- 24 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 4, 1984
- Date of passing: Jun 27, 2008
|Let the memory of SSgt. Travis be with us forever|
Travis Kent Hunsberger was born on February 4, 1984, in Elkhart, Indiana to Steve E. and Rhonda K. (Bemiller) Hunsberger.
He volunteered for the Army in 2004 as a Special Forces candidate. In 2006, he earned the “Green Beret.” Travis’ military education included the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Basic Airborne Course, Warrior Leaders Course and Special Forces Qualification Course. He really loved serving in the military even though he knew the risks involved in it, and said “This is what brings the greatest happiness and greatest joy”.
He was fully committed to his family, his friends and his career. On February 10, 2007, he married Hannah Govan.
He is survived by his wife Hannah Hunsberger. Also surviving are his parents, Steve and Ronda Hunsberger; brother, Kyle Hunsberger; sister, Kelsey Hunsberger; grandparents, Kenneth and Ruth Bemiller and Kelly and Deanie Hunsberger.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Services Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
Travis grew up in the rural community of Wakarusa (our address just
happens to be Goshen). Travis grew up just loving life and making the
most of everyday. He smilled and laughed and had a great, snarfy sense
of humor. The was the oldest, then brother Kyle and sister Kelsey. As
children they spent their time outside, walking across fields, riding
bike, we camped alot, and the kids all spent many hours with their
grandparents. Travis got a part time job at a local tire distributor
when he turned 16. Sometime later when filling out a form that asked
what this current job was, he listed it as a "Tire Technician" (-:
Always the comedian! Travis played peewee/little league baseball from
kindergarten through 7th grade, but the sport he loved and truly
excelled in was soccer. He loved the cameraderie of the "team" and
loved the roughness which got him in trouble more than a couple times
(-: Travis and Kyle also loved hunting and "tromping", sometimes for
hours and never even firing their gun. Travis loved his brother and
sister deeply, and they all respected each other. When Travis was in
college and then after he enlisted Kyle stayed with him several times.
Halfway through his second year at Ball State Travis went downtown
Muncie, IN, walked in the recruiter's office and said "I want to sign
up" (-: It blew the recruiter away! It blew his buddies away when he
went back to the apartment and told them what he did. Travis truly
thought things through and was not afraid to follow a different path
than those around him. We know why he loved being on a Green Beret
team, and were not surprised he had the grit to get there. After four
years we continue to talk to people whose lives were touched in a
positive way by Trav. He stood up for those who couldn't defend
themselves and stood by friends who were hurting. He was a warrior
through his whole life and we miss him dearly.
All Medals Received
Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Bronze Star w/V device, Meritorious Service
Award, Army Commendation w/V device
All Awards Received
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (second
award), Meritorious Service Medal,
Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army
Good Conduct Medal, National
Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned
Officer Professional Development
Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge,
Parachutist Badge, and the
Special Forces Tab.
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