only to honorable Marines. God Bless and Semper Fidelis."
J.M. of Bedford, NH

"To the family and friends of
Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I pray each day for our military men and women. I ask God to bring them home safely and if they are to become "Hero Angels" I ask God to take them in his arms and to love them as we love them here. I also ask God to comfort their families and friends now and always, and to help them through these most difficult times. I pray this prayer for Timothy and all of you today...and I will pray this prayer for our new "Hero Angel" every day hereafter. God Bless you Cpl. Timothy Gibson, you are my hero. God Bless you all."
Terry Macias-Cybulski of Cleveland, Ohio/USA

"Tim will forever be in my heart, he was my cousin. Tim, the rest of the family & everyone else in that tragic accident is in my prayers. I will miss you kiddo...GOD BLESS."
Greg of New Jersey

"To the family and friends of Corporal Gibson,I am truly sorry for your loss.Tim is a hero to me and many other Americans. Stay strong and take care"
Mike of New Jersey

"To the family and friends of Corporal Timothy M. Gibson,

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."
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"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

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Timothy, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Timothy for the sacrifice you made for all of us. Every person in America owes you our sincere gratitute. You are a hero and we will not forget what you did for all of us. To your loved ones, take comfort in knowing that one day you will again embrace your Timothy. God Bless you brave Marine and may He grant your loved ones peace. Semper Fi. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Timothy Gibson, 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 Cpl. Timothy Gibson:
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 Timothy for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Timothy Gibson:
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 Timothy, 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