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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Christopher Wainright who was born in California on July 04, 1982 and passed away on January 23, 2009 at the age of 26. We will remember him forever, but his son will not get the chance to know him.

HELP! us by leaving a candle or a condolence, but MOST important, leave a MEMORY under the tributes page. When we have 1000 memories, we will print this site into a book for his son and his siblings. 

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Tributes and Condolences
7 Years   / Christina Nichols (Mom)
Seven years ago today I lost the most precious thing a person can lose my first born son. I have been asked by other mothers that have been given that same fate “how do I survive?” My only answer is “Fake it”. That is what I have been doing, and it i...  Continue >>
32 Birthday   / Christina Nichols (Mom)
My son, my first born, {sigh} another birthday is here and you are not. I guess I will celebrate our day with out you. I miss you and think about you daily. I miss your smile, your whit and overall goofiness. 32 years ago, you destroyed my fourth of ...  Continue >>
Sorry  / GSM Joanne Gutcher (Gold Star Mother )
I am so sorry for your loss, mine was 7 years on the 18th. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR RAISING A HERO. There are no words that can ease your pain, but know that you are not alone. And the think that keeps me going is knowing that we will one day see t...  Continue >>
5 YEARS!   / Christina Nichols (Mother)
This morning I sit here in total disbelief. I can't even wrap my head around the fact that you have been gone for 5 years now. Life is just not the same without you. I miss your smile and your laugh. I ride your motorcycle and it brings me such joy a...  Continue >>
Missing you this holiday weekend...   / Christina Nichols (Mother)
When I Go To Bed Sometimes late at night I lay in bed and cry The heartache and the grief still no answer why My mind won't accept the things I love the best Nothing I do seems right since I laid my Son to rest Not to long ago when everything ...  Continue >>
A day with your son  / Timothy Wainright (Father)    Read >>
3 Years  / Christina Nichols (Mother)    Read >>
3 yrs  / Daniel Curran (friend)    Read >>
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His legacy
Christopher Melvin Wainright  

Christopher came into this world on the 4th of July 1982 at 4:16am. A whooping 8lbs. 11oz. He stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks due to complications with his birth. He was named Melvin Henry Gilbert Jr. He was 1st born son.

His father Timothy Julian Wainright raised Christopher from the age of 2. Tim adopted Christopher when he was 11. He chose to keep his bio dad's name as his middle name, Christopher to be after his mother Christina and Wainright to be after his father Tim.

Christopher loved life and had many friends over his lifetime. He took 4 full years of Air Force JROTC. He graduated in 1999 in Temecula CA and immediately joined the Air Force.

After getting out of the Air Force, he modeled and did flooring. Christopher was very handy with a high aptitude for mechanics. However, that was not his passion.

He went to Mt San Jacinto and received his Certification as an EMT. He then married Tallia (Such) Wainright 8-30-2006.

He joined the US Army as a medic, and his brother joined the Marines as a Machinegunner (they had a way with eachother).

Christopher and Tallia then had a beautiful son and named him Christopher Julian (named after himself and his father) 4-2-07.

Serving in the Army as Combat Medic, he was highly respected by his brothers in arms and his superiors. Christopher loved it when they called him DOC. Christopher saved many of lives in Iraq.

His goal was to become a Physician's Assistant, and was excited to start the schooling that would lead him to his goals.

Christopher was home only 19 days from 15 months in Iraq when he left this world.

He was a loving father, husband, brother and the best son. His life was a short 26 years, but he impacted many in his short life. He is missed and loved dearly.

Freedom Kid honored by 3rd ACR  
Because he was born on July 4, fellow Grim Troop medics called him “The Freedom Kid.”

Officers and fellow Soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, honored Spc. Christopher Wainright in a memorial service held Feb. 11 at the 19th Street Chapel on Fort Hood.

Wainright, 26, of Temecula, Calif., was pronounced dead Jan. 23 after being transported from his residence in Copperas Cove to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound.

Wainright entered the military August 2006 as a healthcare specialist and had been assigned to the 2-3 ACR since July 2007.

During the Soldier’s tribute, Spc. Daniel Curran, a fellow medic who served with Wainright during their last deployment, said their friendship would make the Fourth of July an even more special holiday.

“He was the kind of man you never forget….He was larger than life and over the top,” Curran said before a standing-room only crowd inside the chapel.

“But most of all,” he added, “we were dads. We always compared notes on our kids’ activities.”

Curran said he probably had seen pictures of a race car bed Wainright had given to his son, Chris, “at least 100 times.”

During the squadron commander’s tribute, Lt. Col. Paul Calvert, 2nd Squadron commander, 3rd ACR, said, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve at this side the last 20 months. He was smart, confident and proficient in his skills as a combat medic. Christopher routinely demonstrated tremendous compassion for the people in his charge and superb potential for continued service to our great nation.”

Calvert said Wainright’s confidence, “…coupled with his big smile and positive attitude was what I like most about him. He simply made everyone feel better because he was around.”

Despite the tragedy of Wainright’s loss, Calvert remembered his as a combat medic “who cared deeply for those he served with and as a man of excellence, who positively impacted every person he was with.”

Capt. Gregory McLean, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company troop commander, 2-3 ACR, said Wainright was a man “Deeply in love with his wife, Tallia. And he treasured every moment of being a father to his son, Chris. He cherished the upbringing his parents provided.”

McLean said Wainright’s unbridled enthusiasm and smile “made everyone around him feel more sure of their abilities.”

Wainright was at his best under pressure, McLean said, citing the young medic’s composure while helping treat about 100 Iraqis who had been
wounded in a suicide vest attack in a shopping area.

“Wainright took all his training and knowledge and saved lives,” McLean said.

Even then his sense of humor did not fail him.

“I was barking out some orders when Wainright interrupted and said, “Sir, they don’t speak English.’”

Wainright was born July 4, 1982, in Longbeach, Calif. He attended high school in Temecula, Calif.

After serving briefly with the Air Force, Wainright entered the Army in January 2007 as a healthcare specialist. He had been assigned to the 2-3 ACR since July 2007.

He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2007 to January 2009 and served as a line medic for Grim Troop and Lion Battery as well as an attached civil affairs team.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Wainright is survived by his wife, Tallia, and their one-year-old son, Christopher Julian, His mother Christina Nichols, Father Timothy Wainright, Brother Lcpl David Wainright, Sister Stevie Wainright, Step brother Christopher Mcelroy, Sister MaKala "Angeleena" Gilbert, Brother "John Justin" Gilbert, Sister Evelyn Gilbert, and Sister Tareena Gilbert
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