SFC Barett Wambli McNabb
  • 33 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 23, 1978
  • Date of passing: Jun 12, 2012
Let the memory of Barett be with us forever

Assigned to Sapper 562nd Engineer Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd
Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
 Barett loved hiking, camping, fishing, parasailing, white water raft
trips,Horseback riding, Jim Cana Riding, zip line trips,spending as
much time as possible with Family,Collecting knives, Riflery and
shooting at range as well as hunting, Archery,Carpentry,woodworking,
swimming, Loved animals and adpoted many with his wife Georgette

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Bubba McPoopie on 24th September 2016

"I just watched SFC McNabb pass away on the NatGeo series "Combat Rescue".  When the Doctor was massaging his heart and he got a pulse my eyes filled with tears and I was so damn happy and then they lost him and I was devastated.  I served in Afghanistan 2003-2004 and Iraq 2004-2005.  Every single day i remind myself just how fortunate I am to have made it home.  Lord bless SFC McNabb's family and loved ones, give them strength and ease their suffering I pray.  I do not deserve to be here and I pray I live my life in a way that honors their sacrifice...


Pacer 6. Out"

This tribute was added by Zain Nelson on 12th September 2016

"May You Rest in Peace, Thanks For Your Bravery and Dedication, May God Bless Your Family, Kids and Wife!"

This tribute was added by Lesley Roesch on 5th September 2016

"God bless Brett McNabb and the friends and family who love him."

This tribute was added by fra w on 28th August 2016

"Bless you and your loved ones xxx"

This tribute was added by Mark Ritchie on 20th August 2016

"Your passing made me sad I'm from the UK and was watching combat rescue on the television and they paid tribute to you , it brought a tear to my eye as I too lost a friends there , I'm sure you were a brave man even now we are thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Wayne Ashby on 9th August 2016

"May you rest in peace. Bless you for your sacrafice. May god look after your family and loved ones. It pains me to see bad things happen to good people.  - SFC W. Ashby, 3/2 Stryker"

This tribute was added by Steven Lowery on 8th August 2016

"I had a lot of everyday problems in my head as I sat down and watched TV. I then came upon a program that showed Sgt. McNabb's final moments. I chastised myself for my petty troubles and wept as this brave man paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  While some could find fault in showing such a painful scene, I am grateful for it. It reminds the whole nation of the price of freedom that is so unevenly born by these heroes'  families. I am also grateful because it made me take the time to learn about this great man to whom I owe such a great debt.  God Bless Sgt. McNabb and his family."

This tribute was added by Kaleb Baker on 8th August 2016

"Sitting here, after watching SFC Barett McNabb fight for his life on Combat Rescue was a saddening experience. Those doctors, nurses, and pararescuemen did all they could to save and seeing that Barett didn't give up was awe inspiring. Barett's sacrifice is just one of many  reasons for all of to be thankful for our freedom and the lives we live in safety, with our families. I pray for McNabb's family and that God protects him and his family until the day they are all reunited all again. God bless."

This tribute was added by A.J. Ara-guin on 7th August 2016

"May God look after you in Heaven and to also provide your family with the enormous amount of Love that was lost with your loss. Thank you SFC Barett Wambli McNabb for protecting our Country. Words alone can not express my family's gratitude to you and your family. I only hope that I can meet you in Heaven and shake your hand. God Bless You -"

This tribute was added by Jenny Cordrey on 21st July 2016

"Deepest Heart felt gratitude for the debt your family has paid in the name of freedom. Thank you."

This tribute was added by kristi d on 15th July 2016

"Like others, I didn't know this soldier, but watching the TV show.  I am in tears for the loss for your family.  He is truly a hero.  I hope you have been able to find some comfort in the years that have passed.  Thank you for sharing your son, father and husband with the world."

This tribute was added by wendy norris on 6th July 2016

"I didn't know this soldier. I was just laying here, watching tv and the combat rescue show was on and it showed what happened. I am in tears right now. They tried so hard, but it was not to be. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that we will never forget the sacrifices made by your loved one and by you. From an unknown person in Kansas, please know that I will never forget. May you have peace in your hearts."

This tribute was added by Georgia McNabb on 13th June 2016

"Once again I wish to Thank all of you who payed tribute to my Son Barett.  I miss him everyday but finally am trying to move forward now.  Remember he was my Only child and it just about killed me to loss him, but he was doing what he felt was his job.  My hero! My son!"

This tribute was added by diane green on 13th June 2016

"May Heavenly Father Guard, Guide, Bless and Protect you and your family on the anniversary of your going home to Him.  In my prayers at this time both you and you wonderful family who sacrificed so much for America."

This tribute was added by Linda Hoffman on 12th June 2016

"Tears were streaming down my face as I sat on the edge of the couch whispering no no over and over while watching Barett Wambli struggle for life on Combat Rescue. I will never forget him and his sacrifice for all of us and he and his family will be in my prayers always. Barett and his family are not strangers they are part of us all. Thank you"

This tribute was added by Ultimo Chingaso on 29th May 2016

"My thoughts and prayers to the family. No words can express my gratitude for your son and husband and his honorable service. May God bless your family and those around you. SD"

This tribute was added by Doug Jones on 29th May 2016

"To the parents, spouse and children of SFC Barett McNabb
I just finished watching the National Geographic program and felt compelled while holding back tears, to pay tribute and to let you know, that our hearts and prayers will forever be with you; and in memory of Barett.  Although some time has passed, do know that he will live on forever in your hearts; and to his children everyday you look in the mirror, he is with you.

Please know that your Dad was something special; and what he did and was doing thru his service, you will always be able to hold your head high knowing that he loved his country & that he most importantly he loved you.  

Former SP4 Douglas Jones"

This tribute was added by Christine Garcia on 29th May 2016

"My Condolences and Prayers to the children and family of American Selfless Hero SFC Barrett W McNabb. Thank you (if that is even correct) for sharing and allowing the world to see this tragic moment in all your lives. My son is also serves proudly and the spark that these men and woman are born with is unexplainable. As parents,spouses,family all we can do is support them and pray they stay safe. My son will forever try to convince me this is what they prepare for we at home can only try to believe that. God Bless you all and embrace that Soldier Angel you all no doubt have. REST IN LOVE SFC MCNABB."

This tribute was added by J Parker on 29th May 2016

"SFC McNabb thank you for your bravery, strength & courage as you gave your life for so many!  You will be forever missed by those that know you including those who met you through TV. May God Be With You & Your Family!"

This tribute was added by Michelle Nunes on 29th May 2016

"To the McNabb Family,

Your son and husband is a hero and I'm so sorry for the loss of his life. Condolences seem so small when put next to your grief, but from one mom to another, I think the only thing greater than our fears and pain is the courage, bravery and patriotism of our boys. May his Most Honorable dedication give your broken hearts comfort and pride.

Very sincerely,
M Nunes
Northern Colorado"

This tribute was added by Julia Yapell on 29th May 2016

"Thank you SFC McNabb for your ultimate sacrifice.  I learned of you on Combat Rescue and was heartbroken that you didn't make it.  I was inspired at the number of individuals that did everything humanly possible to save you and I've no doubt you know this as well.  Peace be with you, eternally.  McNabb family, my prayers are with you.  Your son, husband,father's life was not in vain.  GOD bless our soldiers and God bless America.  Amen."

This tribute was added by Myrna Ortiz on 29th May 2016

"RIP SFC McNabb, you are not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Jessica Brower-Clifft on 29th May 2016

"God bless the McNabb family! I was just incredibly saddened to learn of Barrett's death. I watched the service men and women trying to save his life and couldn't control my emotion. I had to reach out and offer sympathies after they showed his name. I have also lost due to the ugly war in the Middle East. My prayers and passion are for your continued healing!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Shaffer on 29th May 2016

"RIP SFC McNabb, just saw the Pararescue episode on National Geographic this Memorial Day weekend of the traumatic events that you sacrificed all for us. Rest in peace fellow Soldier!"

This tribute was added by David Deal on 17th April 2016

"My former.wife ,Tammy and I knew Bear and Georgia from Ft.Riley in 2000-2002. We were the best of friends. Our Jack russel dog zee bee  played with their great dane,Ranger, and our children played together.we were neighbors. I had lost touch with them over the years but never forgot Thier friendship and generosity. One horrible fucking way to find out about your buddy 4 years later but here's how it happened , I swear to god. I was on facebook, checking out a girls.profile that I'm interested in, her last name happened to be mcnabb. Ino my head suddenly,popped barret mcnabb,on google,and George popped up. Thanks for letting me know pal
Say hi to my brother Carl the 3rd up there,you guys met at my ets party back in 2002 in Manhattan. Georgia,I'm on facebook.love you all
Daniel is 6foot 2 now and weighs 250. I remarried a Russian lady,and we have 2 girls. Sad godamn day.and by the way,I don't fucking want to see my brother killed by cowardIce goat fuckers on live tv."

This tribute was added by Linda Hoffman on 11th April 2016

"I have watched the heroic and tragic episode in which this brave son, husband, father lost his battle to live. My heart broke and tears are not NEARLY enough to offer his family but please know he is now part of my soul as well. A piece of all of us was lost watching him pass so tragically and bravely. Your words as a mother show us why your son was such a wonderful human being. God Bless You."

This tribute was added by jacqueline malowa on 15th January 2016

"Was just watching NatGeao and saw how brave and selfless you and  the brave men and women in Military are. I pray for strength and peace for your family. God bless."

This tribute was added by Brandie Hassing on 25th December 2015

"We are thinking of you and your family on this day.....We thank you all for your sacrifice and are so happy that this story and many others has been seen and heard the way it should have been.  We should stop and reflect what people have lost so that we can thrive.  We've really enjoyed getting to know your family a little here and there and hope to stay in contact over the years.  Bless you all on this day and have a Merry Christmas. Love the Hassing Family"

This tribute was added by jayne machacek on 23rd December 2015

"Land of the free, BECAUSE of the brave. Because of men like SFC McNabb, we live in the finest country in the world. God rest his soul and watch over his special family. To his parents: you raised an exceptional son. To his wife and child: what a wonderful legacy. May the Lord bless you and keep you. He laid down his life for his country. No greater sacrifice."

This tribute was added by joe trejo on 23rd December 2015

"Then, the soldier rolled over,
In a voice soft and pure,
He whispered, "Carry on Santa,
It's Christmas Day, all is secure."

Thank you Sarge! Happy Birthday!"

This tribute was added by diane green on 11th November 2015

"Remembering you on this Day of Remembrance for all soldiers lost since WW1.  May Heavenly Father Guard, Guide, Bless & Protect you and your families always.  Thank you for protecting us all from evil. R.I.P. Barett. xx"

This tribute was added by Jeremy Erickson on 9th November 2015

"I served with Barett, and he was one of the best humans as well as Soldier, I have ever known.  He was a young Sgt when I was a Platoon Leader.  It is wonderful that everyone is reaching out their thoughts and prayers to his family.  In the years we knew each other, that was the one thing he loved to talk about.  RIP SFC McNabb, you will always be missed"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Fearn on 12th October 2015

"Watched in awe today of the show"Combat Rescue". None of us back here should ever complain about our jobs. These men and women are truly incredible. As the mother of an Army guard soldier, my heart was broken watching the reality of war. My condolences to the family and to the great sacrifice made by SPC McNabb. RIP soldier."

This tribute was added by Christina Rogers on 12th October 2015

"I just watched the episode of Inside Combat Rescue where you gave your life so that so many more could live theirs. With tears streaming down my face, I thank you and your loved ones for the sacrifice you and they made. May there one day be peace on Earth. <3"

This tribute was added by Shelby Herbert on 12th October 2015

"I just watched NATGEO and I couldn't help being saddened. I'm very sorry for the loss of your family and friends. You are a hero and I thank you so much for what you gave for us. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by joe trejo on 12th October 2015

"God bless sarge. May you soar with the eagles."

This tribute was added by Araceli Molina on 12th October 2015

"THANK YOU for your service. God Bless family and friends."

This tribute was added by Eric BOISSIER on 30th September 2015

"I am a French Man and I've just discovered the NATGEO Inside Combat Rescue images. I have been deeply shocked and I absolutely want to share my pain with all of your Family and friends. You served and protected everyone who wants to live in a free world. And everyone will have to deserve your ultimate sacrifice. You were a beloved "son, husband and father". Be sure you are now a beloved Hero across the countries. I am not christian but.....God bless You and your Family"

This tribute was added by Louie Ramirez on 19th September 2015

"Just saw NATGEO- I was moved to offer my condolences.  Thank you Sergeant First Class Mcnabb. Forever grateful for your service."

This tribute was added by Georgia McNabb on 11th September 2015

"From a sad but greatful mother:
I wish to Thank You all for your thoughts and prayers.
Many of you do not know but Barett was my ONLY Child and the loss devestated me.  Thanks again to you all!"

This tribute was added by Shelby Gowen on 19th August 2015

"I watched inside combat and I felt so sad that I wanted to send my condolences to your family.   I am so sorry I cannot even imagine the loss that your family is going through. You were a true hero and I thank you so much for what you gave and you gave all God bless you and God bless your family."

This tribute was added by babel adrien on 7th August 2015

"bonjour je suis Français et habite metz.j ai fais 4 ans d armée . Je suis de tout cœur avec la famille du sergent chef barett.....

ps; j ai regardé l emission tv Inside soldats secouristes et beaucoup de Français ont été touché par cette episode. courage."

This tribute was added by Josh Almaroad on 2nd August 2015

"Just watched an episode of Inside Combat Rescue.  Thanks to your family for sharing your story.  You are a true hero.  Thank you so much for your sacrifice and for keeping me free.  I have the utmost respect for men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans.  My prayers are with your family.  May God give them peace and comfort as only He can give."

This tribute was added by Monico Garza on 2nd August 2015

"I just watched Inside Combat Rescue, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of this American hero. Rest easy Barett, You will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Paul Mayer on 2nd August 2015

"There is a name, a face, a history for every hero willing to give all they have for our country. Tonight I was witness to the circumstances that surrounded the passing of this son, father, and husband. Being all three of these myself, I cry for all those affected by his passing, trying to imagine the impact this has been on all of those whose live he impacted. He will always be with us. His memory will remain. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. McNabb, for giving him to all of us. To his wife and family, my prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Ronda Helms on 2nd August 2015

"Just finished watching Inside Combat Rescue.
Your family is in my heart and prayers."

This tribute was added by Tim Mose on 1st August 2015

"Otto Von Bismarck put it best. "Anyone who's ever looked into the glazed eyes,of a soldier dying on the field of battle,will think long and hard before starting a war". I never thought much of that,until my tour in Southeast Asia. I saw this man on NatGeo channel. I thought about Collins. A man I served with. He fell while we are on patrol. The same things are going through mind,that I had when Collins fell. There has to be something I can do to ease the bereavement the mans family is going through. I couldn't come up with anything for this man. Here's a man who probably said,I'll fight for those who can't fight for themselves and as long as I'm on watch,no harm will come to you." He knew what the "worst case scenario " could be. A father,husband and son was lost that day. He fell protecting us. He didn't know any of us. Would you be willing to take a bullet for someone you didn't know? That's what he was willing to do day in and day out.and he probably did it with a smile. So if you can't come up with the right words to leave for the mans family,there's your reason why. He's been called home to guard our fathers heavenly kingdom. Ask the lord to ease his family's suffering. Remember what General Patton said. " We should be grateful,men such as him ever existed"."

This tribute was added by Jose Arroyo on 1st August 2015

"Just watch Inside Combat Rescue. I just want to say thank you for your sacrifice to our country. You will not be forgotten. I will keep you and your loved ones in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Kris Smith on 1st August 2015

"I just watched an episode of this combat and rescue team and I happened to see your name after one of the episode . I know that you won't be able to read this but I know your family and friends would. I would like to thank you for your service to this country . I and my family pray that you rest in peace and may God bless your family you left behind . Your memory will always be in the hearts of those people you touched. Rest easy..May you watch on your fellow soldiers as they continue their journey in this life."

This tribute was added by Vicki Suttschenko on 20th June 2015

"I watched ICR tonight for the second time hoping that this time the ending would be different. But I knew how the story ended and my heart is so heavy. I currently serve. The pain I feel for your sacrifice is real and deep. I truly believe it's our duty to never leave a man, or his family, behind. I spend as much time as I can volunteering with TAPS because it's my solemn duty to care for those who've been left behind. I spent this Memorial Day at Arlington with a family that lost their son/husband/father in AFG in 2010 to an IED. Seeing you lose your fight tonight brought home so much pain. It's a pain too many are experiencing. I'll always have your 6. Much love to you and your family."

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