Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Gavin L. Neighbor

20, of Somerset, Ohio.
Neighbor was off work from guard duty resting in a bus in Baghdad, Iraq when a rocket propelled grenade round was fired from men in the street. Neighbor died as a result of his wounds. He was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on June 10, 2003.

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"To the paratrooper below, the other paratrooper injured was SPC Hilario Bermanis. I was there of the day it happened. He lost both his legs and a hand."
Kevin Wright of Knoxville, TN USA

"Thinking of you yet again my friend. I get older and you are forever young. Airborne! All the way, see you in the big drop zone in the sky."
Kevin Wright of Knoxville, TN USA

"325 till I die
See you in heaven
Rest In Peace Gavin Neighbor"
Marcelo Arbelaez of NYC

"I didnít know Gavin Neighbor,but, you know one paratrooper you know them all. Never forget.
Marcelo Arbelaez
Bco. 3/325 AIR 82nd Airborne Division
Paratroopers donít die. They just slip away."
Marcelo Arbelaez of Queens New York

"I served in B co. 3/325 AIR 82nd Airborne. I was part of what is referred as rear detachment in the U.S. Army. My duties were to act as the battalion armorer. When the war kicked off, we were consolidated into Charlie Company Barackís. I was assigned to SPC (Specialist) Gavin L. Neighbors room When he deployed to Iraq. One morning i was running late to formation. As I always do in the morning I turned on CNN news and caught the ending of a broadcast stating that someone in the 82nd Airborne had been killed in action and there was one wounded, but I wasnít able to catch the names and unit of the two. Once I got to formation there was a buzz in the air that we had suffered a loss of a paratrooper and one severely injured, but again no names yet. Right before the formation ended (formations take approximately 3 to 15 minutes depending whatís going on) the acting non- commissioned officer in charge asked who was staying in Gavinís room. It hit me immediately that Gavin was the one killed in action. I stayed behind with the SGT in charge. He gave me instructions to cut the metal security bands we used to seal the wall lockers and to take two boxes and separate the contents of Gavinís belongings into the boxes. One box was to be broken down into what can be given to his mother and was appropriate, and the other was what was inappropriate for a mother to see. I solemnly performed my duties and handed over Gavinís belongings to an Army Officer whose sole duty was ship off the belongings to his next of kin. To this day, September 11th, 2022, I still carry SPC. Gavinís death with me, along with the other paratrooper that was severely wounded (which I didnít know till after some years later. The severely injured paratrooper and I are friends now on Facebook. Once I got his name I went looking for him on the internet. He is a survivor and a triple amputee) but alive. For those that are not aware Gavin L Neighbor was the first paratrooper killed in action for the 82nd Airborne Divisions global war on terror. Going through his personal belongings gave me a glimpse into this super duper paratrooperís life. He has left an indelible memory within me which I will never be able to shake nor forget.
If you would like to get in contact with me I am on Facebook. My name is Marcelo Arbelaez. Leave a message stating that it is in reference to Gavin L. Neighbor. If you are a loved one and would like to get in contact with the paratrooper that was with Gavin that fateful day and suffered severe injuries please feel free to get in contact with me. My name is Marcelo Arbelaez and was born and raised in Queens New York City. Iím on Facebook."
Marcelo Arbelaez of Queens NY USA

"Thinking of you today and everyday brother. It's been 13 years but your memory and sacrifice will live on forever. C 3-325 AIR 82 ABN DIV"
A. Plares of California

"Gavin 11yrs it feels unreal still as we grew up we went on and lost touch but not a day goes by that I don't Thank you for being you. Rocky has taking over your journey and made her own. I know your her guardian angel. We love you forever and miss you like crazy.. God bless all who served. A special thank you to everyone who was with Gavin and helped him as God called him home."
Jenni of Toledo,Ohio

"I knew you only for a little bit but you made an real impact in that time. You had a way of making people feel like they were your best friend. The world needs more of you and I'm truly devastated we lost you."

"I've been pacing a hole in my floor for the last few hours trying to grasp onto my thoughts long enough to coherently say the things I need to say. Gavin, I barely knew you in life. I was a gunner in the AT platoon attached to C Co. We spoke on a few occasions during our limited downtime. We joked and told war stories, as many soldiers do. Our relationship was highly unremarkable, and if not for the events of 10 June 2003, you would have been just another of the hundreds of men I served with in my eight year career whose names have faded from memory.

But my memories of you are everything but unremarkable.

I cannot accurately express the profound impact your death has had on my life. I remember your squad leader calling in the attack and the pain in his voice when the RTO asked if anyone was killed. His response was, "Not yet..." Your platoon loaded you into our truck for medevac. The drive to FOB Falcon could not have taken more than 10-15 minutes, but it felt like hours. Our field medic worked underneath me, doing everything he could to keep you alive. Part way through the drive, we took a sharp turn at high speed and I slipped on your blood that had spilled onto my turret stand. I rode the rest of the drive with my feet on the radio mount. The world was in slow motion and every detail of that drive is burned into my memory. I was so focused I could have shot the wings off of every fly between Jihad and FOB Falcon with my .50 Cal.

The medics at FOB Falcon met us with a stretcher and rushed you inside the aid station. We all knew you would not survive. I have no comparison for the helplessness I felt in those hours spent outside the aid station. We sat in silence for a long time until one of us said, "We're waiting for him to die."

After 11 years, I finally have the strength to tell my part in your tale. Our stories have been forever interwoven. No one can truly know the person I have become without knowing the story of Gavin Neighbor.

I may not have known you well in life, Gavin. But in your death, we have become inseparable. I love you, brother."
N. Crocker of IL

"Cpl. Neighbor,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the messages left here for you all I can say is that I wish that I had the honor of serving with you when I was in the Military.

Airborne All The Way!"

"I remember 10 years ago today when word fist hit A co. and the reality of war came crashing down on top of us. Up to that point it had been all adrenaline and fun with a splash of violence of action, but that day we learned we were not bullet proof and life changed. The demons of war still haunt me as I have noticed they do to some of my other brothers. Gavin you may be in a better place now but don't forget to watch over the rest of us dirt darts still stuck down here please. Rest easy Airborne, I'll take the next watch for you."
Fellow Blue Falcon. of Bradenton, Florida

"Ten years ago tomorrow, I have not nor will I ever forget you brother. God bless and may you continue to rest in peace."
Rich Barbato of Gloucester, Massachusetts

"My son proudly served with Gavin in Company C, 3-325th, and was with him when he died. He asked that we especially remember Gavin on this Memorial Day as a brave soldier, proud patriot and exemplary young man. Gavin and his family are in our thoughts and prayers today and always."
Mother of a Soldier of Sacramento, CA USA

"still miss u buddy miss the good times we have had together just remembering all the stuff we did think about u all the time and we will meet again some day"
chris of ohio

"I thought of Gavin again today, I cannot explain why, but I know that it has been a long time. As I looked back over the names who have left names, of fellow soldiers that served with me in C CO 3/325th AIR. It has been almost ten years since Gavin has gone, But I can share with you that the pain of war never goes away. Like many of us, we have learned to live with it. Every man that has worn the uniform and goes to war leaves a part of himself on the battlefield. If he is the fortunate one to return, he thanks the Lord for his infinite grace and protection. Yet in the dark places of his mind, he is haunted by the questions that can only be answered by God. And so we wait for our turn on the other side of glory. We remember this of our dear brothers in arms who have died.

They shall not grow old, as we that remain, grow old. Time shall not weary them nor the years condemn. Yet and the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them...lest we forget. Until we meet again my brother."
Norbert W. White Jr USA (Ret) of Fayetteville, NC

"Still after years have passed since the war, your sevice will never be forgot in the hearts in days while in Iraq to all of us in the 3-325 AIR. 2003-2004, Prayers to your family our hearts are broken for their loss."
R. ORTA of P.a.,Tx,U.S.

"This time in June, as always, I remember you brother. Keep a spot open for me in the assembly area on the great drop zone in the sky. God bless you brother."

"I never got a chance to meet you, however my ex husband served proudly with you. You left such an impact on his life that we now have an 8 year old son named Gavin in honor of you. My heart goes out to your family and all that knew you."
Pamela Irvin of Alabama

"This veterans day, as every one in the past since that day, I remember you brother. Everyone assigned to 3-325th AIR, 82nd ABN DIV is thinking of you."

"I did't know Cpl. Neighbor personally but when I got to the unit I found out that I had taken his role in the squad. Not that you can take someones place who gave the ultimate sacrifice. But then I also found out that he had been killed on my birthday and I always thought of it as a strange coincidence but I have always considered him a Guardian Angel and there is not a day that goes by that I don't wear a KIA bracelet with his name and info, I'm always quick to tell people the story, as told to me, of how such a brave young man gave his all for this country. The 82nd ABN is America's Guard of Honor and I'm sure the Cpl. Neighbor is continuing that tradition in Heaven being part of God's Guard of Honor."
Just another Paratrooper C Co. 3/325 AIR of Tulsa OK

"RIP brother"
ex trooper Cco 2nd Platoon 3/325

"SHOW ME A MAN THAT WILL JUMP OUT OF A PLANE & I'll SHOW YOU A MAN THAT WILL DIE FOR HIS COUNTRY.... Neighbor we all still remeber you battle buddy I am still in the fight & refuse to quit hoping for another tour to rid of them Hajii's for good AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!!!"
Ray Garcia C.Co. 3/325 2nd PLT of Harlingen,TX / Ft Benning, GA

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"Rest in peace, Gavin."
Daniel Quintiliani of Boston, MA

"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 Gahanna, OH / USA

"To Cpl. Gavin Neighbors family:

I served in Alpha Company, 3 rd Battalion, 325 AIR. I was in the same Battalion as your son and while I didnít know him personally, we all felt a tremendous loss after learning of him being killed. He was a hero to the unit and a brother for life. His sacrifices will never be forgotten and his memory lives on through us. Being in such a close outfit such as the 82nd, everyone we served with became a brother. Every one of us that returned continue to think of Cpl. Neighbor as well as all the others from our unit who perished. We love and respect all of you related to him. If I can ever be on any assistance please donít hesitate to call me at 713-823-8777.
Thank You and God Bless!"
Chace Freel of Houston, Texas

"Remembering you today Gavin...We miss you!!"
Marilyn Burns of Bolivar, MO

"Cathy, I'm thinking of you today. Be strong girl. Be proud. Luves ys cuz. Candy."
candy of tiffin ohio

"Rest in Peace. See you on the other side."
A co 3/325 AIR paratrooper

"dear friend,
i was in a co 1st pltn when all this went down. we were all sad and imediatly wanted to get those hajis. may your family and friend hear our sorrows and support"
george of pa

"To the family of:Gavin L. Neighbor 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"

"gavin there is not a day that goes by that your not on my mind!!! Till i see you again love SSG. paulk

SSG. Paulk, Michael Cco. 3/325 2nd plt 2nd sqd. of Pineville, louisiana

"To My Best Friend,
I knew you when you were Gary Wagner. I met you in 3rd grade. Hazelwood Elem., Newark. You were the only kid to give me a run for my money in the art dept. We used to play super mario, draw, spar with each other, and watch "Bloodsport". You were there when my sister fell out of the van at 50 mph just over the South Dakota border. You were there when my house burned down. You were the best friend a kid in elementary school could have. Even after you moved, and after all these years, I still think about you. Maybe on some not so distant day our paths will cross again and we laugh about the good ole' days. As a great lyricist once wrote," We are eternal, all of this pain is an illusion.""
Les Shoemaker of Philadelphia, P.A., USA

"Those who shrink from conflict and live thier whole lives in complete safety never really live...those who stand 4 those that cant stand 4 themselves never truly die..."

"A paratrooper never dies, he simply "slips away"...May you join the paratroopers who have landed before you in that great big dropzone called heaven."
Kevin Wright of Knoxville, TN (formerly Ft. Bragg, NC)

"Thank god for Gavin. My huband and father of my children was a specialist at the time and the medic deployed with gavin and now many years later him and i still wear a KIA bracelet with gavins name and info. I am so so thankful for him and i know my husband lives everyday for gavin and will never forgive himself for not being able to save him but he is never forgotten we love him very much"
carla and will hopkins of fort richardson alaska

"To the family and friends of Gavin: After five years, you are still in our hearts and minds. I understand that time can never heal the pain of such a tragic event, but please remember that we will never forget about all of you."
SSG. David Kelley of Erie, PA

"Spc Neighbor will always be remembered by everyone who served with him. I will always regret not getting to know him better, but for those of us who were in C-Co on that fateful day, his memory will live on with us forever. Rest in Peace Gavin, and we will all see you again."
Sgt. Easter, Gene of Memphis TN

"February 2, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Gavin L. Neighbor: Gavin 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

"Gavin, family, and friends
I was one of the first medics on scene on this tragic day. I just want you all to know that everything that I could have possibly done to keep Neighbor alive that day was done. If any of neighbor's family or friends want to contact me please do so at 678 656 7150 or 678 548 6128, email is wes9982@hotmail.com"
"Doc" Cobb of Atlanta, GA

"Gavin, family, and friends
I was one of the first medics on scene on this tragic day. I just want you all to know that everything that I could have possibly done to keep Neighbor alive that day was done. If any of neighbor's family or friends want to contact me please do so at 678 656 7150 or 678 656 7150, email is wes9982@hotmail.com"
"Doc" Cobb of Atlanta, GA

"Part I

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass,
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and
said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod,
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

For you brother and all that have fallen"
S.CONE 2nd plt Cco3/325air of Anniston , AL.

Not a day goes by that I dont think about you . You will be in my heart forever!"
chelsie of new lexington ohio

"God bless. I still carry you in my memory. Out of all of us that where there I wish it was me not you. Unfortuntly the good die young."
Fig of Lorain, OH

"Rest in peace brother. All the way!"
3rd Plt. D Co. 3/325 of Atlanta, Ga

4 years and the pain still aches in my heart. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you. It still seems like yesterday we were all just hanging out laughing...

You are forever in our hearts"
Marilyn Walker of Bolivar, Missouri

"I come back to this site often, it stays bookmarked and every day i think about the selfless service givin to our world by the fallen heros. yet the names of Galvin Neighbor and Christopher Siscon will never be forgotten by me or my familey May 18 07"
Brad Brown of Everett Wa.

"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trail.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

A poem I recieved while I was in C. Co. 3-325. Gavin you are a true hero I will never forget what you did for all of C. Co. and everyone in America not a day goes by that I dont think of what you did for us. You are truely missed and I will never forget what you did. We all miss you."
Rob Jackson of Montana kartoon82nd@yahoo.com

We miss you brother. I know that all of the men that go through Cco will know your name, and how you were the best of all of us."
SGT Mike Organ of Ft Lewis, WA (former long time member of Cco)

"Aunt Kathy & Rocky
It's Jenni and the boys. We are very sad my cousin was a wonderful man and he made the world safe for us. WE LOVE HIM and know he sees us and guides us everyday. He will forever live in our memory as the sweet, funny HERO!!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!"
JENNI of Toledo,OH

"I'm proud to say that I had served with you. You and Sisson will be remembered forever. Rest in Peace Brother."
SSG Carpenter of 173rd ABN BDE (former FO of C co 3-325)

"GAVIN,i miss you bro... you taught me alot, i am sorry i let you down... just know not a second goes bye that i don't think about you. i will never forget my friend and brother..."
aaro nesbitt of daytona, FL

"blue skies and soft landings, rest in peace."
2nd plt Bco 3/325

"I did not know you Gavin , but my daughter, Rebecca, knew you from school. She spoke of you often before and speaks of you even more now. I would like you to know that you are sweetly remembered in our home. I offer my deepest symphaty to your family and all of your loved ones. I know that you gave your life to keep us safe and I appreciate it more than any words can say. May god bless your soul and know that you are all in my prayers everyday."
Debbie of Roseville, Ohio

It has been close to three years now...doesn't seem possible. My thoughts go out to your family. We miss you!"
Marilyn Walker of Bolivar, Missouri

"I never got to meet you Gavin but I heard so many stories from the guys in the platoon. My husband was in your platoon but never got the chance to meet you. My heart goes out to all of the guys here who got to know you so well and to your mom. God Bless You. Were it not for the Brave there would be no land of the free....you are a true hero and will never be forgotten."
Angie Franks of Ft. Bragg. NC

"Thank You!!!! You will always be remembered as a HERO!!"
Shane of Somerset, OH

A brother in arms, Friend, and a kind hearted guy. There is so much to say but no words to say them in. Your my hero. God bless you and God bless your family. Love you brother......."
Spc Combs, Chris, Charlie Rock 3rd PLT, of Lebanon, Oregon (541)981-8987

"It has been close to three years now and I cant put you out of my mind. If we could trade places, I gladly would. If anyone on this site reads this message, who knew Gavin, I would appreciate any e-mail traffic, it would help. My email is : assamawah2003@yahoo.com

God bless you Gavin."
A 3-325 Paratrooper of PENNSYLVANIA

"I had never had the priviledge to meet Gavin. He sounds like he was a very strong and inspirational young man. He has touched the hearts of many people in his short time here. His family will be in my heart and prayers. Thank you Gavin for serving our country when we needed you."
Eddie Coffey of Coshocton, Ohio

It has taken me since that fatal day to finally write this to you. I came from Bravo Company however I was origionally from Cco. I do nothing but think of my fellow comrads Cison,Bermanis,Smitty (from Bco.), and you that gave the ultimate sacrifice for me and everyone else in this beloved country. I wear the braceletts tight around both wrists to always remember you guys. I now am in school at NKU studying Political Science and the other day an SF buddy called me and asked me how everything was. I replied "I am here while you are there" I now am going to re up to rejoin the fight that I never should have left. I am sorry we didn't fight hard enough to get us all home. I love you all and I am joining the sopc SF program to continue to bring honor to your precious name brother. May you walk with God and be at peace. Also God bless the families that have suffered so greatly. Till we meet again"
"the whale" Brandon of Florence, Ky

"Gavin when I hear your name it brings me more pain than any other memory. Rest In Peace knowing your sacrifice and honor has not been in vain. I have been away from C co. for a couple years now, but i know that all of charly rock honors you.I will never forget you"
Bradley Brown of Everett Washington

"Gavin, I didn't get a chance to know you as well as I should have and I will alway's regret that, You're memory will alway's live on with the Paratroopers of Cco. I will always make sure the new guy's in first platoon know your name and what you accomplished. Peace be with you brother."
Sgt. Arnold, Joshua of Ft. Bragg

"It is two years today since you went to be with our Father. Your family and friends are thinking about you today.

~You may not be in our arms...but you are forever in our hearts~"
Marilyn Walker & family of Bolivar, MO


I was only an FO in your platoon, but I know the fisters who served with C co will never forget you. I know this is true of Carpenter and myself. A day doesn't pass that, in some way, I remember the days back at Bragg, or Kuwait, or any of the time we served together. Thank you for being the man you were. I'm in a different unit now, but none of the people here are half the soldier you were."
Cunningham, Charles, C93r of Camp Taji, Iraq 2 det 3rd signal company

"I did not know Gavin, but I do know someone that did and he talks of him like someone everyone should have known. How kind he was and how he thought of others and not of himself. All my prayers go out to the family and friends of CPL. Gavin L. Neighbor. God bless you all. He is in the best place right now possible."
Amity of Bolivar, Missouri

"I am still in denial that it has almost been 2 years. It seems like just the other day we were all hanging out at Alan's laughing and having a good time. Even now seeing your picture or hearing your name brings tears into my eyes. You are missed by so many, and loved by all."
Marilyn Walker of Bolivar, Missouri

"I was the Platoon Sergeant of 3rd PLT C co. 3/325th AIR after Gavins death. I wear his bracelet around my wrist and think of him everyday. I anm no longer in the 82nd ABN DIV for I am now training Rangers in Ranger School on Dahlonega Ga. I get asked about him all the time and what kind of man he was. I tell people he was the epitome of a Paratrooper.
To the family of Gavin: Please continue to be strong without him. It has been almost two years and I still think about him and the men of C co 3/325th. His spirit will live strong in us always."
SFC Steve Renfroe - steve.renfroe@us.army.mil of 5th RTB, Dahlonega, GA

"I am proud to have known such a great man that gavin was will remember all the great times, joy and laughter he brought upon me and his brothers of third platoon. I know I speak for all of the "third herd" family when I say that he was an ispiration in life and will forever be remembered in death. I am proud to wear his name around my wrist and will remember and honor his memory always as I am sure all his brothers in arms will do as well. Laters bro, I know you will watch over us always. A third platoon brother. Walter."
Walter C Miscles of Fort Bragg NC USA Dep. Baghdad Iraq

"What can I say bro? We remember you all of the time in our prayers. We tell all of the new cherries about you when they first get to 3rd Platoon. You are a legend man.....You died with honor....you will never be forgotten."
SGT Kevin Wright of Cco. 3/325 AIR 3rd Platoon

"You are the best of the best brother. You are remembered by us who knew you. I'll get some for you."
SSG OZ of Albuquerque, NM

"Gavin.. on behalf of a greatful nation, we say "THANKS". Thank you for your commitment and your courage.Kathy your son has made us all proud, and i wish that in this you find satisfaction knowing, Gavin is in a much sweeter place.... we love you and send our thoughts, and prayers to you and your family..."
al(spanky) mewton of mechanicville ny

"Thanks for being there. You are forever missed."
Andy Wolfe of West Point, NY

"To the Family of a Commrade in Arms,
My name is Sergeant Shane J. Ely and I served with CPL Neighbor for more than two years in the 82d Airborne Division. We served in the same platoon together and became friends. Gavin was an example of what a soldier should be. His dedication to his Platoon and Company never waivered. He was a friend to us all and a loyal servant of a grateful nation.
Since Neighbors death in 2003 he has been missed. I want to say thank you to his family for a job well done in raising such an outstanding patriot. I would also like to offer my condolences to everyone who held a special place in their heart for Gavin L. Neighbor. He will forever be missed by his fellow soldiers. CPL Neighbor, I salute you."
Shane J. Ely of Fayetteville, NC

"A first rate Soldier ,lives with honour and dies with honour.A second rate Soldier lives with with medicority and dies with regret"
JamesGavin ex Soldier of Ireland

"Gavin, I type these words in hopes that in some way you will hear me. I will never forget jun 10th 2003, the last day I got so spend with my brother. I will never forget the (weather passes) we would take to Clemson South Carolina to go see our friends. You were always a ladies man! Making friends in any place you would go!When we became room mates when we first got to charlie company I found a friend that would always be there like a brother. When me and mike went to sc and you went to ohio that weekend we were driving and i thought man that sucks that gavin did not come with us this weekend. Then out of the blue you decided to drive 9 hours and surprise use on saterday. showing up and stealing all the ladies form us with your charm. I think about you every day. Me and mike are hanging in there but not without you watching over our shoulder. People that know you think back on how you went out and ask why, but I think that myself and anyone that worked with you knows that is how it was ment to be. Be for you left this world, If you were to ask me how i think you would go i would say that i think he will go out serving his country. That just the type of man that you are gavin. I dont think you would have it any other way. I miss you and cant wait till I meet you on the big drop zone in the sky so we can talk about "This one time in south carolina" one more time. I love you brother and we all hurt without you."
SPC Massey Nicholas of fayettville NC

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Gavin, my heart hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"I remember Gavin as a fun loving guy. My condolenses go to you and your family members. With all love, J. Denney"
Janet Denney of New Lexington, Ohio

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"SPC Neighbor, your memory will always live on in Charlie Company. We all miss you and wish you could still be with us. We will all meet again."
SSG Fulbright of C CO 3-325

"Hello, I Mark a 7th grader from Barker Middle School. I live in Barker, NY. I am learing about soliders that served in Iraq. You should be proud of your family member and think of him as a hero. You should rember that he did not die in vain. I am sorry for your loss."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"To the family and loved ones I offer the deepest sympathy. I just want his family to know how much I appreciate your sacrifice. My father was over there when your son died. I truly believe your son is one of the reasons my Father, SGT. White came home alive. He was a true encouragement to him and I owe you the world, but have nothing to give. so instead I come to you to ask for your permission to wear a mia/pow/kia bracelet. If you would like to get hold of me my e-mail is babs400@msn.com Afain this is the least I could do for you in honor of your son. Thank you again for your sacrifice. May God Bless you all and be with you in this time."
Sincerly, Tiffanie Padilla of Fayetteville, NC, USA

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

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

"I remember meeting Gavin my freshman year of highschool. He was such a sweet person and was always willing to help me out, especially when I was lost. He was a great friend and I give my condolences to his loved ones."
Jennifer Boros of New Lexington, OH

"Gavin, we had some awesome times! I miss you coming down to SC with Nick and Mike! You always had a smile on your face and always made me laugh. You are gone now, leaving this world doing something powerful, honorable, and brave. I thank you for protecting me and America. Thank you, Gavin..."
Miranda A. of Walhalla, SC USA

"Hey Gavin.... It's funny how I remember the High School days. Ah the good times. I look back and remember you as a nice person who was always caring and considerate. I remember you laughing when I would get in trouble on the bus. You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers. I am so proud of you. I miss you and I will never forget about you......"
SPC Heather Denney of Columbus, OHIO

"I didn't know Gavin,but I knew of a Gavin that I had talked to on AIM a couple of times,the screen name was gavinbadasis...Im not sure if it was your Gavin,it doesn't really matter.Im sorry for your loss.I had some friends in Iraq that were from Ft.Bragg,they returned home safely.But...as much as I want to be happy,I can't.I know that there are a lot of friends and families that will never be able to hug their loved ones anymore.My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that knew him.If it was him that I talked to online..Im affected by his death more than I thought I was.It's hard.Your in my thoughts and prayers.God bless all of you."
Charity of Mooresville,Indiana

"Im sending my condolances to the family of Gavin Neighbors, Cathy, Willie, Rachel and family, Im so sorry for your loss.Im a Military mom myself and Ive talked to Cathy many times online thru the website Militarymoms.net. My heart aches for you all.I was at the funeral for Gavin, and Everyone in Somerset was morning the loss of this special soldier who gave his all for this country we all live in.He has a special place in my families hearts.He a TRUE AMERICAN HERO.. God bless the Neighbors family. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. God bless our troops."
Laura Gregs Mom (Laura Aquila) of Timberlake,Ohio Proud American of the USA

"Thank you Gavin Neighbor, 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

"I never met Gavin, but my brother talked about him in his letters. A lot of his letters contained, "Me and Neighbor did this" or "Me and Neighbor did that." My brother was in Charlie company with Gavin and was there when he died. To the family, I'm so sorry for your loss and pray for you everynight. Thank you to Gavin for serving! Also, we have a picture of Gavin with a bunch of kids that my brother took. If the family would like a copy, e-mail me at fruitfullvine05@yahoo.com God bless America and all the soldiers!"
Angela Zarate of Dallas, Texas

"I only met you twice, but you never leave my thoughts. That day as I ran across the compound to get Doc Doyle and Doc Territo and a gun truck I prayed that it would make it in time. Everyone in the Battalion misses you brother. One day we will meet again on the big drop zone in the sky, until then save me a spot in the assembly area."
CPT. RICK BARBATO of Fayetteville, NC

"Tomorrow is your birthday and you would have been 21. I breaks my heart that you never got to come home, but now you are in your true home. I never met Rachel, but my prayers are with you and I am sorry that we never got to meet. I had only met him once or twice and then we decided to become a couple. I knew what the army meant to him. Everything next to his family. Even though we didn't get to spend that much time together, he had the greatest spirit that I have ever seen in my life. Just being around him would put you in a good mood no matter what kind of day you were having. Gavin was full of life and lived it that way too. Gavin, I will always miss you and you will be in my heart. Cathy, my deepest condolences go to you and I will never forget our conversations even though there wern't that many. Now you and my grandfather can take care of each other. Two soldiers together. Nick and I will never forget you Gavin. We love you. If any of you would like to get in touch with me. My e-mail address is jessica.white@wgint.com"
Jessica White of Seneca, SC USA

"We send our love prayers and support to Cathy and her family. Our son is a S.A.W gunner with the 3rd Platoon and served with Gavin since Infantry school up to Baghdad, we will always have a place in our hearts for Gavin and his family, our son tells us he was a essential part of his squad and a great guy to have known. peace be with you friend! (When brave men fight...there fight I. In freedom's cause... under a Baghdad sky)"
Adam & Clara Plares of San Jose, California

""I will never forget the morning of February 14th 2003 as hugged and told each other goodby. That contagious smile of yours was not so present that morning, but was still there somewhat. I will never forget our conversation and the things you made me promise to take care of. Your leaving affected so many people that day, some you never got to know. Your loss has saddened the hearts of your family, fiancee, friends and this Nation. You were a teacher without even knowing it. You taught everyone that you came in contact with to enjoy life to it's fullest and to make the best of all situations, good and bad. We will all forever grieve for you Gavin, but we will all forever remember the wonderful person you were and how lucky we were to have had you in our lives. Not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts. The heartache that Rachel and your family feels, words just cannot express. The pain will never go away but as the dark clouds give way to bright blue skies, I feel that you would not want us to sit and grieve but to do just as you would have done and look at the good times we all had. I want to thank you for being such an important part of Rachel's life. You made each other so happy. We would have been proud and honored to have you as our son-in-law. You will forever live and be cherished in our hearts and will never be forgotten for the sacrifice you made for our great Country. You are a true American Hero. For Cathy, Willie, Roxanne and the girls, you will forvever be a part of our family. Thank you for letting us be a part of yours. We will always be there for you. God Bless you all."
Angie Sanderson of Fayetteville, NC U.S.A.

"I really didnt know Gavin, but I did meet him once; it was on my 20th birthday. He came over to his fiance's house to meet the family; Rachel's family. She is my best friend and has been for about 13 years. That night was the first time I saw Gavin, and it was the first time I saw the two of them together. Their love was magical and you could see the stars in both their eyes. We all danced and acted crazy...it was a blast. I'd never seen Rachel that happy in my life, it was like she was floating on air. I could tell he had something special and that he lit up her world. Rachel's Mom called me the night Gavin died and told me the heartbreaking news. Although I had only met him once, I had felt like I had known him forever. He just had that effect on people I guess. He always kept you laughing and wanted everyone to be happy before himself. I think about him everyday and I ache for his loss. I ache for Rachel, for his family, and for our country. We truly lost a great American hero. I will always keep his loved ones in my prayers. God bless you all."
Jamie Murray of Fayetteville, NC

"I remember the day we got to charlie ROCK. We had come so far from that first day. We accoplished so much, and you were the example of a dedicated paratrooper. The day you died I lost my best friend, but more than that I lost a brother. I wont ever forget you. I think about you every day and I know your watching over us, and that makes me feel a lot better.
To the family of Gavin I send my love, and I want you to know I'm here for you when ever you need any thing Gavin will always live in my heart. He made the altimate sacrafice for our great country and will never be forgotten.""
Spc. Wiles Michael P. of Baghdad, Iraq

"We miss you Bro but we all know that your in a better place now. You are a great soldier and an even better friend and just because you passed on didn't change that. Keep an eye out for us . We love you man! See you later"
SPC ADAM PLARES of Baghdad , Iraq

"I knew Gavin from school. Although I really didn't get to know him that well, I know he was a really great guy. His ex-girlfriend, Michelle, who is now my girlfriend, really cared about him. And it hurts me to see her like this 3 months later. I just hope God will let you all get through the suffering and find acceptance in Gavin's passing. Although he isn't here with you all sharing feelings and great times, he is in a much better place watching over you. Just know that you will be together again when your time comes too. All my condolences."
Kyle Gabbard of New Lexington, Ohio U.S.A.

"Althought I did not know Gaven, I know how his family feels. I mean not exactly, but I lost my brother in this war. My brother Spc. Chad Keith was a member of 2-325th AIR. He was the world to me and a lot of other people. My brother knew Gaven. Now may they rest in peace together. In heavan because thats where they belong. If any of you need to talk I am here and my family would be willing to listen to you. I am only fourteen but I can definitly relate to you guys. If you guys feel that the reality of this is never going to sink in....I feel the same way and people tell me it will sink in after awhile. It hasnt sunk it with me yet so i bet it hasnt sunk in with you guys. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers always!! Oh and i used to live in Newark Oh which sounds gay right now but I dont think that my brothers best highschool friend knows that Chad is gone. Feel free to contact me at nhitzges@hotmail.com"
Nikki, SPC. Chad Keith, little sister of Batesville, IN

"Even though I didn't know Gavin for a long time, he still has a place left in my heart"
Jessica White of Seneca, SC USA

"Gavin, you are gone from our lives but not our hearts. You were a special person, that no one could replace. Sadly missed and always loved."
Aunt Kelly, Uncle Jeff, Jeffrey, Nicole, Heather of Newark, Oh

"God bless cathy and Gavins Family"
Joyce Hykes of Newark,Ohio

"My deepest condolences to the Neighbor family. I noticed the passing of Gavin on the Fox News website and it caught my eye because of the unit he served in. I am a former paratrooper that was assigned to C Co. 3/325 during the 80's. Gavin and all brothers and sisters in arms are to be commended for taking the path less traveled; for answering the call to duty to ensure the safety and defense of our great nation. Rest assured that Gavin has not perished in vain, rather he has epitomized the spirit of America by readily accepting the challenge of her defense.

Go with God my brother......no wind on the DZ!"
Ken Meyer of Monrovia, CA

"God bless his family."
Faith of Somerset, Ohio USA

"Our son, Nathan Jackson, was Gavin's roommate at Ft Bragg. Nathan thought the world of Gavin. He looked up to him. Nathan was there when Gavin lost his life. Nathan is devastated by his death. We keep your family in our prayers daily."
Donna Buniel and Family of Torrance, CA

"I Am one of your Recruiters. I am Proud to have known you. Rest in Peace Brother."

"Gavin, I am going to miss you so very much. You shall never be forgotten. I send all my prayers to your family and friends."
Marilyn Burns of Bolivar, MO


"To the family and friends of Cpl. Gavin Neighbor:
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 Gavin for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Gavin Neighbor:
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 Gavin, 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