Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine 1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller

26, of Granville, Massachusetts.
Fuller died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"Last week, I participated in a fundraiser for Homebase in Canton MA, hosted by Jacqui Bonwell at her yoga studio. I was given 1st Lt Travis Fuller as one of the fallen soldiers for whom I would dedicate my practice. My father served as a Marine and retired as a Lt Col and we were stationed at Kaneohe. I want you to know Travis is still remembered and honored."
rebecca flinn of walpole,ma

"You are still remembered brother. Semper Fi. Carson USMC and MMA"
Carson of Australia

"i was one of his marines. he was a good platoon commander and a good friend."
Corporal Jacquinot of Globe Arizona

"Miss u Travis. Fallen outta trees like idiots."
Justin carlson of Westfield, ma

"Thank you and to your family for the ultimate sacrifice, your in our prayers."
Manuel of NYC

"To the family of:Travis Fuller
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""

"As a civilian, I knew Travis when he was a the Officer's training school at Quantico, Virginia. He was a great person, a great friend and alway knew how to make you laugh. This is a great loss to me. You always assume the good people will always be there and you wish you could say everything you wanted to say. I loss touch with him few several years (through his military transition) but he was always in my heart. I hope to be able to get in touch with his friends and family. I have set up a Facebook memorial page in his name so that all of his friends and family can keep in touch. TJF, I will miss you terribly. - Anna

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002572553970

TravisJFullerMemorial@Gmail.com"
Anna D. of Alexandria, Virginia USA

"sir you led me in and out of battles since the first day we knew each other we hung out as officer and enlisted should not and i idolized you. you comforted my family without telling me and you walked me through many har times
you also saved my life as you promised you would, i was getting on that bird untill you told me to go on the other one..i will never forget you
semper fi john dugan"
john dugan of new york city

"I Miss you Brother"
Conan

"Travis, you are still with us today and I will always remember our days at MMA. You had a impact on my life and so many others and I know I'm a better person because you allowed me the honor of being your friend. As the years go on your memory will only become stronger and one day we will meet again."
Chris Bridges of Portsmouth, NH

"To the family and friends of Travis: His memory still lives on! How could you NOT love that guy? Thank you, Trav."
Nate O. of Los Angeles

"Travis, every day I think about you. This past summer, when I was a Platoon Commander at OCS, I told the candidates about how we were rack mates 10 years ago. I told them about the impact you had on me and how I will never forget you."
AJ Goldberg of Fayetteville, NC

"From Orientation Freshman year through watching Travis and Luis in the Gym Senior year; I have never seen anyone else more dedicated and have more pride than them. To Travis' family, know that your son will always be remembered, he was a great and loyal friend, he touched the heart of everyone he met."
Brian Dailey of Mass Maritime Grad 2001

"Travis gave me such great inspiration and a push to try out for our high school wrestling team. I ended up making the team with him and Nicholas Mocchio but could not endure it due to physical limitations. But I will never forget what he did to get me to try. Years have passed but the memory still remains. Miss you Travis!"
Mark of Westfield, MA, USA

"Trav, Thinking of you today and always."
Maureen Guarcello of San Diego, California

"May you rest in peace Travis. You are a true hero, an inspiration to the Marine Corp,the Academy and true americans. You will never be forgotten my friend."
LT. Matt Carroll USNR of Falmouth, Ma

"June 3, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller:
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

"I was very saddened upon reading that 1st Lt Travis Fuller was killed in combat. The first time I met him, I was giving a call for fire class and he came in, set down, and immediately started taking notes. He was a true leader and student of the Corps. He not only cared for the men under his command but he always wanted you to know you could trust him with anything. For an officer to show that type of character was priceless in my eyes. The regret I have is that I was not able to be there to try and protect him. "GREATEST OFFICER I EVER MET AND HAD THE PLEASURE TO SERVE WITH." Travis you are gone but not forgotten.

Semper Fi,
Cpl. Travis L. Norman/0341
C Co 1/3"
Travis Norman of Carlotte, NC

"Travis, even after a few years, your memory has not been forgoten. As I say "your leadership points me in the right direction." Thank you for your service to our country and the freedom that will ring forever.
2nd LT. Wiedeman USMC"
of Honolulu, Hawaii

"I served with Lt Fuller in Fallujah and he rode on my AAV a few times. He was a great leader from what I saw and I remember when that helo went down. In the memory of all those marines I had C Co 1/3 tattooed on my calf so that all will remember who they were and what they stood for. Semper Fi sir and see again on the other side."
Cpl James Wiggins of 29 Palms Ca

"i am trav's cousin and his death still effects us today. It's been two years sice your death and we all miss you in our own way. You will forever live in our hearts and will always miss you trav. youre spirit lives with us everyday and i wish that we couldve all said what we needed to say. i know that you are one of my 5 and i wait anxiously untill that day. love always and forever"
lisa orourke of cambridge ny

"When I knew Travis he went by the name of Mr. Fuller. He was my Adjutant for cruise freshman year at Massachusetts Maritime. The best quality about Mr. Fuller was his leadership ability he would constantly look out for his own guys. He stopped LT. Horan from giving me a class 1(Honor Code Violation) by convincing him it was a miss understanding. I partially owe my present successes to Travis Fuller. He was a great leader and wonderful person."
Sean Gorman of San Antonio, Texas

"Travis Fuller was a great person. He was the Captain of my High School wrestling team when I was a Junior. I never had a chance to serve under him but was very proud to know he joined the Corps. If he was as good of a leader in the Marine Corps as he was a Captain of the wrestling team, I know his Marines where taken care of.
Semper Fi and God Bless"
SSgt Moccio Nicholas of Kaneohe Bay, HI HMH 362

"Trav, I can remember all the emotions that I felt one year ago today when I got news of the end of your legacy. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about you, whether it was your sense of humor, your ability to overcome and adapt to most any situation, or just how you enjoyed each and every moment of life.

Whether it was the night off the coast of Panama when we ran for 120 minutes on the below decks T.S. Patriot State Steel track, or trekking through the ankle deep ray infested waters off Curacao, or walking to the Massachusetts Christmas Tree in front of the Whitehouse with you, I have so many memories, all of them fond and whenever I hear the word brave and proud I think of you. Thanks for the sacrifice, the laughs, the devotion to our great country, and making the world a much better place. See you on the other side Little Marine. Lots of Love."
Josh Hill of Plymouth, MA (USA)

"I would like the Fuller Family to know that people still remember after twelve months of sorrow and pain. Hopefully, the sadness and sorrow get somewhat easier as the days move on. I saw this notification of your son. I am a MMA graduate. I did not know your son. I do not know your family. I pray for you and want you to know that unknowns, like myself, will not forget him or his family. Thank you for keeping this country, and my family, safe. God Bless"
Dan

"I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and I often search sites of our fallen heroes hoping I do not personally know any of them. I am deeply saddened today that I stumbled over this site to see Travis' name here. I was an Assistant OSO for Capt Moise (his recruiter) when Travis was preparing to go to OCS. He was one of the Candidates I knew for sure would make a great Marine Officer. His motivation and dedication impressed me. I remember being upset of hearing the news of losing 30 brothers on a helo crash in Iraq. I saddens me more to learn that I personally knew one of the motivated Marine Corps Officers on board. Semper Fidelis, Travis."
1stLt Matt Mitchell, USMC of CJTF76, Afghanistan (Parent Cmd, PMO Lejeune) From Shrewsbury, MA

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"Trav, Here's to a great Squad Leader. Thank you for the lessons you taught us and the shaping of our lives as well as the sacrifice for this country"
Jeff Snow of Wmass, MMA '03

"LT Fuller was Just a Baby faced butter bar fresh from TBS When I met Him as our new Platoon commander. I was A squad leader In Cco 1/3 3rd Plt. He Was A Good Marine and A good Platoon commander. He Paid the ultimate price A person can pay fro there country. Semper FI LT DEWEY."
Sgt Rocco of Quantico VA

"Trav, I wont soon forget all the good times. Take it easy brother, I'll see you soon."
1stLt Dan Carroll of Kaneohe Bay, HI

"I'll never forget you Trav. Semper Fi."
LCpl. Casatelli of Brooklyn, NY

"To the family of my plt commander.
Lt Fuller was by far the best Plt Commander to ever walk the streets of Fallujah. To call him my Plt commander Brought a great feeling of pride and honor to my soul. I saw him hours before he left and he assured me that waht i did was great. He toled me that we three squad leaders were the best and that what we did would go down in the history books. May god bless you all in your time of need."
CPL. Wilson Tyrone S of Hillsboro OR, US

"Thanx Trav for showing me the way...
Semper FI"
LCpl Smolinski of 1/25 C Company

"MARINE 1ST Lt Travis J. Fuller - You are an American hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. With pride and honor, you served this grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps. "There is a destiny that makes us brothers, no one goes his way alone; all that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own".
AMERICA SALUTES 1ST LT TRAVIS J. FULLER"
D. BURT of PORTSMOUTH RI

"As a former teammate at MMA I will never forget you.
Trevor Mastromarino
169th MP Company
Army National Guard"

"Trav, I will never forget the great times we had junior year of college living together. You were an excellent friend and leader and I will miss you greatly. I will see you soon."
1stLt Luis R Tapia of San Diego, CA

"Travis stayed at our home after he and our son, AJ, went through Basic Training together at Quantico in 2000. I instantly took to Travis since he was a graduate of Mass Maritime Academy and I am a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

I loved joking with him, saying, "Travis, how in the world did a Third Mate become a real Marine? You weren't satisfied being just a Merchant Marine?"

Travis, you'll always be in my heart. We have your picture in AJ's album. God bless you Travis as you cross your final bar and head out to sea."
Captain Victor Goldberg of Franklin Lakes, NJ

"Travis was my squad leader at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was a great leader, tutor, friend and person."
of Massachusetts

"I am so sorry for your loss for I am feeling it also. I am the father of Lcpl Brian Hopper, who was on the helicopter with Travis. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper email rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"Dear Fuller Family,
Our deepest sympathys goes out to you and your family as we recover from our losses. We lost our son, LCPL Rhonald Dain Rairdan along with your Travis. We pray for your pain & loss to subside with each day.
God's Blessing,

The Rairdans David, Kimberly, & Kyle
1315 CR 3820
San Antonio, TX 78253"
Kimberly Rairdan

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on the helicopter with Travis. I share in the pain of your loss. We are forever united by the sacrifices that our sons made. Thank you and God Bless"
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"My son, Richard A. Gilbert, Jr., also died in the helicopter crash with Travis and 29 other heroes. May God give you comfort to help ease your pain. They will forever be brothers in arms."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"To the family of this wonderful Marine.
Travis and my son Albert went through officer candidate school together. He stayed with us at different times.. Travis and Lt. Albert Golberg were in Iraq together... I can only pray for Travis... and my son.. and all the other soldiers... please God.. let there work not be in vain...
Travis... you will always be in my heart.. and to his family.. I can only understand your pain."
Stephanie Goldberg of franklin lakes, New jersy

"Thank you, Travis- you were known as a good man and a fine soldier here in Western Mass.- the day of liberty is at hand among the oppressed thanks to you and and your fellow liberators. The world will see this, and it won't be long. Our family's condolences to yours."
The McAlisters of Tolland, MA

"I wish to express my deepest sorrow to all of the FULLER family.I am very so for your loss. We will never forget the PROUD and the BRAVE."
The Sarno Family of WESTBORO,MA

"May I express my deepest sorrows in the loss of Travis. May his memories keep you strong."
Mike of New Jersey

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together.""
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"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 "

"Thank you Travis Fuller, 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 1st Lt. Travis Fuller:
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 1st Lt. Travis Fuller:
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