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Friday, March 12, 2010

Garrett Gamble killed in Afghanistan

It has not been a good month for former Aeros and their immediate families.

Recently, the daughter of former Aeros forward Jeff Christian was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Today, the DOD announced that the 20-year old son of former Aeros goalie Troy Gamble was killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. According to the Houston Chronicle, Lance Cpl. Garrett W. Gamble (pictured left) died Thursday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Troy played for the Aeros their first two years in Houston (1994-95 and 1995-96) and did home radio and TV commentary with several broadcasters after that.

I believe Troy has been living and working in the Middle East the last few years, but I have seen him at a few games during the Kevin Constantine era. For those of you who know Troy, he is a very likeable person, and his kids adored him.

Say a prayer for the Gamble family ... And Garrett, thank you for your service to this country. Despite our many issues politically, and otherwise, we still live in the greatest country on Earth, thanks to men like you.

Rest in Piece, brother, and I hope the Aeros make time tonight for a well-deserved moment of silence.

Troy Gamble in action for the Canucks


31 comments:

Rick said...

God Bless My Nephew, You will never be forgotten
Love Uncle Rick

Forecheck said...

Very sad news indeed. My prayers go out to Troy and his family.

Rick said...

God Bless My Newphew
Love Uncle Rick

artandhockey said...

As the wife of a Viet Nam vet (2 Purple Hearts), my heart and my prayers goes out to the Gamble family.
I DO know what it means to receive war related news!
Mine, fortunately were "injured in the line of duty".
But to think they heard "Killed in Action", is too hard to comprehend.
We MUST thank all service men and women and pray for them, as well as all of their families!

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with the family. I watched Troy in Vancouver and he was a class act. RIP Garrett.

gail said...

Troy, I wish to extend our condolenses to you and your family. Bill and I were devastated when we heard Don Cherry announce Garret's death. As parents we can only guess the heart break you must feel. Sincerely Gail & Bill Cooke, Ridgetown Ont.

gail said...

Troy, Bill and I were devasted by the news of your sons's death. We have lost touch with you but think of you often. Sincerely Gail & Bill Cooke Ridgetown Ont

Zeveren said...

Uncle Troy, Chelle, and Cody,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our deepest sorrows and sympathy goes out to you and the family.

Love Zeveren, Shauwnna and Shayla Gamble.

Cindygail said...

Oh Troy, as your childhood neighbour and babysitter I, and the rest of the Olsten family,have tried to follow how you have done in life, we are so sorry for your loss, we all send our condolanses-love Cindy

Wayne said...

Troy, we are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you and your family...Wayne and Nikkie Olsten

Anonymous said...

Troy, we are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you and your family...Wayne and Nikkie Olsten

Kristen said...

Uncle Troy and family:
Sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Prayers and Love.
Kristen and family

tcruise19 said...

Uncle Troy and family

I'm sorry to hear about Garrett my thoughts are with you and your family. Lots of love

Tracy Cruise

Anonymous said...

To Troy and family,we are so sorry for your lost,we often think about you and wonder where you are..If you ever come to Vancouver Island please contact us or the boys
Suzanne & Jim Olsten

Jim and Suzanne said...

Troy and family,so sory for your lost Suzanne and Jim Olsten

Anonymous said...

Troy- Hope and I are so,so sorry at your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Hope and Dave.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about Garrett...I lived with Troy's parents and sister as a teen, and am devestated to learn of their loss. RIP

donna_rice5 said...

So sorry to hear the news I know the pain is more than I can imagine. Will keep your family in our thoughts. Ed Donna Kristine and Kim Rice

Lynelle Vaughn said...

Deepest sympathies on the loss of your son....
Heaven's gates are guarded well
Job Well Done Marine, Well Done

Lynelle Vaughn
Mother of LCpl Will Lopes
USMC

bcruise said...

Troy, Chelle,and Cody. No words can ease the pain that you are feeling at this time. It is not fair that a child should have to go before his parents. Our thoughts are with you. We love you Troy and we are here if you need us. Love your sister Bev and Al Cruise

Anonymous said...

Troy, our sincere condolences for your lost. So very, very sad news. God Bless
Your neighbours, Jenny & Erik

Kelley Shaw said...

As the mother of a marine, such a loss is impossible to comprehend. I hope it gives you, as his parents, comfort that your marine family is keeping you in their thoughts and prayers. Semper Fi.

Kelley Shaw
Mom of PFC Nichols
CLR 27, Camp LeJeune

PhunBobby said...

So sorry to hear of Troy's loss... from the Chiefs family(once a Chief always a Chief) to the Gamble family we thank your son for his sacrifice to our country and extend heartfelt condolences to you all.

doverjohnson said...

May God bless your Son and your Family. I know there are no words to soften your loss. Please know you have my families deepest respect.
Wayne Johnson
2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), 9th Infantry Division Association

Anonymous said...

no words , just prayers

Anonymous said...

I unfortunately was out of town and missed Garrett's return home to Texas, but he and his family were on my mind. God bless Garrett and his family. His service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Fred Trask said...

Nice video and text on Garret and the family from KHOU.

http://www.khou.com/home/Fallen-Marines-Family-Thanks-Community-For-Support-88471087.html

Anonymous said...

I wish I had gotten out to show my respects

Colton said...

My name is LCpl Colton Demarest, 19, Omaha NE...i went to bootcamp with garrett from June '08 to Sep '08, platoon 1013 Alpha Company...all i can say is that those damn hadji's r gunna get whats comin' to them....garret was the kindest person and did NOT deserve what happened

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

Thank you Colton for your comment and your service to this country.

God Bless you and every solider keeping us safe and free.

Andrew Ferraro

Anonymous said...

I just found out about Garret's death and am sorry for your loss. I went to SOI with Garret but ended up getting dischared a few weeks before we were supposed to graduate. He was a good friend and an even better Marine. See you soon brother. RIP.