Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Staff Sgt. Travis W. Nixon

24, of Saint John, Washington.
Nixon died from injuries sustained north of Lwara, Afghanistan when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on October 29, 2005.

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"Always thinking of you brother,I hope your beer is cold and your rest is peaceful. You are missed everyday here. Airborne. All the way! RIP"
Perales of Atlanta

"Always thinking of you brother,I hope your beer is cold and your rest is peaceful. You are missed everyday here. Airborne. All the way! RIP"
Perales of Atlanta

"Happy Memorial Day Seargent, i will honor you,fredsti and dayton tomorrow."
Christopher of Georgia

"I was the aircraft commander of the C-130 that took SSG Nixon out of Salerno on 29 Oct. We flew him to Bagram, and gave him honors as his body was removed from our plane. I have a journal of our activity that day. I would be happy to share with his family if appropriate mrcvmi@hotmail.com"
M. Castaldi of DE ANG

"Hey man, you're still with me every day man, I tell my sons about you and what you gave for them. Thank you Travis, I miss you brother."
Cp of Atlanta

"Trav, Brother I can't stop talking to my soldiers about the time and troubles in the "Stan" from 02-03, Brother you are sorely missed. Sorry I got hurt and couldn't been there by your side. I'll never forget the "dodge mistake" power steering fluid instead of brake fluid or beer bottle baseball in the hallways. To Wendy I am sorry for you loosing Travis, he was my brother.Most of all he was my friend."
SSG BIGELOW, SHAWN M of FORT CAMPBELL, KY

"I met SSG Nixon as a young PFC. It was during EIB training. I learned a lot from him. He was Hell of a mentor and as genuine as they come! I always smile when I think of you man. You're missed dearly."
SGT MORGAN of Dayton, Ohio

"Hey man....you're always on my mind....it's crazy to think that it's been 8 years. I have two boys now and I tell them about you and some of the crazy things that we used to do.(just the good stuff) I'm proud of you beyond words. I hope you are resting peacefully brother...."
Perales of Atlanta,ga

"Another year has passed. Tears still flow like it was yesterday. Thank you for my freedom! I love and miss you Trav.. Lori, Fayetteville NC"
Lori Sutphin of Fayetteville NC

"Dear Travis.
My name is Devan Elson I live in Wasilla, Alaska and I play for the American legion road warriors. It's a baseball team in Alaska. This year I have the honor of wearing you name on the back of my jersey as do my team mates of many fallen soldiers. I want to personally thank you for your service. All prayers from Alaska baseball."
Devan of Wasilla, Alaska

"I miss you buddy,

I still laugh when I think of the 82nd Airborne convention and all the shenanigans we got into up there with the help of a couple buddies and beers we had a great time. Especially on the drive back. I miss you bro.

Shifty"
Jason Schiffman of in Afghanistan still fighting the good fight

"Almost 7 years now, I miss you so much but life moves forward. I know your friends and even those who never knew you but have heard of you will keep you in their hearts. So many other soldiers are with you, so many other mother's know my heart ache."
Mama

"Thinking of you, Trav. I miss you....."
Lori sutphin of Fayetteville, nc

"TRAVIS OR TRAV I REMEMBER THE TIME YOU CAME TO ME FOR HELP WITH YOUR BRAKES ON YOUR TRUCK AND I HAD TO BREAK IT TO THAT THEY ALL HAD TO BE REPLACED BECAUSE YOU PUT TRANSMISSION FLUID IN THERE THE LOOK ON YOUR FACE WAS CLASSIC."
SGT SHAWN BIGELOW of FORT BENNING GA

"Tomorrow is still coming...i remember it was a beautiful morning, funny that i don't remember much else about the day after we got the word, we still miss you everyday man, i know where ever you may be now that you're making someone laugh, rip nixon"
Cp of Atlanta

"Trav,
Tho I never actual met you in person, I grew to know you threw my brother Kyle and the rest of the guys of Bravo. When Kyle told me what happened that day it didn't seem real. You are truly missed, You live on our hearts. The world is a seems much emptier place now that you and Kyle have left it. Yet the memories and laughter that you two have brought to it still lightens our hearts and bring smiles to our faces.
R.I.P~ SSGT "TRAV" &
SGT "DANGER" DAYTON
W/ Love "Danger's' sis, Talis"
Talis Dayton of Sacramento, CA, USA

"Sergeant nixon,

its been almost 6 years and i feel like it was yesterday. tomorrow as i have done for 5 years i will put your picture and daytons picture out with a shot in front of it and thank the good lord that it was you who taught me to stay alive, because your the reason my sons have a father today. i think about you all the time, happy memorial day 2011. rest in peace nixon"
Christopher of Atlanta

"Hey man,just wanted to say that bin laden died today. I hope you rest a little easier now. We weren't far away from where the bastard was either. I'll drink one for you tonight old friend."
Charlie of Atlanta

"hey man,me again,you know when i first went into the army everyone always said i would make lifetime friends, and now i feel like i'm spending my life trying to figure out why things happened the way they did, i think about everything that happened that day,every day,from you coming over the radio saying ya'll heard something to the last moments when doc was screaming that we needed to get you out of there,this still sucks,i think about the look on pearsons face,scared shitless but still holding ground,gaston trying to figure out what was going on,matt picking up the slack relaying info on the radio, even meyers, i feel like we were all scared but not of the enemy,cause we all knew how bad it had gotten when you stood up and fell. i feel like we got robbed,i know we took out bucketloads of those *s,but they cut us to the core by taking you from us with one shot. i miss you man. for those we love we will sacrifice never rang truer than when you laid yourself down,i know you loved every single person in b co. you had that big a heart and that was just you. i hope you are resting in peace my friend."
Charlie of Atlanta

"It's almost another year yet, it is still hard to accept. Not a day goes by where I don't think of all the moments we shared. You are always at heart and in our prayers.
R.I.P. SSG Nixon."
Sorto Oscar G. of NY/NJ

"It doesn't get any easier. It doesn't hurt any less. It's as though it happened yesterday."
Me

"I miss you Trav, it's been a while, but I still remember running around the woods playing army in Germany. I love you"
Jamie

"Gone from my hands, but never from my heart Sergeant. You were my first team leader, became my squad leader, and taught me everything I know. Your the reason our team always stayed alive. Ill never forget the 4 years I spent working for you, and your famous line that you told your wife on the phone all the time. "Dont worry about me, I'm 10 foot tall and bulletproof." You were in the prone, it was just a lucky shot. We did everything we could to save you. To put others minds at ease, the night before we occupied that hill we had a late night smoke together as we often did, and you told me it was your dream to go out in a "blaze of glory." You got to die in a firefight instead of an IED attack or a random mortar round and I know thats how you wanted it. RIP my brother, you will never be forgotten."
Sanders of Fort Bragg

"To the family and friends of Travis a great man, leader and friend to everyone that meet him. I am sitting in my room in Iraq just off of a mission. That I flew over FOB Falcon. Where Travis and the rest of B CO served in IRAQ couldn’t help but think of Travis and the time we all spent here. I just wanted to let everyone know that he was a leader and he will never be forgotten. Though people in your life have come and go there is always those few that you will never forget as long as you live. Travis you’re one of them from going out all night laughing at you for pissing your paints to walking the streets of Bagdad. You lived a great life and left so much of yourself here in others That’s why I know that you will never be forgotten I miss and love you see you soon."
CW2 Brian McCoy of Fort Riley KS (IRAQ)

"Travis' family....there is no one in my entire military career that i can say made me want to be a better soldier than Trav. Not a day goes by that i dont think about what he taught me and nothing would mean more than meeting his family face to face. He was a true American hero! Washington State and his parents should be proud! Please contact me if you know or are related to him, I mentor soldiers now as he mentored me at one point.....(patricksence@yahoo.com)"
Patrick of Brooklyn, NY

"I just thought about Travis today and I googled his name and found this site.

I didn't know Travis outside of work...most of our dealings were when he came to the BN TOC to get some tidbit of intelligence I could provide provide prior to a mission, or when he would return from a mission and I would get a debrief.

I also knew him just from being in the same battalion for three years and from the three deployments we had shared while serving in 2-504 PIR.

I remember being in the TOC when I heard he had been killed. I'll never forget it.

I guess I feel guilty...I wish I could have provided some valuable piece of intelligence that would have prevented it from happening.

Travis you were a great Soldier and I will never forget you. I will carry your memory with me along with the memory of all of the other brave Soldiers I served with until the day I die."
SFC Sheldon Duffy of Fort Sill, OK

"trav was true no matter what he did friend, soldier, leader, he lived for all i was his room mate and friend even though was in Aco, I learnd from him even out of his normal circle you under stood what it was to be his friend. your missed always bro. strike hold."
staff sgt Eric (goose) Gusman of kennewick washington

"Nixon Family,
Just a reminder that you are always in our thoughts and prayers. We miss Travis everyday, but especially today on the fourth anniversary. God bless Travis and his selflessness. I know he is still protecting soldiers from on high. RLTW!"
Adam Maguire of South Elgin, IL

"29 OCT 2009- Travis' memory is still alive today, as I am back here in Afghanistan for the third time. Last time as his Company Commander. I too, still wear the bracelet to remind myself of the sacrifices that are made by so many heros on the battlefield. There is not a day goes by that I don't think about what happened that day. I have since revisted Camp Tillman a short time ago and his memory is still alive and well. God Bless all."
MAJ Brandon Teague of Bagram, Afghanistan

"another year passed,not one day where i don't think of you though,from the time sgt maguire smoked me all night cause you told him i said that it didn't bother me,to the last moments when you were on that 240,i remember the eib lanes and competetions we had when we came to that gun you knew everything about it and helped me beat rothweilers time,sitting around the barracks at ranger school talking about patrols to sitting around the barracks in aghanistan the first deployment with that mangy dog,robitussum ha!,i remember when i told you that getting my sgt stripes meant more to me than anything else;you told me that i would get them when i was supposed to,i got pinned three days after you passed.you were one of the few i felt close to travis,it still hurts that you're gone."
cp of houston

"I was standing right next to SSG Nixon when he got hit in Afghanistan. It sure was one hell of a battle we fought together that sorry day. Nixon did everything a leader should have done in the situation we were in. Then a Private, now a Staff Sergeant, I continue to use lessons learned from Nixon in order to lead my Soldiers the right way. I still wear Nixons KIA band around my wrist and have never taken it off. I still remember doing the "wrong thing" with Nixon, never fearing trouble as he had a way to always get away with things regardless of how bad. Nixon, I will never forget you brother. Thank you for teaching me how to be a combat leader. You are not forgotten."
SSG Gaston, Josh P. of Fort Drum, NY

"Here to pay my respects to you brother was thinking of all the crazy deployments we went thru and the fun times we had god rest in peace and please watch over us from SSG Lando."
Jesse Landazuri of Fontana CA

"SPC Nixon is how I knew him. He was my Team Leader and Assistant Gunner when I arrived at Bragg in 2001. My first impression of him I saw how dedicated to the job he was, it seemed like he could never talk to me without screaming. He taught me everything about the gun and more and man did he love being in weapons squad. After work I saw a different side of Nixon, you could really tell that he had a caring heart. I remember a couple of times when no one was looking he would turn a blind eye to something I did. To the Nixon family, to my fellow Bohicas, especially the ones who fought with him that day, my deepest sympathies."
SPC Kevin Hanks of Dallas, Texas

"I was not fortunate to have known Travis personally. Wish I could have met him. I served with weapons 1st Plt, Bco 2/504 in the early 1990's. I just wanted to pay my respects to Travis, his loved ones and friends. As a veteran and fellow Devil In Baggy Pants, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Travis W. Nixon for his dedication and willingness to sacrifice everything for all of us. I know by the messages I have read he truly set the example for others to follow.....STRIKE HOLD !"
Tom Lynch of Louisa, KY

"trav

Hey man remember OP-13 before we went off to iraq... *ing around in the 3 shops humvee's... Laughing our asses OFF... Thats how I will always remember you Brother... I miss you man.

One damn good NCO and one hell of a friend...

B.co 2/504 PIR 2002 --- 2004"
matt muser of rochester,washington

"Happy Birthday T"

"We all miss you Travis. You are not forgotten!"
SSG Kevin Gardner of FOB Curry Afghanistan

"I arrived at B co 2/504 in Dec of 1999. Travis came only a month later in Jan of 2000. We were Privates together and each worked our way up the ranks together. I remember that he was put into weapons squad right away. Everyone quickly learned that Travis was no quitter. Travis learned a lot of lessons in the Army the hard way but never gave up. I went to Ranger School and after completing Travis went too. Travis didn't finish the first time around but he just kept at it until he did. I went to PLDC and soon Travis went too. Travis was in PLDC when Sept 11 happened. He called me from the school and made me promise him that if we were to get deployed that I tell him so he could jump the fence and join us. Travis wanted to be there for his buddies. Travis had a different style of leadership. He trained his soldiers hard and when time permitted partied hard with them too. I remember the CNN news that a paratrooper had been killed in Afghanistan and then the phone call from Jamie telling me it was Travis. Adam and I drove all night to NC to pay our respects and say our goodbyes to Travis. I feel like I could write a book about Travis and all the fun we had in just the three years I knew him. I will never forget how much he loved to have fun, his laugh, and how he never quit. We miss you brother."
Kipp Hartman of Madison WI

"NIXON YOU WAS THE MAN!!! I WAS JUST REMEMBERING ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD AT THE BEACH. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A HERO IN MY HEART. MISS YOU MAN! IT WAS AN HONOR TO KNOW YOU AND SERVE WITH YOU.HOOAH AIRBORNE!!"
SSG LORENZ, SAMUEL of PITTSBURGH,PA/ HEADING TO FT. HOOD

"Travis was a dear friend and fellow soldier. He was one of my soldiers and often a source of much chagrin, but also the source of many smiles. My fondest memories of Travis will always be when we would sit together watching a movie and chatting about our lives left behind when we went off to join the Army. He was a truly special man and he holds a deep place in my heart that is now void since he is gone. He was amazing as a soldier and as one of his leaders, I was very proud of the accomplishments that he made. As a fellow Ranger, he also holds a special place in my life. He carried my "tab" with him through Ranger school and that was a great sign of his affection for me. I only hope that he understood the significance it held for me too. As I sit here on the third anniversary of his death, I can only think of one thing to say: I love you Travis,and will think of you forever. You are my Airborne Ranger in the sky. RLTW"
Adam Maguire of Chicago, IL

"I still remember his smile. It could light up a dark room. I miss you."
Dad of Tenn

"I am proud to say I knew you, so proud in fact I wear your name around my wrist everyday. Old photos of you and I still bring laughs always followed by grief. You were a friend of my family, my roommate with the 82nd Airborne, and a great friend. More than 2 1/2 years have passed since your passing yet you will remain in my thoughts forever. Gone but not forgotten..."
Ryan Briggs of Hermosa Beach, CA

"Theres not a day that goes by that i do not think about you. One day we will reunite tell then RIP... You will never be forgotten!!"
B CO of Still Hunting on 2911

"To the family of:Travis W.Nixon I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"29 Oct 2007
I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all who have left notes and condolences, especially those most recent ones. With this being the second anniversary of "T's" death I sometimes feel that we, his immediate family, are the only ones to miss his wonderful smile and boistrous behavior. Thanks, all of you. You can not know how much it means that others remember and miss our son.
God Bless the 82nd Airborne, Travis Nixon's second family. May He watch over and protect them, and all who serve our country."
Nick Nixon of Maryville, TN

"Travis,two years are coming up and i still think about you every day man,i know you're watching everyone that loved you,never forgotten....take care"
Perales of the outside world

"Travis was the only person that I "let" call me by my childhood name. That was reserved for the closest of friends and family. He was my little brother and I watched a goofy boy become a very strong man. When my wife lost our twins, he was the last and only one I saw for some comfort before I went on emergency leave. When I returned, he was gone. I know he is in Heaven watching over my boys and all of us "White Devils". I love you "NOXIN". I think about you every single day. Your sacrifice makes us all stronger men and soldiers."
SSG Damian Cromartie of Ft. Bragg, NC

"October 1, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Travis W. Nixon:
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 of Carson City, NV

"Travis, you have been and will always be missed brotha. I served in B Co on the first tour to Afghanistan and Iraq. I will always remember Travis as a professional and a man who really cared about the job and his men. Strike Hold!! ATW!!!
B Co 2/504 PIR 01-04"
SSG Kevin Gardner of Ft Campbell Ky

"Travis, you have been and will always be missed brotha. I served in B Co on the first tour to Afghanistan and Iraq. I will always remember Travis as a professional and a man who really cared about the job and his men. Strike Hold!! ATW!!!
B Co 2/504 PIR 01-04"
SSG Kevin Gardner of Ft Campbell Ky

"Nixon, Man I miss you. When I heard what had happened, I denied it. No one could ever believe that Travis, who always had that goofy smile on his face, could have been the one. I will always remember the times we spent together in Afghanistan, and in Iraq. You were a brother, a friend. Never have I met a truer friend. You will always live on in the memories of your friends, and family, as well as all the paratroopers you influenced.
Airborne, All the Way. Sua Sponte my friend.."
W01 Buck, William J of Fort Rucker, Alabama

"I miss Travis and the way he always made me laugh. The world is not the same without him. Just wish we could have had more dances. My condolences to the Nixon family and just know that you raised a good man."
Tiffany Lang (Supranovich) of Fayetteville, NC

"I SERVED WITH SSG NIXON IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN HE PASSED AWAY... I CAN REMEMBER THE DAY BEFORE HE PASSED AWAY LIKE IT WAS TODAY....WE WERE PLAYER CARDS AND I SHOWED HIM A CARD TRICK THAT FREAKED HIM OUT...HE COULDN'T STOP ASKING ME HOW I DID THAT TRICK....I DIDNT SHOW HIM HOW I DID THAT TRICK AND I REALLY REGRET IT....TRAVIS IM SORRY FOR NOT SHOWING THAT TRICK BUT ONE DAY WE WILL MEET AGAIN AND I WILL SHOW YOU EVERY CARD TRICK I KNOW....YOU WERE A GREAT LEADER AND WE ALL MISS YOU AND NEVER FORGET YOU.....RIP..."
SPC WILL of SCHOFIELD, HAWAII

"To Travis’ entire friend’s, I have just nominated him to be placed on the Fallen Ranger Memorial at the 5th Ranger Training Battalion. I served with him for numerous years as did most of us, and watched him grow to be a great leader of troops. I have missed him ever since that day, and will continue to. God’s speed brother, Ranger’s Lead the Way!

SFC Reed, Thomas 2/504 1999-2006"
Thomas Reed of Dahlonega, GA

"To all friends of Travis. I have just nominated him to be placed on the fallen Ranger Memorial and 5th Ranger Training Battalion. Travis was a good friend and a great soldier, and I will miss him dearly.

SFC Reed, Thomas 2/504 99-06"
Thomas Reed of Dahlonega, GA

"I served in a company opposite of Travis in the 2/504. Him and my roommate years ago were close friends and Travis was always around. Over the years we stayed friends and it was good getting to see him develop into a great soldier and leader. I left the Army before the unit went back to Afghanistan and I still remember the last time I talked to Travis. He ran over to say hi to me as I was walking by the company area. I heard of his death through a friend and was devastated. I've lost several friends over the last couple years and Travis was one of those. It always seems like the best and greatest guys are the ones who make the ultimate sacrifice. Travis was a good friend, a good soldier, and one of the greatest guys I will ever know. My deepest sympathies to his family and wife.
Sincerely,
Bart Barcelou D 2/504"

"I never had the honor to meet SSG Nixon, but I wish I had. He is and forever will be my Airbone Ranger in the sky. RLTW!"
SPC Chappell of 4th Ranger Training Battalion

"SSG Nixon.. What can I say. You were my brother... You were my friend.... I served with you through all three deployments. Never thought the third would be our last. I still remember your face in the chow hall at Salerno a week before you passed. The times you spent on the deck at the house will never be forgotten. I miss you bro, and I know I'll see you again. AIRBORNE, ALL THE WAY, STRIKE HOLD."
SSG Connolly of Fayetteville NC

""The voices of the past ring in our hearts long after they have faded from our ears..."
I read that recently and my heart sang a song of Travis's laugh. He was a brave soldier with a heart of gold. May he rest in peace."
Julie Matson of Anchorage, Alaska

"i didn't know travis during his life, but have come to think about him a lot in his passing, and those close to him. just know that we are all still here to making sure that travis, and all of our fallen, have not gone in vain. the fight continues as does the memory of SSG Nixon. all the way- AIRBORNE!"
SPC Grindstaff of Iraq

"Travis and I pretty much grew up together in B Co, having arrived at the unit relatively close to the same time. We went to PRC, Ranger School, and eventually two deployments with one another. In his early days as a private, he was one of the most GUNG HO guys you'd ever seen, even if he had no idea what was really going on. Through the years, he developed into one of the finest NCOs the 82nd had ever seen. And while I was by no means there, in his final moments, I've heard countless witnesses proclaim he lead his men until the very end displaying utmost bravery and courage against an overwhelming enemy force. He is missed by all but will NEVER be forgotten. NEVER. Travis---our brother, our friend, our hero---Strike Hold, Airborne, All The Way."
Oliver Sliva of Boulder, CO

"Nixon,or noxin as his ruck sack read was a great man,i'll always remember how he used to come bouncing through my door looking for a cigarette and a lighter then run off and pass by the door later throwing the lighter at me,and laughing about it,that was just nixon,no one could ever stay mad at him...he did his job and he loved it,he wanted his friends and family to be proud of him,we are and always will be,"
SGT Perales,Charles E US Army of Ft. Bragg,NC

"TRAVIS YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND ILL SEE YOU AGAIN MY FREIND"
SSG ESTES WAYNE L. of C CO 2-1 INFANTRY FORT WAINWRIGHT A.K. 99703

"I send to you my sincerest regrets for your loss. My family is most appreciative of your sacrifice for our safety!! I would like to report to you that while at the Wurstfest in new Braunfels, Texas I found a silver bracelet with SSG Travis W. Nixon engraved on it. I am trying to return it to it's owner. Would you please contact me at 713-459-9143 so I may return it to it's rightful owner. Thank you"
Priscilla Hendon of Houston, TX

"SSG Nixon and i grew up together in t he same platoon since we were privates, gone thru a tour in afganistan and iraq together. Were roomates for most of our military career. Travis was a brother and a friend, one that will be missed dearly. DE OPPRESO LIBER!"
STEVE

"I went through Infantry Basic at 2/54 Infantry & Airborne Training at the 1/507 with Travis. I saw him make the transition from teenager to a man. He was a great soldier."
Sean Flaherty of Oakland, CA USA

"My name is Barb Shillinger and I send you my most sincere condolences on the loss of your son/husband/father. I know what you are going through and I will keep you in my prayers. I am the WA state coordinator for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. We are volunteers making a Civil War reproduction quilt for the family of each of our Fallen from WA. It will have an embroidered label with Travis' name. We ask nothing of the families except an address to which we can mail the quilt when it is finished. Please contact me at barbnlamont@comcast.net
And, again, I am so sorry for your great loss and I thank Travis for being willing to put himself in harm’s way for our country. Barb Shillinger"
Barb Shillinger of Aberdeen, WA

"You will never be forgotten Travis...I think about you and your sacrifice everyday and will never forget. I always manage to crack a smile as well as a tear everytime I recall your antics...

To Wendy and Mr. and Mrs. Nixon...you continue to be in our prayers and I will always be here for you. If you ever need anything please write to me at tomlinsonster@gmail.com. I know that the memory of Travis will live on in every paratrooper within the BOHICAs/Bravo Group/White Devils.

ATW"
James Tomlinson of Olympia, WA

"Travis,
I miss ya... the 2-504 boys were my whole family in NC for three years, and most of them lived on my couches and floors every weekend... Travis liked to come raise hell and make himself known, and he had the BIGGEST heart. I remember the last time I saw him, I was down in Fayetteville visiting, and I saw him at Cadillac Ranch and he couldn't stop telling me how proud I should be of him because he was so lucky to have Wendy and how he was 'settling down' (which I couldn't believe, but understood his version of settling down) and how happy he was. I was so happy for him... and it's so wrong that it all was taken away so soon after he found it. We all miss him, I know I sure do, Fayetteville Mama"
Kristen of Fayetteville, NC, now Ithaca, NY

"To the Nixon Family, I am truly sorry for your loss and deeply greived. Travis was truly a wonderful person and great friend. You will truly be missed. Airborne All The Way."
SSG Courtney S. Ellis of Anchorage, Alaska USA

"Travis,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Airborne All The Way!""

"I was Nixon's roomate for two years when we were both privates in Bco. 2nd Platoon "BOHICAS". My heart goes out to his family and loved ones...Travis, we had some good times together "MIJO". i will always remember you as a friend, fellow soldier, and a BROTHER. you will never be forgoten."
Olivo, Anthony of Chino, CA USA

"On behalf of the 2nd Platoon B Co. 2-504th, I would like to thank all of you for your kind words. I was Travis' Platoon Sergeant and his loss has been hard on myself,his men, and family. Travis lived and died a man of action. Because of his actions and bravery that day many of us will be changed forever. His sacrifice made it posable for others to live on. Travis was a great leader, friend and brother and will never be forgoten but always missed. "WE few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for whoever has shed his blood with me shall be my brother. And those men afraid to go, will think themselves lesser men as they hear of how we fought and died together." - William Shakespeare
Travis was a great friend and my brother."
SFC Johnathon Shank of FT. Bragg NC

"To Travis's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Travis, you sir are a true American Hero. Thank you Travis for all you have done for us. God bless you Travis and God Bless your family."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To the family and friends of Travis W. Nixon:

I did not know Travis myself, but I wanted to give my condolences and thank you. Because of Travis and men like him I am able to live the life that I have-a free one. Freedom is not free, and this wonderful man paid the ultimate price. From what I can tell he was an extrodinary man, wonderful friend, treasure for a son, and the greatest husband anyone could ask for. I am sorry for what you are having to go through and you are in my prayers and thoughts. God Bless You all!!"

"Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice..."
Nicole of ft. worth

"I served with SSG Nixon, in Bco 2/504 for about a year and half, he was a great leader, warrior, and person. You will never be forgotten Travis. RIP
STRIKE HOLD!"
Wayne Holder of Amarillo, Tx

"To the family of Travis Nixon, our son served with Travis at Ft. Bragg, he was also 2nd of the 504th. Devin transferred to the 172nd Stryker Brigade in Alaska, and is now serving in Iraq. He recently learned of Travis's death, and wished for us to contact you if we could, to tell you that Travis meant a lot to many he has served with, he was special. We all want to share our deepest sympathy with you, words cannot express. Thank you for raising such a fine son, soldier, and friend, his sacrifice and yours will never be forgotten, and you will remain in our thoughts and prayers."
The family of SSG Devin J. Bowman of Sheridan, Wyoming

"To the Nixon family from the Sherwood family. Our son Steven was also killed in Afghanistan on 29th October 2005. Our deepest sympathies go out to you as we know the terrible pain you are feeling. Please do not hesitate to ontact us if you wish. sherwoodj£@aol.com"
Mr & Mrs A Sherwood & family of England

"To all that were blessed with knowing this amazing man~
May the angels walk with you. He is an American hero and will NEVER leave our hearts...."

"Dear Nixon Family,

My deepest sympathy in your loss. Your husband, and son, is a true hero. He knew that he was fighting for the ongoing freedom of our country and the future freedom of another country. His life was not given in vain. He will always be remembered by many of us. You can be very proud of him and what he did. He was an exceptional young man.
My prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief."
Barbara of Kernersville, North Carolina

"Dear the Nixon Family,
I want to sent you my deepest sympathy for your lose. It is a tragic event losing a loved one and it will take time. You will never forget the loving man I'm sure he was. How devoted to protecting our rights and freedom he was. I am currently in the military. My father was a Lt Col in the Marine Corp when he was killed in a helicopter crash May 1996 in Camp Lejeune. I also work with a program called TAPS(tragedy assistance program for survivors) I mentor the kids that have lost a loved who served in the m ilitary. If there is anything you need PLEASE feel free to contact me. We all need to stick together and help eachother out in times of need. Military family to military family you cant ask for more support, understanding and comfort.
megan.kuszewski@westover.af.mil"
megan of so. hadley, ma

""As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Travis W. Nixon words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with you in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Daniel's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of houston Texas"
jill hughes of Houston TX

"TO THE NIXON FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN! YOU ARE ANA AMERICAN HERO! ONE THAT HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE YOU HAVE SHARED AND HOLD VERY FOND MEMORIES YOU SHARED TOGETHER. YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN TRAVIS! YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND YOU ARE TRAVIS SOMEONE TO THE WAHL FAMILY. PLEASE FOR TRAVIS REACH OUT TO YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED AFTER TRAVIS. SO NO ONE IN HIS COMMUNITY EVER FORGET HIS SERVICE. HE SERVED HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. TRAVIS-----GOD BLESS! I STILL HAVE TEARS EACH DAY FOR MY SON GREGORY; TODAY THOSE TEARS ARE YOUR'S!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Travis will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Travis' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Our sons are true heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, 504 PIR
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas
gloria.caldas@sbcglobal.net"

"Thank you Travis Nixon, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Travis Nixon:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Travis for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Travis Nixon:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Travis, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on