- 31 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 26, 1979
- Date of passing: Mar 16, 2011
|Let the memory of SSGT Travis be with us forever|
Beyond being a soldier, Travis Tompkins was a devoted husband and father. During a visit home this spring, Tompkins surprised his wife with a vow renewal ceremony to mark their 10th anniversary on March 1. "It was the most perfect day," his wife, Candy, wrote in an online message. Tompkins was a military police officer devoted to leading his unit. At 6 feet 7 inches tall, he also went by the nickname Tiny and hoped to open his own motorcycle shop one day, KSWO-TV reported. He was also a dedicated friend who loved to laugh. "He was a fine young man, and he was a hero," State Rep. Ann Coody, his former high school principal, told The Lawton Constitution. "He was very friendly. He would come up and befr iend you." Tompkins was a 1999 graduate of Macarthur High School and had been an active Boy Scout. He'd been in Afghanistan less than two weeks when he died March 16, a day after he was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade in Logar province. Tompkins is survived by his wife and two daughters, along with his parents and a sister. He was assigned to Fort Polk.
Loved the out of doors, fishing,hicking,camping,photography,motor
cycle riding,shooting. He loved his childern and wife with a total
passion, nothing was better then being with them. He was very well
liked throughout his life he made friend's whereever he went. He had a
smile that made people feel comfortable and a big hearty laugh. Once
grown he always greeted me with a big bear hug and departed the same
way. How I miss those hugs!
All Medals Received
BSM,PH,JSCM,ACM,AAM 4th award,GCM 3d award,NDSM,AFEFM,ACM with 1
All Awards Received
Army Service Ribbon,Overseas Service Ribbon and NCO Professional
"Travis had been back in Afghanistan less then a week having returned from leave. His unit deployed in Oct 2010. This was his second deployment since 9/11. He had spent three years in Armed Forces North supporting NATO Operation Enduring Freedom from 2003 until 2006 in the Neatherlands also. His MRAP was struck by two RPG's during a night movement near Pul-e-Alum. He was actually killed instantly. All of his team received non life threating wounds. They were attached to the 5th BN 25th FA at the time. Prior to this they had been attached to the 2d BN 30th Inf."
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