Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield

19, of Fremont, California.
Layfield died due to hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 6, 2004.

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"Travis Layfield is the face of memorial day weekend for our family of four. We have paid tribute to him at the National Cemetary about a dozen times over the years, and continue to offer up love and prayers every memorial weekend, if not throughout the year. During our visits, we have stood in the footprint of his father’s lawn chair after he headed back to a car with a license bearing his son’s name. Or we have gazed at the beautiful flowers left behind from a loving family member. We even wrote him a love letter one year and left it behind in hopes that his parents would know how much he was appreciated and loved by strangers.

Our little tribute started back when our boys were 10 and 12. And like most kids their age, September 11 conjured up vivid memories of the twin towers going down in flames. But on this particular Memorial Day weekend - probably a year or two after Travis had been laid to rest, and the war raged on, the appetite for war news had long since dissipated and our fighters forgotten… OR so his sister thought based on a quote in the San Jose Mercury News. In a show of gratitude, I rousted our boys out of the house and headed up to the cemetery to pay tribute to her brother Travis who was one of several fallen service members profiled in the article. My boys initially complained that they had too much homework. But I knew this would be a life lesson as to the importance of the weekend - a precious moment to pay tribute to those who had sacrificed their own lives for our freedoms, for our lives. The grave site was easy to find…. But we did not expect to see his father there, long settled into his lawn chair. He took a moment to introduce his son to us. My two boys were locked on him as he shared Travis’ story. I was grateful I had sunglasses on because there was no way I could’ve possibly brushed away the ocean of tears that gushed out. In our first year there, we wanted to give his grieved father his privacy so we didn’t stay long. But as my two boys walked ahead of me back toward the car, I could only imagine what it would be like to be in a similar position with my own sons 10 years down the road. So I never wanted to forget this moment. Now as they turn 29 and 31 respectively, I turn my attention towards Travis… And all of our young men and women in the service who take grand risks to defend our country… democracies around the world. We know our lives are a better having them, having Travis in this world. We hope his family feels the warmth and healing prayers coming from strangers like us. We have never forgotten him ! We just shared a series of text messages between family members reminding all to keep Travis and others in our prayers as we head into memorial day. PS. We created a small war memorial on the side of our refrigerator with the faces of all those who had passed in those five years following 2001 from the Bay Area. Our love and prayers truly go out to ALL of you who have lost a family member in the war!"
Laura of Burlingame

"Hey Dad I love and miss you.Thank you Dad for your sacrifice I will always love you dad."
Dylan Thomas Layfield of Atwater Ca

"I never met Travis. I've only learned who he is in the past few months. My boyfriend served with him, and there are pictures of them hanging out together, in uniform, up in our house. I was always curious, and I guess the fact that today is Veteren's Day motivated me to dig a little deeper. I wanted to find out more about the young man who was important in my boyfriend's life. Reading the things I've read about Travis, I get tears in my eyes realizing what a good man the world has lost, and what a good friend my boyfriend grieves the loss of. I'm thankful for him and those like him, who've made the world better just by being in it, and I'm deeply sorry for the loss the Layfield family suffered. Your son and brother is missed, even by those not fortunate enough to have met him."
Rachel of Livermore, CA

"On this Memorial Day, Travis, you are in my thoughts and prayers . . . Words fail to express the magnitude of your sacrifice, so I will just say, "Thank you." To Johnny, Diane, Tyler, and all family and friends of this brave young man . . . Courage . . ."
John Doiron of Bastrop, TX

"Memorial Day is a day of reverence and rememberance. You are a true hero and I will always keep your memory alive in the hearts of my sons. Thank you for being you."
Kerri, Gordon & Patrick of Montana

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY SON!!!!!....man i miss you!!!...26 yrs.old today!!!...never say goodbye just C-YA LATER!!!...dad"
dad of los molinos,ca.

"My Son,you are a MAN among MEN.i miss you so very much.i am very proud of you but my heart still hurts.how glorious it must be to be with our father now.i will never say good-bye just C-YA LATER...dad"
dad of los molinos,ca.

"I went to boot camp with Travis back in 2003 and I just found out today about your loss and just wanted to say that i am very sorry my thoughts and prayers are with you. Travis was a great man and a great Marine."
Sgt Justin J. Kral of Forney, Tx


A few days ago we passed the sixth year without you. I still miss you and think about you all the time. The world lost a wonderful man and I lost a great friend. I look upon our memories fondly....this is the song I play for you...

Sorry I never told you
All I wanted to say
And now it's too late to hold you
'Cause you've flown away
So far away

Never had I imagined
Living without your smile
Feeling and knowing you hear me
It keeps me alive

And I know you're shining down on me from heaven
Like so many friends we've lost along the way
And I know eventually we'll be together
One sweet day

Darling I never showed you
Assumed you'd always be there
I took your presence for granted
But I always cared
And I miss the love we shared


Although the sun will never shine the same again
I'll always look to a brighter day
Lord I know when I lay me down to sleep
You will always listen as I pray


Sorry I never told you
All I wanted to say

I will see you one day my friend, please keep me in your sights...."
Nicole Gumm of Seattle, WA formerly Fremont, CA

"Hi Travis,

We were Navy League cadets and Sea Cadets in TS Midway and Hancock Squadron. I remember you were serious about the program and were a notch above the rest in maturity, loyalty, intelligence, and discipline.

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for us."
J. Fong of Berkeley, CA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Travis i didnt know you very well but im good friends with your brother, we met a few times but that was all that was needed to make an impact on me. you are a the reason why i joined the Marines, to protect your honor. my drill instructor in boot camp showed all of us a movie about his trip to Iraq, and in the end they showed pictures of all the fallen heroes. the moment i saw your face it sent chills down my spine. i asked my drill instructor if he knew you personaly, he looked me in the eye and said, "boy, travis was one bad a$$ Marine!" i smiled and went to sleep that night knowing that i made the right decision to join the marines, and it has changed my life ever since. thank you Travis oohrah!!!"
Lcpl Ryan Roberts of San Diego, CA (Fremont, CA)

"To the Layfield Family,

I can't tell you how sorry I am for the lost of your son Cpl. Layfield. The Layfield family have always and will continue to be in my prayer. Even though, I never knew Cpl Layfield personally, the honor of bringing him home to his family is a moment that have stay with me up to this day. Words can't describe the generousity that you all shown me while in San Francisco even during the time of your grieve. When I got back home from San Francisco, I told my wife that the Layfield family was very gracious to me and up to this day, my wife carry with her a little news paper clip of Travis picture.

I still remember Travis mom telling me that "she has lost a son but have gotten another" (me). I hope one of these days I can come and spent some time with Travis again.

Thank you and thank you. God bless you all and we will continue to keep Cpl Layfield spirit alive."
SSgt Wollie of Iraq (jwollie@gmail.com)

"i didnt get to know you very well, i was really young when i met you. but im wrighting a report on you, we have to do an essay on a hero and you came to mind. my mom(shanda) misses you alot, she talks about you sometimes, she and my grandma(melinda) both."
sierra r. mizell of hackett, arkansas

"I miss you so much Travis...especially now... I miss the fun times we had together... and the talks we had just before you left for boot camp... ill never forget what you told me that one night haha... we will see eachother again one day..Im sure youre looking down at Tyler... everyone here at the PD is so proud of him... so keep him safe and watch over him in Oakland... I love you Travis!!"
Magan M of Fremont, CA

"Travis, I still think about you all the time. You were a wonderful person and even a more wonderful friend. The world lost a great man. See you in Heaven! Rest in Peace!!"
Nicole Gumm of Auburn, Wa/ Fremont, CA

"still thinking of you brother..."
SSgt Knight of mechanicsburg PA


I just wanted to stop by and say hello. There are no words that could ever explain my heartfelt gratitutde for your sacrifice. I can only hope that each day I wake up, I live to the fullest in your honor. I will do my best for your family as well.

Rest in Peace brother,
Semper Fi"
Sgt Scott D. Paul of Fremont

"my son you are a MAN among men i am so proud of you today is april 6,2009 you will never be forgotten i will never say goodbye just C-YA LATER...dad...ps. jessica thank you for your entry and about his brother i dont know you but i loive you...john"
john layfield of fremont,ca

"April 5, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Travis- you've never met me, but what better time than today. I'm friends with your brother Tyler...We used to work together, but now he's doing what he was always meant to do. I'm sure you're with him everyday and know that yesterday was a pretty hard day for him. 4 people that he may or may not have known, but were part of his work family were killed in the line of duty. I'm sure it brought back memories of losing you...not only for him, but for your mom. I totally believe that you're reading this, so if you could just watch over him...especially while he's at work, that would be great. I wish I would have met him sooner...maybe it would have bettered my chances of meeting the "Hero from Fremont CA", I hear so much about.

Semper Fi Devil Dog...God Speed...till we meet~"
Jessica of Fremont CA

"You're still not forgoten brother,
Semper Fi..."
Tank of Fremont

"I still miss you baby!.. I am crying now. The pain is still here 4 years later. Oh how I want you back so bad!!"
Dana of Oceanside, Ca

I miss u so much buddy. Iwent and put flowers on your grave on monday and saw a recent pic of your son he looks a lot like his mom but I see u in his smile it breaks my heart that u never met him.travis I miss u so much u were one of the most amazing people I have ever met.I love u so much and still four years later think of u every day.I hope u r smiling down on all these people who love u you truly are my hero.all my love homie. Always n forever
stacey of fremont ca

"Words are but the mere representations of that which we hold in our hearts. Still, as inadequate as they might be, the intent with which they are written is more often than not completely understood when we attempt to communicate our emotions to and about those whom we love. . .

Travis, on this your twenty-fourth birthday, on this the day that we as a nation honor those who, as you did, gave their very lives for us to live in freedom, as a father of a young man your age, as a veteran, as a best friend to both your father and mother, as a man who has known your father and his family for over thirty years, I wish all of the world peace in your name . . . I know you already have it where you are . . .

Stay strong and guide us as we who remain strive to deal with your passing . . . lead the way . . . give us courage and strength in the shining example you have set for us all to follow . . .


The Sunset

Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy...

But anywhere is the center of the world.

Hehaka Sapa (Black Elk), Oglala Lakota Holy Man"
John "JD" Doiron of Elko, NV

"Thinking about you today and the sacrifice you made for our country. God Bless you Travis."
Lauren King of Sacramento, CA

"Trav, it's been four years since your life was lost. I still think of you, and how great of a person you were, the vivacity with which you lived life. I miss you buddy, rest in peace."
Hailey of Fremont

"i miss you so much.there is a big emptiness inside of me.i know your with our creator and how blessed you are.i will keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep breathing in air until our fathers plan for me is complete.then we will be together again.i love you my son i never say good-bye just C-YA LATER...dad"
dad of fremont ca

"ur a soldier and a worrier that iam honered that i meet and shared a life with god bless you and i will never forget your friendship and diginity u remain a true worrier forever . ur best friend mosagier , and to all layfield family god bless a worrier son. thanks."
mo sagier of fremont, ca former, husky.

"'And when he gazed upon the Gates of Heaven to Saint Peter he will tell, "Another Marine reporting Sir, for I have served my time in hell." Semper Fi, Bro."
A brother Marine of USA

"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY SON.i love you dad"
john layfield of fremont ca

its been 3 almost 4 years since you've gone. I can't begin to tell you how much i miss you. For the longest time all i could remember was that smile, and that twinkle in your eyes.Just know that you didnt pass in vein and that your honor still lives on. I miss you"
Meagan of Fremont

"Layfield and I were rack mates in boot camp, he was invaluable to have around and kept my spirits up when things were tough. I will never forget the great times we had together at MCRD. I know that was 4 years ago but I honestly don't have a more memorable 3 months of my life. I remember him showing me letters from his sister, they were in cursive and I didn't know how he could read them. Thinking about times like that breaks my heart. I feel for your family and think about you and them all the time."
Eric Fricke, CPL USMC of Camp Pendleton, CA

"luv you trav dad"
dad of fremont ca

"happy birthday my son.i miss holding you,your goofy laugh,the way you talked a million miles per hour,tyler would say slow down TRAV and start again because we wouldnt understand a word you said.how everytime you told a joke you would say DID YOU GET IT,DID YOU GET IT.i never told you this son but you are a terrible joke teller.i love you my son.ill never say good-bye just C-YA LATER dad. ps. sgt. knight if you read this please contact me.my e-mail is johnmaryann@sbcglobal.net"
DAD of fremont

"Still here brother...Miss you"
Ed (SSgt Knight) of NC

"hey travis,
just been thinking of you lately and we miss you so much.watch over us over here in iraq.miss and love you bro"
Lcpl Ryan Downing of rutbah, iraq

"The country mourns your loss and appreciates your sacrifice"
Chris of Cleveland, OH

"We lost our son William Leonard Layfield in May 2004 aged 38.
May we pass on our deepest sympathy on your sad loss.
We still ask why? Our hearts still ache."
W illiam Layfield snr of Birkenhead, Merseyside, U,K


Your photo on a banner is sitting outside my window at City Hall for the Veterns Day Observance the City is having. It has compend me to write this. I have been watching all the people who have been stopping by the view your photo and all the other banners of fallen servicemembers every day since they have been up. I usually dont see anybody stop in this area. But since the banners have been up, people have been slowing down to stop to read and observe the banners of each of their lives. Some people have been viewing each and every banner, there are 75 in all. Walking all through the area. It makes me feel good that they are taking the time and I hope it makes others too including you and your family. November 10, 2006"
City Employee of Mission Viejo, CA

"i love you my son.miss every second of every day.as your father i hope i can be half the man you are.i never say goodby just C-YA LATER.dad"
DAD of fremont

"I have never met you sir. I unfortunately will never meet you. But I want to simply say, "thank you" -not many say it. From the depths of my heart I thank you. You served our country, my family, and me. You and your band of brothers are always in my prayers. I will not; I can not forget your sacrifice."
Ron of Mobile, AL

"hey travis,

dang boy...we r all missing you here, i think about u and look at ur picture often, just know ur loved and appriciated"
christine of fremont

"Hey Travis,

It has been 3 years since I last saw you and hugged you and it has been 2 and a half years since you've been gone. I remember when we used to have that math class together and joked around all of the time and you gave that cute mischevious smirk. I'll sure miss that smirk of yours. And every 9/11th I always think of you and how you are my hero for going to fight in the war for your country and teach those guys a lesson. I am so proud of you. I miss you sooo much! For the longest time whenever I thought of you, I had an sharp ache in my chest. But, now that ache has diminshed to a small throb and i admire you more and more everyday because I know what a great guy you were and that you're up in heaven smiling down on all of us. May you rest in peace, Trav. My all American Hero."
Connie Castaneda of Fremont, Ca, U.S.

"hey buddy its been over 2 ina half years since you were here last.nothing has changed a bit.seen a picture of your son..he is so beautiful..but anyways please watch over me and the rest of 2/4 on our next deployment.love you and miss yah bud"
ryan downing of indianola, iowa USA

"The Mt.Soledad Memorial Association, in coordinated efforts with American Legion Post 275 of La Jolla, California, is conducting a Honor Ceremony on August 26th,2006 to recognize the dedicated service of LCpl Travis Layfield and the other 20 Marines that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Post 275 has sponsored the manufacture of 2 granite plaques to be placed at the Mt.Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA.

We are very saddened by this tragedy; our Memorial will honor these brave Marines and the memory and tribute will be forever on our walls.
For additional information and photos of our memorial please log onto www.soledadmemorial.com
We would be deeply appreciative if ALL interested in attending the ceremony could call Joanie at 858-459-2314 (e-mail:Joaniem7225@soledadmemorial.com) or Steve Marrietti at 858-705-2214.
Joanie Miyashiro-Brennan of San Diego,CA/USA

"Band of Brothers..ALWAYS"
Joseph Layfield of Bandon,Oregon

On this Memorial day 2006, I want to take a couple moments to remember you. I remember your unselfish loyalty to our county and your desire to serve. I am saddened by your departing this earth but honored to have been your Navy League Cadet commanding officer and comforted to know you are with the Lord."
Steve Dolgin of San Leandro, CA

"Hi Travis. Today marks two years. Its gone by so fast. I miss you dearly."
Christine of Union City, CA

"It's been two years and we just wanted to say thank you once again. Thank you for being a Marine. Once I heard a quote about Marine's = "Ours is not to question but simply to do or die. Semper Fi." God Bless you, you live on in the faces and hearts of my sons for your sacrafice helped secure thier future."
Kerri, Gordon & Patrick of Carson City, Nevada USA

"We used to kick it all the time. If it weren't for you, i would have never joined Navy League. I am just sad i didn't get to see you one last time. To your family, i miss you all, and please send me a message because i would love to see you. alwayskapozo@yahoo.com"
Drew Pador of Discovery Bay, Ca



>>The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
>>I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
>>My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
>>My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
>>Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
>>Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
>>The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
>>Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
>>My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
>>Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
>>In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
>>So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
>>The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
>>But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
>>Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
>>Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
>>My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
>>And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
>>Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
>>A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
>>A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
>>Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
>>Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
>>Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
>>"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
>>"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
>>Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
>>You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
>>For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
>>Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
>>To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
>>Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
>>I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.
>>Sleep without fear as you turn out your lights."
>>"It's my duty to stand at the front of this line,
>>That separates you from the darkest of times.
>>No one has asked or begged or implored me,
>>I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
>>My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
>>Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembered."
>>My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
>>And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
>>I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
>>But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
>>Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
>>The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
>>"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
>>Away from my family, my house and my home.
>>I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
>>I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
>>I can carry the weight of killing another,
>>Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
>>Who stand at the front against any and all,
>>To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
>>"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
>>Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
>>"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
>>"Give you some money, prepare you a feast?
>>It seems all too little for all that you've done,
>>For being away from your wife and your son."
>>Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
>>"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
>>To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
>>To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
>>For when we come home, either standing or dead,
>>To know you remember we fought and we bled.
>>Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
>>That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.
>>and remember them this holiday season!"
Kerri Miller of Carson Nevada

"we must all remember that he isn't dead he is just asleep... he is taking a nap with our Lord Jesus Christ... although we miss him deeply.. we will remember him forever and we will love him to the end of time"
ashley collins (megean killeen's little cousin) of hawkinsville, ga origionally fremont ca

"A Thanksgiving wish for a young man who is truely a hero. Travis embodies everything I am thankful for - honesty, courage, love, kindness, a sense of humor and a heart that knows no bounds. He was the most courageous young man I had ever met - not because he served our country but because he saw the good in everyone. In his last letter he mentioned how eventhough he saw a friend die before his eyes everything that he was going through was worth it when he saw the Iraqi children run up to the troops giving them their meger posessions to the troops as thank yous. God Bless you Travis, we will remember you always...."
Kerri, Gordon & Patrick of Carson City, NV

"To celebrate Veteran’s Day, our school honored our fallen soldiers by wearing their pins. I wore Travis’ pin today and I just wanted to tell you I appreciate and admire your son’s courage. I will keep your family in my prayers. God bless."
Maggie of Colchester, VT

"i met travis in middle school in santa clara. Even back then with a strong heart he knew what he wanted to do, so i want to thank travis for giving his life to all americans. my love goes out to all his family and friends. Also i wanna say hi to mark and ashley and david and stay strong just like travis."
Jesse Salinas of Santa Clara, CA

"I met Travis sophomore year of high school. He was in my p.e. class. Though I'm generally not the most athletic person, when he was a team captain of whatever sport we were doing at the time, he always picked me first, so I wouldn't be left out. Not only was he a great athlete and nice guy, but he was also a genuinely nice guy who cared about others with a compassion unmatched by anyone else I've met. Rest well Travis. Watch over us until we see you again."
Hailey of Fremont

There are no words i can say to make it right. I want to tell you that you are missed. I am here in your honor..."
SSgt Knight of Fremont, currently in Al Anbar province, Iraq

"To the family of Cpl Travis Layfield:
May God's grace comfort you in Christ.
May this be a reminder that there are MANY, MANY people who thank you for Travis and his willingness to keep the terrorists from attacking here."
Glen D. Layfield of Scio, NY, USA

"Hey Travis Even Tho I Don't Know You I just barely Moved into your grandparents Neighborhood, You Are Missed Dearly, I Drive By there House and think Of You Alot."
Traci Doyle of Fremont Ca

Christine Nguyen of union city, california

"Happy Birthday Travito I love and miss you so much!!!"
Ashley Mills of Livermore, CA

"TO the family of Travis J Layfield, 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. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church 11677 Brown Bridge Rd.Covington Ga.30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga. U S A

"I did not know Travis personally, but I was a Sea Cadet formally with Hancock Squadron and the news of his death hits me personally because he was a shipmate of mine. I will always remember you Travis. Semper Fi."
CPO Jonathan Kan,Moffett Squadron,USNSCC of Hayward, Ca. USA

"We will never forget you Travis. =D You are my HEROE Thank-you for kepping me safe at night knowing i won't have to wake up in danger.... May you rest in peace and GOD BLESS YOU....May your family live stong nowing that you gave your live to save millinons of American and well thant you from the bottom off our heart!!! WE MISS YOU!!!=d.. Every night i pray to GOD for your family .... may they no longer have to live in pain ... To also know that many people out there are praying for all of you.....now your family can relax and know that you did a good thing and that your SPIRIT is still here amoung use helping us to sleep during the night now we can all rest knowing your here besides us...GOD BLESS THE LAYFIELD FAMILY"
Cailin Garcia of Fremont California U.S.A.

"Dear Travis,

It is said a US Marine is one who walks in when everyone else walks out. Son you are in our prayers. You are an American hero...your courageous heart, your ultimate sacrifice for us all--will never be forgotten, nor will you. I see you in your Mom's eyes and I feel you in her heart. I know where you got your courage, because every time I see your Mom she is doing something for others. Your mom is your tribute and your immortality Travis, her mother's love is the most spiritual gift of god. We are holding her safe, and doing our best to honor and cherish her, in your absence, though this is nothing, to your presence right behind her. SEMPER FI AND OOOOOORRRAAAAHHHHH! Travis."
Dr. Ariane T. "Doc" Alexander of Fremont, California

"Travis...Its been a year now, and no one has forgoten the heroic sacrifice you've made for this country. Such a wonderful, indearing person, a treasure, lost to this war. God bless your sole ..."
Vannessa of Fremont, CA

"It's been a year, Travis. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. You made the world a safer place for us all. Thank you, Travis."
Chrissy of USA!

"To the Layfield Family:

Sincere condolences and continued courage. I wrote as soon as I heard about your son and brother soon after his passing through Washington High School, but I am not sure my email ever got to you. Though I never met Travis, his father, Johnny, and I were good friends back in our middle to late teens, working at the Jack-in-the-Box in Los Altos, hanging out with our girlfriends who were also good friends, and driving on an incredible three day car trip to the Florida panhandle to cut pine trees that somehow mysteriously were no longer needing to be cut once we got there . . . long story . . . though we did get our shoulder lenght hair cut . . . while the whole town watched. Unfortunately, shortly after this trip, our lives drifted apart. Johnny Ray, it has been a long time, but I have not forgotten what a good friend you were, and my heart goes out to you and your family. May God bless you all, and if you would care to drop me a line, my email is jcd3@frontiernet.net."
John Doiron of Spring Creek, NV

"I'm in the Navy (NLCC) right now, and i saw your picture framed beautifully in the drill place. I'm fron the Hankcock Squadron in Hayward and i wish you the best."
Travis Solverson of Hayward

"I was shopping at Newpark Mall in Newark a few months ago and I saw a sign about the loving memory of Travis in the window of a car (I believe left by Travis's brother or sister). I left an anonymous note on the windshield that I would be praying for his family & that I am grateful for what he did (and terribly sorry at the same time). I am not one to always remember my promises for prayer, but something about this sign in the car spoke volumes of the love & pride his family has for him. His name is written on a piece of paper on my desk where my prayer requests are - the ones that I make sure not to forget. Not only the sign in the window of the car made me stop in my tracks, but the fact that here he was in my own city, Fremont. Did I ever meet him or have him smile at me in the line at the grocery store? This war is in our backyard, not just on the TV set. My 15 year old son has a big heart for his country and for quite a while has had this strong pull towards serving America, just like Travis did. I told him about Travis that night in hopes that he will see the reflection of someone who had that same love & passion for his country and for the Marines. And how now his family and friends are in incredible pain for his loss. I pray that will be a reality check. Again, I just want Travis's family to know that the sign in the car spoke volumes, stabbed at my heart, and that whoever you are out there, God will be with you in times of light and darkness. He always is, even when he seems non existent."
Kathy Nunes of Fremont, CA

"I receive a bracelet with his name yesterday.
To his family and friends, God Bless you and I'm sorry for your loss."
Bryan, USN RET of San Diego

"I recently received a bracelet from Hero Bracelets from my mother with Lance Cpl Layfield's name on it. I can honestly say that it was one of my favorite gifts and I wear it with pride each day. What a hero to give his life for those he will never even know!"
Misty of Fort Worth, TX

"Travis was not only my favorite cousin but my dearest friend, he helped me with a lot of my "boy problems"... When I was down all I had to do was call him because I could hear his smile over the phone and it would make me feel so much better. I miss him more then anything, and yet I am so proud of him he did die doing what he believed in and what he was born to do. We used to hang out all the time we had movie nights @ my bfs house we went bowling and sometimes he and I would just talk. He was like a big brother to me he protected me... I guess we never relized how much he protected us all and how much he loved each and everyone of us, he didn't choose that job for himself he wanted to protect us and our country so we can do our day to day things. I am very honored to have him as my cousin I will forever love and miss him. He is always in my thoughts and prayers. I love you Travito rest in peace. XOXO"
Ashley Mills of Sunnyvale, CA

"I met Travis in middle school. He would only stay a short while in the city where I lived but he touched my heart and I won't ever forget him. As soon as I met Travis I knew I liked him. He was a wonderful person. Even at such a young age he was a wonderful spirit. We became friends quickly and my most memorable moment with him was on a rainy day. He walked me home when it was pouring outside. I told him he didn't have to but he insisted. We only had one umbrella and we huddled under it to try to stay dry. The wind blew hard and we were soaked but being in the company of one another the rain didn't seem to matter. We laughed and stuggled with the wind and rain trying to hold on to that black umbrella. I remember it like it happened yesterday. When I saw Travis' picture on the tv my heart practically stopped. My stomach started to feel funny and I didn't know what to do. When I realized what had happened and what they were talking about I broke down. I couldn't believe it. I knew soldiers were losing their lives but I never thought I would lose a friend. I wish I could have seen him and talked to him after he moved away 5 years ago. I wish I had. But I still think about him all the time and I miss him. I hope he can hear me when I talk to him. We met for a short time in life but I hope to have a long friendship in heaven.God Bless."
Veronica of Sunnyvale, Ca

"Your my brother, my hero, my friend. Remember frosh football? Man i miss you...thanks for everything...godspeed."
of Fremont

"I guess that this could be my way of saying goodbye. Travis.. i love you and i will miss you forever."
anonymous of Fremont

"my dearest son everything i am screams for you every nite and day.please my lord may his love and spirit keep me strong I LOVE YOU MY SON DAD"
john r. layfield of johnmaryann@comcast.net

"Travis was a one of a kind gentlemen. Gentlemen were hard to come by in high school but Travis was a genuine man. He could light up the room with his smile and his confidence. He was born to be a hero... but not born to die one. I miss him as much as everyone else does. i think about him everyday and have times where i hate the world for what it has become. Travis has taught me to fight for what i believe in and stand up for what is right and that even though i am only 19 i am a valued human being with everything life has to offer at my fingertips... i just have to be willing to take it in my grasp. i have tried everything i can to find closure in this loss.. i went to the memorial i talked to the news and i wrote to the paper all in an effort to get people to understand who it is weve lost... a wonderful person who is un replacable and will never be forgotten. we have lost a hero and gained an angel.

Travis will live on in my heart and through my actions and i hope those of you had the glory of meeting and knowing travis do the same. Travis is not just a memory to me, he lives on through those who love him."
Hannah Smith of Fremont, CA

"to the layfields,
i knew travis well and i knew how strong of a person he was. to some it didnt seem but he had the will and the pride for this country that most dont have. for as long as i can remember travis was always influenced by the military life style. the fact that he went off to fight a war that no one wants to take part in is horrible. evrynite i prayed for the best for him so that i could see him one day after all of this and congratulate him for helping keep our freedom(which must of us dont have) and for his patriotic ways which i wish i could share with him but my political outlook on this country isnt the same as most peoples. but i know that the two of us saw eye to eye on one thing and that is the love for this land, this soil because that is all we need to believe in if we fight we fight fo our land not our governtment."
anonomys of FREEmont, CA, USA

"God Bless you, LCPL Layfield, and your family and friends. May your memory live on in them, you spirit shine through them, and may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
CPT Ryan T. Kranc, 3rd US Cavalry of Ft. Carson, CO

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"To the family of Travis Layfield,
I met Travis at the same time as Dana and during the time of there relationship I was there me and Travis became close friends and I to look back and wonder why a good person like him had to leave us in such a tragic way. I ask my self why did god take him away from his family and friends but Travis will always be in my heart and I am thankful that I meet a person like him and became friends with him. God Bless All of You!!"
Cassandra Owens of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"I don't know if alot of you have heard about me but I was Travis girlfriend right before he died. My name is Dana and I also live in Camp Pendleton Ca. Where he was stationed. I met him at Dairy Queen right along the beach. He was with a group of friends and I was with my group of friends. We all started talking and finally me and my freinds invited him and his friends to a local night club. Travis was concerned about getting back on base in time to go to work and I reassured him I would make sure I took them on time. After a great night of dancing and having fun. I felt something special with him that I had never felt before with anyone else. He left me that night with a kiss on the cheek and we exchanged numbers. Shortly there after the next week he went on Christmas leave home. for 2 weeks and it was during that time we fell in LOVE. I talked to him day and night and night and day. We told eachother about likes and dislikes and families and all of that. He told me that I made him happy and that he wanted to pursue a realtionship with me and I instantly felt the same way. When he came back from Christmas leave I picked him up at the airport and ever since that day we were inseperable. He go in to the field for training Monday morning till friday night and I would be the first person he would call on friday to come pick him up and as he said it to me "take him home" I know are realationship was not the longest but it was YOUNG PURE and REAL. I loved him so MUCH and I told him that. He loved to watch movies with me and news. I remember one time I cooked him breakfast and he told me "baby, I am not trying to be mean, but next time let me cook." He always made me laugh and I will never forget him. Shortly before he left to Iraq we were suppose to go to Catalina Island for Valentines Day, but instead I insisted that he visit with his family before he left. I asked him to let me stay with him up in till that second they loaded then up on the bus to leave and he told me that it would be to hard. But now that I think about it. I should not have listened to him. I should have saw him and held him one last time. I know that most of his family and friends do not know about me, but I loved Travis too. And I just found out about his death on June 29th, 2004 after all of the mail I sent him was marked "Return to Sender" and sent back to me. Then I went to the 2nd batallion building and that is where they told me this insane news. I was and still am devastated. How could they take the LOVE of my Life away from me. We talked about kids and marriage and all of that couple stuff, and now I will never get to carry it out with him. Everyone tells me that In time I will find someone else, but I DON'T WANT ANYONE ELSE. I WANT MY BOYFRIEND BACK. I WANT WHAT ME AND HIM HAD BACK SO WE COULD HAVE BUILD ON FROM THERE. I am so hurt right now. The tears never stop falling. I miss him so much, the smile,the touch, the kiss, the scent. Before he left to Iraq he made me a pair of his dog tags and we agreed as long as I wore them close to my heart he would be safe. I am wearing them now and I will always keep them close to my heart. I recently contaced the cemetary where he was buried and I begged them to contact his mother for me and give her my number because we had never exchanged them before. Mrs. Layfield contacted me within 3 mintues of him giving her my information. I am so happy that I could not hear her voice but talk to the women who created this angel who changed my life forever and always. I will from now on keep intouch with her and remember the good times about her son. Thank you all for talking the time to read this and understand where I am comming from, We are all hurt buy this tragic thing that should have never happenend. I just like most of you will be touched for ever by Travis James Layfield and If I ever in this life time find someone that could even come close to what he was to me, I promise to let his memory live on through my seed. You see he told me that he wanted his child to be named Miles or Rusty and thats what I am going to do. I promise.
Dana Elam of Oceanside/Camp Pendleton California

"I worked with Travis at Pacific Sunwear in Newpark Mall. I loved working with him because he would always put a HUGE smile on my face. I would tell him about my boy problems and he would give me the fattest hugs ever, he squeezed me so tight, and told me everything will be okay. I can honestly say, I think about Travis all the time because his picture is in my room, and when I go to work, I can still see him walking in the store, smiling and grinning at me. Travis, thank you so much for being a great co-worker, but not only that, but being a great friend that you are. I will truly miss you but you will always be in my heart and soul. You are my hero. My prayers go out to his family, our troops and their family. God Bless."
Christine of Union City, CA

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

"I went to school with travis and he was one of the best people at heart i have ever known. He was always there for me when i needed him and he protected me. I loved him like he was my own family, because to me, thats what he was. Travis was one of a kind. He loved who he was, and didnt care what anyone looked like or anything like that, he loved them for what they were on the inside. I am sad that travis left us, but i am very very proud of him for doing what he wanted: to be a marine. from the first day i met him that is all he talked about and i am so happy he got to do what he always wanted to. He was a hero, not just to me, but to everyone else whose life he touched. Next time someone asks you what happened to all of the heroes, make sure and tell them about Travis."
Shelley of Fremont, Ca

"I went to school with Travis, and I can honestly say, he was the nicest guy I've ever known.He was born to be a Marine,it was all he talked about. He was so proud of it, he used to show me his enlistment card and his tattoo. Travis always had a mischevious smile on his face, and a twinkle in his eye. You couldnt help but smile when you saw him. I will miss him a lot, theres been a little hole in my heart ever since he died.I feel truly honored to have even known him. I only wish I could have said goodbye to him before he left. I found out earlier this morning that today is Travis' birthday, and I can't even imagine what his family is going through today,not having him here. My prayers go out to them. Although I will miss him, I'm glad Travis got to do what he had always dreamed of; he got to be a Marine."
Lauren of Fremont, CA

"Travis and I are 12 years apart and I was like a second mom to him, we were very close. Travis was a wonderful young man and accomplished his life long dream at age 19. He was a wonderful, brother, uncle and son. Travis and I lived together part of his Senior year in High School to help me take care of my 4 year old (at the time) so that I could go to College at night. Travis had a big heart. He was not a follower and he was very comfortable in his own skin. Most High School kids are trying to fit in with others, Travis wasn't like that, he didn't care what people thought of him because he had a mission in life and that was to be a Marine. He didn't judge anyone, he loved people for their inner beauty not outer. Travis truly is a "HERO". We miss him and love him so much, but know that he is serving a higher calling now. GOD Bless Our Troops and their families. Sincerely, Proud Sister of LCPL Travis Layfield"
Tiffany Bolton of Sunnyvale, CA

"I knew Travis and his family through little league in Fremont, Ca. I was stunned to hear his name mentioned on the local news. My heart goes out to his Mother Diane, Father John and Brother Tyler. I have a son, Ryan Deugaw who is Tylers age and played on the same baseball team together for a number of years. I can't even imagine the pain of losing him. ALthough I have lost touch with the family since our little leaguers have grown up, I would like to let John and Diane know that my thoughts and prayers are with them during this time of tradgedy. No words can erase the pain, but his memory lives on forever in their hearts. Goodbye Travis. Thank you for serving our country and sacrificing your life for us."
Roni of Napa, CA

"Proud Cousin of Travis Layfield. Thank you for your support and caring. We will pass this web site on to the family so they too will know that you are out there.
Kerri Webster of Marysville

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Travis will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis famiy of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Travis J. Layfield,

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

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Our Prayers are with the family of Travis Layfield. We lost our son, SSGT Steven Bridges, December 2003, in Iraq.
Our sons are now in the Lord's Army.
God Bless all of you."
Sheldon and Loretta Bridges of Tracy, CA

"To Travis' Family:
There aren't words to express the grief we all feel for your loss. May God bless you and watch over you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"He will live on in a thousand fond memories."
lauren of tracy, ca

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for your child's bravery & sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden,Semper Fi
The Taylors

"Thank you Travis Layfield, 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 Lance Cpl. Travis Layfield:
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 Lance Cpl. Travis Layfield:
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