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Travis M Tompkins

Travis M Tompkins

Lawton, Oklahoma

March 16, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
31 Army SSG

Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Fort Polk, Louisiana

 Died March 16 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained on March 15, when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

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Private family funeral services for SSG Travis M. Tompkins, 31, Lawton are being held under the direction of Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service. SSG Tompkins died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Logar Province, Afghanistan. Interment with Full Military Honors will be in the Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Oklahoma. He was born November 26, 1979 at Fort Sill to Leland and Vickie Tompkins. He graduated from MacArthur High School in 1999, was very active in the Boy Scouts. He enlisted in the US Army in January of 2000. He married Candice Brown on March 1, 2001 at Fort Carson, CO. He was currently serving as a military policeman with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Travis was a loving husband, father and son. ...... 

Published in The Gazette on March 23, 2011
Fallen soldier remembered as devoted, friendly

The Associated Press

Beyond being a soldier, Travis Tompkins was a devoted husband and father.

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 leading his unit. At 6 feet 7 inches tall, he also went by the nickname Tiny and hoped to open his own motorcycle shop one day, KSWO-TV reported.

He was also a dedicated friend who loved to laugh.

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.

Hed just returned from leave in Lawton when he died March 16, a day after he was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade in Logar province.

Tompkins is survived by his wife and two daughters, along with his parents and a sister. He was assigned to Fort Polk.

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