Marilyn Lea Gabbard
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Marilyn Lea Gabbard
Oct. 29, 1960 - Jan. 20, 2007

Command Sergeant Major Marilyn Lea Gabbard, 46, of Polk City, Iowa and formerly of Boone and Waterloo was killed when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in which she was a passenger crashed northeast of Baghdad on Saturday, January 20, 2007.
She deployed from Iowa on December 16, 2006, assuming her duties as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the National Guard Affairs Team in Baghdad, Iraq on December 26, 2006.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at the Boone High School Gymnasium, 500 7th Street, Boone, Iowa. Chaplain (CPT) Gary Selof will officiate.
Military personnel are encouraged to take the military shuttle from the Boone Iowa National Guard Armory to the Boone High School, with the last bus leaving the Armory at 10:40 a.m.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, North of Madrid. Full military honors will be conducted at the graveside by the Iowa Army National Guard.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 29, 2007 at the Central Christian Church, 8th and Greene Streets in Boone from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Family will be present to greet friends at the Central Christian Church from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family and a memorial will be established in memory of Command Sergeant Major Marilyn Lea Gabbard.
Marilyn was born on October 29, 1960 in Boone, Iowa, the daughter of Melvin Lee and Mary Lou (Banford) Van Cannon. She graduated from the Boone High School in 1979. Marilyn has lived most all her life in Boone and some years in Waterloo.
Marilyn married Edward Deloy Gabbard on March 16, 1990 in Waterloo, Iowa.
Marilyn began her 27-year military career as a private in the Iowa Army National Guard on October 28, 1979, serving as a personnel management specialist with Detachment 2, 47th Adjutant General Company, Boone. She last served as the State Operations Sergeant Major at the Iowa National Guard's Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnston.
Upon her promotion to Command Sergeant Major on April 1, 2001, she became the Iowa National Guard's first female Command Sergeant Major and only the second woman promoted to Sergeant Major in the Iowa National Guard. Among her military decorations are three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, which is bestowed to "members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service to the United States".
She has also served as the National Secretary for the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, as Past President (Army) of the Enlisted Association of the Iowa National Guard and as Past President of the Iowa Sergeants Major Association. She was a member of the American Legion of Boone and Polk City.
Marilyn enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed scuba diving, snorkeling, roller coasters, fishing, golfing and playing card games with family.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her father and her grandparents. She is survived by her husband, Edward D. Gabbard, daughter Melissa Danielson and her husband Ben, step-son Terry Gabbard and his wife Cathy, step-daughter Sherri Gabbard, step-daughter Kerri Wilson and her husband Rick, step-daughter Gerri Gabbard,step-daughter Mari Jo Scott and her husband Harold, step-daughter Deborah Pommier and her husband Michael, her mother Mary Van Cannon; her sister Marla Norem and brothers, Mark Van Cannon and Mike Van Cannon and his wife Carol; her grandchildren, Benjamin and Austin Danielson and step-grandchildren, Paul Gabbard, Sunnie Robinson and her husband Sean, Christopher Gabbard, Cassandra, Brianne and Courtney Wilson, Jessica and Jeremy Scott, and Kayla Pommier.
Schroeder – Walter Funeral Home at 5th & Story Streets of Boone is handling the arrangements.

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Published in Boone News from Jan. 29 to Mar. 1, 2007.
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July 12, 2014
I never met Marilyn but as I went for a walk today with my boyfriends young daughter we saw the bench in her honor..wanting to teach her about respect for those who serve we saluted her and read her rank and name out lound and thanked her for protecting and her service to our country..I then turned to her and said "Do you think she heard us and is smiling down from heaven?" Being twelve she answered I dont know" just then we took a step back and my fitbit bracelet lit up and vibrated loudly indicating we had taken our 10000 step..she then said "I guess so" I dont believe in coincidence. .I believe in God and heaven and would like to thank Command Sgt. Gabbard on assisting me on teaching a young girl about knowing even when people leave us physically they still live on and remain with us...was very powerful moment..Thank you!
Carolyn Reed
May 3, 2013
To the family of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
March 25, 2013
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers (ps4fs@charter.net) is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your loved one's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at gramman@comcast.net with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
February 2, 2013
In memory of Marilyn Gabbard. We shall always be grateful for her service ^ sacrifice to this Nation.
January 20, 2013
To the family and friends of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
It has truly been my honor to sign Marilyn's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Marilyn will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
April 20, 2012
To the family of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
January 21, 2012
January 20, 2012
To the family and friends of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
Always remembering Marilyn. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
May 7, 2011
To the family of Command Sgt Marilyn L Gabbard:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of our nation’s wars.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
January 24, 2011
Although a few days late, but Rest In Peace for ever. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten by people living around here.
H. P.
January 21, 2011
To the family and friends of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
Please accept my remembrance of Marilyn on the anniversary of her passing and know that she will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
April 24, 2010
To the family of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception; weather permitting will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
January 21, 2010
To the family and friends of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
Remembering Marilyn on the anniversary of her passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
December 15, 2009
I first meet Marilyn Gabbard at Camp Dodge when I was a PLDC instructor. She helped shape the lives of so many soldiers. Marilyn, you are missed dearly.
Tony Diamond
August 31, 2009
I met Marilyn at Fort Bliss during mobilization, and deployed with her to Iraq in December 2006. It was a tough time - leaving family over Christmas to go to a war. Ironically, we flew to Iraq with a bunch of Christmas turkeys in the cargo hold of our aircraft. I'll never forget Marilyn coming up to me with a big smile, to inform me that I was in charge of the "turkeys". Marilyn always had a way to make you smile. Another Marilyn trademark, was that she always worried about everyone else first, always putting her own concerns last. We lost a great American when Marilyn left us. Time will never wash away our fond memories of our fellow soldier and good friend.

MAJ David Farabaugh
U.S. Army Reserve
David Farabaugh
April 20, 2009
To the family of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 24 May 2009. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “Answering the Highest Call.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 23 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 24 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
February 19, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families. War does not discriminate – It breaks my heart to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,400 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com. If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely,
Kenna
Kenna larra
January 31, 2009
Thank you for the gift of yourself, Command Sergeant Major Gabbard.

May God hold you in the hollow of His mighty hand.

SSG McDonald
William McDonald
January 20, 2009
In Memory of Marilyn ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

I did not know Marilyn, but I am remembering
her service and sacrifice. She is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
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Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
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Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
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January 20, 2009
To the family of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
Marilyn gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
October 19, 2008
My condolences go out to everyone that this man/soldier touched.

I am the daughter of a deceased soldier and I have started a new mission. A large majority of those soldiers giving their lives in Iraq are young. There are few that have families with children. Even fewer are those with older children, especially those over 18 years old.

I am 23 years old, lost my Dad when I was nearly 22. I would really like to reach out to other children of deceased soldiers. Although I wont discriminate based on age (I am willing to talk to anybody about their experience) I am especially interested in those children who are dealing with adult life and the loss of a Father/Mother.

PLEASE contact me if you are interested in talking back and forth. I think we can offer each other some healing, support, etc.
Elizabeth Mettille
July 6, 2008
YOU ARE INDEED AN AMERICAN HERO. MY SON SGT. JOSEPH B. MILLEDGE SR. WAS KIA 10-05-07. MAY YOU BOTH REST IN PEACE
CARLA MILLEDGE
June 18, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Command Sgt Gabbard!
April 19, 2008
To the family of Command Sgt. Mailyn L. Gabbard:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “The Price of Freedom” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat. 24 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun. 25 May, a “PrayerVigil for Peace” will be held. You are invited to stop by and light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden, then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 8, 2008
Thank you Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard, God Bless you family. This is in Honor for her and you.
I am very sorry for the loss of your precious Marilyn. I know we're unable to experience another persons pains till we've walked a mile in their shoes, but I do carry multitudes of sympathies in my heart. {I give all praise to God for giving me that}. My belief, is one of Gods main purpose for us, is making our best effort in learning, understanding and embracing what the true meaning of love is, and I think a lot of that comes through reaching out and trying to understand each others trial/tribulations. I think it's in these times we find out our real strengths/weaknesses, our true character, what we are and what we will become.
When I happened upon Sgt. Marilyn she caught my eye. She had a special glow, a look of confidence, honor and integrity. I can see she loved what she did, took pride and had the utmost respect in all her endeavors. SHE WAS A TRUE LEADER, {Not For The Power}, FOR SHE HAD BEEN CALLED AND SHE HEEDED TO THE CALL.
In the today world with little moral/values left, with limited parental and adult role models, WE NEED MORE MARILYN'S. She and others like her are the glue that continue to hold whats left together. SHE AND HER COMRADES SHOULD BE ON THE FOREFRONT OF HEADLINES/HUMAN INTERESTS OF WHAT REAL CONTRIBUTION TO LIFE IS. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN HONOR TO HAVE SERVED UNDER COMMAND SGT. MARILYN L. GABBARD.WHAT A SHERO!

Peace Be With You,
Kimi Dean
Kimi Dean
February 9, 2008
I deployed to Iraq with Marilyn from Fort Bliss, Texas. We arrived in Baghdad Christmas Eve 2006. Marilyn was a great soldier and a good friend. Her comrades-in-arms will never forget her, nor the ultimate sacrifice she made in service to our nation.
David Farabaugh
January 3, 2008
To the family and friends of Sgt. Marilyn Gabbard Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Robin Fuller
December 21, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Jesus Ortiz
December 18, 2007
Rest in peace, CSM Gabbard.
Your honor, bravery & sacrifice will live forever.
Marilyn Boone
August 17, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 6, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Command Sgt Gabbard and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses her! May God bless all of you!!
August 5, 2007
REST IN PEACE MARILYN, TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY THE MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL SOLDIERS LIFE FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
GOD BLESS YOU
SHIRLEY DONEY
May 13, 2007
Dear Marilyn and Family

This is a fitting day to honor, admire and pay tribute to women soldiers. Mother’s Day is a day that pays tribute to the woman that is always a caretaker, courageous and a protector of her family. As a Mother hen spreads her wings to protect her chicks from death and will sacrifice her life if needed, so has Marilyn spread her golden wings to protect each American Citizen from evil and give back to each one of us another day of Freedom. We are eternally in your debt for your sacrifice. You have established your right of Motherhood and to be in the presences of the Creator of the universe.

May God bless your family.
Thomas Gardner, SMSgt, USAF Security Forces & Chief Airfield Manager (Retired)
April 30, 2007
We are sorry it took us so long to post an entry for your family member. We are trying to catch up after locating this website. God Bless Legacy.com for allowing us to honor these heros.

We can't imagine what you have been going through since being notified of the death of your Warrior. The Military and families all over the USA and world are grieving with you and praying for you. What a very brave individual you have in your family that would give up a life for their homeland and its people so they can remain free. Your Freedom Fighter has served the Country above and beyond the call of duty, let no one ever tell you different. With the mission now completed your Warrior has been redeployed to Heaven to sit on the right hand of the Supreme Commander and Chief. The Father above has Marilyn in his arms and will give her peace as well as eventually easing your pain and suffering. God speed to you and Command Sgt. Major Marilyn L. Gabbard, our HERO. We are so proud of them that are willing to sacrifice for this great Nation, THANK YOU.

Army Retired
Cory and Mary Orvik
April 21, 2007
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HER BEAUTIFUL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON FOR THE LITTLE ONES. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. GODSPEED AND SEMPER FI.

A PROUD MARINE MOM
Robyn Garside
March 28, 2007
I just found out about Marilyn's passing. My heart goes out to everyone she loved and touched.
God Bless.
Dinah Knight
March 2, 2007
My heart goes out to Marilyn's family. My prayers are with you. Please know that many many people share with you even know we never knew Marilyn. God bless her. God bless her family.
Cheryl Schuster
February 26, 2007
america has no greater women in this gresest nation on earth than those fighting in battle and mrs.marilyn layed down her life to defend the great name of this nation in war leaving all the ones she loved in life for battle..in life from her as a little girl to her as an american freedom fighter battleing the enmemy on the other side of earth..i hope all the great luck in life to all the loved ones she left behind i wont ever forget her she is a great hero for all time..
eric flroes
February 7, 2007
Dear family,
I have a lot of great memories of Marilyn and Marla when we were kids. My sister and Marilyn were friends and Marla and I got to tag along!! The memories are what will help everyone get through this terrible time. Please know that we appreciate her commitment to our Country and our freedom. Our prayers and deepest sympathy to Marilyn's family and friends.
Kim Wisecup Solf
Kim Solf
February 6, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Gabbard family in the loss of Marilyn. I did not know Marilyn, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Marilyn you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

"To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
February 6, 2007
My heartfelt sympathies to your family. My heart breaks with each new name added to this list, and I am saddened by your loss. Know that you are surrounded by prayers, grace and the deep gratitude of all who live in freedom. My God hold you in his arms and grant you peace. Please find joy in the memories of your loved one and comfort knowing so many are holding you in their hearts.
Trudy Lowe
February 4, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn had to be a very special person. As I read about her I know she was loved. I am trying to make a condolence book for you (the family). There are so many that want you to know that they appreciate all that you are going through.
Ruth Pugh
February 1, 2007
I am sure your hearts are breaking, and comfort is nowhere to be found. When your tears have dried, read through these guest book entries, and you will see how much love has found it's way to you through Marilyn's sacrifice. She did not die in vain.
Pam Claussen
January 31, 2007
Thank you for your giving spirit. I admire you more than I can put into words. Thank you for giving your life to help guarantee my freedom, and the protection of a magnificent nation. May you never be forgotten for your sacrifice.
Christine Chamberlain
January 31, 2007
To the Gabbard family,
So Sorry for your loss of a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Marilyn & I hung out in High School and Graduated together. She was a real cool gal and friend. She will be missed by all. I am so proud of her and all of those who serve for our FREEDOM..........GOD BLESS
Chris (Young) Cowles
January 30, 2007
To the Gabbard Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. My sister and Marilyn were good friends in high school. I know the girls she ran around with in Boone have been greatly affected by Marilyn's passing.
I hope that Marilyn's grandchildren will grow up knowing that their very loving and special Grandma gave her life for our country and that she is a true hero. I am so sorry that they have lost their Grandma.
Carol Schroeder(Pleasant Hill)
Carol Schroeder
January 30, 2007
My family shares your pride and very deep sorrow. Our son, Michael Ewalt is a crew chief on a Blackhawk helicopter with Iowa National Guard, Boone. One of his best friends is Tony Van Cannon. Tony was Best Man at Michael's wedding. Michael is currently serving in Iraq.
Darla Ewalt
January 30, 2007
Dear Gabbard Family,
There are no words that can fully give comfort. I go back to my faith that He has promised He would never leave us. I as a citizen of these United States want to thank-you for the sacrafice of your loved one. For the sacrafice/sacrafices that you as a family have and will now continue to endure. May the Lord comfort you. Give your hearts ease. Give you peace. That you know that there are so many of us that know that freedom is not free. That "standing on the wall" is a privelege that your wife mother /daughter chose. I am humbled by her service and grateful for her heart. You will be in my prayers. I also have a son in the 1st Airborne division I know the heart of a solider. I see it in the eyes of my grandchildren. The heart of a warrior. A hero just like your wife/mom/daughter/friend. God Bless you!
Mary Reed
January 30, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow soilders of Marilyn's. Her loss will not be forgotten. Praying for all of you in this time of sorrow.
Jeff Springer
January 30, 2007
Dearest Family, My heartfelt appreciation for the strength and sacrifices that were given for our nation and people. I am so sorry that her life could not be spared - but know that it is because of her and other such soldiers that the United States of America stands strong and blessed in
God's eyes.
Mary Mentzer
January 29, 2007
To Ed Gabbard and family: You have my heartfelt sympathy and I pray that God will strengthen you as you grieve the loss of such an outstanding person. Marilyn’s contribution to the Iowa National Guard and the Enlisted Association of the Iowa National Guard will long be remembered. She has been an inspiration to all who served with her.
Keith Tjeerdsma
January 29, 2007
You are all in our prayers. It is hard to lose a love one but we always know that God looks after each and everyone of us and helps us through the tough days. Marilyn is a special angel now watching over all of you and us. God give you strength in days ahead. With our love and care for you. We at DMACC, Boone Campus send our sympathy to all of you.
Sandi and Harold Johnson
January 29, 2007
You are all in our prayers. It is hard to lose a love one but we always know that God looks after each and everyone of us and helps us through the tough days. Marilyn is a special angel now watching over all of you and us. God give you strength in days ahead. With our love and care for you. We at DMACC, Boone Campus send our sympathy to all of you.
Sandi Johnson
January 28, 2007
Please accept our sympathy for your loss, and our prayers that God sustain you in this time of sorrow. We are ever thankful for the work and sacrifice of your Soldier, Marilyn, and will honor her memory by keeping her and your family in our prayers.
Lee Sirotnak
January 27, 2007
I never had the pleasure of meeting your young Soldier.
But, my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Defending your Country will never be forgotten.
God Bless.
Pamela Hobbs
January 27, 2007
To the Family of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard:
I will stand in grief with this soldier's family to honor her. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life, but I promised Brent that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.
We lost our son SFC Brent A. Adams on 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday. I wish so badly there were things I could say to you right now to make the pain you are feeling go away, but I know first hand there simply are no words that will bring you the comfort and peace your heart aches for. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you go through this tragedy moment by moment and as you mourn this loss.
We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with as our hearts both burst with pride and pain together.
I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally. While they can never be replaced, neither will they ever be forgotten. You must trust that sometime, someday the loving memories you have will help to sustain you and help you go on. This courageous soldier will forever be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well.
To her family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort: When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss her, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by her presence. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is your wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever.
If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero.
God Bless this soldier and family who gave all and God Bless legacy.com for setting up this site where families can so quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves.
Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA, 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq
Pam and Bill Adams, Lancaster, PA
January 27, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. Her sacrifice will never be forgotten.
May she rest in peace.
shawnee (Austin,Tx)
January 26, 2007
There are not words to say that will make things bettter. But, know that your country is proud of you and grateful for your willingness to serve and your sacrifice.
An Air Force Mom
KC Collins Hummel
January 25, 2007
On behalf of "Gold Star Siblings, Inc." Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Karen Hickman
January 25, 2007
We are so saddened to hear of the death of yet another soldier, a hero. You are in our prayers. May God embrace you and comfort you as only he can.
Uncle & Aunt of Lance Cpl James R. Davenport KIA 11/22/06
Dennis & Pam Robertson
January 25, 2007
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Command Sgt. Marilyn L. Gabbard, with a multitude of Thanks for this Brave Heroine's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

The price Marilyn and her family have paid, Will Never Be Forgotten.
May she Rest Safely, in God's Care and may God's Loving Peace and Comfort be with the Gabbard family.
I am the Sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago

"Surely He hath borne our grief,
and carried our sorrows."
Isaiah 53:4

May you find comfort and strength, in the beautiful memories of times spent with Marilyn, quietly and gently, may healing come, with each new day.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
Garnet Jenkins
January 24, 2007
Though I never had the honor of knowing this fallen hero, please know that as the mother of a son (my only child) that has recently enlisted in the Army I grieve with you.
Sandy Bonesteel
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