Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Travis R. Bruce

22, of Byron, Minnesota.
Bruce died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an enemy mortar round detonated near his guard position. Bruce was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on March 23, 2005.

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"Nerver Forgoten ECURB"
SSG Ryan Criss of Palmdale Ca

"I met your mother today Travis, she's an amazing women and she misses you so dearly. I was honnored to have met her and even more honored to have been able to hear her story."
anon citizen of Rochester, MN

"For Julianne J. Hass - I would like to talk to you. I am a writer. Email: message2read@yahoo.com"
Anon Writer of Rochester, MN USA

"My cousin was an amazing man....so proud of his service to this country and his love for his family! I will never forget my little bro cousin."
Colleen of Helena, MT

"Little over 6 years....hurts like yesterday! !! I miss you Travis! ! I remember the last time I saw you when you mom Tonya and Kenny all came down to colonial lanes bowling. It was almost like a family reunion!! Lol. Anyways..there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of u!!Thank u for my freedom! NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!!!!"
Lauralae Morrill(Smith) of Rochester MN USA

"As you can probably see from up there that I am here again. You watched over me the last two times that I was here and I am asking you to do it one more time. I think about you all the time, and just told Mom today that I am having a hard time with losing you. I knew you almost my whole life and I will never have a friendship like we had. Please watch over me and the other soldiers deployed, some day I hope to fill the void that was created on the 23rd of March, but most of all I want you to know I miss you a ton and would give anything to talk to you again. I know it will be a while until we meet again, and brother, I look forward to the day I can see you again. Cliff, Mom and I will never forget you. You are our brother and a son. Until we meet again."
Rob of Iraq

"The nation is very Thankful for your effort. Be in the peace of god"
Emerson Arruda of Brazil

"Travis, I didn't know you well, but I've never forgotten you."
Steve of Completion desk

"I feel your pain. My son was in Fort Lewis, Washington and is now in Iraq. I think he may be part of the same unit. He frew up in Eyota, Minnesota. Yesterday, he said something hit the ground and something hit him in the head, but is okay. We were lucky. He has a year left and I can only imagine what you went through the days that Travis was in Iraq. You were brave to go through each of those days. Be proud."
Juliane Hass of Eyota, Minnesota

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Spc. Travis R. Bruce:
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

"My deepest condolences to your family in the loss of Travis. I'm the Minnesota coordinator of Home of the Brave Quilt project, www.HomeoftheBraveMN.org and we'd be honored to send you a quilt made by our volunteers. We want you to know that we won't forget Travis."
Jean Loken of Apple Valley, MN

"Travis I think about you, Todd, and Steve everyday man. I will always remember the good times together. 1st squad 1st platoon will always have your name engraved on its walls. I don't have the words to explain the grief I still feel knowing you are gone. Travis you hold a special place in my heart and I really do feel blessed to have had you in my life. Although I only knew you for a couple of years I have memories that will last a lifetime, until we meet again. God bless you and keep you safe, and may he bring your family love and peace."
Brian Plaza of Patterson, CA.

"I love you Travis and I will never forget you. You will always be in my prayers. You are a hero,my hero and a great friend. R.I.P."
jesse riese of rochester,mn

"i love you travis and i will never forget you. you will always be in my prayers"
jesse riese of rochester,mn

"May GOD Bless you and your family. I as an American am so proud of all of our men and women in harms way. Travis, you and your family hold a place at our families table for all of eternity. We will continue to pray for you and your loved ones, and ask that you please rest in peace."
Ken Navitsky of Rochester, MN

"Travis...You only met her once but be sure we know and will always let her know what a great guy you were and that you will be her godfather watching over as she grows..."
Alicia of Rochester, MN

"To the family of:Travis R. Bruce I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"CPL Bruce:

It was a privilege to serve with you and it was a privilege to be your Squad Leader while you served in Iraq. You were an outstanding soldier and I miss you everyday, as do you brothers and sisters you left behind in the 170th MP Company. All of us in 1st Platoon wear your KIA bracelets, so that we can be reminded of your friendship and bond that we all shared with you. To those of you who read this: A day never goes by that I don't think of Travis. I think of the night that I put him on that rooftop. And I think of all the fun times I had with him. He was an outstanding soldier and a friend and I miss him."
SSG Scott Smith of Baghdad, Iraq

"I love you Uncle Travy and I'll never forget you. Love your niece"
Breanna Bruce of Rochester

"To the Bruce Family,
Words cannot adequately express your loss and grief. I offer you a humble thank you for your wonderful son. I did not know him, but he is still a hero to me. May God comfort you in your
time of need."
S. Jordan , 1LT, Desert Storm of Rochester, MN

"i am really sorry about Bruce. He was in my unit and he was a great friend of mine and i am deeply saddened by his loss. my heart goes out to his family and friends and Bruce will always be in my prayers."
sarah of castro valley

"To the loved ones of Travis Bruce. I am very sad for your loss. I lost my son Travis Burkhardt in June of 2003 when he was in Iraq in the 170 MP CO . I think they served together at that time.They are true heros,and died doing what they beleaved in. I hope you find peace in that they are with God in a better place."
Kathy Shipley of Kahoka Mo. kshipley@nemr.net

"bruce,
i miss you each and every day and know you are an angel on my soldier when we go on missions. i wish i had been w/ you that night. not a day goes by i dont think about you. i miss you, im so thankful to have known you, and called you my friend."
Scott Morgan of Baghdad, Iraq

"Specialist Bruce, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the family of Travis Bruce, we share your pain in the loss of your brave and devoted son. Words from others cannot assuage the grief, nor will time alone ever completely heal the pain that you now feel. Perhaps the words from Paul to the Romans, "the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" can provide some perspective for you. This world is not our home, and the time that any of us spend in this world is short. Travis left us sooner than anyone would have liked, but he is home now, and with God's grace we will join him someday in Paradise."
David of Rochester

"To the Family & Friends of Travis R. Bruce,
Today I received the black bracelet that I purchased in honor of a fallen soldier from Operation Iraqi Freedom. When I started researching the name on the bracelet, I was overwhelmed by the incredible person whose name is now proudly displayed on my wrist. Cpl. Bruce and his sacrifice will not be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you for your loss."
Cathy Still of Denver, CO/USA

"To the family of Travis R. Bruce:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"To the parents of Spc. Travis Bruce. My heartfelt prayers go out to you. I thank you for your son and his sacrifices that he made while he served proudly in the US Army. My son, Pfc. Stephen Glenn, proudly served with your son while in Iraq. Your son will forever be remembered in our daily lives. May God bless you and your family and know in your hearts the great sacrifices and the impact your son made."
Theresa Glenn of Bogalusa, LA

"Travis you are going to be missed by all of us here in Rochester. I think about you everyday, remembering those fun times that we all had together.. The morning of Homecoming week, Tonya and I woke you up at 4am to dress you up in an ugly dress and then took you out to a field with other high school kids and "TRASHED" you!!! The memories will never be forgotten..
You were such a great guy and great friend to have.. miss you"
Briana, Madison and Austin Riese of Rochester, MN

"I want to let Vickie and the rest of the Bruce family know that they are forever in our prayers. I knew Travis when he was a little boy and could tell he was someone special way back then. He gave his life trying to bring peace to everyone.. and he will never be forgotten."
Ann of Albert Lea, MN

"We all appreciate all your love for travis I actually knew him personally and he was a young hero always. Travis you will never be forgotten today is the funeral and as i get ready i can picture you smiling at us from heaven as we go to celebrate your life we love you!!!"
Kenzie of Rochester, Minnesota

"Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"We wish you peace with the lost of your love one. Your family are in our prayers. May the Lord keep your family safe in his arms. God Bless Your Family.
Sincerely The Shambergers"

"To the family of CPL Travis Bruce: You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Travis was a very special person and will be missed very much. I am proud to be able to say that I knew Travis. And I am very proud to know that my husband had the chance to serve our country with Travis. He will always be a hero and remembered for the sacrafice he made."
Rhonda and SPC Todd Partridge of Ft. Lewis, WA

"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. Your HERO, Travis , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"TO THE BRUCE FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY YOUR LOST. OUR FAMILY UNDERSTAND YOUR LOST. WE LSOT OUR SON LAST MAY 2004. TRAVIS HAS TOUCHED THE HAERTS OF SO MANY. AN HE IS A HERO! AN VERY THANKFUL HE SERVED ALONG SIDE OUR SON. ALTHOUGH, BOTH DIDN,T KNOW ONE ANOTHER! BOTH ARE BROTHERS AS MILITARY SOLDIERS. WE MUST KEEP OUR SON'S NAME IN THE MINDS OF EVERYONE. MORE SO WITH MEMORIAL DAY NEARING. TRAVIS IS THE ELITE OF MOST AMERICANS, SERVING OUR COUNTRY KNOWING HIS LIFE IS ON THE LINE. AN THOSE THAT DO NOT SERVE. SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR SOLDIERS AS TRAVIS! TRAVIS WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND PRAYS. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the family of Travis, My family honors your hero. Travis was a brave man whose Honor, Valor, and Courage will always be remembered. We are grateful for his loyal service and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.
All of our prayers are with you and please remember that you are not alone.
God Bless Travis and his family."
Jennifer and SSG Larry Mays and family of Massillon, OHIo

"Thank you Travis Bruce, 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 Spc. Travis Bruce:
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 Spc. Travis Bruce:
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