KIA April 29, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California
1stLt Travis Manion died April 29th, 2007 during a patrol mission in Anbar Province, Iraq. Travis was killed by enemy sniper fire while fighting courageously to defend against an enemy ambush which ultimately saved the lives of every member of his patrol.
Travis was born November 19, 1980 in Camp Lejeune, NC, to an active duty Marine family. After settling in Doylestown, PA, Travis went on to LaSalle College High School where his strong leadership qualities set him apart both athletically and academically. He was an all-league standout in wrestling, football and lacrosse, a member of five championship teams, and an All-American wrestler.
Travis was best known as a motivating and popular figure to his classmates. It was for these traits that Travis was awarded the Hal Selvey, Jr. Memorial Award for Unselfish Dedication and Leadership. This combination of leadership, athleticism, and academic achievement opened the door to his appointment to the United States Naval Academy.
His courageous and deliberate actions inspired the eventual counter attack and ultimately saved the lives of every member of his patrol, according to his medal citation. “He wouldn’t put anyone in a situation he would not be in himself first,” said David Borek, his brother-in-law and close friend.
His father, Tom Manion, said he was proud of how his son would “give his all” in life and in the military. “He was a kid with a big heart, never had a bad word for anyone. He was all heart; that is who he was. We’ve had calls from all over the country, from people who said they loved him like a brother; he really touched people like that.”
Travis was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Silver Star for his heroic actions in Iraq on the day he was killed. He is survived by his parents, Tom and Janet; and sister, Ryan.
1stLt. Travis L. Manion was 26 years old from Doylestown, PA.
Original portrait was presented to the privacy of their family home on April 13, 2012.
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