Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Travis T Babine

San Antonio, Texas

August 6, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Marine L/Cpl

2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

 Killed while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl Babine was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He was killed when his thin-skinned humvee hit a roadside bomb. Travis was born into a military family and was named for the Alamo commander, William Barret Travis. He lived in many different locations in the United States and Korea before his family settled in San Antonio, Texas in 1996. As a youngster, he loved to pretend to be action heroes his favorite portrayal was as Batman. In 2007, he graduated with honors at Castle Hills First Baptist School and immediately enlisted in the Marines as part of the delayed entry program. His mom tried to convince him to go to college first and get a commission but Travis was convinced that he would make a better officer if he served a tour as an enlisted man. He scored so well on entry exams that he could have chosen any career field but he selected the infantry the essence of being a Marine. Travis was based at Forward Operating Base Bakwa, one of the westernmost outposts maintained by the 2nd Battalion. The terrain was once part of an old caravan route and the barebones Marine base is built up against the wall of one of the way stations. He had told his father that roadside bombs were a serious problem and it was one of the most difficult things to deal with. This quiet Marine who was a voracious reader was one of the kindest, gentlest and most generous young men you could ever hope to meet. Only three weeks before his death, Travis, his friends and family were celebrating a miracle. He was in a heavily armored vehicle that rolled over a pressure detonated roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan. There were five Marines inside when the bomb blew off the rear wheel and axle with such force that it sent the parts flying 120 feet. But all five were unhurt in their hulking Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. Now, over 500 mourners came to Travis' funeral which ended a four day mourning period by the city of San Antonio. Thousands lined the streets near Lackland Air Force Base to pay their respects as Travis made his last trip home.

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