The Knights of Heroes Foundation was created in November 2007 by
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Steve Harrold. He did so to commemorate
the life of a friend and fellow pilot, Major Troy Lee "Trojan" Gilbert,
who was killed during combat operations while flying his F-16 to protect
ground troops being overrun by the enemy in the Al-Anbar Province, Iraq
on November 27, 2006. At the time of his death, Major Gilbert was the husband and father of five children.
The first camp was held in June 2007 under the name "Modern Day Knights." Sixteen boys attended from Texas, Florida, Arizona and Colorado. The camp's enormous success led to the establishment of Knights of Heroes as a non-profit organization in November 2007. The Foundation has since grown every year, with more than 100 children attending at least one of several programs we now offer throughout the year.