LAWTON, OK, US
U. S. Army
SSG, HHC, 4TH BDE SPECIAL TROOPS BN, 4TH BCT, FORT POLK, LA
03/16/2011, LOGAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Travis Thompkins lived life as an outstanding soldier, devoted husband and father and friend.
During a visit home this spring, Tompkins surprised his wife with a vow renewal ceremony to mark their 10th anniversary on March 1. “It was the most perfect day,” his wife, Candy, wrote in an online message. Tompkins was a military police officer devoted to his personnel and their mission. Travis stood 6 feet 7 inches tall and was dubbed Tiny. He planned to open his own motorcycle shop one day. He was also a dedicated friend who loved to laugh.
In the comments that follow military and civilian friends paid homage to this hero:
March 28, 2011 I was new to the 59th when I first met Travis. The one thing I will always remember and be grateful for was how kind and willing to help a new soldier he was. You shall not be forgotten brother. Thank you for your kindness, it meant more than you would ever have known. You will be missed. Craig Holt, Tyler, Texas
March 28, 2011 I want to thank you again for your service, I remember what sense of humor you had and your passion for you job as a military policemen. Although you will be missed, we will pass on your inspirational qualities to as many as we can. Kip Casto,
Atlanta, Georgia “He was a fine young man, and he was a hero,” State Rep. Ann Coody, his former high school principal, told The Lawton Constitution. “He was very friendly. He would come up and befriend you.”
Tompkins was a 1999 graduate of MacArthur High School and had been an active Boy Scout.
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. Minot J. Savage