Warrior Wednesday: CPT Travis L. Patriquin #NeverForgotten

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CPT Travis Patriquin, US Army

Aug. 15, 1974 to Dec. 6, 2006

Photo provided by Linda and Find A Grave

Photo provided by Linda and Find A Grave

Travis Patriquin enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school. During boot camp, he showed so much leadership potential that he was drawn into Ranger training and the special forces. Travis had a gift for picking up languages. He honed his linguistic skills at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, CA, and earned a degree from Campbell University in NC. He spoke seven languages, and was fluent in Arabic.

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, sent Travis to Afghanistan, where he received a Bronze Star after fighting behind enemy lines. He then was stationed in Germany. At the time of his death, he was serving with the 1st Brigade, First Armored Division in Iraq.

Most of the work he was doing in Iraq is classified as it was his duty to go into many a sheik’s home, sharing meals and conversations. He could talk about history, politics, and archaeology, and he used his people skills to converse with many people in their native language.

Travis developed a powerpoint presentation that explains his ideas on how to win the war. It’s eighteen slides long and he wrote it on a 4th grade level, so that anyone he showed it to could understand what he was trying to do.

He, and two others, were killed Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, after a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq.

If any of the information I’ve shared is incorrect or you have something to add, please comment or contact me through the link in the top menu or button on the bottom right of your screen. Verification of facts are always welcome.

The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.
  • Such tragedy. So wonderful of you to keep them alive in our minds and hearts.

    • Patriquin earned the respect of many people and deserves much more than my little blog can give.