Travis W. Atkins-Bozeman, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 45° 40.314 W 111° 01.518
12T E 498029 N 5057594
Quick Description: Iraqi Freedom Medal of Honor Recipient for action at Abu Samak, Iraq on June 1, 2007. He was Killed in Action. He is buried in Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, MT in Veterans Section, Block 129, Lot 100.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2019 3:28:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM10YKA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 7

Long Description:
He was born on December 9, 1975 in Great Falls, MT and died on June 1, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. His Medal of Honor information and citation is:
Atkins, Travis W.
RANK: Staff Sergeant
UNIT: Company D, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2d
Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
DATE OF ACTION: 06/01/2007
ISSUED: 03/27/2019
BORN: 9 December 1975, Great Falls, Montana ENTERED SERVICE: Bozeman, Montana
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 1 June 2007, while serving in the position of Squad Leader with Company D, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While manning a static observation post in the town of Abu Samak, Iraq, Staff Sergeant Atkins was notified that four suspicious individuals, walking in two pairs, were crossing an intersection not far from his position. Staff Sergeant Atkins immediately moved his squad to interdict the individuals. One of the individuals began behaving erratically, prompting Staff Sergeant Atkins to disembark from his patrol vehicle and approach to conduct a search. Both individuals responded belligerently toward Staff Sergeant Atkins, who then engaged the individual he had intended to search in hand-to-hand combat. Staff Sergeant Atkins tried to wrestle the insurgent’s arms behind his back. When he noticed the insurgent was reaching for something under his clothes, Staff Sergeant Atkins immediately wrapped him in a bear hug and threw him to the ground, away from his fellow soldiers. Staff Sergeant Atkins maintained his hold on the insurgent, placing his body on top of him, further sheltering his patrol. With Staff Sergeant Atkins on top of him, the insurgent detonated a bomb strapped to his body, killing Staff Sergeant Atkins. Staff Sergeant Atkins acted with complete disregard for his own safety. In this critical and selfless act of valor, Staff Sergeant Atkins saved the lives of the three other soldiers who were with him and gallantly gave his life for his country. Staff Sergeant Atkins' undaunted courage, warrior spirit, and steadfast devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Brigade Combat Team, and the United States Army.

The grave site photo was taken by Jane Barkell and posted on Findagrave.

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION WAYMARK* This category made the decision to approve this waymark based on the research and partnerships between the submitter, Don.Morfe, and individuals who gave permission for their photos of Medal of Honor resting places to be used in this community. Although the vision and philosophy of the Waymarking body is to promote in-person visits and photo documentation, special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis such as this submission. We appreciate the fact that Don.Morfe spent over 20 years visiting more than 2,900 Medal of Honor resting places and has documented them in this category with personal photos the past 18 months. He recently took it upon himself to document many more Medal of Honor resting places around the world that he could not visit in person. He reached out to individuals on and elsewhere and received permission to use their photos, created write-ups and submitted them here for approval. A compromise was made to allow his submissions here in order to gain a sense of appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts and contributions to this category and to the Waymarking community!

Armed Service: Army

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