Travis Wichlacz
Of West Bend, entered eternal peace while fighting for his country, on Sat. Feb. 5, 2005 at age 22. Dear son of Dennis (Virginia) and Laura (David) Garcia. Further survived by 7 siblings, his great-grandma, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Graduate of West Bend West High School in 2002. Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts-K.C.Troop 721 and member of Order of the Arrow. Entered U.S. Marine Reserves in April of 2002. Mass will be Sat., Feb. 12, 2005 at 11AM at St. Mary's Church (Barton), with Fr. Jeffrey Haines officiating. Cremation, Paradise Cremation Services, followed by interment of ashes Mon., Feb. 14, 2005 at St. Adalbert's Cemetery at 11AM. Visitation will be Fri., Feb. 11, 2005 at funeral home from 4-8PM.

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Hey Bro,

I know you see all... I never ask for help for myself, but I need you right now. Please help me!

Love your lil sis, Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
Sister
January 24, 2019
Hey LCpl. Wichlacz,

While I did not know you personally, I can tell you were an awesome guy based on the legacy your sister carries for you. A man who serves his country is admirable of great gratitude and for that I thank you. I know in my heart, you are watching over your sister and seeing your family through. A Marine work, is never done. You've done a damn fine job Travis M Wichlacz.
Jorvon Brison
January 18, 2014
To the family of Lance Cpl. TravisM. Wichlacz:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office ([email protected]) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 7, 2013
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
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
February 9, 2013
Hey Brother,
Its been 8 years now and I think of you often. This will be the first (maybe 2nd) year I cant make it to your grave to pay my respects, but you wouldnt care anyway. It seems that as more time passes, dealing with everything that we went through gets harder and harder. I have a picture of you with some kids on my wall above my desk that i look at all the time. I also got your baseball you used to play around with back at the hooch. I know we had our differences the summer before deployment but I am really glad we were able to get past that, mostly due to your efforts, not mine. I will never forget 8 years ago today and how everything unfolded. Our conversation minutes before you died, and how I still believe that you knew what was going to happen. The way you looked back at me and gave me that crooked smile as we were loading up and leaving that crap-filled field. It hurts and I miss you. I, as well as many other, are so very proud to say that we served with you. You are and always have been one hell of a Marine. It has been my honor, and I will never forget. Thank you.
-Dago
February 5, 2013
7 years and we remain grateful to you for your service and sacrifice.
November 19, 2012
Marina Tomic
May 30, 2012
Marina Tomic
May 30, 2012
Hey Bro!

It has been a while since I've been on here. Life has been crazy busy these last few months. Never the less, you are always on my mind. Today is a day for you. You earned and diserve it. I hope everything is going good for you up there and that you continue to watch over the family. I Miss You Big Bro, and I Love You. Can't wait to see your face again and hear your voice. Love Your Lil' Sis', Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
May 28, 2012
Hard to believe it's been 7 years. I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to serve with you.
Sgt.(Tim)Jacobs
May 27, 2012
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 25, 2012
February 5, 2012
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
Always remembering Travis. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
February 6, 2012
Hey Trav,

I am writing to you today, because tomorrow is your day... the 7 year anniversary. I can't believe it has been this long, and I miss you so much. Wow, 7 years. I am so proud of you Travis, and so sad that this is what our proudness has come to. You are such a hero, and I still feel like I am going to hear your voice tomorrow and see your face next week. I know I won't, but I just hope that I will. I won't be able to come on here tomorrow since I have to work most of the day. I started my own business and am working two jobs right now, so I am very busy almost all of the time. I wish you would come visit me here soon. I really miss hearing from you. I must go for now right now Travis, but never for long. You stay on my mind and in my heart. I Love You and I Miss You So Much. Love your Lil' Sis', Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
February 4, 2012
Dear Trav,

Hey Bro! I'm just writing to say hi! I've been working crazy hours this past month so I haven't had much free time to write. Everything is going okay. Dad got another 10 point buck! I know he was super excited. Your probably sent those his way, huh. Well, not much has really changed in my life.... not really sure if that should be considered good or bad. I had a dream about you the other day. You were still living! If felt so real and I was so happy! Then when I woke up there were tears just running down my cheeks. I was crying in my sleep. I really miss you. It hits really hard around this holidays, especially this time of year. Your birthday is in 1 week. I hope heaven throws you a huge party for your last year in your 20s. Okay, I have to get off of here before I get a 'cry baby' headache. I Love You and Miss You So Much Big Bro! Hope to get another visit from you soon! Love Your Lil' Sis, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
December 8, 2011
Dear Trav,

Woah, it looks like the last few entries I put on here were not submitted. That's okay, I guess I just update you now and give you all the details all over again. First off, tomorrow is Veterans Day, and boy is it hitting me right now. I really miss you bro! Wish I could talk to you right now! Anyway though, so I know you know this already but... yes, I got my new car. It is a 2007 Chrysler Sebring with 54,000 miles on it. The car is in perfect condition and looks like a 2011 inside and out!!! I went to see dad for his birthday! Still can't believed he turned 50 years old this year. I know you were there celebrating with us... so let me just say this: That was a crazy, crazy night. So, I got this new job. I started it the same day that I bought my car! I am in training right now, and next week I will find out if I graduate out of training and get the job or not. Wish me luck Bro! I hooked Mom up with the same company so hopefully she can get something going too. Oh, Dad got his Trophy deer last weekend. He used the crossbow to get it. I think we are planning on going back to Wisconsin for one of these coming up holidays, but I'm not really sure yet. Well, I know there was plenty more that I wanted to say on here, but I just can't remember now. I hope you are okay up there. Please continue looking over all of us! I Love You and Miss You Big Bro! Love Your Lil' Sis', Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
November 10, 2011
Dear Trav,

Hey Bro! I don't really have much to say, I'm just stopping by to say hi! I haven't really been doing much lately... mostly just been working on school work. I still haven't been able to find a new car, but hopefully I will soon. I was supposed to go see Dad this weekend, but he had prior arrangements and a lot going on. So, I am gonna just go see him next weekend. Praying for a safe trip. Well, anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking about you even though I haven't been on the site for a while. I Love You and Miss You Big Bro! Love Your Lil' Sis', Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
September 18, 2011
Dear Trav,

Hey Bro! I'm writing today, because it's my birthday... as you know! Darryl took me shopping today and bought me a new lap-top so that I could finish my schooling since mine broke down on me recently. We hung out in a couple other stores, and just spent some real nice time together. Last night we went out to dinner! After that, I came home and played with Nah Nah out in the yard... spraying her with the hose. It was an over-all pretty good day. Too bad you weren't here to celebrate. I remember when we were kids, and would spray eachother with super-soakers or play basketball or something like that on my birthday. Anyway though, I still haven't gotten a new car. Hopefully I will be able to do so pretty soon! I would like to go see Dad soon. I really wish that you would come visit me sometime. I really miss hearing from you. I talked to Dad a couple days ago, and he said that he saw a Cardinal hanging around the yard. I know that must have been you. Keep looking over him. He misses you so much. The family is doing good... Mom and everyone! I am gonna get going for now, but hope to hear from you soon. I love you Travis! Love You and Miss You Soooo Much. Love Your Lil' Sis' Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
August 22, 2011
Dear Travis,
Hey Bro! I want to say Thank You for looking over my daughter, Mom, Adrianna, and Myself, especially on July 23rd. As you know, we were in a car accident in Kentucky, and my car was totalled. We all were able to escape with injuries that will heal. We were all in a lot of pain after the accident, but I know that you stopped it from being any worse than it was. Your dog-tags that always hung from my mirror were broken in the accident. One of the tags fell in my lap and the other fell in my purse... Thank You for being there. So, I just got home today from Florida, and am trying to figure out how I am going to make things work without a car and everything. I know that we will find a way... we always do. Look over Mom for me she seems to be having a ruff time down there. However, we all went to the ocean and had a blast! I also saw Amanda and her kids. We didn't get to spend a lot of time together, but at least we got some time. She drove all the way to Kentucky to pick us up after the accident. That was very nice of her. Well, I'm gonnna get going for now. I want to Thank You again for being there and looking over us not just the day of the car accident but every day. I don't know when I will see Dad again, but hopefully it will be soon. Maybe I can get him to come down for my birthday! I Love You and Miss You Big Bro! Love Your Lil' Sis', Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
August 3, 2011
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marina tomic
July 29, 2011
Hey Trav,

Stoppin by to say Happy 4th of July! Hope you're doing good up there. We are surviving. I went to visit Dad for Father's Day. Nah Nah and I showed up the day of, but we had to come back home the next day. So, we didn't get to stay long at all, but at least we got to see Dad! He was very surprised, and I know he was happy that at least one of us could be there on that day... even though I know that you are there in spirit everyday! So anyway, we took the girls to see the hood-works down here today, and we've set off fireworks at home for the past few days. Dad and Belle are up north. Mom is supposed to be coming up here on Wednesday. She says that she can only stay for a couple weeks, but I guess anything is better than nothing. I haven't seen her in almost 3 years so it will be nice to see how she is doing and everything. I am still waiting for you to come visit me! Please come visit me okay! Thank you Trav, for all that you did for our family and our country! I Miss You and Love You So Much. I will be waiting for you to come visit me! Love You Big Bro'. Love your Lil' Sis' Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
July 4, 2011
Hey Trav,
My internet is down so I'm doing this from my phone... therefore, I will need to make this short and sweet! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I thought about you today, your special day! I thank you for everything you did for me, our family, and our country, and I want you to know that for that, among many other reasons, you will never be forgotten! I miss you so much, and think often that we should not have to be celebrating you in this kind of way, but I know that God makes no mistakes. You were the chosen one! I miss you greatly, big brother, and truly wish you could be here with me right now. I hope you are doing okay up there, and pray that you continue to look over our family and loved ones. Man I miss you so much! I Love You Big Bro!

Love Forever,
Your Lil' Sister-Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
May 30, 2011
To the family of Lance Cpl Travis M Wichlacz:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of our nation’s wars.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 10, 2011
Hey Trav,

I am stopping by to say hi and let you know that I've been thinking about you. I went to see dad earlier this month, and to attend the conference that they have for families of the fallen soldiers. I'm sure that you know all this since we came to visit you while we were there. Dad seems to be having a really hard time right now, and I hope that you will look after him for me since I can not be there all the time. It was really nice seeing him, and I miss being there with him all the time. We had a really emotional, heartfelt conversation which made it really hard to come back home. I hope to be going back up there very soon. Anyway, I hope things are going well with you up there; sure wish I could see you! I watched a video a while back that you sent home while you were in Iraq, and it didn't even sound like you. I was very much hoping to hear that voice that I remembered. However, I was going through a ruff time this year at your anniversary, and was really wishing that I could hear your voice again so I guess it kind of came right on time. I worry about Dad a lot of the time. I know he is an incredibly strong and smart man, but I just wish I could be there with him more and that Nah Nah could see him more. It's so hard living so far away... I know that you know what I mean. I am doing okay though right now; so just look over Dad for me okay! Memorial Day is coming up, and I will be thinking about you for sure. That is one of those days that we have to honor all that you did for us, and it will never be forgotten about. I am going to get going for now, but I will be back to talk to you soon. Please look over Dad, and let him know that you are there for him okay! I Love You and Miss You So Much. Talk to you soon! Love Your Lil' Sis, Sheena! I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH!
Sheena Wichlacz
April 27, 2011
Hey Trav,
I don't have much time, but I realize that it has been a while since I've stopped by to say hi. So, I wanted to take a couple minutes just to let you know that I Love You and I Miss You dearly. I've been sick these past few days, but hopefully will be feeling better soon! I have to get going for now; I have a lot of things to get done in a very short period of time. So, I Love You Big Bro, and I've been thinking about you a lot even though I haven't been on here to write you any messages. Talk to you soon! Love Your Lil' Sis, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
March 22, 2011
Hey Trav,
How's it going up there? I'm just stopping by to say hi and let you know that I've been thinking about you. Dad and Belle came down this weekend to visit for Nah Nah's birthday. We had a lot of fun together. My baby turned 3 years old on Friday. I can't believe that she is getting so big so fast, but I guess that's the way it goes. She was upset when dad told her that he and Belle had to leave and go home. It was sad. But yeah, it was really great to see and spend some time with them! Dad still plays all your numbers at Roulette... just like I taught him. Lol, it really seems to work for us too! You are our angel and good luck charm! I talked to one of the guys that you served with last week. His name is David Warnacut (can't remember how to spell the last name). It was a very emotional moment for me. He told me how depressed and everything you were, and the hard times that you were going through. I just wish so badly that things could have been different for you, ya know! The conversation made me feel good and smile in a lot of ways, but really hurt my heart too. It was so nice of him to talk to me, and answer all the questions that I threw his way and to even just give me all the information that he did. Well, I will keep you in my thoughts, but for now I am gonna get going. I Love You and Miss You Very Much Big Bro. Love your lil' sis, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
February 20, 2011
Hey you...
I promise I didn't forget about you! Life has been well...anything but smooth lately. It was a rough day for me the on the 5th so many emotions but knew you were watching down on all of us.

I miss you and thank you for all that you ever did.

Katie
February 7, 2011
I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to serve with Travis. He was a sturdy professional and the kind of guy who'd always watch your back. Really hard to believe it's been six years. Not going to forget you Bro-

Sgt.(Tim)Jacobs
Tim Jacobs
February 5, 2011
Hey Big Bro,
I'm stopping by for your anniversary to say I haven't, nor will I ever forget what today resembles. I miss you Travis, and today is always going to be a hard day for me... and many other people too. I hope everything is going good for you up there, and that the angels of heaven threw you a "birth into heaven birthday". Harlan had a baby early this morning... I thought that you may want to know that. Well, everything is going okay around here. I haven't talked to Dad today, but I really should probably call him. He has learned how to text on the phone.... isn't that funny? Well, I am gonna get going for now, I am not at home so I am typing all of this on my phone.... very long process. I Miss You Big Bro, and I Love You So Much. Never forgotten... today will always be your day in my eyes! With the great, unselfish sacrifice that you made how could it not be! You are such a great man, brother, son, hero.... and among others a great angel! I can feel it everyday, I know you are up there watching over me! Love You Travis! Love your lil' sis, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
February 5, 2011
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
Please accept my remembrance of Travis on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
February 5, 2011
Hi Travis,
Hey Bro! It's been a little while since I last was on here to talk to you, but I know you've been hearing me talk to you daily anyway. I've been pretty busy trying to move and stuff as of lately. I spent Christmas with dad; it was a great time. For Christmas he gave me a necklace with St. Christopher on it and on the back it says U.S Marine corps. It was quite emotional along with the card and note he wrote to me. I didn't really do anything for New Years, but that's okay. Well, this is going to be a short one... I have to go chase your niece around! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For 2011 I hope happiness and health for my family. I know you will try to help with that. I Love You and Miss You very much big brother. Love your lil' sister, Sheena.
Sheena Wichlacz
January 12, 2011
Happy Birthday to my dearest friend and hero. Sheena and I had some great converstations about you the last time we got together...I know you are watching down on us. Miss you...
Katie Schellinger
December 15, 2010
Dear Travis,
Hey Bro! Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Birthday on your big day. You would be 28 today, man you're getting old... but yet, still too young for me to have to be talking to you like this. Man I wish you were here to celebrate with me today. It's almost Christmas now, and you know holidays are always hard for me (and the family) now. I went to see dad for Thanksgiving, and we are supposed to be going for Christmas too. As you already know, we came to visit you as well while we were in Wisconsin. Mom never made it up here. Dad seems to be doing good, but I'm not really sure about Mom. Look over her, okay. So anyway, I hope everything is going good for you up there. I know that you wish you could be down here with us, in presence and not just spirit, just as much as we wish you were here. We will be moving soon... as soon as we find an affordable place that is big enough for all of us. I know that you will follow me and watch over my family, no matter where I am. Well, I am trying to just talk about good things as to not get emotional on this day, but it's so hard. I need to tell you, bro, I miss you so much and really wish I could see you and hug you again. It has been almost 6 years now, and I just so badly want to hear your voice. Okay, so here come the tears, and I don't want Nah Nah to tell me it's okay and to "Stop Crying Mommy"... so I am gonna get going for now. I Love You, and Miss You so much big bro. Love your lil' sister, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
December 15, 2010
Dear Travis,
Hey bro! I don't really have a lot to talk about, but I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I was thinking about you. Things have been going okay around here, and there's not a whole lot that I can really say. I know you must be up there watching, and pushing things along in order to make my life run more smoothly than usual. Mom is supposed to be coming up here next week to stay for a while. She said she would stay at least through Christmas, so we will see I guess. I'm hoping that will help us financially too; that way I will be able to get a job for a little while. Dad is doing good, he already got a buck this year with the bow. I know that he always thinks about you when he is up north. We were supposed to go visit him for his birthday, but he said that he would be up north. So, that kind of canceled those plans. Well, anyway, I just wanted to say hi, and let you know I was thinking about you. I love you and miss you so much. Love your lil sister, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
October 28, 2010
Dear Travis,
Hey, bro! It's been a while since I have been on here to write you a letter, but, rest assured, I have not forgotten about you. My computer was broken for a long time, and I had no way to get on here. I think about you every day. I miss you so much, and love you too. I have been going through a lot of ups and downs these past few months, and really wish you were here. I could really use a friend right about now... just someone to talk to, ya know... a big brother. At times, I feel so emotionally unstable, and just don't know what to do with myself. I know that you are up there, looking down on me, and you see everything, everywhere. I realize that you wish, just as much as I, that you could just jump down from Heaven and be by my side. But I also realize that you do what you can, and that you just place your hand on my back to give me that extra little push that I need in order to keep moving. Thank you for that! Oh what I would do, just to see your face change expressions or hear your voice again. So many thoughts go through my mind, and the tears that I shed are proof of this. I know that one day we will be together again, running and chasing, laughing and joking, and just having fun. Oh, I went to see dad at the end of June, he is doing good. We took Nah Nah to the zoo, and just hung out together. We didn't get to spend a lot of quality time together but some is better than none. Well, I gotta go for now, people are looking at me crazy because I am crying. I will stop by soon again. I LOVE YOU and I MISS YOU so MUCH! Love your lil' sister, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
September 23, 2010
Hey Bro,
Just wanted to stop by your page and let you know that I've been thinking' about you. I haven't had a whole lot of time to get on here and write, but believe that I have been thinking about you! Well, Father's Day is this weekend. I wish I could go see Dad, but I don't think that I am going to make it up there. Times are ruff again; what else is new? I got a really good job offer, but I don't have any babysitter. That would have truly been a blessing, but what can I do? Well, I am gonna have to get going for now, but I wanted to take a few minutes out of my night to tell you, "I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU!" Talk to you soon, and I am looking forward to a visit! Love your lil' sister, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
June 17, 2010
Hey Trav,
Happy Memorial Day to you! Today is your day big bro, and you really earned and deserve this holiday. I really appreciate everything that you did for me, my family, and our country. I wish it wouldn't have been you to go, but I know that you wouldn't have had it any other way. You are/were a great man, and an even better soldier. You bro, are my HERO, for the rest of time. I hope everything is good for you, and I hope that you are looking over all the family. I've been doing better lately! Finally I got this school thing up and going; now if only I can manage to make these monthly payments for it that would be great! I wish I could have came to visit you today, but obviously I am over 300 miles away, and it's just not that easy to get up there. I hope you come to visit me soon though! I really miss hearing your voice, and sometimes I wonder what it sounds like again. But, secretly I know! Well, I am gonna get going for now so that I can do some studying. I MISS You Big Bro, and I LOVE You so much! Hope to talk to you soon! And once again, Happy Memorial Day! Love your lil' sis, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
May 31, 2010
Hey Trav,
Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I am thinking about you. Yesterday was Mother's Day, and it was a pretty good day for me. Thank you for coming to visit me on Mother's Day! Yes, when we were at Applebees, I looked to my right and right there hanging on the wall was a Marine uniform. Man that was a great feeling! Thank You so much for stopping by! Life is starting to look up for me a little bit, but I know that at anytime it could turn around so I try to be cautious. Anyway though, I've been looking for a job which is hard without childcare or knowing when I would be able to work, but I guess, where there's a will, there's a way! So, I hope everything is going good for you up there! We all miss you, and love you very much! I will talk to you soon! Love your Lil' Sis, Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
May 10, 2010
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception; weather permitting will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 3, 2010
Hey Trav,
Just wanted to send a message to say hi. I been thinking about you a lot lately. Matter of fact that song "I'll be watching you" came on today when I went tanning. I couldn't help, but think that you must have made that happen. I've been going through a lot in my life lately, and I know that you will ALWAYS be watching me... no matter what I do or what decisions I make. You are my big brother, and I know you always try to send me in the right direction. I really wish you were here, I would really love to just hear your voice. I hope you come to visit again, soon. I MISS YOU A LOT, AND LOVE YOU EVEN MORE. So, until next time, I'll be thinking about you. I LOVE YOU! Love your lil' sis, Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
April 20, 2010
Hey Trav,
Well, here we go again. I can't figure out why my messages keep not getting posted. This is crazy, but I guess that it's okay since I know that you see me writing these messages. Therefore, I know, that you know, I have not forgotten about you. Well, I'm not going to say too much, since I know it's possible this message might not even post. But I just wanted to stop by, and say that I Love You and Miss You! Thinking about you always. Love your lil' sis, Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
April 10, 2010
Hey Trav,
Its been a couple weeks since I have written, sorry. Nah Nah's birthday was last Thursday, we went to Chuck-E-Cheeze. She had a blast. Wish you could have been there... I know you guys would have had lots of fun, just actin like big kids! So she went to see the doctor on the 16th and the doc said she was very advanced verbally and physically. I felt so special... got me a baby genius on my hands! Well, I wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten about you. I Miss You and Love You very much! Love your lil' sis' Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
February 23, 2010
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
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
February 5, 2010
Dear Travis,
So today is the day... 5 years later. Man, no matter how much time goes away the memory of that day never seems to fade even the slightest bit. I miss you so much, and I just can't stop thinking about you. Everything I do, everything anyone says, reminds me of you in some way. It seems like every song I listen to makes me cry. I wonder sometimes, how many people still remember, and still hurt over this day. However, somehow I know it doesn't matter to you, because you would just want everyone to still be happy... even on this day. That's just the kind of person you were. I know that mom and dad are thinking of you, I wonder how they are coping. I am going to see dad today, and I will be up to visit you some time this weekend too. I just wanted you to know that the memory of today... 5 years ago, is playing over and over again inside my head. I can see those marines through the screen door all over again, man it was horrible. I don't think that anybody around me really understands the hurt and pain I feel today, but dad will. Well, I have to get going and pack my stuff for this trip. It's snowing outside, and the roads are kinda slick so please watch over my family. I am going to post this message 2 times, just in case one of them doesn't post. I love you Travis always and forever. I miss you so much. Love always, your lil' sister. Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
February 5, 2010
Hey Trav,
I'm just stopping by to check on yo. I wrote you a really long message yesterday, but for some reason my messages don't always get posted.... can't quite figure out why. But anyway though, I had a feeling that yesterday's message wasn't going to post, so that's why I came back today. I am going to make this short though, because it' after 1:00am and I really need to go to bed. Well, I was talking to you today in the kitchen; while I was washing dishes. I hope that you heard me! I know that the anniversary is coming up soon, and I can't stop thinking about you. That day that the marines came to the door was the hardest day of my life, but I won't get into that right now. Hope that my messages start posting like they're supposed to; my last 2 messages didn't. I hate coming on here, and seeing that my messages didn't post. I miss you bro, and love you so much. Talk to you soon! Love your lil' sister. Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
January 24, 2010
Hey Bro!
I'm just stopping by to say hi! I'm not sure what happened to the message I wrote on New Years... it didn't post. But, I know that you were watching me when I wrote it, so that's okay I guess. I don't really have much to say... not much new around here. I was just thinking about you, and thought that I would stop by. I miss you and love you, and as always, hope everything is going good for you. Keep your head up and tell Ms. Ivy that the family says hi. Okay, gotta go now, I love you! Love your lil' sister, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
January 8, 2010
Hey Trav,
Merry Christmas to you! Hope you are having a great celebration up there. We had a great day today. The girls loved their gifts, and are happy. Darryl and I also had a good day today. I talked to Dad and the whole family. Wish I could have gone to see them, but not this year. Well we celebrated in your room; so I know that you were secretly there celebrating with us. Well, I have to get going for now, I really just wanted to come on here and say Merry Christmas. I miss you much, and I love you even more! Come visit me please! Love your little sister.... Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
December 25, 2009
Hey Bro!
Happy Birthday! So, you turned 27 today, and I bet you feel younger than ever. Wish I could have came up to visit you today, but obviously I live so far away. I hope you're doing good, and had a good day on your birthday. I know dad is missing you. He says that he wrote me a letter, so I'm waiting for that... checking the mail everyday. I don't really know what to say. Not too much has changed around here. Life is still hard, and I'm still waiting for times to get better. But that's enough of that, today is supposed to be a happy day for you. So, Happy Birthday Big Brother. I miss you and love you dearly. Hope to hear from you soon! Love your lil' sister, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
December 15, 2009
Hey Trav,
So, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and man is it gonna be a hard day. I always miss you on the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. It never really seems to get easier, I just learn how to cope better. I wanted to go see dad and the family for Thanksgiving, but it doesn't look like that's gonna happen. For some reason it seems like my plans never get followed through with. Really wish I could go see them, but times are hard, I guess. Anyway, I'm not cooking or anything, so it probably won't be much of a Thanksgiving. It will seem more like just another day... just with the day off of work. Sure will miss you and the family. Man, it's really hard to cope right now, but I'll be okay. I know that you will help me through everything. Well, I gotta get going, but I'll come back later in the weekend to let you know how everything went. Miss you and love you! Your lil' sister, Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
November 25, 2009
Hey Bro,
Just stopping by to say hi. I don't really have a whole lot to say, but I did want to stop by and let you know I was thinking about you. Wish I could come on here, and tell you all kinds of good stuff. Unfortunately, at this time there isn't too much great news to share with you... but my family is happy and healthy (I think). Still trying to figure out how I'm gonna get this money to pay for school, shoot I can hardly pay bills. So anyway, hopefully some day soon I will be able to do that, and then open a business! Nah Nah had a blast on Halloween, I hope you were able to catch some of it. Anyway, it's late so I'm gonna get going here, and hope you're doing okay. I miss you and I love you! Love your lil' sis, Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
November 7, 2009
Hey Trav,
It's me again. I know its been a while since I stopped by to say hi, but don't think for a second that I've forgotten about you. I haven't had a chance to come on here, but I know that you hear me talking to you all the time. Dad's birthday is coming up, and I wanted to go see him, but he says that he'll be hunting. So, big bro, do me a favor and send him a present... a big buck would be nice! Well, Nah Nah's going to be a monkey on Halloween, and don't you try to come around scaring my baby! Well, I have to get going for now. I have to braid Darryl and Nah Nah's hair, but I did want to take a time out to stop by and say hi. I love you, and I hope that everything is going okay with you. Missing and Loving you very much, your little sister Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
October 24, 2009
Hey Trav,
My birthday is tomorrow, and man do I wish you could be here. Dad and Belle are coming to see me and my family. I wanted to write and tell you that everything has been going okay for me over here, and I hope that you are doing good up there. I start these business classes in September, and I'm so excited. I know that you're probably excited for me too, and Thank You for that. I miss you Trav. Darryl and I were talking about you and his mom yesterday. I hope you met her up there, so she could tell you so many things. I hope you guys get along well, and I'm sure that you probably do. I can just imagine the stories that you guys are sharing with eachother. Well, I have to go and finish cleaning this house, but I wanted to take some time out of my day and let you know I was thinking about you. I miss you so much, and I love you. Hope to hear something from you soon, come visit me bro! Love your lil' sister, Sheena!
Sheena Wichlacz
August 21, 2009
Hey Trav,
I'm just stopping by to say hi! I've been thinking about you a lot lately, and just wanted to make sure that you knew this. Hardships in my life are finally starting to get better and fall into place. So many blessing have been thrown my way last week, starting just a day after I started asking what it was that I did so bad in my life to deserve all the things that have been happening. Well anyway, I know that you most def. had something to do with these blessing, so I wanted to say thank you! Thanks for looking out for me big bro. I hope you are okay up there, and happy too! Never forget how much we all love and miss you! Gotta go for now. I Love You Big Brother! Sheena
Sheena Wichlacz
August 11, 2009
Dear Travis,
I wrote in this just a couple of weeks ago, but for some reason my letter didn't post. Maybe you intersepted it, I don't know. Well, I just wanted to come check in with you, big brother, and let you know that I've been thinking about you so much. Nah Nah went and kissed your picture a couple days ago. She sat over there talking to you for a long time, so I hope you were telling her something good. Damn, I wish she could have met you. I know she would have loved her Uncle Travis! Well, I gotta go Travis. I love you and miss you so much. Come visit me please, I really need it right now. Bye for now, but never for long. I love you!
Sheena Wichlacz
August 4, 2009
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July 15, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 24 May 2009. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “Answering the Highest Call.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 23 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 24 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 4, 2009
To my dearest friend,
Yesterday it was four years since you left us. And, it hurt just as much as it did then. I am proud to have called you my friend and proud that you called me yours. You will not be forgotten because I look at your picture everyday. I love you and always will.
Julie Lindsey
February 6, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
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
February 5, 2009
It seems like it was just yesterday that I was standing up in your wedding, I wish I had some of the pics but it will always be in my memory. We miss you Travis.
Kim
November 18, 2008
Thank you for the support for my family and for the other troops still fighting for our right to be free. I always check this site. I am his big sister and soo proud of how brave and courageous my brother and all the other troops are. Thank you again.
Rachel Wellman
May 4, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “The Price of Freedom” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat. 24 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun. 25 May, a “PrayerVigil for Peace” will be held. You are invited to stop by and light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden, then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 2, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Lance Cpl Wichlacz!
April 28, 2008
To my baby brother, For a long time I was mad at you for the choice you mad to go far away from family and put your self in danger but after your death I realized that you were all grown up and that you well........ always put yourself in danger with most things you did but this time you were doing it for family, friends and the rest of our country. I will always remember what you told me on the phone when I told you that I was mad at you for what you were doing to us being gone like that. You told me that you were doing it for me and my children to have a better future. Thank you Travis. I get it. You are soo much more brave then I could ever have been. I love you soo much and I pray everyday that you knew that. I will never forget you and I try my best too let the world know that I had the best brother that God could have gave me. Please take care of my son up there. Tell God that I thank him for you too. I value family alot more now.
Rachel Wellman
April 17, 2008
Dear Trav,
Its been a few years now since we were last together in Iraq. I'll never forget you bro. You were always such a squared away Marine. We were in bootcamp and SOI together before we came to FOX. You helped me grow as a man and as a Marine. Ill always remember the good times and laughs we had. You did a great job in Iraq and were always someone I could count on. Thanks for having my six. The pearly gates look safe and secure. See you soon bro, Semper FI.
Jeff Hauf
February 8, 2008
Our continued thoughts and prayers out to the WICHLACZ family.Knowing now what they have always known is one of many reasons that our HERO[S] shall NEVER be forgotten.Rest well brother as prommissed that star spangled banner shall FOREVER wave.It is your name stamped in steel that is FOREVER clutched in the tallons,As your spirit FOREVER soars high in the skies in the symbol of our great nation..THANK..YOU..All Hard Chargers...If you are wonded I will carry you**If you are captured I will come for you**If you are k.i.a. I will FOREVER reamber you**COME by NORTH**COME by SOUTH**COME by EAST**COME by WEST..We were all gathered and united on that great day as strangers.As we stood and upon those last [4] spoken words we are....FOREVER..BROTHERS...........SEMPER..FI......B.V.C.
Debbie , Kenny Coffey
February 5, 2008
Please know that Travis will never be forgotten. He touched so many lives; what a wonderful person. May he rest in peace.
September 13, 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 17, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Lance Cpl Wichlacz and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
Aunt of a Lance Cpl deploying soon
July 15, 2007
I have been putting off writing here for far too long. I often find it too hard to deal with and try to avoid it. I miss Travis. He was that type of guy that you thought would be around forever. He loved being a marine, and did his best every day. He was always up for a challenge and if he didn't do it right the first time he got right back up without missing a beat and tried again. I admired his persistence, and he still sets the example for me not to shy away from my shortcomings but to overcome them and move on. He definitely is missed among the marines he served with. All are lives have been changed forever from knowing him, and having him as a brother marine. Semper Fidelis Travis.
Rick Braun
March 7, 2007
To my very first fire team leader in the Marine Corps. You served your country with honor, above and beyond your call of duty.
You will never be forgotten brother
Pat VanderWaal
February 10, 2007
Travis,
You were side by side training me in California, and you were the hardest, toughest marine. Thank you. Your family will always be in my prayers.
Brant Foltman
February 6, 2007
I grew up with Travis and Sheena..I was always over at their house or outside playing football or doing what us kids did..I have a lot of memories with Travis..When I heard about him I was immediately saddened..Memories flashed through my mind and made me smile..To have known such a great man is an honor and to know he was over there for us shows us what kind of man he grew to be..I'll see you again someday and we'll laugh about the stupid things we did as kids..We were all pretty close in our neighborhood and I know we all felt the same when we heard the news..Your family are the kindest people I had met..I am very sorry for your loss..I just remembered the nickname Travis always use to call me..Medusa..I'll Miss you!!
Melissa Thiel
February 6, 2007
Travis -
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to serve with you. You continually pushed me to be a better Marine and for that I will forever be thankful. You have left an impact on me for the rest of my life.

Mr. and Mrs. Wichlacz -
Thank you so much for raising your son to have the attitude and outlook on life that he did. Please know that all of us who served with him will always remember his sacrifice but more importantly his life. I will continue to keep you and Travis in my prayers.

Thank you.
February 6, 2007
My dearest cousin----
It's been 2 yrs today, but still very proud of what you did when you were here. I miss you dearly and always think about you. I love you very much, take good care of grandma up there!!! Love Molly
molly seltrecht
February 5, 2007
Hello my dearest brother today is the the two year mark that we have had to go on with out you!! We visited you yesterday and brought you some beautiful flowers!! I miss you so much!! I still half heartedly expect you to walk through the door grinning ear to ear. It has been very hard not having you here with us!! We are all so proud of you and all the sacrafices that you made for all of us!! I love you my dearest brother!! You will live on in all of us until we meet again!! I miss you!
Neva
February 5, 2007
In Remembrance of this Fine Young Marine, Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz, on the 2nd anniversary of the day, he gave his life for our Country, with a Multitude of Thanks, for his Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

Rest Safely Travis, in God's Loving Care and may the Peace of God continue to be with the Wichlacz family.
Those who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills-
from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth."
~ Psalm 121:1-2 ~

I am sincerely hoping that you continue to feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you each day, as this Country Remembers Someone Very Precious to you, who is a Hero to all of us.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
February 5, 2007
To Belle, Denny, and the Rest of Travis' Family and Friends,

Tomorrow will be two years after Travis died. I remember where I was when I found out that he died. i was at wrestling practice and the news station came down to film our team pratice because they found out that Travis was a wrestler at West Bend West. Then that whole night i was watching all the news stations (fox 6, wisn 12, tmj 4, and cbs 58) and was just remembering all the memories of Travis. the next week was the wrestling Regional tournementand they had a moment of silence for Travis and another fallen soldier from within the Regional. I was in the same Boy Scout Troop as Travis and he was one that I looked to for help when he was in the troop. Like during my first camp out with the troop and playing capture the flag helping travis hide the flag high up in the pine trees. Then at my first summer camp he helped with a problem with a kid during capture the flag. He helped with my merit badges and for me to get my totin chit award and firemens chit award so I could help out the troop even more. i also remember all the good Watermelon fights he was part of very exciting to watch. Travis has left a big impression on my life and on the West Wrestling team. The high School also Renamed the West Bend Invite. It is now the Travis Wichlacz Memeorial Invite.
Jeff Baasch
February 4, 2007
To the family of this brave American hero. I'm sorry for your loss. He will not be forgotten.
shawnee (Austin, TX)
January 1, 2007
Hey Trav,
It's that time of year again, Christmas is coming, and just is not the same without physically here. I think about you all the time, but still remember you are in a good place, in good hands, and grandma is taking good care of you. I love you and miss you soo much.
Love you cuz-
Molly
December 13, 2006
I knew you for a long time... when I was getting ready for work that morning and I heard the news, I sat and cried. I know that we weren't really in touch anymore, but it hit so close to home. I am sorry for your family's loss... Sheena stay strong...
Tabbetha Bertrand
December 12, 2006
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. 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 YOU ALWAYS. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI

A PROUD MARINE MOM
ROBYN GARSIDE
August 21, 2006
Our most heartfelt gratitude to you Cpl. Travis for the gift of your service to us, to our country, to your fellow man, and to God. You live on in our hearts and in the inspiration you provoke within us to live not for ourselves, but for others. Enjoy your Heavenly reward O precious son of America...Sempi Fi -- a Marine mom
Theresa Brown
June 6, 2006
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 28 May, 2006. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “What Are We to Remember?” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
Leila Campbell
May 3, 2006
To the Family of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courgeous 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. We lost a son 12/1/05.
I know first hand there are no words right now that will bring you the comfort and peace you need. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all 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. I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally, but none of these courageous men and women will be forgotten. They will never be able to be replaced, but sometime, someday your loving memories will help to sustain you. This courageous soldier will forever now 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. 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 courageous soldier and family.
Pam Adams (SFC Brent Adams, KIA 12/1/05 Ramadi, Iraq)
[email protected]
(Millersville, PA )
May 2, 2006
My condolences to the Wichlacz family. Travis may you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continue to soar in the heavenly clouds up above.
Pat Canfall
May 1, 2006
Dear family of Travis Wichlacz, though we dont know each other,{only by sharing our sons in the Marine Corps] my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you, Im proud of your son, ours and all the troops fighting for our freedom.
Susan phelps
May 1, 2006
Rest in peace at your last post in paradise.
Henryk Zaleski (USN-Ret)
April 30, 2006
Hey man its been over a year now, you definetly are not forgotten!! i wish i could have known you, even though i didnt you have inspired me to do better and bigger things with my life! soon i will be joining the USMC to be an MP and get a start on my career as a law enforcment officer..........thanks man i wish i could repay you!!!
Paris W
April 27, 2006
Well hello little brother. A year has come and gone and with out you it feels like the longest year of my life. I miss you so very much!! I look back now and am so glad that we had the last moments we did while you were on leave. You will always be my hero and will be in my heart forever. The kids and i kiss you're picture every night and send you our love. Rest in peace my wonderful brother!
Neva Hurt
February 24, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Wichlacz 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. Travis it has been a year since you were taken. You are a 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
February 22, 2006
Hi Travis-
Well it was a year on Sunday, very hard year for all of us. We all know you are in a good place and doing well. Taking care of Grandma I hope. Just wanted to let you know that I really wish I could have done more with you when you were here. I wish we would have gone to the bars or something together and had a good time before you left. Well I will see you again and we will party when I get there. I miss you alot and love you very much.
Love your cuz-
Molly
Molly Seltrecht
February 7, 2006
Psalm 23

1
The LORD is my shephard, I shall not be in want.
2
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This is a verse that I have found to be comforting to me during my husbands death. Remember that when it seems that no one else is round, God is still there with you! And he will be your rock!

My daughter,McKaLyne, and I send our heartfelt sympathy for your loss! God Bless this warrior, God Bless those whom serve freedom's cause! They are our true HERO's!!!!

If you need anything, please feel free to contact me!!!

Wife & Daughter of the Late
Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
KIA May 23, 2005
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford
February 6, 2006
Jan.1 2006- Happy New Years Trav. just wanted to put in here that I have been thinking alot about you, and also have been missing you very much. I love you very much.
Molly Seltrecht
January 1, 2006
To the Wichlacz family,

I wanted to extend my family's condolences on your loss. We can never thank you or Travis enough for your sacrifice and service to our country.

The commitment and willingness of people like Travis to do what they did is what allows my family to live in freedom and safety.

God bless you and God bless Travis,
Chris Basis
Chris Basis
December 31, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
September 14, 2005
I did not know Travis, I learned of his death through Angie Degner. I am terriblely sorry for your loss. Thank you for having such a Brave young man dedicated to his Country to keep all that he loved safe from harm. My thougts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. Godspeed.
Cindy Heck
May 8, 2005
Today is the three month anniversary since that fateful day when Travis lost his life. I just wanted to thank everyone for all their support during this most difficult time. I don't think we could have managed to put one foot in front of the other and go another day if it hadn't been for our family, friends, and community holding us up. We are deeply grateful to all of you for every effort; both small and large, made to help ease our pain.

Thank you all,
Dennis and Virginia Wichlacz
Virginia Wichlacz
May 5, 2005
Thank you brave soldier for your selfless sacrifice for the freedom of others. I am deeply grateful and profoundly humbled by your dedicated service to our graet country. May God bless your family and bring them peace and comfort.
Susan Johnson
April 30, 2005
We did not know Travis personally, but did know him through his aunt. It is a sad day when any young person is taken away from us. He died defending our Country and for that we will always remember him. He gave his life so others can live free. Thank you Travis and to his family our deepest sympathy.
Diane and Wayne Degner
March 10, 2005
It's so hard to know what to say; what words can bring you comfort? My son, Rick, called home the day after Travis was killed in action. Though he didn't speak of it I could tell by the tone of his voice that tragedy just struck. I'm so sorry for your loss! Please know that I will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.

May God Bless all in your family with the comfort that Travis is at peace.

Mom of Sgt Rick Krueger
Mary Krueger
March 8, 2005
We did not know Travis Wichlacz but did know of his death through a friend. We both feel this to be a tradgy for his family and all others who are still away from home. Our sympathy is with you.
Rose & Butch Henrichs
March 2, 2005
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