Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army CWO Travis W. Grogan

31, of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Grogan died in Bamian, Afghanistan, when his contract aircraft crashed. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Died on November 27, 2004.

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"I had the honor of working with Travis back in the Navy days at HS-75. I was just a young Sailor working maintenance in the Squadron back then. And I remember watching Travis walk out to the bird for pre flight, all geared up and a smile from ear to ear. He was a Rock Star, and all of us younger guys admired him. Later on, I transferred to the Army as well. When I was deployed to Iraq as an Infantrymen, guys like Travis were our "Guardian Angels". They earned more respect than any other Soldier, on and above the battlefield. Travis will never be forgotten. An old Friend..a Hero...a Soldier!"
Ethan Williams U.S Army (Ret) of Orange Park, Florida

"I need help contacting the family of Travis Grogan, A couple years ago I bought a POW/MIA bracelet and have worn it proudly since and believe it is time to return it to his family. if anyone has any info or contact information it would be greatly appreciated. josh.mattson87@gmail.com"
Joshua of Great Falls, Montana

"Always remembering fellow HCS-4 Redwolf CWO Grogan"
LCDR Renee Wilson of Virginia Beach, VA/USA

"8 years and not a day goes by where you are not thought of. I think you know that though. Your name sake now asks about you. He sees the picture of you dancing with Tanya and says "Thats my uncle Travis. He's my guardian angel." We will meet again one day my friend on the Green. Until then, keep the beer cold and the dr. Pepper warm. NEVER FORGOTTEN..

CH 24"
Eric of Covington, Ky

"Tracy, This is Mrs.N.Galvan, Sgt Daniel Lee Galvan's mother. I wanted you to know how much I often think of you and how you are doing and wonder how much your children must have grown by now. There is another web site for your husband too, I don't if you know about it or maybe you don't www.Legacy.com and go to Rememberance. It's complicated now, but you'll find it. I also want you to know how very much I liked you when we first met you in Hawaii at the Wheeler Army Air Wheel Hanger, after the Trial. Through the years the fews times that we saw you in Lubbock my husband and I especially(ME) gained so much Respect for you and still do. I hope you never forget that. As for us life goes on one beat at a time.
GOD'S Blessing's for All your Family
Nelda Galvan"

"I'm back and Daddy you should see how many people are sharing there stories about you so i guess i will too. Before i knew that my dad was gone i would look out the window each night and look for his helacopter hopeing to see him fly away. Then when he went missing i could have swore i saw the heacopter fly over the house. Now i just hope that your memory lives forever.
*i am going to have to ask Ryan about that toy when i go to see him*"
Ashley Grogan of Abiliene Texas USA

"Miss you Uncle Travis, I know i never got too see you that often because you always lived so far away. I do remember being you taking me to the base and showing me around the helicopter that you knew how to fly. I thought it was so cool that you knew how to do that. I still have the toy one that you gave me, I always will. I also remember sending the race car I made, Mom told me you liked it, I bet i can make a way cooler one now. But I just wanna say I miss you and you will forever be with me. I love you aunt Tracy, Ashley and Austin."
Ryan Fairbanks of Lisbon Falls, Maine

"hi i dont know who is reading this but i find it so sweet because i am his little girl Ashley he died when i was 6 so it is so sweet when i see things for my daddy :)"
ashley grogan of abilene texas

"Another year passes, but your memory never fades.
Miss you Brother. See you on the other side."
CW3 Retired Eric Leach CH24 of Covington, Ky

"CWO Grogan,

Never met you but we have 2 things in common. One is that we fight the same fight. Two is that our last names are the same. God bless you and your family for giving us the ultimate!!"
SFC Mark Grogan of Salt Lake City

"TO Travis's family,
I became close freinds with Travis when we were 12 or 13. I can say he was one of the nicest people I ever met. When I heard of his death I couldn't believe God would take such a good person. I was unable to attend the service but to this day I still think of him often, and I feel for his family and mother. If I can do anything please let me know.

Kenneth Sawyer of Moore, Ok

"It has been 10 years since I talked to you. I was on the computer and your name popped into my head. Just know that you are thought of and your sacrifice has not been forgotten. You were a great person who always managed to have smile on your face. HS-75 NAS JAX misses you and so do its members."
Brent Underdown of Arlington, Washington

"November 11, 2007
To the family of CWO Travis W. Grogan:
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

"I had the pleasure of knowing Chief Grogan and serving with him in the CAV. A laid back individual always welcome to conversation and patient to explain. One of the few pilots that we never managed to irritate that year. He urged me to follow my aspirations. I thank him and honor him by doing just that. Thank you Chief"
CPL. Mikhale Rogers

"So there we are...Travis and I at a bar in Jacksonville, FL. Travis in his Stetson and a peach colored shirt (not sure where it came from but it became famous). Three rodeo cowboys started making comments about Travis' shirt and how pretty it was. He wanted to ignore it and enjoy the night. I being not-to-far removed from rodeo cowboy when it comes to fighting, was more willing to get involved. Anyone who knew him knew that he wouldn't hurt a fly and I took exception to these guys messing with him. I told them if they wanted a fight they should talk to me instead of him. They made some comment about his shirt again and suddenly Travis was ready to talk outside. Now I feel compelled to not let him fight. He was too damn good to fight. Leave that to the oafs like me. Long story short I beat him (Travis) to the punch (no pun intended). I layed out the main verbal attacker of Travis' shirt with one punch and then found myself rolling down a hill behind the bar with the other two cowpokes on top of me. I manage to bite one of them on the arm hard enough to get him off me and kicked the other one as hard as I could in the knee. Then the bouncers were on us and broke it up. My shirt is torn, my lip is bloody, I have no idea where my hat is and I walk up to Travis (untouched through all this). He smiled that little sly smile out of the corner of his mouth and all he said was..."I coulda took him Chris" To that I remarked..."Sure you could've Trav but you'd have screwed up that pretty shirt." I don't think I ever heard him laugh that loud. Here's to you brother. I love you."
Chris Lohmann of Brentwood, CA

"To our dear friends the Grogans,
We love you guys and think of you often. We think of Travis and know his sacrifice. We love you guys,
Chip, Jessica, Julia and Emily"
Jessica of Slaton Texas

"Thank you for the sacrifice for all of us."
Ernest Grogan Brown of Buffalo, NY

"Still thinking about you brother. Thank you for all you have done for me. I still talk about you often and how you stuck your neck out for me, I'll never forget it. Love you Tracy. See you on the Green Trav. CH16"
CPT Angela Zugay of Fayetteville, NC

"Although i never met Mr Grogan, a picture is proudly displayed in the Aircrew Shop at HCS-4. You have not been forgotten in the wolf den."
HCS-4 Gunners of Norfolk, VA

"It has been a long time since we lost you my friend. I remember taking you out on a ground misison to show you what we saw from our level. You had a good time. I miss the bullsh**ting and venting we used to do in Shindand. Take care my friend and I'll see you at the Green."
SFC Stankovich, Green 4 of Schofield Barracks

"In memory of Travis Grogan I send my deepest sympathy. As my father died with him I understand how hard things can be especially with two years under the belt. I think about your family often and keep you in my prayers. Please fell free to email me. haley.rowe@pipeline.owens.edu"
Haley (Rowe) Haggard of Toledo, Ohio

Save a spot for me at the bar on the Green.
Miss ya.
The Leach Family of Alabama

"Travis, you are still constantly in our thoughts and prayers. See you on the Green! 27 Nov 06"
The Jaynes Family of North Pole, Alaska

"CWO Grogan,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and the other men who were on that plane with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"The Fourth First!"(4th Cav Motto)"

Brother, it has been almost a year since you were taken from this earth. Not a day goes by when I don't think about your friendship. When my time comes I know that I will see you. On the high ground, Aloha shirt and Stetson. A marlboro light in one hand, and a warm Dr. Pepper in the other. Smiling that infectious smile and with a grin, speaking that one word question...
And if you let me talk on the radio, I promise to say "Yes"
You will never be forgotten brother.
Scouts out."
Eric Leach (Crazyhorse 24) of Ft Rucker, Al

"To the family of: Travis W. Grogan, 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 Chirst, Polly Ballew."
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga.U S A

"I am an HCS Redwolf who was stationed with Travis in Norfolk. He was a good man and will be missed terribly. My heart goes out to his family. Remember, the legacy of the Redwolf never dies, once a Redwolf always a Redwolf. Travis, you will never be forgotten."
Andrew Layman AK2 USNR Ret. of Augusta, Ga.

"i served with him in operation enduring freedom, i talked to him a day before he died, he was a great man and i will miss him."
spc ben champney, u.s cavalry of wahiawa, HI

"I went to boot camp with Travis and knew him to be an amazing person. If there is ever anything I can do for his family please feel free to contact me at timb28@gmail.com."
Tim Bohn of 1991 Company 234 Boot Camp USN

"To Travis and family: You will be missed. As a teenager, Travis was a friend and role model to both my brother and I. He was always kind and stood up for those who needed support. He was a natural born leader and an all-around terrific person. Our entire family sends our condolences to his family."
Suzie Sells of Oklahoma City, OK, USA

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA""

"CWO Travis Grogan and his family are very much in our prayers. He was a former HCS-4 Redwolf aircrewman before he became a pilot."
HCS-4 Redwolves of NAS Norfolk, Virginia

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 "

"I knew Travis when he lived here in the Fort Worth area. I had not spoken to him in years but remember him as a loyal friend and an extremely hard worker. Travis knew nothing of the word "quit." I am heartbroken to hear he has fallen but I know that his memory lives in all of those whose lives he has touched, including my own. I pray for his family in this difficult time."
Lisa of Texas

"I pray for you and your family in this time. I will always remember Travis from school. I couldn't have asked for a better stick buddy never forget who he was as a pilot, soldier, and friend."
Scott Rackley of Iraq

"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.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Although I never knew you personally, I had sent you a package from anysoldier.com. It did not arrive in time for you to see it before you passed away. May your memory live on through your family. Sincerely"
Erin of Arkansas

"To the family left behind I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. I never did actually meet Travis, but my sister lives next door to his mother in Newcastle, Oklahoma. I pray for his wife, kids and parents and hope they can find the strength to be somewhat strong. With my husband in Iraq I too worry someone will be writing this to me someday. God Bless all of you and you will all be in my prayers from an Okie living in Arizona at Luke Air Force Base."
Joni Beratto of Luke AFB, Arizona 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

"To the Family of CWO Travis W. Grogan, Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of pain and great loss. As fellow Moore, Ok residents and parents of a soldier who has fallen in Afghanistan, who was also a member of the 25th Inf. Div. stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, we share your pain and know your loss. Our son Sgt Daniel Lee Galvan, Blackhawk crew chief, died in Salerno Afghanistan on Aug 12, 2004 but it feels like it just happened yesterday. Their is no greater pain or sorrow than that felt at the loss of a child. Our children did not live too far from each other in Moore nor in Hawaii. I am sure that they are even now together in Heaven looking over all of us and their fellow soldiers still in harms way. Josh will be in our hearts and prayers always."
Blas and Nelda Galvan, grieving but proud parents of Daniel Galvan of Moore, Ok

"Thank you Travis Grogan, 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 CWO Travis Grogan:
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 CWO Travis Grogan:
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