The Travis Manion Foundation

posted at 11:01 am on May 27, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

With Memorial Day almost upon us, it is only appropriate that we take a look at not only our fallen heroes, but at some of the people who are out there doing the hard work involved with keeping their memories alive and supporting the rest of the troops. This weekend a friend directed me to one such outlet which seems worthy of consideration and praise as you prepare for your own observation of the holiday. It’s the Travis Manion Foundation, and they’re working hard to support our men and women in uniform. The namesake of the group is a hero in his own right, as noted in his biography.

Upon his graduation in 2004, Travis chose to follow his father into the Marine Corps. He finished in the top of his class at The Basic School where he was awarded a regular commission in the Marine Corps. After completing Logistics Officer School, Travis was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA.

It wasn’t long after arriving to his first duty station that Travis and his unit were sent to Iraq. During their tour, the First Recon Marines were part of many critical events including support of the 2005 election, uncovering weapons caches throughout the region, and assisting with other Iraqi transition missions.

Travis deployed back to Iraq on December 26, 2006, for his second tour as part of a Military Transition Team. He and his fellow Marines worked diligently to change the outcome in Fallujah, building a brotherhood with the Iraqi Army units and setting the example with strong leadership and a passion for their mission. Aggressively taking the fight to the enemy on multiple occasions, Travis and his Marines fought bravely to change the tide in this critical battle ground. As a result of their incredible efforts, Al Anbar Province is now recognized as one of the more significant successes of the surge in Iraq.

During his final patrol mission on Sunday, April 29, 2007, Travis was killed by enemy sniper fire while fighting courageously to defend against an enemy ambush. At his memorial service in Fallujah, an Iraqi Colonel spoke and shared that Travis was his brother, “a brave warrior who never feared the death.” Travis’ mark remains in Iraq and in the hearts of all who honor freedom and service. As a testament to his strong character and leadership, the Iraqis named their operating base Combat Outpost (COB) Manion, one of only a few Iraqi facilities named for an American service member. Travis was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star w/ Valor for his actions in Iraq.

Click through and take a tour of the site to learn more about Travis’ story and see what activities the foundation has coming up. And if you feel so inclined, lend them your support for the good work they do.


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The Travis Manion Foundation

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canopfor on May 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Our real HEROS!…you don’t think JugEars will make it about ‘me’ sometime this weekend…I hope not!
RIP brother! ..can’t stop the tears…

KOOLAID2 on May 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Thanks, Jazz.

platypus on May 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

God bless those serving and defending this great nation and those who have come before and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Silver on May 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Sister salutes her fallen brother, his best friend
updated 4:57 PM EST, Thu January 26, 2012
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Video(3:57)

First Lt. Travis Manion was awarded the Silver Star after being killed in action in Iraq in 2007. Roughly three years after his death, his best friend, Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, was killed in Afghanistan. For Travis’ sister Ryan, it was like losing two brothers.

The Manion family exhumed their son’s body so he could be buried side-by-side with his best friend at Arlington National Cemetery. Ryan’s little daughter Maggie prays every night to be like uncle Travis. Even President Obama was so touched by the story that he spoke at their graves on Memorial Day, 2011.
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http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/01/26/salute-travis-manion

Travis’ sister Ryan stopped by Morning Express with Robin Meade on January 26 to speak about the Travis Manion Foundation, which was created in honor of her brother. Ryan says, “The overriding goal of the Travis Manion Foundation is to honor the fallen by challenging the living.” She travels the country speaking to young people to inspire them to leadership, as well as help veterans and families of the fallen.

The foundation also sponsors the 9/11 Heroes Run, which took place in over 30 cities last year.

canopfor on May 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

An officer in Marine Recon? Outside of Navy Seals, do they come any better?

Cleombrotus on May 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Thank you Jazz

cmsinaz on May 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Yes, thank you Jazz, and thanks to all who serve/have served our country…

OmahaConservative on May 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I live in Doylestown and I can vouch for the great work of Tom Manion and the Travis Manion Foundation. Tom is one of the finest people I have ever met. Travis is a true hero and we are so proud of him, and of Tom for the way he is ensuring Travis’ legacy.

rockmom on May 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Anyone who has had a loved one in a combat zone who made it back home knows how bitter sweet Memorial Day is.

God Bless the Armed Services of the United States of America, and the United States Marin Corps.

BigAlSouth on May 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

For Memorial Day …

…. from the Patriot Guard Riders.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3eb_1338018654

canopfor on May 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

An officer in Marine Recon? Outside of Navy Seals, do they come any better?

Cleombrotus on May 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Recommend you ask that question around any Delta or Rangers, especially if they’ve been drinking.

CorporatePiggy on May 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

For Memorial Day …

…. from the Patriot Guard Riders.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3eb_1338018654

canopfor on May 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Thanks Canopfor. So many heroes….

bluefox on May 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

This is a terrific story and a worthy foundation.

But as a Marine platoon commander in Vietnam and 21 years as an infantry officer, I served with countless Travis Manions. Marines who saddled up every day and did their jobs not knowing if they would see the sunset or sunrise.

Some were killed and wounded so quickly that I didn’t even know their names–but I can still see their faces.

The real testiment to all Marines was first uttered by Admiral Chester Nimitz as he observed the Marines fighting on Iwo Jima, and is today engraved on the Marine Corps Memorial in Washington DC: “Uncomnon valor was a common virtue.”

Semper Fi, Travis. “If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.” (Marine’s Hymn).

When I get to the other side, I’ll enter my name into the guard roster–and buy you and the others a cold one.

BMF on May 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

http://rollingthunderrun.com/schedule-2/

Schedule and Maps on this site.

Fox News have it on now. Don’t know how much coverage they will give.

bluefox on May 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Thank you to all who served, those who still do, and all the families. You are the better ones.

An old ship goes home.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Gee …
It only took THREE DAYS for the WSJ column to show up here.

Tom Manion: Why They Serve—’If Not Me, Then Who?’
Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2012, 7:09 p.m. ET

After more than a decade of war, remarkable men and women are still stepping forward.

http://tinyurl.com/842oz9l

A man among men. A family man among a family of men. A man who served his country and died for it.
R.I.P.
We need a POTUS of their character.
(sadly, none are are running)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on May 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM

My dad was in the Army Air Force in WW2. He was a master sgt with a aviation repair crew. He served in France and England and became a parts scrounger without peer. He wanted to keep the fly boys in the air. He was awarded a silver star, came home and went back to work for the railroad. My mom’s cousin wasn’t so lucky. He was a pilot who was lost over the English Channel on the way back from a bombing run. We have devolved from that to prezzy chroom who uses the military for a photo op.

Kissmygrits on May 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

canopfor on May 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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Thanks Canopfor. So many heroes….

bluefox on May 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

bluefox:I was originally looking for Rolling Thunder,kudos on the
map route of D.C,and yes,i agree,many Heros!:)

canopfor on May 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Band of Brothers’ Dick Winters to Be Memorialized
Added: 16 hours ago Occurred On: May-26-2012
Fox News Video(4:10)
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b4e_1338070365

canopfor on May 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM

It appears Fox is going to have more coverage of Rolling Thunder than any network I can find. They are coming back from break with it now: 12:37PM ET.

bluefox on May 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Kissmygrits on May 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Don’t let that poser of a tree make you miss the forest of honorable men and women who continue to serve with valor and distinction in our armed forces.

chemman on May 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

If I may post an excerpt from a poem written by Muriel Stuart, an English poet of the Great War…

Forgotton Dead, I Salute You

None remember him: he lies
In earth of some strange-sounding place,
Nameless beneath the nameless skies,
The wind his only chant, the rain
The only tears upon his face;
Far and forgotten utterly
By living man. Yet such as he
Have made it possible and sure
For other lives to have, to be;
For men to sleep content, secure.
Lip touches lip and eyes meet eyes
Because his heart beats not again:
His rotting, fruitless body lies
That sons may grow from other men.

God bless those that have given their lives; Honor them by living yours to its fullest.

Hill60 on May 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

CorporatePiggy on May 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

No slight meant to ALL our bravest and best.

Cleombrotus on May 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Memorial Day and Rolling Thunder

Posted on May 26, 2012

Todd and I and our family would like to wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend. We’d especially like to offer our best wishes to our friends in Rolling Thunder who will be taking part in their Ride for Freedom this weekend in D.C. as they do each year to honor our vets and specifically to bring awareness to POW/MIA issues. We were honored to join them last year.

We were both sad to learn that Preston “Jay” Fairlamb, Jr., one of the organizers of Rolling Thunder and someone who made us so welcome last year, tragically died in an accident last week. Jay was a Vietnam vet, a retired New Jersey State Trooper, and a great American who will be dearly missed. Please keep his wife, his children, grandchildren and his innumerable friends in your prayers.

On this Memorial Day weekend, may God bless our brave men and women in uniform.

- Sarah Palin

bluefox on May 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

HoooYaaa!

rod stanton on May 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Thanks to you Jazz, and to every member of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

God bless those that have given their lives; Honor them by living yours to its fullest.

Hill60 on May 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

This says it all.

PatriotGal2257 on May 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

The Travis Manion Foundation

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canopfor on May 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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Says it all.

listens2glenn on May 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Anyone who has had a loved one in a combat zone who made it back home knows how bitter sweet Memorial Day is.

God Bless the Armed Services of the United States of America, and the United States Marin Corps.

BigAlSouth on May 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Yes. 1000+

Lourdes on May 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

My prayers and thoughts go out to all who have lost family and friends in the service of this great country.

retiredeagle on May 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Semper Fi, Travis. “If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.” (Marine’s Hymn).

BMF on May 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

1000 +++

Lourdes on May 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I remember one of the most memorable Memorial Days I have ever had. I was on the island of Palau in 2003 on Memorial Day. I was walking on the beach of some of the fiercest fighting in the War up to that time. I came upon a cemetery off the beach with some Navy and Marine personnel . This was a cemetery where Americans were buried. A Navy Chief use to come down a couple times a month to do maintenance on the hallowed ground. He said that it was an honor and privilege to do so. There was a ceremony in which I was privileged to watch and participate. I felt that I was representing all those Americans that could not be on this lonely island with their fellow citizens that had given all. You could almost feel the spirit of those heroes, floating in the breeze, it was eerie.

retiredeagle on May 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Thanks to the Manion Family who made such a man as Travis.
Such sacrifice now to endure.
We thank you.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Look, I’m sorry to get in everyone’s faces on Memorial Day Weekend, but I’m sick of hearing all of this “sacrifice” and “mourning” BS. Those are limp-wristed terms. We are in a WAR folks! We have to go on the OFFENSE. The reason this guy was so great is not because he made a “sacrifice,”or because he was a (patronizing term) ‘hero.’ It is because he went on the OFFENSE. Our liberal-dominated society today has almost entirely de-testicled all US males. Until every single (non-Muslim) male in the US is ready to do what this dude did, we are going to LOSE!! Full disclosure: I am not in the Military; and without getting into specifics, there are some physical reasons why that option hasn’t been viable/possible for me. But I wish I could, and if anyone has any ideas, please send them my way. I AM ANGRY!! We have to combat these scum! And our political and military “leaders” are failing miserably. We need a million more of this guy, and a mass house-cleaning of the empty suits!!! OFFENSIVE warfare is GOOD. Until we can embody that mentality, we will LOSE!!

WhatSlushfund on May 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Great piece, Jazz. If readers didn’t see Travis’ sister ryan Manion on FNS today, see if you can view it. She’s amazing. What a remarkable family.

J.E. Dyer on May 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Thank you and Semper Fi to the Manion family. Heroes all.

Freelancer on May 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

WhatSlushfund on May 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Pick that thought up on Tuesday, it isn’t what this weekend is about. As much as your passion is for the right reasons, denigrating the term “hero” when used for someone like Travis Manion would get you decked if we were face to face.

Freelancer on May 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Semper Fi Travis. He’s guarding streets of gold now.

the Coondawg on May 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Freelancer on May 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

You’re right. Sorry. Calmer now. Will take it up on Tuesday. My point about ‘hero’ was not to denigrate it, but to highlight that it doesn’t even come close to honoring the extraordinary role people like him play in our society. Without them we will all be killed. Literally. They are vital. I don’t think enough people get this today. But, yes, you’re right, today is not the time for this talk, so I’m shutting up now, and remembering…

WhatSlushfund on May 28, 2012 at 4:49 AM

Hill60 on May 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Amen to that.

GWB on May 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM