KIA September 9, 2007
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California
Cpl Woods died of wounds he received in the northern Helmand province of Afghanistan when the Humvee he was riding was attacked by an anti-mine tank. Travis was the first member of the Marine Special Operations Command to die in the line of duty.
Throughout his entire life, Travis loved extreme sports. He took an interest in BMX bikes, surfing and snowboarding, but the sense of adventure and physical courage he gained in those activities helped him become an asset on the battlefield.
Travis enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was still attending Foothill High School in 2004; he had completed one tour to Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan. During the start of his military career he served as a Field Wireman before transferring to the reconnaissance community, and eventually MARSOC in November 2006 after it was formed to take on the more dangerous and highly sensitive assignments.
The young Marine could sometimes be a prankster, but beneath his jokester attitude was a full heart ready to protect his brothers-in-arms and serve his country.
“If you knew him, you were definitely fortunate,” said Nate Hahn, a friend from high school who joined the Marines with Travis. “I talked to one of his sergeants recently, and he said if he had 100 Travis’, he’d be set.”
During Travis’ short military career, he was able to make an impact on more than one occasion, receiving many medals. These included two purple hearts, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal and a Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, which he received for risking his personal safety to administer battlefield trauma aid to his fellow Marines in the midst of small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
Travis is survived by his mother, Stacey, father, Paul, Sister, Tessa and brother, Jake.
Cpl Travis woods was 21 from Redding, California.
The original portrait was presented to his family at a special event hosted by the MARSOC Foundation in San Diego, California on October 20th, 2017.