Army Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr.

Army Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr.

Died April 10, 2009 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 10 in Mosul, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by a suicide bomber. Also killed were Sgt. 1st Class Bryan E. Hall, Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch and Pfc. Bryce E. Gautier.


  1. Tracy

    Even though i never met you i feel i do know you.. Your service will never be for gotten.. watch over you mom. Please go say hello to my son.. RIP

    • Amy Stock

      There are no words that can truly appreciate you. You have given the ultimate sacrifice for American families and beyond. Because of you myself, my children, and granchildren yet unborn can continue to be free in America. We honor your memory and your families sacrfice. May God be giving you the freedom you deserve and a window the lives of your loved ones. My heart more than Thanks you and yours

    • Becky Woods Johnson

      Thank you Tracy!

  2. Laura

    SSGT Woods, I want you to know that your sacrifice is recognized and appreciated from the bottom of my heart, I know you gave your life protecting my freedoms and I will not take that for granted. Keep watch over us from heaven. God Bless you and your family. You are not forgotten, and you are always remembered.

  3. Karen Schneider

    John 15:13 NIV….Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

    I am humbled and thankful.

  4. Donna Padgett

    Gary, I didnt have the honor of knowing you or meeting you, but I know your mom. She is an awesome lady fighting to keep your memory with us, and thats the way it should be. You and every fallen Hero should Never Be Forgotten. And as long as we have moms like yours, none ever will be. Thank You Gary for serving our beautiful country. I am one Thankful Army Mama.

  5. Gary, I didn’t know you but it means alot that you were watching our backs serving your country. You did your duty and now you are resting. I want you to know that your mom is doing good. She has many friends by her side and helping her with support. You are her Shinning Star watching over her. You will not be forgotten.
    “Salute” Army Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr.

    • Becky Woods Johnson

      Irene – he truly is my “Shining Star”!! Thank you!

  6. linda

    hi lee,i know you through your mom becky i just wanted u to know i think of you and all the guys that have left us to be with jesus all the time i will never forget u say hi to my son also hugs linda

  7. Donna Henderson-Hoyt

    I know we have never met, but you have been in my thoughts often. Your Mom is doing a tremendous job making sure we all know you and remember you. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

  8. I want to thank you for serving our country with honor and conviction. I am proud to know you thru your mom.

  9. Steve Nute

    I have been able to remember this man and keep his memory alive. I posted his information on the “memorial board” of the Bangor Troop greeters. We must never forget.

    I ask myself each time I see a new addition to the roll of honor the same thing Eleanor Roosevelt asked “Was I worth dying for.”

    God rest you, son, may your family find their peace in the fact that you gave it all up for our peace.

    • Becky Woods Johnson

      Thank you Steve Nute!! And thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting his name on the memorial board in Bangor!! That means his name is just one more place!!! <3

  10. Lee, Thank you for making the ultimate sacrafice for me, my family & the entire United States! I never would have known your name, except I met another incredible human being, your Mom. She is so good about making sure we all know what’s happening with our troops & the groups that support them. She’s really amazing, but you already know that, because she raised an amazing son. Thank you again for your service.

  11. Deborah Hinton

    Hi Lee , you don’t know me but I am your great Aunt I would like to thank you for all that you done for our country and our freedom. I truly wish I could have known you,but I almost feel I knew you through your mothers stories of what a great soldier, Son and friend that you was to all that had the honor of knowing you.I ordered one of your shirts and I promise to wear it proudly. Thank you !

  12. Deb

    I can sit comfortable in my living room while my son plays outside, because of you I know he is safe. I need not jump when I hear a neighbor set of a firecracker for our Nations holiday, because of you I know it is not a bomb. I am able to vote freely, because of you I need not worry about reprocussions if I do not vote for the candidate with the most weapons. This list can go on and on, for everything I do every day I am able to do without fear because you protected me.

  13. Karen Rokosny (karen rock)

    Lee, may your family find Peace in knowing you will always be Honored & Remembered, your Mom is an inspiration, and I know you are watching her good works, she is an amazing woman, and has shared You with us, Thank You to both of you, you for the ultimate sacrifice and Mom for sharing you and honoring all our servicemen and servicewomen. You both will always be in this Army Mom’s thoughts & prayers. Peace

  14. Angela Williams

    SSGT Woods,

    I do not know you or your family, but you all have been in my families prayers. Thank you for serving our country, without you all this country would be in a lot of trouble!! God bless you and every one that is in the Military.

  15. Thank you for your brave service Staff Sgt. Woods. So few have the courage or conviction to do what you did. You will remain in our hearts and minds forever, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten

  16. Tammy Momberger


    I met your mom when we were just children. Years have passed where I did not talk to your mother and we went about our life as childhood friends often do.We both had families. We each had a son.I also never met you, but since your passing have learned all about you thru your mom. I look at your pictures and I see my son, I can only imagine how hard it is for your mom, not being able to see you or talk to you. You have given the ultimate sacrifice of your life so that myself and other mothers can live in a safe world where we can enjoy our sons. Your mom is a fighter and I’ll do whatever I can to help her keep your memory alive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have made me stop and think of all the soldiers and families that sacrifice each day so that we live in a peaceful country. I will proudly be wearing your T-shirt and telling everyone about the man that I did not know, but that is a Hero in my eyes. Never Forgotten and proud of the son your mother raised.

    • William Balicki

      Thank you for your service Staff Sgt. Woods. So few have the courage or conviction to do what you did. You will remain in our hearts and minds forever. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten

  17. George Walker

    Thank you for your service for our great country. You will never be forgotten.

  18. Charles Resh

    Thank-you for your service and sacrifice, SSgt Woods. Stand at rest.

  19. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our freedom. May you rest in peace!

  20. Jacqueline Trudeau

    Thank you Staff SGT. Lee. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten!! I Salute You! I pray for your family everyday.

  21. SSgt Woods,even though we have never meet I feel I know you,from your”e PRECIOUS mother.I want to say THANK YOU for you”re service and what you did for me.I will never forget.I know you are an angel now GOD BLESS YOU and THANK YOU

  22. Lola M. Groves

    Hi, Lee! So you go by your middle name, too, eh? My son Glenn — LCpl Edward Glenn Rhoads, USMC, gets called by his first name alot, too, but he doesn’t mind b/c he’s named for his grandpaw, my dad, MGySGT Edward Manzy Barrow, USMC, Retired (30 years) and his middle name, Glenn, is for his great Paw-Paw, my grandfather, a KY & WV coal miner. He knew what is was like to put his life on the line everyday, too. I bet your name means a lot to you and your family, like Glenn’s does to us. And we don’t ever want that name and the person called by that name to ever, ever be forgotten. As long as there is a mother alive that’s lost a child to the service of this great nation, we promise you — we make this our solemn vow — YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!! Say hey to my boy while y’all guard the streets of Heaven tonight, will ya? And tell him that his brother, PFC Daryl BRUCE Rhoads, Jr., U.S. Army (bootcamp) is doing well and, like the two of you, is a credit to God, Family & Country! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE & YOUR SACRIFICE!

  23. Valorie Perry

    thank you thank you thank you Lee. For paying the ultimate price for our freedom. Though I never knew you personally, I know your mom and how she is keeping your memory alive with this wonderful thing we call internet.

  24. Thank you Staff SGT Gary Lee Woods.Im an Army Mom and like your Mom. Im proud of it. Thanks because you are now in heaven watching, protecting other Soldiers, like my daughter. Keep watching over our Troops, and stay always by your Mom’s side.

  25. Happy Gold Star Mother’s Day Mama Becky Manning Woods Johnson.

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