Army Staff Sgt. Patrick L. Lybert

Army Staff Sgt. Patrick L. Lybert

Died June 21, 2006 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
28, of Ladysmith, Wis.; assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Calvary, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; killed June 21 when his unit encountered enemy forces using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades during combat operations in Gowardesh, Afghanistan.


  1. Cheryl Lee Patrick - Mother

    Staff Sergeant Patrick Lee Lybert was born September 29, 1977, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; son of David and Cheryl Lybert. His big blue eyes and captivating smile grabbed everyone’s heart from the moment birth. Patrick was given his mother’s maiden and middle name. Patrick, his brother Stacy, and their parents resided near the farm of Lee and Susie Riphenburg of Sheldon, Wisconsin where his father was employed. Early years were spent enjoying farm life with Dad and Lee. As a member of both the Marshall Marchers and Cloverland 4-H Clubs he enjoyed showing dairy cattle with his Grandparents Robert and Helen Patrick. In 1983 Patrick, his Mother, and Stacy, moved to Ladysmith. A student of Ladysmith–Hawkins School District, he graduated in 1996. An eager young boy, Patrick joined Cub Scouts and thrived in Scouting. He met every goal and requirement, ultimately achieving Eagle Scout. Throughout his educational career he excelled at his athletic activities. These included Football, Wrestling, Cross Country, and Baseball. If competition was involved, he was there. Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Canoeing were all favorite past times he carried into his Adult years. Following high school, Patrick attended Winona State University, later transferring to LaCrosse Western Technical College, graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice in 2002. He was employed by Shopko as a Loss Prevention Specialist in both the Winona and LaCrosse stores prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army, August 1, 2002. He proudly served his Country with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. First assigned to A Company 1-32nd Infantry when deployed to Iraq Sept. 2003 to Sept. 2004. He then returned to Fort Drum, NY volunteering for a new unit forming, the 3-71 Cavalry devoted specifically to Recon. Patrick deployed to Afghanistan Feb. 12, 2006 with 1st Platoon, C Troop, 3-71 Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division. On March 16, 2006 Patrick took his Oath of Recertification, reenlisting for another five years. His military education includes Warrior Leaders course, Combat Life Saver Course and Combatives Level 1 Course. Awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Course, Overseas Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Parachute Badge. . Patrick made the ultimate sacrifice for America and departed this world on June 21, 2006. Patrick is survived by his mother Cheryl (Terry) Nussberger of Ladysmith; Father David (Janet) Lybert of Missoula, MT, Brothers Stacy Lybert of Henderson Nevada and Noah Nussberger of Ladysmith; Fiancé Carola Hubbard of Felts Mills, New York; Grandparents Robert and Helen Patrick of Ladysmith; and Frances (George) Kettering of Glen Flora. He will be dearly missed by many Aunts, Uncles, Cherished Cousins and Friends. Patrick was preceded in death by his paternal Grandfather Paul “Butch” Lybert, and his Aunt Denise Lyn Patrick.
    SSG Patrick Lee Lybert was laid to rest Monday July 3, 2006 with full Military Honors at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sheldon, Wisconsin.

    A Memorial Fund is in place at Wells Fargo Bank, Ladysmith Wisconsin. Deposits can be made at any Wells Fargo, Bank. Specify “SSG Patrick Lee Lybert Memorial Fund”. This fund will be directed by family for support of the Rusk County K-9 Law Enforcement Unit.

    • Cheryl Lee Patrick - Mother

      3-71 Cav. 10th MNT DIV (LI) Recon. Our American Hero: Son, Brother, Fiance, Cherished by all. Silver Star * BSM * PH * Multiple Medals and Awards * Global War on Terrorism. SSG Lybert had also deployed 2003-2004 with 1-32 10th MNT DIV to Iraq prior to the deployment in 2006 with 3-71 CAV 10th MNT DIV to Afghanistan where he was KIA. SSG Lybert established an enduring legacy of service to America, Brothers in Arms, Family and Friends.

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