Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz

22, of West Bend, Wisconsin.
Wichlacz died as a result of hostile action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Died on February 5, 2005.

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"Hallo geschätzte Familie Wichlacz.
Mein Name ist Uwe Wichlacz. Ich wohne in Deutschland. Eines meiner Kinder heißt Ronny Wichlacz. Er ist seit einem Monat in Afghanistan stationiert. Seit ich erfahren habe, dass er dorthin kommandiert wird, habe ich im Internet nach dem Namen Wichlacz gesucht. Dabei bin ich auf Ihre Seite der gefallenen Helden gestoßen. Ich habe auch Angst um mein Kind. Ich kann Ihre Sorgen nachfühlen, aber (zum Glück für mich) sicher nicht Ihren unendlichen Schmerz über den Verlust des Kindes. Mein Junge lebt noch und ich bin jeden Tag dankbar dafür.
Ich verneige mich vor einem jungen Mann, der seine Heimat auch in der Ferne vor Bösen bewahren wollte und dabei sein Leben gab.
Ich nehme (wenn Sie es gestatten) die Hände der Eltern, Verwandten und Freunde in meine Hände und drücke Sie stumm.
Ich bin in Gedanken öfter bei Ihnen als Sie glauben und ich danke Ihnen, dass Sie mir mit dieser Internetseite die Möglichkeit geben, Ihrem Travis (wenn ich Ihn so nennen darf) und meiner Angst um meinen Ronny Zeit des Nachdenkens zu geben.

Verzeihen Sie, dass mein Englisch zu schlecht ist, um Ihnen meine Gefühle zu übermitteln und ich die Nachricht in deutsch geschrieben habe.
Uwe Wichlacz"
Uwe Wichlacz of Leisnig, Deutschland

"February 7, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis M. Wichlacz:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"When I returned from Iraq and was diagnosed with Epilepsy from an injury sustained while serving in the Marine Corps, it never stopped my will to serve. My nephew, Travis, would still be defending our freedom today if someone had not called upon him to serve on another mission. Rest assured... Travis is guarding a new set of gates, and will be there to welcome all who enter when the time is right. I cannot explain why bad things happen to good people, but I know my nephew followed a good path. Semper Fi and God Bless!"
Cpl Jason G. Wichlacz USMC (Medically Retired) of Bloomington, Indiana

"This is Travis' oldest sister and I thank you all for your thoughtful and heartfelt words. He has been gone for 3 years and it still helps."
Rachel of Davenport , Iowa

"You may not know me but I am Jay Wichlacz, I was related to Travis, but I had never met him. I have been in the Army now for 8 years and have been to Afgahnistan and Iraq. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He fought for his country like I do each and everyday. He will always be remembered"
SSG Wichlacz, Jay A. of Ft. Stewart GA

"I knew Travis in Middle School. He lived just a few houses down from me and I used to hang out with him and Sheena. I don't know why it has taken me this long to write on here, but I just want to tell his family and friends that I am so sorry for their loss. He was such a great guy and so much fun! He was so caring of others and I know we will all see him again in heaven."
Meghan Harl of Rock Island, Illinois

"Travis you will always be missed. you were a true friend who always tried to be there for another. Theres a little memorial on my wall of you. Everytine I leave in the morning I see it thanking god that he sent someone like you into out lifes. You helped make this world a safer place by going on out and doing what you did by serving in the united states army. I still am in shock and disbelief seeing you picture flashing up on the news as I just stared frozen lookin at the screen pretending it was not you. Im very proud to have known you and for you to stand up what you believe in. God bless your family members whom are left behind but you will see them once again in heaven."
dave of west bend

"this is to my cousin Travis, I miss you dearly. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. It has been hard without you around. and i want to thank everyone for all the messages they left on here in memory of my cousin. just reading them fills my heart with the comfort to help me deal with this everyday."
Kyle Katzer of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

"To the family of:Travis M. Wichlacz I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"I have read the messages left on the site in tribute of Travis (my son), including one from his sister. I want to thank every one. My thoughts are many and I am still trying to come to terms with his death. He has made me so proud with all of his accomplishments and all of the lives that he touched in only 22 years. Thank you for the warm thoughts. You will never know just how much they mean to me."
Laura Garcia of Davenport, Iowa, USA

"I knew travis pretty well. My brother grew up with him from being in the same troop as him. so i always tagged along with them on there different trips. i'm 14 right now and although this happened months ago..it will always affect me no matter what. he was a great guy and i miss him dearly. i wish he could have lived longer, but at least he was doing something that he wanted to do and was proud of. i love your travis!!"
Sara Zieja of West Bend, Wisconsin

"To the Family of LCpl. Travis Wichlacz:

We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put LCpl. Wichlacz's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"I grew up living next door to Travis for much of my childhood. We played together weekly...After I moved in middle school I lost contact with him and hadnt talked to him again..I joined the marine Corps in 2004 and recieved a phone call from a friend still in west bend. He told asked me if I remembered him and I didnt hesitate to say yes...he gave me the news and I began to cry. A fallen marine is a fallen brother and as a marine you realize you will never forget..I had every news article from home mailed to me and they will stay with me forever...I could not forget him because he was a great friend..now I wont forget because he gave his life for the same cause I will...Thankyou To your family for their sacrifice and thankyou for your unforgetable servituted to the Corps...Semper Fi, you'll never die"
Lance Corporal Jacob Ebert of MCAS Cherry Point, NC

"To the family of Travis M. Wichlacz:

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.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"


"I knew Travis well. Not as good as some people might have, but I knew him. He dated my cousin Angy and married my friend, who is also named Angy. He was a good young man who loved to make friends. I hope his name will never be forgotten. I will forever remember this brother, he will always have my respect and gratefulness for all the things he done for our country and the people who live in it. I dedicated a song to him. It's sung by Toby Keith and is call American Soldier. Your honor and memory will live on forever bro."
Jerome Wiza of Kenosha, Wisconsin

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 family and friends of Lance Corporal Travis M. Wichlacz,

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."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Travis Wichlacz. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. Those that have laid down their lives are the true heroes. May God bless you and comfort you during this time."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"May God's blessings be with you. Thank you Travis for your sacrafice for my freedom. To the family, my deepest sympathy to you. My prayers are with you and Travis will not be forgotten."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"Thank you Travis Wichlacz, 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 Lance Cpl. Travis Wichlacz:
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 Lance Cpl. Travis Wichlacz:
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