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Patriquin, Captain Travis L. passed away December 6, 2006 at the age of 32.Services: A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, December 15 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rolla followed by interment with full Military Honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the NULL & SON Funeral Home in Rolla.



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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Dec. 15 to Dec. 21, 2006.
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August 15, 2015
My name is Anita Leyva and I run in your honor today. Thank you for your sacrifices and thank you to your family.
Anita Leyva
May 24, 2015
This Memorial Day I honor your sacrifice and your family's sacrifices for your service to all Americans. Thank you and God bless your family. I saw your name honored on NASCAR racer Joey Logano's car.
Denise Cox
May 25, 2014
Capt. Travis L. Patriquin, you have exchanged your tomorrows for my Freedoms and you will always be my Hero.

God bless you, Rest in Peace.

Much gratitude and respect,
Pat
Pat Shoukry
December 15, 2011
I also just saw the report on the news this evening- The picture looked like my friend Connie's son Travis- I then watched the report and realized how very special he was. How sad that this extraordinary man's life has ended. I know he is missed by his family and also by all who have known him.
December 15, 2011
I just saw a report on the CBS Evening news that mentioned that Travis grew up in St. Louis. I'm from STL and will never forget Mr. Patriquin.
Mark Stone
December 6, 2011
To the family and friends of Capt. Travis L. Patriquin:
Please accept my remembrance of Travis on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
November 12, 2011
still remembering you and thankful for your sacrifice.
gloria perez
November 11, 2011
I just heard of Travis' story on TV today. What a loss for our country! He exemplifies everything that is good about our country and our military.

Rest in peace. God Bless.
Nick Daffern
October 19, 2011
REALLY DO MISS YOU TRAVIS THE TIME AND MISSIONS I SPENT WITH YOU WERE WITHOUT DOUBT THE BEST TIMES IN MY MILTARY CAREER DID FINALLY FIND WERE YOU WERE LAID TO REST ROLLA TOOK ME ALL DAY YOU WOULD OF BEEN CHUCKLING
JUSTIN FEWTRELL
December 6, 2010
To the family and friends of Capt. Travis L. Patriquin:
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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
August 31, 2010
Capt Patriquin,

Thanks for all you did to change the course of this war. Tomorrow’s end of combat operations, in large part, came from your courage and leadership in Anbar. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

TSgt Charles Moore
Charles Moore
March 19, 2010
My name is Teirza Thebeau, i am his siter. His life was a legend. Much love! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO
Teirza Thebeau
December 25, 2009
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
Donna Gillette
December 6, 2009
Capt Trav,
Your plan worked. First Anbar, and later the country. We were blessed to have you, and the "hearts and minds" campaign will forever be your greatest contribution. I just wish you could have lived to see how well it worked. Rest in peace sir.

MCPO Kent Marcantel
JIEDDO Team 2
Ar Ramadi, Iraq
2006-2007
November 11, 2009
To the family,
your son depicts the image of the perfect all american man. i am proud to have had him in our military and i hope every american continues to revere sons like yours for their service of our country. Thank you and God Bless You
Diane
October 6, 2009
LT - Things have changed so much. 2 Panther isn't the same, all new faces to go along with all new baracks. I guess that is the way of the world, everything in constant motion and everything constantly morphing into something new. It wasn't long ago that I learned about Rob Stanley. It seems like all of our best are gone now, not many of the original C. CO. guys left.

I wish your family my best and share in their sorrow for your loss. But deep down I find comfort knowing a man of your caliber is most certainly sitting at the right hand of God. I remember your example and am a better man for it, just as is all the soldiers who had the privelage to serve under your command.

Until we meet again,

SGT Joshua Hunter
C. CO. 2/505 PIR
Joshua Hunter
October 6, 2009
It is never to late to leave condolences for an American Soldier my prayers are with the Patriquin family.
David Waddell
August 11, 2009
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Follow The Rainbow To Heaven.
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A Soldier had die out on the
battlefield;

Broken hearts are weeping For
Them,

But take comfort of knowing
that God had sent Them a
rainbow from heaven;

The Souls of the Soldiers
have gone to there home
in heaven,

Our Loved One's has follow
God's lovely rainbow in the
sky;

All the way to the end of the
sky.

That leads all the way to the
other end of the Lord's
house in heaven,

So just keep on praying and
trust that God will send us
that same rainbow in the sky;

Where Our Loved One's are
waiting For You and For Me at
the end of the rainbow in
heaven.

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Charles H. Miranda
May 30, 2009
Thank you Capt. Travis for making Iraq a safer place. My son and his unit just returned safely from Iraq with no losses. Although God spared him when his Humvee took a direct hit by a EFP IED last year, I have now learned, through research, that Iraq is more peaceful because of people like you. God Bless You
George Hattub
May 24, 2009
From the frontlines of the Homefront, we are with you in spirit
Thank you Travis for defending my Freedoms. It is because of great American patriots such as you that Americans continue to board airliners with confidence and the people of this city can live without fear.

You will always be remembered with love and great pride by the grateful nation you served to protect.

Rest in peace.

Pat Shoukry - NYC (6 miles from "Ground Zero")
Pat Shoukry
March 11, 2009
R.I.P. Travis Patriquin

I had the honor of serving with Travis, we went to D.L.I. together when we were both learning Arabic. In my 7 years of Army service, Travis always stood out as one of the best soldiers, leaders, and peers I had ever come across.
There was never a hesitation from Travis to lend a hand with anything. Whether I needed a hand with my studies in DLI, a motivating force to help me keep in shape by running, lifting weights, or playing racquetball (We beat each other up pretty good at times), or just a buddy to relax and knock back a few beers with, Travis would always be there with his smile a mile wide infecting the room with his positive can-do attitude and story for every occasion.
I remember thinking back then (going back to 1996-1998 when we were in DLI) that this guy was positive to the point of being irritating sometimes, but that was Travis- Always looking at the upside of things and what he could do to make the situation better. I remember getting close to graduation when Travis told me that he was planning on going to Fordham university and attending OCS, and me telling SGT Patriquin (At the time) that it would be a waste of a good NCO to become an officer, but he knew I was pulling his leg and I told him the Army would be lucky to have him in any leadership position. We both Graduated from DLI and went our seperate ways in 1998, and I did not find out about Travis' passing until today- and while I am both saddened and shocked at learning this, I know for a fact that this world is a better place for having had him in it.

If you are one of Travis' family members and you are reading this, please know that Travis Patriquin helped more people and soldiers in his short time on earth than any other 100 people combined, that he was appreciated, and truly respected for the great soldier and man that he was. Please know he was one of the best people on this earth I had ever come across, and he had that affect on most others he came across.

R.I.P. Travis- See you in the Next life, Buddy
Nicholas Tropeano
February 27, 2009
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Kenna Larra
February 11, 2009
To friends & family of Travis,

I learned of Travis' death this past Fall when I heard his name brought up on television. I did a Google search on his name and found out the news. I was deeply saddened to learn that he had died almost two years before, but was enormously proud of what I learned that he accomplished.

I stood in front of Travis in formations during the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning for about 16 weeks in the Fall and Winter of 2000. Most of what I remember of Travis from that time was his optimism when things 'sucked' and his enthusiasm for the profession of arms. Travis cared about soldiers more than any other officer I ever encountered. Even then, he stood out as a great warrior among a strong group of infantry officers.

We were battle buddies during a culmination exercise at the end of the basic course in December of 2000. Now, having been through Ranger School and combat, I can say that it was one of the worst field problems I ever endured. It was cold, wet, and we were tired.

Travis pulled me through the field problem as a peer and even teased me about how I was soft to the cold. There was something very genuine in is personality and the way he interacted. He defined the mental challenges of the field simply as 'Sucks', as if they could be classified like basic elements. Cold, Hunger, Fatique, and being wet all different ‘sucks’ that had to be endured.

This was a unique strength. Travis had a gift of taking difficult situations and simplifying them so that they could be solved with actionable tactics. In my case, he helped me find a mindset to endure the ‘sucks’ of the field. I just hope that history remembers Travis for what I believe to be one of the great triumphs in the war on terror – helping to break the back of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Travis Patriquin was an idealist in the sense of soldiership and honor, whose patriotic values ran true in his heart. I believe few soldiers truly accept that they may die protecting our way of life, but Travis was the type of Soldier who fully understood the stakes.

Travis is a hero for us to remember – no doubt. However, I think Travis would be more receptive to being referred simply as a great warrior and patriot.

I offer his parents and family my sincere condolences. He was a great American and will be remembered.
Ryan McDermott
December 10, 2008
Dear Travis,
I was never able to thank you for your courageous example and friendship. I didn't quit the fight and received my commission. I'm currently carrying on the fight in Afghanistan. I will never forget your words of inspiration in 2000. Thank you.
CPT Kelly S. Haux
December 9, 2008
A farewell salute to this fallen hero. May God be with the family and friends in this time of great sorrow.
Warren H
December 6, 2008
To the family of Capt. Travis L. Patriquin:
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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
December 6, 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 and sacrifice. 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
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

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


The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
http://tinyurl.com/3o8gol



Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
http://tinyurl.com/3z8p55

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
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September 9, 2008
Dear Travis,
Sweetheart, we miss you terribly. We grieve with Amy and your children. You are always in our hearts. I know you are in heaven with grandma and grandpa.
Love, Aunt Debbie Thebeau-Teson
Debbie Thebeau-Teson
August 19, 2008
Here's a guy that deserves a monument on the mall in Washington DC. Thank you for all you've done for our nation. You will be missed but your legacy in Al Anbar lives on.
Steven Douglas
June 15, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Capt Patriquin!
March 24, 2008
Harmon and Daddy April 2005 Garmisch, Germany
March 24, 2008
Daddy and Emily - Easter 2006 Germany
March 21, 2008
Happy Birthday Daddy and Logan
March 6, 2008
I've been overseas and just found out about this and am at a loss for appropriate words. I worked with Trav's old group in Iraq in 05 and heard great things about him before he got there in 06. I transferred and worked with him for my final few months there in Tall'afar. Words can't express my sympathy to his family and close friends at such a massive loss.
K Z
February 18, 2008
Travis,
Many things have been written but that Day will never be forgotten. As parents, we knew what could happen and we accepted that. Freedom isn't free and you wanted people to understand why you were there. Your Power Point has made Ramadi safe. You will alway be in Our Heart and your Children will alway be cared for.We Will Remember.
Mom & Dad
February 18, 2008
Travis,
Many things have been written but that Day will never be forgotten. As parents, we knew what could happen and we accepted that. Freedom isn't free and you wanted people to understand why you were there. Your Power Point has made Ramadi safe. You will alway be in Our Heart and your Children will alway be cared for.We Will Remember.
Mom & Dad
February 18, 2008
Travis,
Many things have been written but that Day will never be forgotten. As parents, we knew what could happen and we accepted that. Freedom isn't free and you wanted people to understand why you were there. Your Power Point has made Ramadi safe. You will alway be in Our Heart and your Children will alway be cared for.We Will Remember.
Mom & Dad
October 20, 2007
Much of the "Sunni Awakening" in Anbar can be traced back to Travis and his incredible work with Iraqi tribal leaders. His contribution to the amazing turnaround in Anbar Province has saved untold lives - both American AND Iraqi. Travis would take as much pride in the latter as in the former. He was the type of officer - and person - our Army and Nation can sorely afford to lose.
Tim F
October 2, 2007
The death of Sheik Sattar was just in the news last week. This was a someone that had worked very closely with and really admired Travis. We had heard that he was very sadded by Travis death, and now this man not much older than Travis, has also been killed. There was a picture of President Bush shaking hands with Sheik Sattar in our newspaper about a week ago.
Carmen Pharis
September 24, 2007
I write this to the family of Capt. Patriquin. I never met Travis, but I was stationed in Ramadi not long after his death. It was not long before I heard the name Capt Patriquin, and inquired as to his story. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death, but amazed at the accomplishments of one man. His work among the local tribal sheiks was instrumental in forging the alliance that brought the insurgency to its knees in Ramadi, a feat all but lost on most...but not Travis. I was saddened again this week to hear of the death of Sheik Sattar, surely one with whom Travis was in regular contact.
I have had the fortunate privilege of working with the military and consider them the very definition of the word hero, and Travis is truly one. I'm not 100% sure, but to this day I believe he is the only American to be called a martyr by the locals in Ramadi, and there is an IP station named after him. I pay homage to him in my prayers.
Men rise and fall, but heroes live on forever...God's blessings on his family, what an honor to have such a model of selflessness and courage with which to model the future generations.
Anonymous Writer
August 17, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 4, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Capt Patriquin and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 30, 2007
My condolences to you, Amy. This morning I was searching for news on a friend of mine who was killed in Iraq (also named Travis) and I accidentally stumbled across this news of your husband. I only got to meet Travis once or twice but he struck me as a very dedicated man. May God bless you and your children, Amy. I hope you're getting by ok.

Godspeed, Travis.
Rob Davis
July 1, 2007
Travis - a true Hero !
July 1, 2007
Nov 06 Iraq
July 1, 2007
Our Beloved Soldier
June 28, 2007
I think very much of you and your family, to which hours play those our
son Jan with Harmon spent and to the many merry things the two with experienced
I am very sadly this friendship to end so terriblly had and hope which we at
least over the InterNet in connection to remain to be able to favour
of our children
Many greetings from
the family Bick Jan, Michael, Sabine Bick and the dad Mike Wozniak
Sabine Bick
June 27, 2007
In Munich April 2006
June 27, 2007
In Garmisch. His Disney replacement in Germany.
June 27, 2007
Travis with Logan in the sling he used for all the kids.
June 27, 2007
Holiday Ball December 2005
June 12, 2007
At work in Iraq
May 30, 2007
Amy
I have thought of you and your family often. My husband was wounded by an IED in Hit the same day Travis was killed. I think about how just as easily I could be grieving as you are today. I wanted you to know that everytime I think about the deployment I see the faces of you and your children. I know that I will always remember the sacrifice your family made. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
God Bless
Jamie McCune
May 28, 2007
Travis is our Grand Daughter's husband and he was our grand son. He will be greatly missed and we are proud of his serivce to our country. Travis is our Hero and our greatest sympathy goes to our Grand Daughter and her 3 children.
We will always be here for them.
Our Greatest Love Mimi and Grand Dad.
Bill and Dorothy Hensley
May 26, 2007
I am so very proud and honored to be Travis' mother-in-law. It is impossible for me to truly understand the sacrafice that Travis, and my daughter Amy have made for their family and their country.Travis was truly an accomplished and brave soldier. I am so touched by all the wonderful stories I read about him from friends and others he worked with, and his accomplishments during his military career. Travis I hope God allows you to know that we think of you and miss you everyday. I try my best to help Amy, Emily, Harmon and Logan through these sad and lonely days without you. And I pray that God will give me the wisdom and strength to be there for them. Travis I know you would want us to try to be as courageous as you were, so I want to remember that your dedication to the military was so important to you,even from a young age and you were doing exactly what you were called to do. And I do honor and admire you for that courage and dedication. I can't imagine how hard it was for you at times. God truly blessed you with many talents, that you used to his glory. This Memorial Day has a new meaning for your family and friends. And I am truly ashamed that it took someone I love so much, being killed for my freedom, to make me really stop and think about this day we set aside to honor our Military. Amy, I want you and the children to know that I am going to be honoring Travis this Memorial day and reacing out to others to try and comfort them as well. Travis you have touched so many lives and will be missed so very much.
Much love and respect from your mother-in-law, Carmen / Grammy
Carmen Pharis
May 7, 2007
Amy we were neighbors back in fort benning and Travis and I attended OCS together. He was a great man, one of few I truly respected in this profession. I will miss him. My family sends their sympathy and prayers to you and yours.
Brian Adamson
April 9, 2007
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON FOR YOUR CHILDREN. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI

A PROUD MARINE MOM
Robyn Garside
April 7, 2007
God Bless you for your service and duty. Your Family is in Our Prayers!
Anthony Morice
March 12, 2007
My deepest sympathies for your loss. Travis provided inspiration to a young lieutenant (me) in Ranger school during the winter of 2005. His warm demeanor and his ability to translate complex issues through simple "breakdowns" made my time in the Ranger "Gulag" almost tolerable. Your son will always be remembered as a gift. Rest in Heaven Travis.
Christopher Thelen
February 28, 2007
Thank you for your service. I know my family (although distant) are proud of Capt. Patriquin's service. I first read the name, and it captured my attention, in Runner's World Magazine. I am also a Patriquin (Louis sister) and was proud to read of the Capt and the work he was doing. I am so sorry for your loss.
Beth (Patriquin) Shafer
February 24, 2007
2003 Salem, Mo
February 17, 2007
I just wanted to extend my deepest sympathy. I knew Travis from Fort Benning and always enjoyed talking with him. He is someone I admire and greatly respect! He will be sorely missed and never forgotten!

Very Respectfully,
CPT Stefan Lockton
Stefan Lockton
February 13, 2007
respect goes out to Travis and family.
Mike Wozniak & Jan Bick
February 8, 2007
I just read the story about Travis in a newpaper his father Ron gave me. I worked with Ron in Alaska and was sadden by the news. I am very proud of Travis, I to served in Viet Nam. I will remember this for the rest of my life.
James Robb
January 29, 2007
“Soldier”
To Honor the Service of Our Fallen Soldiers

Soldiers write history, we pay the price
Many miles distant, you live the life
Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still

We hope and pray that all will find peace
In God, in the flag, in memories of valor
Gone now, our pride and courage you see
“An Army of One” our motto forever

Willing to risk all for love of our Brothers
We’re still Your Soldiers…and we showed the way
Our Lives too short, now pray for the others
Lived free died Heroes in lands far away

Deep within souls all cherished our Service
We’ll always have what some never know
Courage and Honor, our names forever
Lived life with purpose…just our time to go

We march in the Heavens with Honor and Glory
Missions accomplished we fought the Good Fight
Many years from now…we’ll tell the full story
Until that Day we will live in the Light

Our lives we laid down in a land far away
Still watching o’er you this night and by day
No need to talk…just know we are with you
There in your hearts and we hear what you pray

Yes we are your soldiers
Our lives we laid down
Still We guard o’er you
Still Duty bound

Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still
We’ll always have what some never know
Lived life with purpose…it was our time to go
Glen
January 26, 2007
Please accept our condolences for your loss. May God ease your pain and give you strength in this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers, that you find comfort in God’s love and joy in the memory of your Soldier, Travis.
Lee Sirotnak
January 23, 2007
Travis was a student of mine at the Infantry Captain's Career Course, Fort Benning, Georgia, Seminar Six. He was an officer with great experience and knowledge. He was an excellent conversationalist with a positive attitude about everything. He served his nation with pride and honor everyday. Travis was a great officer and an excellent man. I thank him for his service. Respectfully, Samuel J. Welch Major, Armor
Sam Welch
January 7, 2007
I am a journalist with The Times of London. Travis was a huge help to me when I embedded with the US military in Ramadi in November. He was a great personality, but I was particularly struck by the way he sought to engage and understand the Iraqis - especially the tribal leaders - with whom he was dealing. That is a vital task if the war in Iraq is ever to be won, and his efforts seemed to be making a real difference in one of the country's most violent cities. His death is a tragedy. I send my deep condolences to his family.
Martin Fletcher
January 5, 2007
Travis,
You are my brother and my hero. I wonder how we are all going to get through this. I know we will, be you were always the one that would talk sense to all of us. Travis, you always used the right words to make everything better. You will also be my hero.
Daniel Patriquin
January 5, 2007
~~I'm sorry for you lost. I want to thank you for protecting us and our freedom in th Untied State.
An American
January 5, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Patriquin 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
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
January 5, 2007
My respect goes out to Travis and family.
Sherman Heckler
January 4, 2007
In the midst of your sadness and grief, know that there are still people in this country that appreciate this young man's willingness to serve his country, to give his life for it, and protect the rights and freedom of all Americans. I will continue to pray for you and your families, as well as those of the brave service men and women who continue to unselfishly put their lives on the line for all of us each and every day. May God continue to bless all of our troops.
Sue Welch
January 4, 2007
We cannot afford the loss of such fine young men.

My deepest symphathies.
Lou Gibbons
January 4, 2007
My thoughts & prayers go out to the family of this talented young man. His mother & grandparents lived in the Lake Springs/Hobson Mo. area near my parents & grandparents being the Everett & John Cain families.
Edward Cain
January 4, 2007
I wish to extend my sympathy to the Patriquin family in the death of Gary. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May he rest in peace.
sister Lois Ann stoiber, S.P.
January 4, 2007
My sincere sympathy for the loss of this fine american. He is a true American hero. Words cannot express the significance of his loss, not only to his family, but to our country. May Gos bless him and you.
Robert Oestreich
January 1, 2007
Travis and his family are part of our family. Thanksgiving '02 at Ft.Bragg, saw Harmon munching on a turkey drumstick :) one of many memories.

Trav would have and did do all and more that has been attributed to him. Like many Soldiers - they keep their light on low beam, not wanting to bring attention to themselves or their accomplishments. Under the radar, swift and sure to carry out the missions that provide for the welfare of their nation.

PLEASE, will the group that has set up a Scholarship Fund, for the three children, post that address/information. That will allow all who care to help them get their education,a reality,when the time comes.

God be with Amy, Emily, Harmon and Logan, along with other family and friends. Blessings to all others who have given the ultimate sacrifice for us all and for those still waging the war on terrorism.
Walt/Carol
December 30, 2006
Dear Amy, Emily, Harmon and Logan,
We are among so many who know and loved Travis/your dad and you too.
There wasn't much time to visit at the funeral, but someday when you get back to the states we will do so. We all know that Travis made special memories to carry in all our hearts.
Walt and Carol
Walt/Carol
December 29, 2006
As many have already mentioned, Travis will be sorely missed. He made everyone laugh and was such a fun, nice person to be around.

To his family I send my love. (Along with all the prayers and love from the whole Friedberg gang). His family is always in our prayers.
Brooklyn B
December 28, 2006
My heartfelt sympathies to your family. My heart breaks with each new name added to this list, and I am saddened by your loss. Know that you are surrounded by prayers, grace and the deep gratitude of all who live in freedom. My God hold you in his arms and grant you peace. Please find joy in the memories of your loved one and comfort knowing so many are holding you in their hearts.
Trudy Lowe
December 27, 2006
As a former Gunner (Crusader 6), it breaks my heart to hear of this loss and any other suffered by the vaunted 2-3FA.
Thomas Brashears
December 26, 2006
God bless you this season, May the Lord grant you peace and joy. I am a christian mom who prays for you .
Gloria Perez
December 23, 2006
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the family of Capt. Travis L. Patriquin, with a multitude of Thanks for this Brave Young Soldier's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.
The price Travis and his family have paid, Will Never Be Forgotten.
May he Rest Safely, in God's Care and may God's Loving Peace and Comfort be with the Patriquin family.
I am the Sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, 12/6/67.

Surely He hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrow.
Isaiah 53:4

May you find comfort and strength, in the beautiful memories of times spent with Travis. Quietly and gently, may healing come, with each new day.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
Garnet Jenkins
December 23, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006


danielle Swabowski nee Tabaka
December 18, 2006
Saw Travis' PowerPoint Presentation and can't get it off my mind. Wish he were still here. Had one of these memory books for a relative just a while back.

I'm signing, not to say I knew him, for I did not. But to represent the thousands or more likely, many tens of thousands of people who've been affected by seeing his brilliant Powerpoint pressentation. All of our lives have been touched by him. We will remember him.
Anne Allison
December 16, 2006
Gary and Connie, our deepest sympathy to both of you, Travis' siblings, & his wife and children. I've always enjoyed your friendship, and you have often been a part of my conversations with Rita. I remember Travis coming into the store as a toddler. He ran around the store with such energy and enthusiasm that I told Rita nothing was ever going to hold him back. Evidently my early observation was true to the mark. Gary, he was definitely a product of you and Connie. All that we've heard and read about him was SUPERIOR. I know you are very proud of him and will miss him tremendously. We are thankful for his patriotism and service to our country. Our love and prayers are with all of you.
Sincerely,Gary & Rita Esses
December 15, 2006
I met Trav in high school and knew what a great guy he was then. As he went off to the Army, I respected him for wanting to serve. When I heard of his first trip to Afghanistan, I admired his bravery. As I read all the articles online about his military time, I realized even more how well-respected he was and what a dedicated, wonderful soldier he was. Our country lost a great man!

His children are so lucky to have a TRUE hero for a father! My thoughts and prayers are with all of Trav's family, but especially Amy and the kids.
Jenny (Bates) Layton
December 15, 2006
Travis you were a friend and a hero . You will be trualy missed. We had some great times that Ill never forget.
Todd Wood
December 15, 2006
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Travis' entire family. A special prayer for Amy and the kids. I pray for peace and strength for each of you.
Vicki Hamaoka
December 15, 2006
Travis knew in high school that he wanted to be a soldier. That is where I met him and learned what a wonderful person he was. He was special in so many ways and he will truly be missed. He is a hero and I will never forget him or how he fought to protect us so others wouldn't have to. We love you Travis.
Paula Springmeyer
December 15, 2006
I TRUELY WISH TO EXTEND MY SYMPATHY TO YOUR FAMILY, MY DAUGHTER, CHRISTIE BRIDGES WAS FRIENDS WITH TRAVIS WHEN THEY WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND DURING THE FIRST YEARS OF HIS ARMY LIFE. HE TRUELY WAS A FINE EXAMPLE OF A YOUNG MAN, A TRUE HERO.
Donna Hanneken
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