Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Travis L. Burkhardt


26, of Edina, Missouri.
Burkhardt was part of an escort mission when the vehicle he was in hit a curb along the road and rolled over in Baghdad, Iraq. Burkhardt was assigned to 170th Military Police Company, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on June 6, 2003.

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"Having a Kool and a gallon of kool-aid for you today 'Baby Huey'. Your never forgotten my friend."
Spc. Reaves of Spotsylvania, Va

"12 years today and we still miss him and think of him every day. He will never be forgotten!"
J.D. Burkhardt of Palmyra MO

"Never Forgoten Sergeant"
SSG Ryan Criss of Palmdale Ca

"Travis I miss you brother. Thank you for your sacrifice and the memories."
Nathan Bellairs of Ewa Beach HI

"March 4th 2015 was your 38th birthday. The pride, joy, love and laughter you gave us is still here even in your absence. Some wonderful things are happening, I wish you were here to share in the joy."
Dad of Palmyra, MO

"Today I walked 2 miles in your honor in the 2014 Walk for the Fallen in Camdenton, MO. As the mother of a currently enlisted Air Force Airman, my heart goes out to your family. You will never be forgotten. God bless. 🇺🇸"
Jennifer Campbell of Camdenton, MO

"Not a day goes by with out thinking of you thank you Travis"
SSG Jerimiah Conaway of Council Idaho

"In 2007, I was assigned to the Delta Company, 1st of the 181st Infantry as the Motor Sergeant, in what at the time was called Camp Travis in the Green Zone next to the Embassy. I often wondered what Travis was like and his story and what kind of Soldier he was. From what I can tell and read he was loved by many and was a great family man. It was my Honor to serve in a Camp with his name. RIP my Brother, as you watch over us knowing you are there by our sides."
SSG Foley of Winchendon, Ma

"My grandfather was a great friend of yours mike kite, he always told me a lot about you and you an impact on me becoming a military police officer, when I was overseas I prayed you would watch over me, and when i came home i made sure to visit your grave, and put an mp bizzard on your picture at luckys. May I finish my career as a military police officer in your honor sgt rest in peace and Godspeed"
Keanan kite of Fort Carson Colorado

"What a wonderful man you were."
s-m of Edina

"Nine years today and I still miss him like it was yesterday. His smile never fades in my memory. Dad"
J.D. Burkhardt of Palmyra, Mo.

"Happy birthday Bubba! I miss you everyday. I often think of how different things would be if you were here. I cherish the memories I have and will never forget you! Love always....Al"
Alicia of Kahoka, MO

"This is Travis' 35th birthday. The world lost a wonderful young man when he left us, but he left behind many wonderful memories."
J.D. Burkhardt of Palmyra, Mo.

"Missing you..."
Melissa Burkhardt Tennyson of Kirksville, MO

"8 years and I will still miss him every day when it has been 108 years. He was a good soldier a good policeman and a wonderful father and son."
J.D. Burkhardt of Palmyra, MO

"You were a good friend and you will be forever missed and never forgotten"
Adam Crippen, 170th Military Police Company, of Hudson, Wyoming

"Travis would be 34 today. His memory is forever. Dad"
J.D. Burkhardt of Palmyra, MO

"I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Travis in the line of duty. I'm sure he is missed and I wish with all my heart that I had known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Lori Fawcett Wilson of Littleton, CO

"I'm SFC Fredrick Stillions, I served as a Dragon Fighter with Travis at Ft Lewis in 2002 and 2003. I was in the 40th MP Company attached to the 504th MP batallion. I attended Travis' memorial service on June 12, 2003. I was 57 years old at the time of my deployment with the 504th. I was attached as an MPDO at the time of his passing. Sad. In my 40 years of military service (Marines 1967-74, California National Guard 1974-2002, Regular Army 2002-2007.) I have never served with a more dedicated Professional Unit as the 504th. All of the soldiers were great including Travis. May he rest in peace. (For those of you who were there, remember the 40th took the Pig Bowl hoooah) Coincidently, part of my family is from Edina (The Dodds)where Travis was from."
SFC Fredrick Stillions of LaVerne, California

"We will never forget you or the sacrifice you made for us, nor will we ever forget the way in which you enriched our lives when you were with us--Until we meet again ---Dad"
J.D. Burkhardt of Palmyra, Mo.

"Our platoon took over the mission from the 170th in 2004 and while we were stationed on Camp Travis,everyday I would make sure that the "Camp Travis" sign was cleaned and free of dust.
Our prayers are with Sgt Burkhardt and family."
Bill Boyle of Chicago, IL

"I miss you Sgt. Burkhardt, you were the best nco that I ever served with."
Aaron Mabey, Spc. 170th MP Co. of Raymore, MO

"Travis, I have thought of you often since that June 6th day when I flew in on my blackhawk and worked on you. I worked hard, trying to get life back into you......you fought hard also, you fought for your unit and your country, you are not forgotten..."
Jay Bierman-Flight Medic of Seattle, WA

"Travis, it was a blessing spending Sundays with you at family gatherings in Hawaii. I am glad to have gotten to know you and I know you are truly missed by your family, especially your children. We are all forever grateful for your sacrifice for our nation."
CPT Chris Angeles, US Army of San Antonio, TX

"9/11/09 – With the patriotic music that is flooding the airways today, I cannot help but think of those who are currently serving in our armed forces and those who have served in the past. My appreciation goes out to them and their families for their service.

To those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty - May your pride outweigh your grief.

To Travis - You were always true to yourself and your beliefs. My admiration for the person you were, respect for the power of your memory, and heartache for the loss of you are all eternal."
Melissa (Burkhardt) Tennyson of Kirksville, MO

"We received notification of the death of our cousin Travis a few days after this date six years ago. We pray for him also and those service men and women now in harm's way. Peace to Travis and his family. God bless."
Tom Montgomery of Fairfield, OH

"Six years is a long time and there has been a lot of water under the proverbial bridge, but some things never change. I still miss him every day. I won't let his children forget him and I pray that his sacrifice will not be forgotten. Love and respect Forever - Dad"
j.d. burkhardt of Palmyra, Mo.

"To the family of:Travis L. Burkhardt 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"

"Just to let you know that Travis is still thought about even tho 5 years has passed,"
Debbie Edwards of Edina, Mo

"To Travis's family I am very sorry for your loss, and I apologize for taking so long to leave my condolences. I wish you all well and hope you are ok."
Spc. Reaves of Fredericksburg, Va

"Your extended family gathered around your family on a bright sunny June day five years ago. The evening before were tearful reflections and praise of honor. We celebrated your life and your service. When we visit Edina, we try also to visit your gravesite. Our prayers are always to you and your family."
Cuz Tom of Fairfield, OH

"It will be 5 yrs. this Friday since we lost you. There is never a day I don't think of you and what a wonderful son you were. Always-Dad"
J.D. Burkhardt of Palmyra, Mo.

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Travis L. Burkhardt:
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

"Dear Family of Travis Burkhardt:

To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the "Grateful hearts project" are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

For more information, please contact us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net

Sincerely;
the artists of Grateful hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo

"My name is Dustin Parton and I used to live in Edina, MO when I was younger. I thought maybe I was in the same class as Justin but maybe it was Travis I was in class with. Lacy (Waibel) Hayes stated in her message that he rode the bus. I know I was in the same grade as Lacy but I really don't remember. I moved after the fourth grade but I still think of Edina as my home town. Myself and my family are very grateful to the men and women of the armed forces who fight for our freedom. Anytime somebody dies while serving and it hits close to home, it is very sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Justin and the rest of the family. I only wish I would have known about this sooner and I deeply apologize for that. I guess I need to start keeping in touch with my friends from Edina, MO. Once again myself and my family are very sorry for your loss."
Dustin Parton of Marshall, MO

"Travis,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish that I had the opportunity to have served with you when I was in."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"YOU WERE THE BEST NCO I EVER CHILLED WITH AND MISS YOU EVERY DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU TRAVIS"
GEORGE LANGER of FT LEWIS

"Travis you will always be missed. Justin still misses you and thinks about you everyday. You are our hero, and I know someday we will all meet again. We love you."
Lindsey Burkhardt of Ft. Huachuca, AZ

"I went to High School with Travis, and have many fond memories. I grew up in Newark so the bus ride home from Edina was about an hour, and I can remember many conversations Travis and I would have on the bus when he would go visit his Uncle Dale. I didn't have the chance to see Travis after graduation, but many times I've wished I could have so I could have told him how great of a friend he was to me. I have pictures of us when we went to Jefferson City MO during our 9th grade year, and I will treasure them always. I think of Travis everyday, and have told my son about him many times, and my 8 year old son now wants to join the Army when he grows up. Thank you Travis for being a great friend and everything you did for us; and Burkhardt family you are always in my heart and prayers."
Beth (Latimer) Clay of LaBelle, MO, Lewis County

"To the Burkhardt Family,

I met Travis when I was the OIC of the Fort Leonard Wood CID Office. Throughout my military career we had often worked closely with the Military Police Investigators but none left such an impression than did Travis. Even when he did not have to, Travis would always come over to my office and ask if there was anything he could do to help. Even when all his colleagues had gone home for the evening, Travis would remain behind just to help us out. But the one thing I remember most about Travis is that no matter how many hours we worked on an investigation or how frustrating it became; Travis always had a smile on his face and a good word on his lips. I think of him often and am proud to have served beside him.

Your family has often been in my prayers."
CW3 Robert Dale Antry

"After 3 yrs. I finally got a report on the ''incident'' that took you from us and a copy of the Bronze Star you so richly deserved and an old friend of yours sent me a picture of the sign at Camp Travis. I will always remember you as a wonderfull son that made me very proud and a close friend who always made me laugh. Someday we will be together again and I can thank you for being Travis, until then, ''Chickenlips'' and keep smiling. Dad"
J.D. Burkhardt of Wyaconda, Mo.

"It's been just over 3 years and I remember talking to you like it was just yesterday....
My prayers are with you Burkhardt Family and friends. We salute your son and we salute you. God Bless you during this time of emotional chaos. Your son was loved by many and now respected by millions. Thank you for your wonderful son, who became an honorable man and respected Soldier. We miss you Burkhardt."
Laura Clarke of Anaheim, California (Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri)

"Burkhardt Family,

Just wanted to take some time out and say I will never forget you Travis. You taught me a lot at Fort Lewis the short time we had togther.

You always brought a smile to my face and know how to lift my spirts.

I think about you and your family a lot."
SSG Mashburn of Crowley, TX

"I too served with Travis at Schofield Barracks HI. I was a married soldier and I would change into my BDUs after PT each day in Travis' room. I was shocked to see his name here. Unfortunately he's is not the only Army brother I've lost. God bless you Travis"
Sgt. Greg Isaacs of Dept. of Veterans Affairs Police, Lexington KY

"I met Burkhardt while serving at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri with my unit 447th MP CO. I had no idea we had lost him until just tonight when I stumbled across this page. He was a great soldier and will never be forgotten. You are soooo missed.
God Bless your bravery and may God Bless your family with the strength and courage to move forward in life..."
Sgt Laura Clarke of Anaheim, California

"Travis has become the “face” of the Iraqi war for me. I first met Travis in the 4th grade when I transferred to public school from St. Joe. He was one of the first people to befriend me. During 9 years of friendship I don’t think I ever saw Travis without a smile or a joke. The last time I saw Travis was the week before I left for basic training. We hadn’t seen each other in a year, but he heard I had joined and wanted to offer encouragement and support. That was Travis. At holidays when I bow my head to give thanks that I can be with my family because other soldiers aren’t, I think of the Burkhardts. I know my twinges of hurt and quiet tears don’t match the agony you’ve been through, but I hope you know that Travis will always be a hero to me. Also know that myself and countless others will never cease to be thankful for the sacrifices that you and he have made."
Zach Gunter of Concordia, MO

"To my Brother. I always think of you everyday. Nothing but good memeories. I appreciate everything you have done for me and my family while I was away. I will always remember our conversation the night before you were taken away. I will always remember you. Love You always"
SFC Levi, Teddy F. of Ft. Irwin, CA

"My little brother's name is Travis Burkhardt, I do not know if there is any relation between us but please know my heart goes out to you at this time. I have recently suffered a great loss myself and I know the deep sorrow you are feeling. I am so proud of your Travis and all of our soldiers. Thank you for your sacrifice for our continued freedom. Take peace in knowing he will always be alive in your hearts. You are in my prayers"
Melissa Burkhardt of Montana

"I was stationed at Schofield Barracks with Travis. It hit me like bat to the stomach to see his face here. I was hoping that maybe it was just a coincidence, and someone else had the same name. I still remember hanging out with Travis like it was yesterday. Always a friend, always dependable. I always told him he would be a great soldier, and I was right. It was an honor to have known him. I only regret not bieng there at that time to help. Watch over us buddy."
Robert B. Cabrera of Miami, Fl

"JUNE 6 2003 WAS THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE AND THE LAST DAY OF YOURS, IT WILL SOON BE 2 YEARS AND I MISS YOU AND THINK OF YOU EVERY DAY. DAD"
JDB of KAHOKA, MO.

"I never had the pleasure of meeting Travis. I know that if he is anything like his father, then he is truly a wonderful man.
David, family, my wishes have been with you since you lost Travis and will continue to be with you. May he walk with my angel and protect him, as he protected us in life."
K Boyle of Colorado, formerly of Edina, MO

"I met Travis at Ft Leonard Wood. It seemed when noone else would help He would take that extra time to make sure I got it. Travis is in my thoughts. Thank you for raising such a great young man."
Michael Stokes of Jacksonville, NC

"St. Charles Democratic Alliance held a Tribute & Memorial to the 20 fallen soldiers from Missouri on 3/19/2005, the 2nd anniversary of the War in Iraq. Four families of the fallen attended the event, and nine families shared messages that were read during the tribute by Connie Greene, sister of fallen soldier Jamie Huggins. The event aired on all four local newscasts (Fox KTVI, KPLR, KSDK, KMOV.) Biographies of each of the fallen soldiers were read while photos of the soldiers were displayed. The event also included Bible readings, songs, keynotes speeches by Rev. Jason Samuel and Viet Nam Veteran Ken Peters, and a fellowship in the church hall immediately following the tribute. Our organization was sensitive to the fact that even though information on Missouri’s fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number – we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the family’s perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouri’s finest, as well as the sacrifice the families made, and continue to make every day. Special thanks to the Burkhardt, Gottfried, Huggins and Spink families for traveling long distances to Transfiguration Church in Lake St. Louis to participate in this community tribute. (anngastler@charter.net)"
Ann Gastler, St. Charles Democratic Alliance of St. Peters, MO

"Thank you and your family so much for defending our freedom and helping bring freedom to a new world."
Jerry Salzman of Golden City, MO

"I received a Hero Bracelet with Travis' name. I am sending it to my husband who is currently serving in Iraq. My heart goes out the Burkardt family and friends."
Jamie Lind of Cincinnati Ohio

"I received my hero braclet today and I am very proud to wear Travis name."
Michael Hayes of New Jersey

"I had the honor of becoming aquainted with Travis while he was working MPI at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. At the time, I was the Chief of Police in Richland, MO and I attended several meetings/briefings that Travis had been placed in charge of coordinating soon after the war in Afghanistan began. I had just left the MP Corps and the Army in Dec 1999 after also having worked MPI in the same office as Travis. Although I never worked directly with him in that office, I heard only great things about him from several friends that still did. I am deeply saddened by his passing, but I take take great comfort in knowing that he is with God who has welcomed him with open arms. To the Burkhardt family, don't grieve...celebrate....he's in heaven with our Father and he's waiting to see you again. You will be with him again. Have faith. May God bless Travis and all of our fallen soldiers."
Harry R. Eckman, Jr. of Rolla, Missouri, USA

"Travis did a great job in MPI at Fort Leonard Wood. As an MP there, I got to know only the "work" side of him, and he definately knew what he was doing. I can look back and say that his work and constant professionalism were very impressive. I was in Iraq when I learned of his death and I was shocked. God Bless Travis' family. Don't forget that there are so many of us who thought he was a great person."
George Sakellakis of Brook Park, OH/USA

"Travis did a great job in MPI at Fort Leonard Wood. As an MP there, I got to know only the "work" side of him, and he definately knew what he was doing. I can look back and say that his work and constant professionalism were very impressive. I was in Iraq when I learned of his death and I was shocked. God Bless Travis' family. Don't forget that there are so many of us who thought he was a great person."
George Sakellakis of Brook Park, OH/USA

"I met Travis while assigned at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. As a fellow MP it is always hard to lose one of your own, not to mention one as good as Travis (Lance). Thanks for all your MPI work. I'll miss the MP9 work at 2am."
SFC Murdock (447th MP CO) of Akron, Ohio

"Travis was a great friend of mine during my high school years, but we did not keep in touch. Still, he has left such an impression on my heart and he will never be forgotten. From the beginning, Travis had the dedication and desire to achieve his life goal to be in law enforcement and he was willing and able to do whatever it took to do so. Recently, I was looking through some of my old photo albums, and alot of pitures in there are of Travis. Cascades of memories from the "good 'ole days" flowed through my mind. I have so many fond memories of Travis. After all of this time, I am still in shock. I can't believe that he is gone. When I remember him, the first thing that comes to my mind is that contagious smile and laugh of his. Travis was a comedian, and could always make you laugh. I can honestly say that I have never met anyone else like him, and probably never will. I feel very privileged to have known Travis and will be forever grateful for his unselfish dedication in fighting for the security of our nation. Travis died doing what he loved and will never be fogotten. My heart goes out to his family, may God bless you and our troops. I love you Travis."
Rachel (Hettinger) Malen of Battlefield, MO (formerly of Brashear, MO)

"my prayers go out to travis's family. i was over in iraq last year and was severely injured to the point that it almost cost me my life. i am not sure if we are related distantly or at all but i am truly sorry for his family's loss. so i am asking the family of one travis burkhardt that if there is any kind of support they need to please feel free to contact me. my condolences to the family and loved ones. god bless and take care"
SSG Larry V. Burkhardt ( cavalier0874@yahoo.com) of Ft Riley, KS

"my prayers go out to travis's family. i was over in iraq last year and was severely injured to the point that it almost cost me my life. i am not sure if we are related distantly or at all but i am truly sorry for his family's loss. so i am asking the family of one travis burkhardt that if there is any kind of support they need to please feel free to contact me. my condolences to the family and loved ones. god bless and take care"
SSG Larry V. Burkhardt of Ft Riley, KS

"My prayers go out to the Burkhardt famiy. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are very proud of him, as are many other Americans. I will never forget what great sacrafice he has given for his country. My heart goes out to all of our military and their families. May God belss each and everyone, and we all will be back together again in a much greater place."
Susan of Lyles, Tn. USA

"Having never spoken of it until I'm typing this. Crying in a closed room, never letting it out. But it needs to be brought out. This site proves it. How simple it is to say well its over. For me and many of my friends it will never be over. 26 of my friends, c'mon they were my family' were killed when we got miss-dropped and were caught in what I thought was hell. These people who have given more than anyone for ALL OF US deserve every bit of our dignity respect and love and that goes for thier families as well. All I know is I didn't get a hug, I got spit on and beat up when I got home. But a day doesn't go by that I don't Pray for them and thier families. I salute these young soldiers who gave so much more than I did. With that I'll close and just say peace, and I love every one one of you."
Ssgt. Dean Parent (ackair@hotmail.com) of West Yarmouth, MA 02673

"My heart truly goes out to Sgt. Burkhart's family and friends...those who knew him well. I regret that I didn't know him very well, but I can feel the lose. He was a well respected NCO in the Dragon Slayer family, an NCO that set not only an example, but set a professional standard that all NCO's should follow...A standard that most NCO's can only dream of achiving. I truly wish there were some way to turn back time, but even with the many tears shed I know I wish the impossible. I know that there are no words that can heal the hole in our hearts, but perhaps through keeping his memory alive, we can find some peace."
SPC Terri Eury of Ft. Lewis, WA

"travis you made an impact on everyone's life and you will always be remembered. that one person who always made light of everything no matter what. everytime i think about ya i smile cause you always made us laugh. to the family i know these are hard times but know that he was loved by everyone who knew him and he will always be remembered."
ashley null of Ft. Lewis Washington

"I am the firstborn of a an Army SFC. I have witnessed the pride and dedication of many soldiers, but nothing strikes me harder than the death of a soldier; a soldier is the boldest representation, the embodiment, of the will to freedom and its exercise for all. Naturally, the life of a soldier is the sincerest and most costly debt, but that debt serves to pay for more than words can express. My father and my step-mother both have been to Iraq; I myself used to live on Schofield Barracks; and I have heard the words of my upset father who has had to deliver the news of a son's tragedy, dying similarly as your pround son. The tangibility of these situations are profound, and I hope that you will find the information you are looking for. God rest the good men and women of our armed forces, and God help this great nation. May He grant you peace and comfort in your great endeavours to cope. And, most of all, God bless."
Brett of Kennesaw, Georgia

"I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE MANY WONDERFUL THINGS YOU HAVE SAID ABOUT MY SON. THOSE OF YOU THAT KNEW HIM KNOW THERE IS NOT ROOM ON THE INTERNET FOR ALL THAT COULD BE SAID. YOU ALSO KNOW THAT TRAVIS AND I WERE VERY CLOSE, HE WAS NOT ONLY MY BELOVED FIRSTBORN, BUT ONE OF MY CLOSEST AND DEAREST FRIENDS AS WELL. HIS SISTER AND ARE WONDERING WHY ALL CONTACT BETWEEN US AND THE ARMY HAS BEEN CUT OFF. NONE OF THE INFORMATION WE WERE PROMISED HAS BEEN FORTHCOMING. ANYONE WHO CAN SOLVE THIS MYSTERY FOR US CAN CONTACT US @ DAVIDBURKHARDT669@HOTMAIL.COM."
J. D. BURKHARDT of KAHOKA, MO.

"We Love you, Travis. We will always love you, Travis."
Matthew Metcalf of Seattle, WA

"Travis was brother to my son-in-law, Justin. It still saddens me greatly at the family's loss. I have a small tribute page on my website:
http://roadhouse-classic-rock.com/index.html
Click on the ribbon to go to the page. I would like to add further info on his life, if anyone wants to email me on that. rowdygirl_41@yahoo.com"
Sandi of Kirksville, Mo

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Travis was my cousin. He and I were the same age, and grew up together. With the anniversary of his death approaching, I feel it is necessary to share some of his feelings about this operation. I would never try to speak for him, but I think it is important for everyone who knew him to know this. I spoke with Travis a few weeks before he deployed, and he expressed to me how supportive he was of this war; and that although he did not want to leave his family, he wanted to go. Travis was the kind of person that stood up for what he believed in, and he believed in this. Knowing this has helped me to better cope with loosing him. I wish that everyone in the world had a chance to hear what he had to say, as I feel it would help a lot of others deal with their losses and sacrifices. Travis was truly one of a kind, and his death leaves a void that will never be filled...just know that he died for something he believed in."
Melissa (Burkhardt) Tennyson (e-mail ronten@nemr.net) of Novinger, MO

"I am terribly sorry for your loss. My dad is currently serving in Iraq as we speak. I know how hard it must be. But remember that you are in my prayers and your son left us with a great memory of him."
Jessica of Edina

"I am sorry I haven't written here before now but I didn't know exactly what to say.

I was in a convoy that passed the accident that claimed the life of SGT Burkhardt. I want everyone to know that he was treated with respect that to this day still puts a knot in my stomach. I saluted and said a prayer as I passed by. His body was being protected my his fellow soldiers as well as marines that were first on the scene. Although I did not know him his death as left me wondering about this fine man more than once. My sincere condolences to his family and I pray they are coping as well as can be expected."
SFC Algiere

"To the Family of SGT Burkhardt...

I was stationed at Camp Casey, Korea, when I saw Travis' name on the casualty list. I was surely shocked when I saw his name, and I thought I must be dreaming. Travis and I were both young Military Police Soldiers at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and we both learned together what it meant to be in an organization that was both "Of the Troops, and For the Troops." Travis and I spent many long nights standing gaurd at Foote Gate, talking about what we would do if only we could be in charge. We both experienced the hardships and rewards of being American Soldiers. We also talked alot about our home state of Missouri, and talked about which college was better, SMSU or University of Missouri. He was a top notch soldier, a caring Military Police Officer, and an excellent friend. It is comming up on a year since he was taken away, and I am still saddened when I think about him being gone. May God bless his family, and God Bless America."
SFC Robert Blumer of Fort Bragg, NC/Conway, MO

"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. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"The 170th Military Police Company returned home without you Travis. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you or your family. Your were a fine Noncommissioned Officer who's life and death made a lasting impact on military police soldiers around the world. You will always be remembered."
1SG John P. FitzGibbon of 170th Military Police Company, Ft Lewis WA

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

"My name is Cathie Longstreth and I was the grandmother to Duane E. Longstreth, killed in Baghdad on August 7, 2003. I am also a member of the "Bridge People" of Outpost 122. The members of the Bridge Team rally at Outpost 122 (the exit 122 off I 5) every Saturday in an effort to support the troops of Ft. Lewis, McCord AFB and Camp Murray (Washington State National Guard). We have the honor of greeting hundreds of military members and their families every week. The response from the troops is heart warming and welcomed .

I am writing this message to the other families in Washington State that have also lost a family member while serving our country, since September 11, 2001. My family would like to display a picture of the fallen hero, with the name and possibly the date of death, on the bridge while we are rallying. It is intended to honor them for the sacrifice they made but will not be used by us as a personal political statement. We hesitated to replicate the pictures we find on the many web sites without the express permission of the surviving family, as we have had our own experience with the media attempting to use our loss to support their political position.

If you do not object to us using your loved ones picture, please email me with your permission at one of the email addresses below. If you have a special picture that you like us to use please email that as well, otherwise we will be using one of the pictures already posted on the web.


chilstad88@aol.com
clongstreth@multicare.com"
Cathie Longstreth of Tacoma, Wa.

""Once a DRAGONFIGHTER, always a DRAGONFIGHTER!!!"

504TH MILITARY POLICE BATTALION"
SGT SEAN SMITH of FORT LEWIS, WA

"Thank you Travis Burkhardt, 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

"I grew up just down the block from Travis in Edina, MO. He was always an energetic kid with a smile on his face. His family are very special people, and I can't imagine the how they hurt from their sacrifice. I only hope that Travis' own children know that their dad was a very special person."
Jill Mayes Arnold of Columbia, MO fomerly from Edina, MO

"Travis was a wonderful young man.Always a smile on his face and will be GREATLY missed in this community.My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
To Travis and the many,many other soldiers who have fought for our FREEDOM and to those of you still fighting, We Thank You.
May God Bless You and this WONDERFUL Country we live in..
God Bless The USA"
Tina Waibel of Edina,MO USA

"I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the brave men like Travis for sacrificing everything they have to enable American Citizens like me to have the freedoms and rights that many people do not have in other places and countries. My thoughts and prayers are with the Burkhardt family and every other family that are impacted by this international event, as my uncle also is serving America in the Army National Guard."
Curt Snow of Columbia, Missouri -- hometown Edina, Missouri

"Travis and his family lived up the street from me, so we grew up together. Justin and I were in the same class at school and we all rode the school bus together. Travis and Justin were always so funny and like everyone else has said, Travis always had a smile on his face. Unless of course Justin was doing something to get on his nerves! Travis was a very caring person and never had anything mean or cruel to say about anyone. He is most certainly a person that you never forget and I know is missed by many people. My thoughts and prayers, as well as my families, go out to his family and friends. My thanks goes to Travis for giving his life and to all those that are still fighting for our freedoms. God Bless America!"
Lacy (Waibel) Hayes of Edina, MO

"I remember Travis from elementary school. He was the "smart kid" in class. I was sorry to hear about his death. I also felt simpathy for his wife and children. As a Navy wife, I know how scary being alone can be. I wish the best for his wife and children and Travis will be missed."
Gina (Chadwell) Campbell of Decatur, IL

"I can't believe I'm just finding out about this. I was just wondering this week when Travis was getting back, when I arrived at work today, they had painted a memorial on the wall of our military police station at Fort Myer, VA. I was looking at it and noticed Travis' name along with the other soldiers that have lost their lives in Iraq. I am grief-stricken.
My deepest sympathies to Rose, the children, and family of Travis. The world has lost a wonderful person. He will truly be missed by myself and numerous others. I love you Trav."
Chris Borrelli of Ft. Myer, VA/USA

"I don't know where to begin. I was stationed with Travis in the same platoon at Ft Leonard Wood. I just want to reinterate that he was a man of many smiles. He was always in high spirits and effected everyone around him. As a good leader, he knew his job and done it well. As it was stated below, for the people that didn't know him, they missed out on meeting a great guy. He'll always be in our memories.

Thank you Travis."
-Yurick of Kitzingen, Germany

"I served with Sgt Burkhardt while we were both stationed at Schofield Barracks Hawaii. I remember Burkhardt as he was coming up through the ranks as a dedicated and compassionate soldier always looking out for the welfare of others and quick to put other’s needs before his own. He and I, although never assigned to the same platoon, always seemed to understand one another. There were many ‘Mid’ shifts when absolutely nothing seemed to be going on we would talk and chat about the issues of the day. I always thought that he would go far in the Army as he was intelligent, dedicated and most of all he had ‘common sense’. Now I am informed that Burkhardt has given the ultimate for his country and I am deeply saddened. To his family and loved ones I offer my sincere, albeit belated, condolences. He was indeed a good man. May God bless Burkhardt and his family."
Sgt Dano Lloyd of Kingston, New Hampshire

"Dear Family of Sgt. Travis Lee Burkhardt,

This past Sunday night, September 14th, 2003, my family and I visited the Healing Field near our home in Utah. There on a sprawling lawn was a flag representing each and every person who lost or gave their life in the name of Freedom and this Great Nation. What an awesome and sobering reminder. There was a reverence and somberness that was unforgettable. One piece of lawn was dedicated to the coalition soldiers that freely gave their lives.

We went back tonight, Monday, to pick up two flags; one honoring someone who lost their life on September 11th, 2001, the other honoring a soldier who gave up his because of that day. The men and women of the military were there to retire, salute and lay to rest each flag honoring their fallen comrade. We were handed the flag honoring your son, brother, husband and father, Army Sgt. Travis Lee Burkhardt. Knowing nothing more of this man, other than he was a hero, we felt a quiet connection. We could not wait to get home and learn all we could about our new found friend, Travis.

He was indeed a hero, both at home and abroad. What a wonderful tribute to a great man.

We will keep Travis, his family, his coalition family and Justin in our prayers. May his fellow soldiers never forget him, and may you, his family always remember him.

Thank you for sharing Travis with us."
of Salt Lake City, Utah

"My husband Delmar and I met Hans here at Fort Carson. We loved being spending time with Hans and Sharon. He could always make us smile and we will always miss his sense of humor and good heart. Pictionary and "sausage dog" will never be the same! We think of him often and remember of all the good times shared. He made such an impact on our lives we named our little girl after him. We will never forget him. My heart goes out to Miss Magaret, Ray, Terry, and Sharon."
Delmar, Melissa, & Amelia Nicole Dewey of Fort Carson, CO

"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

"Travis was my older brother. There is not a day goes by that I don't think about him and most of the time I cry. I know he would want us to go on smiling and having a good time; for if he were still here that is what he would be doing with us. Travis always put a smile on everyones face. He wasn't ever afraid to speak his mind and I think he was respected for that. He will always be remembered. Anyone who knew him is better for it and those who didn't were definetly cheated out of meeting a fine man. God Bless to all other troops."
Alicia Burkhardt of Kahoka/Edina, MO U.S.A

"Travis was an exceptional soldier and good man who loved his family very much. I was stationed with him at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and had the pleasure of working with him from time to time. Travis was quick witted and always wore a smile. I know if he were here today, he would want us to remember him with a smile. He is greatly missed."
Jody A. Huff of 280th Military Police Det (CID) Fort Knox, KY

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Travis Burkhardt:
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 Sgt. Travis Burkhardt:
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