Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart
Melissa J. Hobart had a tough start, dropping out of high school and getting her GED, but by the time she graduated as a medic in the Army, she was at the top of her class, friends and family said. "We came a long way from nothing and we made it pretty far," said Gary Hobart, her brother. "She joined the service so her daughter wouldn't have to face the hardships we faced as younger persons." The 22-year-old from Ladson, S.C., collapsed while on guard duty and died June 6 in Baghdad. She was based at Fort Hood. Hobart was spunky and energetic: "She was always on the go and you couldn't keep up with her," said her mother, Constance Hobart. The solider played soccer, basketball, baseball and the flute and loved to dance and read, her mother said. The two used to fight over who would get first crack at each new Stephen King book. Other survivors include Gary Hobart, her father, and her 3-year-old daughter, Alexis McCabe.
Published by The Washington Post on Jan. 28, 2005.
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On March 22, 2019 I had the honor of carrying Melissa's name while I participated in A Hero's 5k race in Greenville, South Carolina. After the race I came home and looked up her name. She sounds like an amazing person who was taken too soon. Prayers to her family and especially her daughter.
Darla Long
April 4, 2019
I think about Melissa often, even today. She was one of my friends and I send my condolences to her family. She was a really nice person and friend. She was very caring and sweet. She was fun to hang around and always had a smile. She was upbeat all the time and had a positive attitude.
Jessica Gallagher
November 13, 2016
In memory & honor of Melissa Hobart, we will forever be indebted to her for her service and sacrifice for this Nation.
June 23, 2013
To the family and friends of Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart:
It has truly been my honor to sign Melissa'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 Melissa will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
June 7, 2013
June 6, 2012
To the family and friends of Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart:
Always remembering Melissa. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
June 8, 2012
Annette Slocumb
May 29, 2012
Rest in Peace PFC. Melissa J. Hobart
Although you passed away on June 6 and I am a little late on this but your sacrifice for the freedom of others will not be forgotten. Live good in heaven with the almighty Lord.
H. P.
June 29, 2011
To the family and friends of Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart:
Please accept my remembrance of Melissa on the anniversary of her passing and know that she will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
June 6, 2011
We never need a date on the calendar to remember our loved one. I miss you with each and every passing day.
All my love,
All my life,
Aunt Dawn
June 2, 2011
Thank you young patriot for your service and sacrifice for this country. You will not be forgotten. Freedom certainly isn't free.
Rick Meunier
July 20, 2010
To the family and friends of Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart:
Remembering Melissa on the anniversary of her passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
June 6, 2010
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Kenna Larra
September 30, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart:
Melissa 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
June 6, 2009
Spc Hobart I did not know you personally, but I'm sure that we have crossed paths at one time of another me being apart of the 215th thank you for your service, even though I didn't know you were apart of the 215th and your memory I will never forget.
Tiffany Grant
May 22, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Hobart. On this Gold Star Mothers day, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will never forget.
SC Coordinator Home of the Brave Quilt Project
Lynn Kennedy
September 28, 2008
It is difficult to know what to say since I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Pfc Hobart. Please know that your loved one is not forgotten. I wish everyone impacted by this tragic loss strength and peace. I hope that Pfc Hobart knew that there are people in America who respect her great courage in serving as a member of the US military. Although I did not know her, I know that she must have been a very special person to be willing to do something that most Americans will never have to experience, and for that we can never say thank you enough.
Thank you Pfc Hobart!
R Collis
August 14, 2008
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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

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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
(Used with permission)

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

The Other Side –


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
June 6, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Pfc Hobart!
April 5, 2008
RIP Melissa I was assigned to 1-9 cav and 215th was are support I will remember that year for the rest of my life
Spc. Brecken
September 4, 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 (KIA on 07/06/07) 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, 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.


Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 9, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Pfc Hobart and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses her! May God bless all of you!!
July 10, 2007
In Remembrance of Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart, who lost her life
while in the service of our Country. A multitude of Thanks to Melissa and her family, for her Courage, Dedication and Service.

There will Never Be Enough Ways, to Humbly Thank these young Heroes, for their Sacrifices, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

"For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
~2 Corinthians 5:1~

May you find peace in knowing the love and memories you have of Melissa, will remain in your heart forever and that this Grateful Country Remembers the Sacrifice made by this Young Heroine.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
June 5, 2007
Melissa, My Special Niece,
It's going t be 3yrs come this June 6th that you have gone home to the good lord.On May 24th your mom has come to join you.I know the both of you will be shining down and guiding your daughter Alexis,thru her life.Melissa, Alexis was here for 2 days with your brother Gary and I must say she is every bit of you. She is soooooooo beautiful and so full of energy and loves to talk,just like her mom.Melissa,Alexis will grow up knowing just how much you and her grandmother Connie Loved her
more than life itself.I miss you so much.They say the pain of losing a love one gets easier,but the pain of losing you is like I just lost you yesterday.I love you with all my heart!
Aunt Dawn
Dawn Iannotti
May 30, 2007
I had the opportunity to meet you and become friends I just would like everyone to know that you were a great person, hardworker, sponky and loved your baby girl so much.

May 7, 2007
I did not know this fine young woman, but pay my deepest respects to her and her family.
I am so sorry for the loss of Melissa, I hope you have found comfort in your fond memories of her.
My flag flies proudly in her honor.
Linda Flannery
June 21, 2006
Melissa it has been 2 years since you were taken. You are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
June 8, 2006
We do not know each other, and we have never met. However, we are related, not by our families, but by the uniform we wore to keep this country free.
I will not call you a hero, Melissa, just because you are gone. You were a hero before then. and just more so, today. Thank You!

March on, Melissa.
SSG Jeff Bowen
December 22, 2005
If you are around, I think that you know by now all of the things that I wish I could say to you. Thank you for changing my life....sorry I realized it too late. If I've learned one thing in this life, it's that this is only a brief passage to a much better place. Still, I wish your time here would have been longer. I know Alexis will always be proud of you and that you will always be watching over her. Thank God for that!!!
Stephanie Cain
November 5, 2005
God Bless ( Jamie,Navy wife)
Jamie Graves
October 7, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
September 20, 2005
Missing you gets harder everyday. Words can't express how much I relive the reality of your absence, with every new life lost in this war I think of you ,and how the world is a dimmer place without you in it. Till we meet again, I pray it is you watching over me as I walk through life. If there are angels in heaven God has made you one of them. Love Always
Amanda Finch
August 7, 2005
I miss you...more each day.
Anita Fiore
May 31, 2005
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