Travis Atkins Bio
March 27th, 2019 – Trump to award Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins the Medal of Honor posthumously. Travis William Atkins was born on December 9th, 1975 and died on June 1st, 2007. He was a soldier in the United States Army. President Donald Trump will posthumously award him the Medal of Honor on March 27th, 2019. While serving with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq, he sacrificed his own life to shield three fellow soldiers from an insurgent wearing an explosive vest.
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|Born||He was born on December 9th, 1975 in Great Falls, Montana, United States|
|Died||He died on June 1st, 2007 (aged 31) in Yusufiyah, Iraq|
|Parents||Jack and Elaine Atkins|
|Children||Trevor Oliver (Son)|
||United States Army|
|Years of service||2000–2007|
|Unit||2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Travis Atkins Army Career
Travis Atkins was born-and-raised in Montana. He enlisted in the Army in November 2000, serving in Kuwait and Iraq before he was honorably discharged in December 2003. But he didn’t stay stateside for long.
“The civilian life just didn’t do it for him,” his father, Jack Atkins, said in a video about his son’s service. “He had to get back in the Army.”
Moreover, Atkins and three of his fellow soldiers were on a routine check when they received a call about four suspicious-looking men.
“We fired up the truck, we sped down there,” then-Pfc. Sand Aijo, who was one of the three soldiers in Atkins’ Humvee that day, told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday.
“Travis exited the vehicle. He started giving verbal commands to the men. … I start to notice Travis begin hand-to-hand combat with this man. You could tell it was almost like wrestling when you hand fight and trying to get control of the man. All of a sudden I see Travis wrap the guy up and he lifted him up and he slams him the ground,” Aijo recalled.
Furthermore, Atkins realized the Iraqi man was wearing a suicide vest.
Travis Atkins Family
Atkins was the father of a young son, Trevor Oliver. His parents are Jack and Elaine Atkins.
His son in a video interview captioned below was quoted saying; “Yes, my dad’s gone and that’s hard. But what he did is so extreme and that just moves me even more. He was my icon … He was a great soldier and a great father.”
Travis Atkins Distinguished Service Cross citation
Atkins was originally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions. The accompanying citation reads:
Travis Atkins Medal of Honor
The President will present the Medal of Honor to Atkins’ son, Trevor Oliver, in the East Room of the White House Wednesday afternoon. Trump spoke to Oliver by phone to inform him that Atkins would be awarded the Medal of Honor. Atkins’ parents, Jack and Elaine Atkins, will also attend the ceremony, as well as many of Atkins’ fellow service members.
Travis Atkins Legacy
In June 2012, the ceremony room at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Butte, Montana was named in honor of Atkins. In January 2013, the Mountain Functional Fitness Facility at Fort Drum in the state of New York was renamed in his honor.
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