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Army Staff Sgt. Travis William Atkins, 31, was killed June 1, 2007, near Yusufiyah, Iraq, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device as Travis was apprehending him.

At the time of his death, Travis was leading a dismounted patrol as a squad leader of Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).

Travis was born in Great Falls, the son of John (Jack) and Elaine (Frankel) Atkins. Travis spent his first five years in Helena and then moved with his parents to Bozeman in 1981.

Travis attended Bozeman schools and also one year at Kemper Military School in Booneville, Mo.

Prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army, Travis worked for concrete contractors, painting contractors and as a small engine mechanic in Missoula, Belgrade, Bozeman and West Yellowstone.

Travis enlisted in the U.S. Army on Nov. 16, 2000. After completing infantry basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., Travis was assigned to Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Travis deployed with the 101st to Kuwait in early March 2003 and participated in the invasion of Iraq later that month as an infantry fire team leader.

During his 2003 tour in Iraq, Travis was tasked out to the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-DELTA for a period of time.

Travis was honorably discharged as a sergeant, E-5, from the U.S. Army in December 2003, whereupon he again worked for concrete and painting contractors and also attended the University of Montana in Missoula.

Travis reenlisted in the U.S. Army in December 2005 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, l0th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Travis was subsequently reassigned to Delta Company in the same battalion and deployed to Iraq again in August 2006. Travis was promoted to staff sergeant, E-6, effective May 1, 2007.

Travis was all Army, all Infantry. One of his recommendations for an award describes Travis' enthusiasm for his profession. It reads:During Operation Iraqi Freedom, CPL Atkins skillfully led his fire team on a raid in Southern Baghdad. During the raid his team was tasked with clearing a mosque reported to house up to thirty armed Iraqi suicide fighters. Leading from the front, using speed and violence of action, CPL Atkins' team successfully seized and secured the Brigade Task Force objective, capturing all personnel inside by surprise. His team was able to find several weapons, uniforms and intel.Travis received numerous awards and decorations during his relatively short military career, including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge and Air Assault Badge.

Travis loved to hunt, fish, camp and snowmobile. He was a superb marksman, a crafty fisherman, a skillful camper and an extreme snowmobiler.

As much as he loved the outdoors, Travis' first love was for his 11-year-old, Trevor. He cherished the time he could spend with Trevor and included Trevor in all of his outdoor activities.

Travis was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandfather.

He is survived by his son, Trevor Oliver of Coon Rapids, Minn.; his parents, John (Jack) and Elaine Atkins of Bozeman; his sister, Jennifer (David) Schultz of Vancouver, Wash.; his paternal grandmother, Virginia Atkins of Hartford, Conn.; his paternal uncle and aunt, Sumner and Carolyn Atkins, of Marco Island, Fla., and his maternal uncle and aunt, Ephriam and Marion Frankel of Milwaukee, Wis.

Visitation will be held at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman from noon until 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2007. The family will be present at the visitation to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

A funeral mass will be held at Resurrection Parish in Bozeman beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, followed by interment and military honors at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Travis' name to the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715, for the benefit of the military history section and the landscaping fund.

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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2007.
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November 4, 2019
I am praying for the Atkins family. Starlyn Frank in Texas.
Starlyn Frank
May 4, 2019
Hi, my name is Serena Cator. My husband and I actually both were in the same unit as SSG Atkins. We were also deployed with him in different parts of Iraq. I'm reaching out to you in hopes of contacting someone in the family. Please accept our condolences in the loss of Travis. I pray for each of you daily. My daughter is 10 and she's in the 4th grade. Their class is doing a wax museum which portrays Montana born people that have died and have left a legacy, to put on an open house for the community. My daughter found Travis's story very profound and thought that it was cool that we served with him. She was wondering if she could find out more info about him. Something she can share with her class and community. And if it was ok with you, that she did portray him. My phone number is 406-399-4119, please give me a call, we would truly appreciate it.
Serena Cator
June 1, 2013
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins:
It has truly been my honor to sign Travis' guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Travis will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
April 5, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Atkins Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
June 1, 2012
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins:
Always remembering Travis. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
May 5, 2012
As we approached the 5th anniversary of the passing of Travis Atkins, I would like to say that this man was an epitome of what an American soldier. I am in awe of his heroism. I pray that things are going okay for his family and son also.
September 1, 2011
To the families of our American Heroes,

I want to thank each of you for your personal
sacrifices on behalf of my family and America.
May God comfort your souls and bring peace in
your hearts that your loss is not in vain.
God Bless our valiant warriors families in the
ages to come.

RIP courageous ones!
Psalm 25:20

A greatful Veteran
MSgt USAF (Ret)
Vietnam 64,65,66,68-6
Julio Rodriguez
June 1, 2011
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins:
Please accept my remembrance of Travis on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
February 22, 2011
For Travis loved ones and his son Trevor, your in my thoughts and prayers often. May the light of his memory always shine in your hearts.
K Nalezny, SFC
February 17, 2011
Sorry to make this short, I am looking to get ahold of the family of Travis. I served with him during the invasion, and we are having a reunion and would like to remember him by having his loved ones join us. If anyone has any contact info for me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much. RIP brother. Watts
Kevin Watts
January 15, 2011
Your legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you and shared in your struggle to protect our country and the ultimate sacrifice you gave so that we can be grateful for what we have. Your family, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers will stay in my thoughts and prayers.
A Proud Military Mom.
Elizabeth Raab
June 2, 2010
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins:
Remembering Travis on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
May 9, 2010
I was with Travis in OIF 1 as a First Platoon Killer in 3/327IN he was headstrong and loved the Army he will be missed
Mike Westmoreland
March 12, 2010
As a 20 year vet. of the USAF and a current state trooper I have lost close friends in the line of duty both in the USAF and on the state police. Men like Travis are rare. Though I never met him, I would have been honored to stand shoulder to shoulder with him in any situation I have faced or will in my current career. May God bless his family that remains and never let them forget the life that was given for others.
Michael Branch
June 1, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins:
Travis gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
May 25, 2009
As a Viet Nam vet, and Native Montanan (American Indian), I send my condolences to family and friends of Travis. With heartfelt thanks to you and your family for having a son that served.
Patrick Weasel Head
March 12, 2009


December 31, 2008
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Kenna Larra
November 9, 2008
My condolances to his parents and his son. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your son, father and my friend. I knew Travis, he was one of my SAW Gunners when we were stationed together in 2000 with A Co, 3/327th Inf Regt at Fort Campbell, Ky. The day Travis showed up, I knew right away he was going to be a Superb Soldier. Travis was the Epitome of what a Soldier should be. I remember him most for his enthusiasm in snowmobiling. He was intense, crazy, brother in arms and most of all, he was a great friend!

I will always remember Travis.

I lost my future son in law Joshua L Plocica on 25 June 2008, he was KIA in Baghdad.

I will always look up to Travis and Josh!

SFC Socorro Hierro Jr
U.S. Army Retired
Socorro "Jay" Hierro Jr
June 28, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Staff Sgt Atkins!
June 3, 2008
Safely Home
Thinking and praying for you on the 1st anniversary of your passing into eternal glory. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends", John 15:13.
Michael Iezzi
June 1, 2008
In Memory of Travis ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”

I did not know Travis, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008

The Other Side –


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
May 10, 2008
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins, our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. What he has done for our freedom will not be forgotten. May God comfort and bless your family.
the Buck family
May 6, 2008
As a memeber of the BHS class of 1994, I thank Travis for giving his life and vitality to our freedom, it will never go with out notice. I pray for the family every day and thank them for being such great parents. Bless you and Thank you.
April 28, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. I served in D co. with him. I dodnt know him very well, but his actions that day will forever be in my memory. He was a true hero. Most men would have ran in his situation, but he chose to save the lives of his soldiers. I can only hope that I have a fraction of his intestinal fortitude.
Spc. Robert Marinez
April 11, 2008
This picture needs no words.
I am saddened to hear the news of Atkins passing. He was a good friend and brother in arms. We served together with A co. 1st platoon 3/327 infantry regt in the 101st airborne division. We spent a year in iraq together during 2003 - 2004 and lived across the hall from each other for 3 years. We had a lot of good times together and a lot of fun. I remembered when he ETS'd. I was unaware that he had come back in the army. My sympathy's go out to his family and friends. He was a good friend, a good man and a great soldier. He will be missed.


Sgt. Tim Berry
Tim Berry
September 9, 2007
Dear Jack, Elaine and Family
Please except our sincere sympathy for the loss of your Travis.
What a hero to so many around him.
I am so proud to have known a man so dedicated to his country as Travis was.
We will miss him greatly
May God bless you all.
Kaye & Hal Buster
August 16, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Staff Sgt Atkins and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
August 1, 2007
If this person can stand in battle to ensure my freedom, then I will stand in grief with his/her family to honor him/her. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guest book for the rest of my life, but I promised LE RON A. WILSON (a dear friend KIA 7/6/07, 18yrs old) that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.

Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 4, 2007

June 29, 2007
To The Atkins Family:
I would like to express not only my personal condolences but the condolences of every Kemper Military School Alumni to you over the loss of your son, brother and father. Please know that our prayers are with you. I did not know Travis but several other alumni from his era have contacted me and said how well liked he was and how proud they were to have known him.

Once again, I am sorry for your loss.

Laura Spice Williams
Kemper Military School and College Alumni Association
Laura Williams
June 27, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Linda Clifton
June 26, 2007
SSG Atkins and i out on a patrol
To the Atkins Family,

I served with SSG Atkins for most of my deployment in Iraq. SSG Atkins was a wonderful man, and an excellant leader. I looked up to him, and respected him more than anyone I have ever met. Unfortunatally i was not there when he was killed, I myself was injured by an IED a week before and med-evaced out of the country. I didnt find out about SSG Atkins until i hade made it back to the states. Trevor, Your father loved you very much, and was always talking about you. I have never seen his laptop without a picture of you on it. The best part was he used to give guys problems about shooting, saying that you could shoot better than them. Your father has always loved you, and always will. He was a wonderful man, always remember him that way. If there is anything at all that you need, feel free to contact me. I have several pictures of us from the deployment that i would like to give you.

With deepest sympthy,

SPC Graf, Marcus D
D Co. 2-14 10th MTN DIV (LI)
Marcus Graf
June 26, 2007
SSG Atkins hours before deployment
June 26, 2007
Father we entrust our brother Travis to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Travis in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
Michael Iezzi
June 25, 2007
We can't imagine what you have been going through since being notified of the death of your young Warrior. The Military and families all over the USA and world are grieving with you and praying for you. What a very brave individual you have in your family that would give up a life for their homeland and its people so they can remain free. Your Freedom Fighter has served the Country above and beyond the call of duty, let no one ever tell you different. With the mission now completed your Warrior has been redeployed to Heaven to sit on the right hand of the Supreme Commander and Chief. The Father above has Travis in his arms and will give him peace as well as eventually easing your pain and suffering. God speed to you and Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins, our HERO. We are so proud of them that are willing to sacrifice for this great Nation, THANK YOU.

Army Retired
Cory and Mary Orvik
June 25, 2007
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Atkins,
We are so deeply saddened by the tragic death of your son. We feel as if we knew Travis, as our son, Michael, was the driver of Travis' Humvee and was with him at the time of his death. I want you to know how often Michael spoke about Travis. How much he admired and looked up to him. And I want you to know that our son will be a much better man for knowing your son. May God's peace give you strength for the days ahead.
Donna Kistel
June 25, 2007
We are saddened at the loss of this fine young soldier, a hero. May God comfort and embrace you as only He can. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
In Loving memory of our nephew
Lance Cpl James R. Davenport KIA 11/22/06
Dennis (USMC - Vietnam) & Pam Robertson
June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
My heart breaks over a loss of another Soldier. He will be sadly and forever missed!
God Bless your family!
Jamie Graves ( Navy wife)
June 21, 2007
Atkins Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of loss. For as long as I've known Travis and your whole family, Travis always stood up for what he believed he believed in providing a safe world for our children...and that I can't thank him enough I can't thank you his family enough either.

Love and Prayers,
Carissa (Lambros) Sparks
Carissa Sparks
June 20, 2007
God bless the family and friends of Travis.
You will all be in our prayers.
Thank you Travis for being such a brave hero.

(In remembrance of Cpl. Joey Cantrell 4-4-07)
Ronn Massie
June 17, 2007
Words cannot convey how much this photograph moved me. My heartfelt condolences to your family.
John Galt
June 16, 2007
I join with you in mourning the loss of another one of our great heroes. I lost a cherished young man, Jared Crouch June 2, 2006. He had been one of my players and God blessed me with the privilege of knowing him. I didn’t know Travis but I would have loved to have that pleasure. I pray that God makes His awareness known to you during this time of grieving and gives you comfort. Let us try and remember all the joyful times we had with both of them.

May God comfort you and bless you
David Tannehill
June 15, 2007
God bless your son for his selfless sacrifice. May you take comfort in knowing another angel has been called home. Thank you Travis for making people like me believe there are still people in this world that believe in something greater than themselves.
June 14, 2007
I would like to contribute to Trevor's college fund. I am deeply sorry for his loss of a father.
June 14, 2007
To the Atkins family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although I did not know your son, I am deeply thankful for the men and women like him who give so freely of themselves so that we may live freely and without fear. Reading Travis' obituary, I was filled with a sense of pride that only another parent can feel. His accomplishments were so vast and so heroic. You must be so proud to have such a son. God bless your family and thank you for the sacrifice that your son made for all of us.
June 14, 2007
I would like to send our love and prayers. Travis was a great man and will always be in our hearts and minds.He became a good friend to my husband and myself I will always miss Travis T @ the silvertip casino missoula mt
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June 13, 2007
Mr. & Mrs. Atkins and Jennifer,
I want you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in your beloved memories of Travis. Just know that the community is behind you and you are never alone.
Carly Greene
June 13, 2007
We, at the Bridger Station Post office would like to extent our deepest sympathy for your son. We have his photo, that you gave to us on our back wall, we know how much your son was loved. You were in there almost daily mailing him his packages. Your son will be greatly missed. Our prayers will be with you. And to Travis, thank you for all that you have done for our country, we will never forget, and you will remain part of our lives. Thank You
Sherry (Bridger Station Post Office
June 13, 2007
To the family of Travis Atkins.
I send my condolence's and my prayers and sympathy. Travis was in my platoon, all I can say is a wonderful leader and a wonderful man. It was a shock to hear the news here in Iraq, to think that such a good man had been taken from us. Trevor, your father loved you, never did I see him without your picture, always on his computer screen, always in his truck. You were his life, he dreamt of the day he could come home and shoot with you, snowmobile with you. Your father was a brave and honorable man we who have served beside him will always remember. Travis Atkins you will ALWAYS Be Remembered. If there is anything I can do, email me, I would like to forward all pictures of Travis, and any memories on to the family. My email address is
Rest in peace brother.
SFC Louis Lindstrom
Louis Lindstrom
June 12, 2007
To The Atkins Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It has been 3 years since we lost our son PFC Owen D. Witt. The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. Our strong faith in the lord and support from our friends and countryman have helped us make it through. Owen use to tell me when he was stationed Germany that he would go down and meet the new soldiers and find the ones that came from Montana. I know he is up in Heaven now greeting all the Fine Montana Hero's that have came home to be with their Heavenly Father.
With Deepest Sympathy
The Witt Family
Karen Witt
June 12, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the family of this fallen American HERO. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you Travis for all that you did for our country. May God give the family the peace and strength that you need in the days and years ahead.
Richard Eikenburg
June 12, 2007
Our deepest condolences to the Atkins family. Thank you for your sacrifice. We will not forget the price you and many others have paid. We don't know you personally, but that still does not change the loss we feel for you.
Emmet & Darcy Matthews
June 12, 2007
Dear Jack and family,
Jack, it seems like I have known of you forever and it was truly a pleasure to work with you at BSD, if even for a short time. I remember talking with you about your son and the pride you had for him, all that he stood for, and all that he had accomplished.
When I heard someone from Bozeman was lost in the war you immediately came to mind and sadly the worst fears were confirmed. My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of everyone you worked with in Helena, are with you and your family in this time of loss. Take care.
John Andrew
June 12, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Atkins family in the loss of Travis. I did not know Travis, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Travis you are a hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.

Mitchell & Jennifer Duncan
June 12, 2007
Dear Jack, Elaine, Jennifer and Trevor,

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies. Travis and our son Greg were friends in high school. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
Tim and Kris Braach
June 12, 2007
SSgt. Atkins, a true hero. My brother-in-law passed away last week from injuries he recieved from an IED. He was to return home this Wed. Thank God for the military and the many men and woman that put their lives on the line so we can continue to live ours...
I know the pain you are feeling, please take comfort in knowing that they will be greatly missed but NEVER will they be forgotten.
God bless our military men and women and even more so God bless their families. A true hero...
The Makin Family
June 11, 2007
Thank you for your valiant and courageous service, Travis. You will not be forgotten.
June 11, 2007
Dear Travis, I wanted to thank you for your sacrifice and your service to this country. I met you a few times about 8 years or so ago although you may not remember. However, I remember you and wished I had a chance to say I'm sorry and that your dedication will always be remembered. I know your family must be so very proud of you. You have made choices that many do not have the courage to make once, let alone twice. I wish you and you family the strength of God. I know the Creator has a place for you in Heaven. Your drive as an individual is honorable. Your ability to transform yourself into something great is a feat that many in your prior position could only imagine. To the family of Travis: your son's greatness as a human will always be remembered. I would have truly enjoyed an opportunity to fish Swan, Greek, or Rock Creek with your son. Or an opportunity to enjoy a good conversation while waiting for some gophers on an early summer afternoon. May God Bless you and your family Travis. Thank You kindly. You will NEVER be forgotton. You are a true hero.
Frank Write
June 11, 2007
Travis, may God bless you and your family. I met you a few times although you may not remember it was a about 8 years ago. I will never get the chance to tell you I am sorry for what has happened and that I truly appreciate what you have dedicated to our country. You are a hero, a great man, and I will never forget you. Your family must be proud and I wish them the strength of God. I know Jesus has a great place for you in Heaven. May you rest in peace. Your family should be so proud of you. I cannot express my gratitude enough. Thank you.
Frank Wright
June 11, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Atkins family in the loss of Travis. I did not know Travis, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Travis you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

"To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
June 10, 2007
My name is David Gasper, I'm Joel Gasper's brother.Joel was a friend of Travis and introduced him to me when I was in Bozeman for a visit. We hung out a couple of times and I got along with Travis. I did not know him well but my brother Joel spoke highly of him. His military service also proves the kind of man he was. I am curently serving in 1-187 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Ft.Campbell,Ky and will be soon headed back to Iraq for the second time.I mention this because not only do I consider Travis a friend but also a Brother In Arms,he was one of ours and he will be missed.My thoughts and prayers go out to the Atkins family and his friends.God Bless You.
Sgt.David W. Gasper II / USA,Inf.
June 10, 2007
Dear Jack, Elaine and Jennifer,

Both Dust and I have been fortunate to have worked with Jack over the years, and remember all of you (way back when) when Jack was in the County Attorney's office in MSO. We've thought highly of you over the years. More recently, I (Becky) had the privilege of working with Jack for DLI in Helena. I'll always remember Jack's pride in Travis as he served in Iraq, and the many pictures of Travis on duty in Iraq that adorned the walls of his office. Travis seemed larger than life somehow, and that's how I'll always remember him...someone like that is never really gone. He died doing something he loved and believed in...remember that as you're going through these very difficult times...few of us have that option. He was a well-loved son, brother and father, and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you now. May the strength that Travis showed during his final moments be with all of you and help you through these difficult times. God Bless you all,

Becky and Dusty from Missoula
Becky and Dusty Deschamps
June 10, 2007
I'm just a "passer by" who read this obituary of your son/brother who died for our country. My sympathy to you and your family. I will pray for you all and Travis.
Maureen Fogarty
June 10, 2007
Dear Jack and Elaine: We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Our freedoms are very important and Travis was helping to protect and preserve them. We as parents are not supposed to outlive our children. We lost a son at the age of 22 and we understand. We just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless You and help you to carry on.
Doug and Jane Lowry Lowry
June 9, 2007
Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
June 7, 2007
Dear family of Sgt. Travis Atkins,
I am amazed and grateful that men of such courage and character are willing to stand in the gap for me and my family. My heart is saddened at your great loss. I pray that your pain will be eased by the memories you have of Travis, and may you find great comfort in the nearness of God and the touch of friends during this time.
Slater Davis
June 5, 2007
Please accept my Deepest and most heartfelt sympathy regarding the loss of Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins.
The price this Brave Soldier and his family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten.
There is so much thanks to be given, to these young heroes, for their Courage, Dedication and Service.

May Travis rest safely now in God's Care and may God's Loving Grace Bless the Atkins family.
I am the sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago.

"Wait on the Lord, be of good courage
and He shall strengthen your heart"
~ Psalm 27:14 ~

May the Peace of God and the treasured memories of Travis, remain in your heart always.
May this give you comfort and strength through the difficult days ahead.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Garnet Jenkins
June 4, 2007
To the Family and Friends of this Soldier:
I will stand in grief with this soldier's family to honor him. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life, but I promised Brent that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.
We lost our son SFC Brent A. Adams on 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday. I wish so badly there were things I could say to you right now to make the pain you are feeling go away, but I know first hand there simply are no words that will bring you the comfort and peace your heart aches for. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you go through this tragedy moment by moment and as you mourn this loss.
We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with as our hearts both burst with pride and pain together.
I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally. While they can never be replaced, neither will they ever be forgotten. You must trust that sometime, someday the loving memories you have will help to sustain you and help you go on. This courageous soldier will forever be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well.
To his family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort: When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss him, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by his presence. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is your wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever.
If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero.
God Bless this soldier and family who gave all and God Bless for setting up this site where families can so quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves.
Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA, 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq
Pam and Bill Adams, Lancaster, PA
June 3, 2007
Know in your heart that you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. All gave some, some gave all. Rest in peace. You will be missed by everyone’s life you have touched.

To the family, as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family, friends, and all Americans for the sacrifice of one of your family members for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father.
Carol Cline
June 3, 2007
June 3, 2007
Rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski (USN-Ret)
June 3, 2007
As the mother of a son (my only child) who is enlisted in the Army, I want to send my condolences.
Sandy Bonesteel
June 2, 2007
It seems since my son was KIA 11-12-06 that I have grieved with each parent and loved one of their fallen soldier. my son spc harry (buck) winkler III was in samarra, iraq, so I know first hand what it's like to grieve as you are now and in the the weeks to come. I will offer my support to you at any time just contact me. May God's healing love give you peace and comfort at this time
debbi rivers
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