Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Travis A. Moothart

23, of Brownsville, Oregon.
Moothart was killed in an improvised explosive device attack in Khalidiyah, just east of Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on January 27, 2004.

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"I constantly think about you and I wish I could change what I said to you the last time we talked. I wish I could trade places with you. You are loved and remembered brother."
Albert of Kansas

"Time goes by but the hurt in my soul is still very much the same! Miss you so much! You are not forgotten!"
Nicole Primasing of Lebanon

"Sgt. Travis Moothart, you and I have never met. Next month, we will honor you at the OR Legislature with HCR 202 for your devotion to duty and the sacrifice you gave. Thank you.
Andy Olson, Albany"
Andy Olson of Albany, OR

"As we approach another Memorial Day (2015) I look forward to honoring you again, my beloved hero and nephew. Your spirit is alive and felt by many! Love you"
Barbie Gee of Corvallis

"Your not forgotten brother. Always First!!!"
Heath of Phoenix Arizona.

"Hey Travis, it has been 10 years now. Most people from that long ago never stuck out to me, but you, you were a special one. When I joined 1EN, you was there for me. I looked up to you. You was the one willing to help me, even when no others would. You helped shape me into the soldier that I was. Even to this day, in some small way, you still help me. Your spark for life, your compassion for people, that is what stays with me. Your memory stays with me, and my heart still breaks when I think of you. You will always be missed."
Tim Johnsey of Burlington, NC

"Thank You Travis. We have not forgotten."
Kier family of CL

"Thinking of you today Travis on this 2014 Memorial Day. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice brother. Your name hangs on our wall."
Burke Rhoads of Nicholasville KY

"Travis thanks for pulling off another miracle......stopping the rain just as they read your poem at the Memorial service at Brownsville Cemetary!Your presence was definately felt by all :) Miss and LOVE my HERO!!!"
Barbie of Corvallis

"Travis, thinking of you on this 2013 Memorial Day. Thank you brother. You will never be forgotten."
Burke Rhoads of Nicholasville, KY

"It's beautiful days like today when I look up into the clear blue sky and know you are looking down upon us. Your spirit is always with us, and each day brings me closer to being with you. All my love Travis!"
Barbie of Corvallis

"Moo...I was looking through my pix today man....I got one of me and you at the harvest...Im sure you were bob at the time lol....I miss you man more than you know"
SGT. Phil Leasure of New Martinsville, wv

"Hey Bro just driving down this two lane highway and a thought crossed my mind same highway we drove down when you came and picked me up from Iowa wish I had a chance to say thanks. You are MISSED SO MUCH BRO."
BUD of Watford City ND

"Love & Miss you to pieces!"
Nicole Radford-Primasing of Lebanon, OR

"Happy Birthday my beloved Nephew, my Hero."
Barbie of Corvallis

"It's been 9 years since I lost my baby...my hero...a day doesn't go by without a thought of you...looking forward to the day we meet again!! Love Ya!!"
Mom of Brownsville,OR

Thinking about you and all those who gave all on this Veterans day. Thank you brother."
Burke Rhoads of Nicholasville, KY

"Just Thinking about you!!!! Love You Trav!!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend,Oregon

"i love you cuz!!!!"
brynn of redmond, or

"Happy 4th of July Trav!! Just thinking bout you this morning!! I love you and miss you!!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend,Or

"Hey Trav! Whitnie came home today from a weekend up at Moots Mountain! Her and Owen got to spend the weekend together and they had a blast and got along so good! They caught snakes,lizards,frogs,tadpoles! When I was looking at pictures and videos of them this weekend it brought so much happiness to me!Reminded me of when we were kids! Owen is a Mini Trav! Seeing his smile reminded me so much of your big beautiful smile!!! Im so thankful for all memories I have of you and our Family! You will never be forgotten! We are all so Proud of the Man you are! Our American Hero! I love you and miss you!!!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend Oregon

"Just wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten. Yesterday someone asked me about my bracelet. I know we didn't talk much after we went our separate ways in Korea, but telling the story of the short time we did serve together is always an honor. Tomorrow, my flag is going to fly at half mast to honor you and all of our fallen brothers."
Jake Bills of Gobles, Michigan

"Hey Travis been a long time man, I never got the opportunity to thank you. I wish I had gotten that chance, You are missed so much, I think of you a lot and my wife always asks who is this man you talk of, she didn't get to meet you, I tell her a real hero who went above and beyond his duties, The best thing is when you and I were promoted to SGT I will never forget the look on your face. Take care buddy one day we will see each other again. Miss you man"
bud zweber of Camp Dwyer Afghanistan

"As another Ground Hogs Day rolls around I am reminded of the birth of by beloved nephew Travis. I have been trying very hard this last year not to remember when you passed, but when you were born. What joy you brought to the entire family! How fortunate we were to have you in our lives, even though the time was all to brief. Then came the news of your son,Owen. We are so blessed to have him in our lives today. His presence has brought strenght to those who continue to greive for you. He is the splitting image of you, both in looks and mannerisms. I am greatful to have him in my life as he reminds me of you. Thank you for your service to this country which allows us all to continue to live in freedom! I am so very proud of you, and you will always be my forever HERO! You are loved by many, and are missed by all. Until we meet again party on up in heaven and know we all wish we could be with you. Happy Birth Day!!!!
Love ya"
Barbie of Corvallis

"I can't believe it has been 8 years. Not a day goes by without thinking about you. Can't wait till we meet again. Your our forever HERO!!!"
Love, Mom of Brownsville, OR

"Happy veterans Day "Little Buddy" I miss you man....God Bless You and Your family....love you Moo"
SGT Leasure, 1st Eng. 1st ID of Moundsville, WV

"Hey Cuz!!! Sorry I didnt write to you on Veterans Day....but know that you were all that was on my mind all day.....i love you cousin.....not a day goes by that your not on my mind....gone but never forgotten....my very own hero:)"
Brynn Price of Bend, Or

"I love you brother. It's been a long time. I have picture's of you in my house and have'nt wanted to talk about. They ask and I don't have a story. Travis you know, I always have a story.
Brother, you know how many times I have drove passed and even taken that Brownsville exit. Just couldn't do it. I'm sorry, it has been very hard! I have wrote you and your family many letter's. Never sent those letter's any where, but to you.
I heard a couple month after it happen. I called Mom and Dad. You know my luck, Mom answered the phone, she went right to being a crying mess. We only got to spend a few months together, which seemed like years when two 19 year boys tring to be men from little Oregon town's get thrown into South Carolina.
I always get to this point in a letter to you or your family and dont know how to keep going. I dont know, Im drunk and its late. The wife has beem hepling me, going to make it to Brownsville
Love ya"
Justin Metcalf of Gold Beach Oregon. justin_metcalf17@yahoo.com

"Another Veteran's Day approaches and you will be remembered along with all the other HERO's who fought for my freedom. Your body is gone but your spirit lives on. You are in my heart and on my mind all the time. I look forward to the day we will be together again. All my love to my special HERO!"
Barbie of Corvallis, OR

"There isn't a day that goes by that you are not missed!!! You are one of the most amazing men i know. A friend, a brother, a father, a son and hero. Thank you for risking your life and serving our country for our freedom. I love you and miss you more and more every day. It never gets any easier. 5/31/11 Memorial day."
Kim Radford of Mckinleyville, CA

"Hey Trav!! Was just thinkin about cha today! Was telling a friend about you so I thought I would stop by and say Hi!! I love and miss you!! I think about you everyday!! My HERO you will always be!!! XOXO"
Brynn Price of Redmond,OR

"Happy Birthday Travis!! I love you and wish you were here to celebrate it. Miss you tons!!!"
Kim Radford of Mckinleyville, CA

"HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY!!!! We all Love you and Miss you very much! You are in our thoughts today like always! Happy Birthday Trav!!!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend,Or

"I can't believe it's been 7 years today. I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I miss you sooo much. It doesn't get any easier. You are an amazing hero that will never be forgotten. I love you Travis!!!"
Kim Radford

"Been thinking about you a lot the last couple of weeks as I get ready to head back over seas for the last time. Even though we didn't talk much after AIT, it sucks knowing you're not here physically anymore but I know you're going to be watching over us over the next year."
Sgt Jake Bills of Fort Hood, Texas/Portland, Oregon


"Hey Travis! I cant believe its been 7years. I Miss you so much! Uncle Brian and Aunt Denise Miss you and think about you every day. They Love you! I got a ride to work from my dad today and you were all we could talk about. Whitnie is 7years old now and even though she never got the chance to meet you she talks to you all the time and is always telling people that her cousin is an American Hero! We all Love you and Miss you! Tell Grandma I Miss her and give eachother big hugs and a kiss from me! I Love you and Miss You! You will NEVER be Forgotten!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO"
Courtney Moothart of Bend,OR

"I still miss you everyday..."
SSG Mazingo of Fort Drum, NY

"It's been almost 7 years and it doesn't get any easier. I love and miss you sooo much!!! You were the brother I never had. We considered you apart of our family. There isn't a day that goes by that i don't think about you. The smiles, the laughs, the nick names and good times. There are just so many good memories. If you knew Travis it was truly a blessing to have him been apart of your life. He is one of the most amazing men I know. I love and miss you more then words can say. I love you big brother!!!"
Kim Radford of Mckinleyville, CA

"To the family of:Travis A. Moothart
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""

"I still miss you moo...The fun times still play in my head everyday my wife your girlfriend my broken couch I can still remember the first time I met you lol I got a 30 pack of ice house brought it to your room and said we are drinking till its gone and went out that night and you had to call a girl a whale and her bad azz boyfriend comes out of know where and starts and I grab his ankles and say please dear lord jesus and as I was coming up "Dont let me hit this motherf!@#er" and you and big smithy throw me in the trunk lol. What fun days they were. I wish that I can call drunk bob. Its been 6 years and still cant believe your gone God Bless you man I love you and miss you"
SGT Leasure of Moundsville,WV

"As we celebrate Hayden Travis' birthday tomorrow I am reminded of how we hope to continue to celebrate you Goat Kid. Miss you still, always will."
Tawny of Puyallup, WA

I was. Looking through a year book just remembering the simpler times... times can get all messed up complicated, but the simple things like the love of family and friends never fades niether will you ever fade in our memories. You will never be forgotten."
pastor eric ray stalford of albany or

"It's pretty simple and still the same... I miss you sooo sooo much Travis!"
Nicole Radford of Albany, OR

"hi travis just thought i would drop by and say hi and we miss you lots!!!!! i am at work and workin hard as you can tell!!!! lol lol lol!! ryan and i lite off a firework on the 4th just for you!!! uncle brian thought it was pretty cool!!! we love and miss you everyday travis! our flag flys for you always!!!! love you!!!"
Brynn of Redmond,OR

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day...did you ever imagine you would have a holiday just for you? In my mind it is! Miss you lots Trav!"
Tawny of Puyallup, WA

When I think of you I always see that neighbor kid with the great smile. I remember you as a gentle spirit. The world lost a lot when we lost you.

Every Memorial Day I drag out my trumpet and play "Taps" for you. I will try it again this year even though the last time I played my trumpet was a year ago. Sunset will be 8:48 PM here."
Terry of Brownsville, OR

"mooooooot! you never let us down in battle, we always the best running gear. I knew you as a man of his word and you had an infectious smile. Damn I miss you guys. I still hurt everyday because of the events that transpired in Iraq. Love you brother. I will never forget you. My flag will always fly at half staff.

Spc. Elmer "Cookie" cooke of Albuquerque, NM USA

"Well it's been 6yrs today Travis! I can't believe it. Everyone misses you so much! I'm getting married in August to an amazing man named Ryan and we are trying to have a baby!! We got Brian a memorial plaque of you for Christmas!! It was pretty wonderful! We all love and miss you Travis!! Tell everyone up there HI for me!!!!"
Brynn Price of Redmond, Oregon

"December 17th 2009
I never met Travis but knew of him through my brother in law Terrence. We took a family trip to Dc and Terrence spent hours searching back and forth for Travis' memorial. When he finally found it we spent time listening to Terrence tell us about him, what a great friend he was, such a caring, kind hearted young man. The love that Terrence had for Travis was contagious. He was soo proud of him. He seemed better than any of us to turn his saddness and grief into something beautiful and meaningful. Almost one year ago today, Terrence joined his friend Travis in heaven at the age of 29. As it is almost the first anniversary of his death I wanted to leave a little note remembering both men. I sometimes wish I could have been there to see that reunion. I bet it was amazing. We love you Terrence and thank you for intrducing us to Travis' memory. You are both missed greatly and I hope you knew how deeply you were both loved by so many."
Lacey Felluca of Lincoln City Oregon

"Here we are having another Thanksgiving without you here. You are always on my mind and in my heart. I'm thankful for the 23 yrs I did have with you. I know you are still here with all of us even though we can't see you. I know this Thanksgiving you will get to see Grandma Dorothy! Please give her & Grandpa hugs & kisses for me & I can't wait for the day to be able to see you again. I love you with all of my heart & miss you more than you could ever know! Love you."
Jennifer Moothart (cousin) of Corvallis, Or

"Happy Thanksgiving Travis!!!! Im gonna leave you a cold beer, just the way you like it ;) Miss you more than words can describe. Love you always and forever!"
Nicole Radford of Albany, OR


On this day to honor veterans, you are in our thoughts and hearts! We miss you a great deal."
Pete & Alice of Roseburg, OR USA

"Travis & family
I remember going on a vehicle recovery mission with you in Taegu, Korea. They needed a volunteer - so I raised my hand. Ill never forget it, we waited for hours in your wrecker to get through the rice patties. We talked about our families, our wives. (We served together at Ft. Drum as well - 10th Mtn. Div.) Every time my Humvee was on the fritz you always came through with that huge smile. I 'll never forget my time with you and it sure made me a better person to know you. Your name is up in my home, and always will be. I'll never forget you or any of our brothers in green."
Sgt. Burke Rhoads of Nicholasville, Kentucky

"Hi Trav,
Whitnie started Kindergarden this year. Hard to believe! At her school they are having a Vetrens Day Assembly. Whitnie asked me to give the school your name and they are going to Honor the Vetrens of thier school and when they announce your name they will announce that your are Whitnie's Cousin. She thinks that is pretty neat.Even though you werent able to meet her you are a very big part of her life. We all Love You and Miss You so much! There isnt a day that goes by that you arent in our thoughts. We Love You Trav!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend, OR

"I still can't believe your gone. It seems like yesterday we were drinking beer and having fun in korea. I wish your family well. See you on the other side."
David Dills of Mansfield, OH

"A little over nine and a half years ago you and I left for Basic and AIT from the Portland MEPS, same platoon through both. We were even supposed to fly to Korea together, but you caught an earlier flight out. When I got back from my deployment and finally PCSd to Ft. Irwin I read in a magazine that you had passed, at first I didn't believe it.

It never failed after that anytime I would go digging through the closet looking for piece of gear or just some off the wall thing I'd come across the photo album of all the pictures of BCT and AIT. There we were, in the bay in those ridiculous PT uniforms, you with your BCGs on, or at Myrtle Beach. Sometimes its hard to believe that its really been that long, your memory lives on.

Forget Not The Fallen."
SGT Jacob M. Bills of FOB Diamondback / Fort Hood, Texas / Portland, Oregon

"I miss you more and more each day! I wish I could come up there and bring you back. You are the first thing I look at every morning and the last when I go to bed. I will never forget you EVER! I love you brother! Thank you for giving your life so that others can be free :("
Nicole Radford of Albany, OR

"Having just seen the memorial to Travis I am honored to be able to thank him and his family for their contribution to my safety, and say how sorry I am about his loss to his family of course his own loss. Thank you for having the memorial visible, and for making the citizeny aware of his sacrifice."
Fred Clingman of Tangent, Oregon

I wish that I had the words to tell you how I feel as I'm sure manny others feel the same. There's no words that can describe what you're life means to us. Sometimes I want to give up, give in and take the easy road. I put an american flag on my bedroom wall, it's the first thing that I see in the morning. It gives me the courage knowing that your still with us in our hearts, making our loads just that much lighter. You'r sacrifice started way back as you daily interacted with us, you gave yourself everyday to all of us. I miss you."
Pastor Eric Ray Stalford of Lebanon, Oregon

"I knew Travis in school high school.. He was a few years older than me... But he was a person know one could forget..He was a very popular person and still is today...My name is Sabryna.. I am sure most of you will know that name. I was the only Sabryna in Brownsville.. I wanted to stop in a say hi to Travis.. and thank him for all he did and still does today for our country and soilders.. He was a amazing person.. Thank you again for all you do Travis.. GOD BLESS U"
Sabryna Worley of Salem, Oregon USA

"I Love You and Miss You!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend, OR

"Hi Trav-
I wasnt at work yesterday otherwise I would have wished you a Happy Birthday Yesterday! Happy Birthday! We all love you and miss you so much! Your in my thoughts every day! I Love You!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend, OR

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Travis A. Moothart:
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

"Hi Trav,
I was thinking about you and wanted to say Hi and tell you how much I miss you!!! I sure have been thinking about you alot.I LOVE YOU!!!!!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend, Or

"thanks for giving me the nickname "the beast"!Miss ya man god bless ya"
Meekins of Philadelphia

"hi travis it is me marcus. I got to see you when i was a baby. I don't remeber you but i see you every day."
marcus of ALBNEY OR

"Hi Trav,
I was thinking about you and wanted to drop in and say Hi! Things are goin well with me and my family. Whitnie just turned 5! Unbelievable! Im working for a local tax attorney firm and loving my job! I Love you and Miss you Bunches. You are always in my thoughts. Its amazing how much Owen looks and acts like you. Which is a good thing. Love you a Miss you Much! Forever in my Heart!"
Courtney of Bend Oregon

"I remember when you first got to Ft. Riley! You were a breath of fresh air for everyone in the barracks!! You seem to be so happy all the time no matter what the situation. In all of our dark times there in our dreary quarters you always shined so bright and had a smile on your face. You are truley missed! Moothart, thank you for all the good things you have done.
thanks for the time I needed to get that Pontiac Grand Am because Kylee was coming and most importantly thanks for just being there when I needed you. Miss you man!"
Jeanine Peralta (Former Soldier of HHC 1st Engineer Big Red One) of Peoria Arizona

"As Memorial Day approaches tomarrow I am reminded of our friendship and the price it costs for us all to enjoy the lives we live. You are my hero and our friendship shared has made me a better man. I have learned that life is precious and never take it for granted. I miss you every day and wish you were here to share the good times with. I will always remember the good times and fun we had. I will never forget our friendship and the ways you have touched my family's life. I can speak for them when I say that you were a part of our family. You were like the other brother in our family. They hurt as well to not have you here to spend time with. It hurts to not have you here, but I know you have peace. I love you bro and pray for your family every day. I will never forget you. I wish you were here to meet my wife. My stories do no justice to the friend and person you were. She is very proud of you as well. She wishes she could have met you. She says you sounded like a great friend. She was exactly right, you were a great frind."
Terrence Skinner of Halsey, Oregon

"I was just playing on the computer and thought I would drop by and say Hi!!! I have a friend going back overseas at the begining of 2009 and it makes me think of you. Love you and miss you Travis!!!!"
Brynn Price of Redmond, OR

"Just Dropping in to say Hi and I Love You. Your always in my thoughts and prayers. Love you and Miss you Travis."
Courtney of Bend, Oregon

"I tried to get on here Sunday but I couldn't without crying. I'm not sure why it still bothers me so much but it does. I miss you Trav. We all do."
Tawny of Enid, OK

"Thinking of you on the fourth anniversary of your death. I miss you so much and think about you everyday as do your neice and nephew. Just yesterday Ashlyn was pretending that she was camping and it was you that she was camping with. Out of the blue she comes up with this...she has a great imagination and the attitude to go with it! If you can see us now you are laughing your @$$ off. Even your neice thinks about you and she never got the chance to meet you. The memories will always live on and many times I get a chuckle about some of them. I love you and miss you! Your loving sister......"
Tracy (Moothart) Ohlhauser of Albany, Oregon

"I had a dream about Travis the other night. I have prayed to have one for years and I finally got what I asked for. His voice was so clear and that smile....I really feel like I was able to tell him how much we miss him and love him. It was heartbreaking all over again when I woke up but at the same time I actually felt happy and relieved that I was able to see him and talk with him again. I just want to say that I will never stop thinking of you Travis! Owen and your family are always in my prayers. I miss you!"
Randi of Clatskanie, OR

"Its been a long time Travis and I think about you every day and Miss you more than you will ever know! I remember the last time I saw you I was Pregnent with Whitnie and you at first thought I had just put the Pounds on and you were relieved to know I was in deed Pregnent. Whitnie Loves you and talks about you all the time. She has grown up with you apart of her life. She even has a picture of you by her bed. We talk about you every day. Sometimes Whitnie wants to talk to you and I tell her she can talk to you whenever she wants and you will listen to her. Sometimes she even looks up at the stars and waves and tells you she loves you. Our Dog was hit by a car and died almost 2years ago and Whitnie always tells me that Luke is Playing with Travis and he's Ok now. She is an amazing Little girl. I wish she could have known you personally. I was in the store one time and there was this guy in front of me and looking at his apperence, clothes and shoes he looked so familiar so of course I was staring at him trying to figure out where I knew him from he turned around and looked me right in the eyes and gave the biggest smile just like yours and let me tell you he had to of been your twin. He was even wearing the same shoes I last saw you in. I knew from that moment it wasnt my imagination it was real. Maybe you were just saying Hi I dont know but it sure made my day. I miss you and love you so much. I know you would be proud of me. I met a Guy that Ive been with for 3years now and his name is Josh. He reminds me alot of you and is only a couple months apart in age. I finally found a good guy and I know you would approve of him and he's the Best Dad in the world to Whitnie(she's now a BIG DADDY'S GIRL) I Love you Travis. You will FOREVER have a place in my HEART!!"
Courtney Moothart of Bend, OR

"You are truely missed and thought of every single day. You are and always will be a HERO in my eyes."
Brynn Price of Redmond, OR

"I served with Travis in Ft Riley KS. I will never forget the day we made our SGT it was when we were in Kuwait we made soldiers roll left roll right, You are not forgotten Travis I hold you in my heart no matter where I am you were a good friend and you will be missed and in my heart will always be known as one of the band of brothers."

"Travis I remember hearing about your sacrifice while I was away. I remember the High School days, when we were allmost puking during wrestling practice. I want you and your family to know that my life is now about helping people, and that I now work with homeless people. I want my life to count and everytime that I see a flag or a servicemen I think of you and your sacrifice. I hope that my life will have a meanning like yours. I pray for everyone who knew you..."
Eric Stalford of Albany, Oregon

"I did not know Travis. I found this site looking for any information on my deceased brother of the same unique last name. I know there must be a relation some where as the name is not common. I am so sorry to the family for your loss. Reading all of the entries, I can see Travis was a true hero. I pray that you will treasure your memories and feel pride in Travis' accomplishments and sacrifice. It seems so unfair. I know you still have pain even after years have passed. I am sorry...."
Interested of USA

"I am sitting here thinking of all the times I shared with Travis. Times we laughed, times we cried, and times I will never forget. I miss you everyday and think of your family often. I have a fallen heroes bracelet Sue gave me and I wear it proud and as a reminder of our friendship. I miss ya tons and wish you were here to share a laugh with me, or just bs about the day. I love ya and want you and your family to know that you are my hero and I will always hold you in high regard in my heart. Thank you for showing me the meaning of the word friendship."
Terrence Skinner of Halsey, Oregon


My name is Sandy maddox, a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando, Florida.

On Memorial Day our church placed flags with a name attached to each flag on display in memory of each service person who has died for our country. They remained on display outside on the grounds for all to see and remember as they drove by. On July 4th members of our church were asked to select a flag to keep in rememberance of that soldier. I selected the flag with Travis' name. I assume is your son.
As a mother of a grown son whom I love more than life itself, I can't imagine the pain of your loss.
I write this to tell you of my prayers for you and your family. That God continues to give you peace and comfort... Travis is our hero!


Sandy Maddox"
Sandy Maddox of Orlando, Florida

"Just a quick note to say, "we miss you Travis." and to let Dennis and Sue know we think of you more than you know. Terrence and I were reminiscing again the other night laughting as he told stories and I listened. Travis was one of a kind and I always appreciated how polite and respectful he was to Lee and I. He knew how to have fun just like anyone else, but he was a great kid, who I miss."
Shar Skinner of Halsey, OR

"its really hard to belive how long it has benn. i still remember drinkin beer, (which we all know is somthing travis would have never done) up at his familys house the first time travis came home and he riped his shirt and out friend merel gave him a special john deer shirt that vas verry important to him and told him he would whoop his butt if it didnt make its way back to oregon the next time he came home and sure enough it did, i can remember the last time i saw that shirt was with merel under his shirt and tie at travis's funeral and for some reason i can never forget that because it gave merel that same grin that travis always had on his face that smile that no one ever will forget. i remember at his service they asked if anyone wanted to say anythng about travis and people slowly stood up and told stories mostly about the grin on his face or the uncle bob story and at one point i thought i should stand up and say somthing but i had to stop myself because i realized all of my stories involved havin way to much fun and thats one thing i could always rely on was having a night to remember every time i was with travis. travis was just one of those people who just having him as a friend made you a happier person he was always there for you. i cant recall knowing a person who had more people say good things about him. i still to this day make sure i raise my beer and toast to him every time to make sure he knows he is still in our hearts and that know one will ever forget him. heck we use to order an extra beer just for him and leave it on the table full. people kind of look at me funny when i have them toast to lu lu and say to who? and every time i explain what it means they all raise there glass and smile. i wasnt quiet sure what to write when i found this web site because there is so many great things to say about travis but im pretty sure we all see the same things in him so i decided to write a few of my momories. i know one day soon enough i'll get to sit and have a beer with him just like old times. i wish my best to the moothart family and just want to say thanks travis for all the laughs and memories"
chris weinmaster of albany oregon

"Travis, another Memorial Day has come and gone and I am reminded of how much we all miss you and wish you were here. I was able to spend some time with your family Memorial day on the mountain and was reminded of times, good times we all shared together. I was taken back and remembered how much you touched us all. It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready for the prom and then our graduation together. Time has passed but the memories I have and hold onto I will cherish and pass them on to my children. I will tell them of a young man who loved life and died so we all could love life also. I will also share with them how much you meant to me and how great you were as a friend. I miss you every day and pray for your family daily."
Terrence Skinner of Halsey, Oregon.

"Travis, we think of you often and miss you a great deal!"
The Bobers of Roseburg, OR USA

"Terrence is at Arlington Cemetary today, May 16, 2007 and called wondering the exact date Travis left us. He said it is the hardest thing he's done, but it is an amazing place to be. He really misses Travis, as we all do and once again I am reminded of the tremendous sacrifice and blessing we have been given by those who are willing to literally fight for what they believe or believed in.
We miss you Travis.
Lee and Shar Skinner"
Shar Skinner of Halsey, OR

"Travis i still remember the time you used my ID to get in sprit mountain. You gary and i sat at the black jack table and had a night to remember. You are as good as they come travis and were always the light of the party. See ya in heaven bro. God bless and thank you so much."
Reza Shahparast of dallas Or

"Travis, thank-you for your service and payment of the ultimate price. Today is January 27, 2007... this is your day. I never knew you, but I wear your "HeroBracelet" daily to honor your life, service and sacrifice."
Michael Gill of Bend, Oregon

"We are coming up on three years, I will never forget your smile and your laugh. How you use to light up a room and were the life of the party. You are truly missed. I can still feel the hug right before you got on the bus to fly out for Iraq. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Love you Moo"
Amanda Wasson of Wichita, KS

"As another Memorial Day goes by our hearts fill with sorrow ... unfortunately I was not able to be at the cemetery and share TAPS with you this year ... we still DO honor you in every way knowing that we will meet the Goat Kid again! Luv U Always,"
Uncle Randy & Aunt Wanda of Albany, OR

"I served with travis in fort stewart he was a good friend and good soldier. i will miss him."
cory brown of willis texas

"Travis,my brother,I miss you so much. As I sit here while your neice, Ashlyn, takes a nap I only wish you could have met her. She looks at your picture and knows who you are and Marcus tells her too. There is so much that you have missed, but I know that you are still with us in spirit because you let me know every now and then. I think about you every day. I love you."
Tracy (Moothart) Ohlhauser of Albany, Oregon

"Travis, I miss you so much!

Love,Uncle Brian"
Brian Moothart of Bend,Or

"SGT Bob,
You, me, Smitty, Mazingo, and Ball, remember? "Sir, I can fix it". Never did get to buy you that round back at Riley. Sleep well brother, sleep well."
CPT Rob Peterson of Ft Benning, GA

"It doesn't seem like it has been two years and then other times it seems like forever since we've got to see Travis. Terrence was just talking, again, about Travis the other night and how much he misses him; we do too. What I wouldn't give to make him fresh bread in the breadmaker and see that sweet smile! I encourage anyone who leaves a message or reads this to cherish every moment of every day because we never know when or for how long we get to be with the ones we love. We continue to pray for healing and peace for all of the "Mootharts" and believe for the day we get to see Travis again. They say "time" is a healer, I think it just makes my heart ache more! Dennis, Sue, Ben, Tracie, and Owen, know we love you all and hold you all close in our prayers and especially our hearts...
Travis, we miss you more than these words can convey."
Shar Skinner of Halsey, OR

"I will always remember you Travis! We had a lot of fun when we were together, we had our tough times too but no matter what you will always be loved and missed terribly by me and my family. Anytime I see mud I think of our trip to the mudflats, oh what fun we had! I hope the best for your family and will be happy to see you in heaven! Much Love!"
Randi of St. Helens Oregon

"Goat Kid as we called him was more than my cousin. I followed him into this world by just a few days, followed him through school and graduation, taught him to drink like a city slicker, and followed his lead when we two-stepped in Grandma's living room on Christmas. The last time we followed each other was into the military. I love you Trav and all of my family. I never knew how much losing you meant until I got my first taste of this war. I think of you every time I look into Hayden Travis' eyes. I'll see you in heaven...save me a beer and a seat in your truck if its working!"

"Moothart Family-
I think of your family every day and wonder how you are doing. Please know that I will always keep you in my prayers. If there is anything that I can do - let me know. God Bless!"
Maureen August of Suffolk, VA

"As we approach another 4th of July holiday I am reminded that the cost of my freedom has not come cheap. With the loss of my beloved nephew, Travis, I now view Independance Day with a whole new meaning. My heart still hurts and the tears come easy every time I think of Travis. I memorialize him daily and am thankful he is with God rather than in the hell he was living in Iraq. I am so very proud of him, and all the other service men and women that sacrafice themselves so I may be free. I pray daily that no other family should experience the heartache our family has by loosing their loved one to this war, and someday that prayer will be answered, but for now all we can do is support our troops.
Travis, I love you so much and miss your smiling face! Everytime I look into Owen's eyes I see you. He is one very special young man, and we will watch over him always. I long for the day I can tell him what a great Dad he has."
Barbie Gee of Corvallis OR

"To the family of Sgt Travis A. Moothart: I proudly wear a metal bracelet with Travis' info on it. Know that I think of Travis all of the time even though I did not know him personally. Military tragedies have touched our family also, so in a small way, I can identify with your loss. God take care of Travis and his family."
Ann Bagley of Valdosta, Georgia

"Travis, you are a hero. I pray daily for all the brave service men and women serving this great country, as well as their families. You are not forgotten."
Donna Poirier of Sweet Home, OR

"Travis was a good friend of mine when I was in 1st Eng Bn in Ks he was a great friend and we shared many laughs . He will be missed and may god enjoy his company as much as I did.""
SSG Ignacio Jimenez (ignacio.jimenez1@us.army.mil) of WHITTIER, CA

"My parents were good friends with the Moothart family and my memories of Travis have never faded. Travis was more like a brother to me when I was little and growing up. Travis was a good guy who could always make you smile. I remember him always playing with me and telling jokes. it's a tradgedy that this happened to him but it proves how brave of a person he was and how he faught for our country. I felt so awful when I herd what had happened and when I saw he had a son it made me so upset. His son will never know his dad and what a great influence he would of been. I hope someday his son can look back and relize how lucky he is to say that his daddy is a hero. Even though he is no longer with us the memories and laughs will always be with me and many others.Travis will never be forgotten and he will always be in our hearts. God Bless him and his family.
Hope To See You Soon"
Brandi of Albany, Oregon

"I lived next door to the Moothart family from ages 4-7. Our sisters were good friends so naturally we would play together. I have the greatest childhood memories from that time. Even though he was a year younger then me we had alot of fun. My family and I were heartbroken to hear the news of his death. I will always cherish what small but magical time we spent together as children. My mother Beverly, my sister Stephanie and I send our love to the Moothart family."
Elisabeth (Elissa) Christensen of Eugene, Oregon

"Du warst der beste,
werde Dich nie vergessen."
K.Hees-Moothart of Hanau,Germany

"To all who have written...to all who will continue to write...thank you!!!
We visit this site regularly and appreciate all the messages we have received and will continue to receive. We miss Travis, more than you will ever know, but see him constantly through his sons actions. We will never forget him and his GREAT sacrifice."
The Family of Travis Moothart of Brownsville,OR

"I served in Korea with Travis. He was a great soldier. He was someone who as I have read of all the other messages was always smiling and happy. The day I saw the news of his death I was shocked and it was his death that brought the war in Iraq closer to home with me. I thank him for his sacrafices and I am sorry that he had to leave his family behind. Thanks to all his family for their sacrafice."
Angela Means-Osorio of Portland, OR

"Although it has been many years since we saw one another I do remember, with great fondness, our Travis. What a brave and honorable man he became in 23 short years. There are many many memories of Travis and Tracey and all the wonderful sweet children of Brownsville Lutheran Church. I am sure that Gordon and all your departed family were there to bring him in to their eternal love. May ever increasing peace be with you."
Joe Tomlinson of Goldmund52@hotmail.com

"Trav was one of the best friends that I ever had. He was always smiling and never seemed down. I feel very blessed to have been able to call him my friend. I truly miss him and think of him and his family daily and hold them in my prayers. Thank you Trav for the sacrifice you made for your country. You are my hero and I and the rest of the U.S.A. are so proud of you. I will never forget you. Until we meet again brother, I love you."
Terrence Skinner of Halsey, Oregon

Travis was my sons, (Terrence Skinner) true and great friend through school. When Terrence started school, 2nd or 3rd grade at Brownsville, Travis was the one who volunteered and showed Terrence around and there began an amazing friendship. Travis would make a point of visiting us when he was home on leave and we looked forward to that. I am so thankful we knew Travis and daily we remember Owen, Dennis, Sue, Tracie, and Ben in our hearts and our prayers. We are very proud of Travis and the commitment he made to defending our freedom and will not forget that. We look forward to that day we get to see Travis again."
Lee and Shar Skinner of Halsey, OR

"I knew Travis many years ago. Although I moved away and hadnt talked to him in years it still hurt terribly to find out about his death. He really did have such a fun and amazing spirit. I will remember him and the good times we had together as kids."
His high school sweetheart of Albany, OR

"My husband just left for Iraq 5 days ago. I am so proud of all of our soldiers. My prayers are with you and your family, Travis. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. May God continue to lift your family up in spirit with the knowledge that you will be together again in His perfect time... what a reunion will that be! God bless."
Erin Barnhart and PFC Issac Barnhart 1/509th of Post Falls, ID

"To my loving cousin, Travis.
I miss you very much, but I am grateful that you passed on in the way that you did rather than some other type of accident. We all miss you very dearly, I really miss your smile and good laughs."
Your loving cousin, Jessica of Corvallis, OR

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

"Travis, Thank you for supporting our freedom.
Freedom is something that everyone takes for granted. It's brave men and women like you that make this country great. Thank you also to Travis's family for raising a true Hero. My thoughts and prayers to all.."
Todd Moothart of Vancouver, WA United States of America

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 B from Montana "

"Travis and his infectious smile will be missed dearly, but we see him everyday in the eyes and smile of his son, Owen. We are so grateful for this reminder of a wonderful young man."
Shelly Moothart of Corvallis OR

"I was stunned and heartbroken to hear of the death of Travis Moothart. Two years older than me in high school, he accepted me as a peer and was always one of the most uplifting people to know. My most vivid memory of Travis was his smile. Always smiling. Always happy. He was a good man and a good friend. Travis, you served your country with honor and you are missed."
Brandon Leopard of Halsey, Oregon

"Travis was one of closest friends in the world. I will miss you dearly and may god enjoy your company as much as I did."
Spc. Mazingo of Ft. Riley, KS

"I am a past resident of Brownsville Oregon, I too serve in the U.S. Army. I am sad to learn of the death of a fellow soldier. Although that this is a very difficult time for the family, I would like to offer the following rememberance. Please remember that Travis died for a heroic cause, for the freedom of our country and of our world. He died for the cause of freedom around the world. As long as we live, we must never forget the reason why he sacrificed his life. Nothing will ever be greater or more honorable for this heroic being. His memory will remain with us "And the Army Goes Rolling On"
With all of our love and condolences.
The family of SPC. Mitchell Ryan Warriner-Hansen"
SPC. Mitchell Warriner-Hansen of Hillsboro Oregon USA

"Travis Moothart served our country in a foreign land so our country would not become the foreign land of terrior and fighting as the Middle East is. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Travis. May he rest in peace and may his family recognize how much we thank them for a son like Travis. May God bless you and help you through this difficult time."
Dave & Bobbi R of Redmond, Oregon

"I went to school with him, rode three wheelers in his families back yard, slept over at his house, and visited with him at our senior prom. He was a good man and a good friend. My heart aches to know he is gone. And tears come to my eyes when I think of his family and the loss they have suffered. I will always remember him as a smiling face."
Derek Michalski of Brownsville Or.

"Sgt. Moothart:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Travis Moothart, 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 Sgt. Travis Moothart:
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 Sgt. Travis Moothart:
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