Skip to comments.Tom Manion: Why They Serveó'If Not Me, Then Who?
Posted on 05/25/2012 8:59:30 AM PDT by Kaslin
I served in the military for 30 years. But it was impossible to fully understand the sacrifices of our troops and their families until April 29, 2007, the day my son, First Lt. Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq.
Travis was just 26 years old when an enemy sniper's bullet pierced his heart after he had just helped save two wounded comrades. Even though our family knew the risks of Travis fighting on the violent streets of Fallujah, being notified of his death on a warm Sunday afternoon in Doylestown, Pa., was the worst moment of our lives.
While my son's life was relatively short, I spend every day marveling at his courage and wisdom. Before his second and final combat deployment, Travis said he wanted to go back to Iraq in order to spare a less-experienced Marine from going in his place. His words"If not me, then who . . . "continue to inspire me.
My son is one of thousands to die in combat since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Because of their sacrifices, as well as the heroism of previous generations, Memorial Day 2012 should have tremendous importance to our entire nation, with an impact stretching far beyond one day on the calendar.
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Bumpity-Bump for Memorial Day. Thanks for posting.
He is in my prayers.
You are welcome
He is in mine too
The Manions are a wonderful family. As fellow Marine parents, we share their pride.
We see the faces on the banners of fallen heroes at the courthouse, the tiled park honoring those who served, and the bridges named for their memory and feel the heartbreak of their many losses.
Should you see this, please know that, as always, our prayers are with you and your family, Tom.
Katie & Bob
Tom’s late wife, Janet, started a foundation in Travis’ name which has in turn helped many families and wounded warriors and encourages character building in our youth.
“All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.”
SKCM(SS), USN Retired - 26 years