SSGT Travis W Atkins

SSGT Travis W Atkins

Birth
Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA
Death 1 Jun 2007 (aged 31)
Baghdad, Iraq
Burial Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, USA
Plot Veterans Section, Block 129, Lot 100
Memorial ID 198136478 · View Source
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Iraqi Freedom Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. On March 27, 2019 Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions of June 1, 2007, in support of IRAQI FREEDOM. His Medal of Honor Citation is: While serving in Iraq with Company D, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Staff Sergeant Atkins engaged in hand-to hand combat with a suspected insurgent. As he attempted to subdue the man, Staff Sergeant Atkins realized the insurgent was attempting to detonate a bomb strapped to his body. When he noticed the insurgent was about to trigger the suicide vest, Staff Sergeant Atkins tackled him, selflessly using his own body to shield his fellow soldiers from the imminent explosion. Staff Sergeant Atkins’ heroic actions, at the cost of his life, saved the lives of three of his teammates.

Bio by: Don Morfe

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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 6 Apr 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 198136478
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Travis W Atkins (9 Dec 1975–1 Jun 2007), Find a Grave Memorial no. 198136478, citing Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .