Local Marine Travis Nelson Killed In Afghanistan

August 19, 2011

A local family learned Thursday that their 19-year old Marine son, LCpl Travis Nelson, was shot and killed while conducting combat operations in in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Travis Nelson — a member of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. — had been in Afghanistan for about a month. His 19th birthday was just two weeks ago.

Travis attended Bratt Elementary School from the first through fifth grades and Ernest Ward Middle School through the seventh grade. His family then moved to Pace, where he attended Pace High School.

Travis grew up in a military family. Friends said Thursday night that they remember a young Travis always had two things on his mind — fishing and  growing up to join the military.

“He had the military in his blood growing up,” said close family friend Janet Little Cooper of Bratt, who watched Travis grow up with her son. “That’s what he always wanted. He never faltered on that.”

Chris Chambliss agreed. He coached Travis in Northwest Escambia baseball at Bradberry Park in Walnut Hill.

“He talked about the military a lot when he was young. He always wanted to be a Marine when he became a young man,” he said.

His parents, Beckie and Scott Nelson, moved back to Bratt about a year ago. His sister, Anna, will begin the sixth grade Monday at Ernest Ward Middle School. Travis was engaged to Madeline Cates of Pace; She had recently moved to Bratt to live with the Nelson family to await Travis’ return from Afghanistan.

Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.

Pictured top and inset: LCpl Travis Nelson and his fiance Madeline Cates shortly before his deployment to Afghanistan. Pictured below: LCpl Travis Nelson. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


138 Responses to “Local Marine Travis Nelson Killed In Afghanistan”

  1. Tina on January 17th, 2020 6:09 am

    My US Marine (Combat Veteran from The Battle of Koh Tang, last 41 names on the Vietnam War Memorial) and I pray for Travis’ family everyday. Our hearts are heavy for your loss.

  2. John Taylor on May 27th, 2019 2:59 pm

    I did not know Travis. But I know his brother Chandler Case, who is a fine young man. Posting this Memorial Day to let all of Travis’ family and friends know that his sacrifice in service of our nation will never be forgotten. It is clear that he was a very fine young man who laid his life at the alter of freedom so that we all can enjoy our lives in this great country. Your son lead a great life of honor and dignity and your sacrifice is as realand appreciated as it was in 2011. God Bless.

  3. Christy w on February 24th, 2017 6:38 pm

    As I rode down 65 today, in a bus load of 5th graders coming back from a field trip, I heard whispers from the girls behind me. They saw the back of the families vehicle, in memory of Travis. I heard them read aloud his name and tell others to look. I quickly pulled up the name on my phone and read his story to a couple of the kids. Want you to know we remember him. We remember your family and we thank you all for the great sacrifice you have given. God Bless.

  4. Lcpl D Barrett on July 4th, 2012 7:54 pm

    I thought about you today bro all the hell we went through at bootcamp 3098 lol good time sgt thomas sgt alicea ssgt benzda sgt savage lol & senior Ssgt childs lol good times all the way to the fleet. LOl We laughed at all the good times we had , but what I can say is that you knew the cost what we had to make & you said you was born to be a marine. I love & miss you my brother – OooRahhh

  5. LCpl Daniels on September 1st, 2011 7:10 pm

    Sorry to hear about the sad loss its never good seeing another brother or sister’s life taken away. I got to meet Travis once are twice while I was still in Pensacola on Recruiters Assistance. My prayers go out to all of the Nelson family.
    Seper fi.

  6. PFC. Wilson on August 27th, 2011 6:57 am

    For everyone that knew Travis and his family, I knew Travis and it’s definitely disheartening knowing that a fellow brother of mine is now gone. The fact that he’s gone, definitely makes me feel like it’s only a matter of time before something bad happens to me. I know Travis is looking down watching over every single one of us while we’re here, and wishes he was still here to fight alongside us. To the Nelson’s and his friends, know that I sincerely would’ve laid my life down with no hesitation to have saved his. You are all in my prayers and I hope you all eventually come to some sort of peace knowing that he joined God in heaven.

    Ryan (Travis’s Brother)

  7. David Jensen on August 26th, 2011 11:45 am

    R.I.P. LCPL Travis Nelson, Semper Fidelis!!!!

  8. Steve Keeble on August 24th, 2011 8:34 pm

    To the Nelson Family,

    Please know you are joined by many….grieving with you…..over your loss. You see…..your son was my son essentially. Travis sounded just like my son with his love of the Marines at an early age. Travis fulfilled his dream. My son acheived his dream about the same time as Travis. They both ended up in the 1/6. They deployed from Lejuene on the same day…..most likely ate together and bunked together at Camps Leatherneck, Dwyer and Hanson.

    Last week, my son posted the following on his Facebook page:

    “My friends go to college, I go to war. At the same hour they wake up and decide not to go to school or work that day…..I’ve been at works for hours. Their alarms wake them up…..my alarms send me to take cover. They make plans based on how they feel…… I do as the schedule that was put out to me demands. They can’t wait to leave their homes…. I can’t wait to get back to mine. But when we look back on our respective lives……they’ll like theirs…..and I’ll be damn proud of mine.”

    I’m sure Travis felt the same way about his career choice. I thank God that here in the U.S. we have brave men and women like Travis that are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, so the rest of us can live free.

    Rest in peace Marine.

    Semper Fidelis,

    Steve Keeble

  9. Hinson Family on August 23rd, 2011 11:46 am

    My heart goes to this family. my husband is over there and i cant even express how or what you going through right now…. our thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire family. May God bless you !!!

  10. Sarah on August 23rd, 2011 12:38 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of such a young man. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.

  11. Kelsey Tutton on August 22nd, 2011 7:28 pm

    I went to Ernest Ward with Travis… it is always hard to loose a friend… but it is harder to loose a family member… may God be with your family… you will always be remembered for your sacrifice. Thank you and God bless you!!

  12. Melissa Braud on August 21st, 2011 9:14 pm

    My heart is so heavy for this poor family! I have lost a grandpa who was killed by a sniper and a young cousin in Iraq, so this story touched home for me and I am sure alot of people! Bless all of you and Travis for his sacrifice for our country, and you all will remain in my thoughts and prayers! May the Lord grant you peace and serenity during this very difficult time, and know that alot of people are praying for you!!!! God Bless you!

  13. Jean Adams on August 21st, 2011 8:30 pm

    May God Bless your Sons sacrifice ,My heart goes out to this Family . I have a Daughter and Son in law over there and i cant even express how or what this Family is going through right now. Just know this He is and will allway’s be a Hero to all that Love the USA .

  14. vpmmx2 on August 21st, 2011 8:28 pm

    I have one son there now and his twin going over later. My son knew Travis and this has hit him hard. God bless this Marine. Prayers going up for the family and loved ones. We will not forget. He and all the others serving are our heroes.

  15. Sue Hayden on August 21st, 2011 12:17 pm

    I too have a Marine stationed in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire family. He will always be a hero. May God Bless you and keep you in His loving arms.

  16. Linda McGhee on August 21st, 2011 11:17 am

    Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel for yall Beckie, Scott, Anna, Madaline and all of your family. I pray that God will see yall through this and comfort each and everyone of you during this time and in the future. The last time I saw Travis when he and Daniel went “floatin down the creek fishin” I enjoyed talking with him, he grew up from the little boy I remember to become a fine young man. Daniel and Jenna were so very PROUD of their brother. Beckie you have been a wonderful stepmom to my Daniel and Jenna they Love you very much and Travis was blessed to have you as his Mother…I hope knowing that so many have yall in their prayers may be of a little comfort to you as well as all the lives that Travis has touched in a positive way. Again God Bless Yall and God Bles the USA.

  17. Pam, Danny Childs on August 20th, 2011 10:46 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your brave son. Travis has paid the ultimate price for our freedom and we are forever in his debt. Our hearts and our prayers are with you, may God heal your broken hearts …..

  18. Jamie Garrett on August 20th, 2011 10:22 pm

    Travis was a good friend growing up. my heart goes out to the nelson’s.

  19. Delaney on August 20th, 2011 9:53 pm

    God bless your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and know Jesus is with you.

  20. Revia Whatley on August 20th, 2011 8:13 pm

    Becky & Scott We were so sorry to get the e-mail about Travis. He was a wonderful kid . I remember when you all moved into the house on Hwy 4,
    Travis was about 7years old. When he smiled it was like a ray of sunshine .
    And when Anna was born he was so good with her. He was the big brother all little girl want. We are so proud to have had him in our life. He gave his life for others that is so like him. He love all fo you so very much.
    You, Scott rise a wonderful son.
    Thank you! Revia & ernie Whatley

  21. Genea on August 20th, 2011 7:09 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to this brave family. I’m at a loss for words and reading about this put a lump in my throat and brick in my gut. I am so sorry for your loss. Being a Marine’s daughter and now a Marine Mom myself please know I am keeping you in my heart and prayers. Your son is now in good company ‘up there’ guarding the gates along with my dad.

    Semper Fi

  22. Steve Hanks on August 20th, 2011 4:38 pm

    My heart aches for you Scott, Becky, and Anna. We can never understand why bad things happen to good people. Travis went to a part of the world that needed help. He went to a place that others would turn away from. Travis was a bright spot in a dark part of the world. As a young boy, you could always see and enjoy his smile. He was and will always be a bright spot in our hearts and minds. We cannot begin to know the pain you feel right now, but I hope you know that we are praying and lifting you all up into God’s loving arms.

  23. Samantha Johnson on August 20th, 2011 12:46 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to each person affected by this tragedy. I pray that GOD gives you peace and understanding during this time of grief. I don’t know any that are involved and I can never fathom what you are going through right now. However, I recently married into a family that is full of people who serve our country, including my husband. I understand the sacrifices that they make everyday, and so I understand the sacrifice that Mr. Travis Nelson has made for this country and for that, I am eternally grateful! I can never say thank you enough to those who serve this great Nation! I don’t know what I could ever say or do to help, but know that i am always praying!!

  24. Edie Allen on August 20th, 2011 12:45 pm

    My heart goes out to the family of this brave young man who gave his life so we all may enjoy freedom & safety. Our heatfelt prayer go out to your family & those who knew and loved him so well. Thank you from our hearts that your son gave his life in order for all to have freedom & safety in such an uncertain world we now live.

  25. Greg Brown on August 20th, 2011 10:39 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Travis is and always will be my hero! You and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of all of the members of the Patriot Guard.

  26. Carl on August 20th, 2011 9:20 am

    God Bless you and your family. Will be praying for you.

  27. God Bless on August 20th, 2011 9:01 am

    God Bless your family. Your family will be in my prayers, along with his Fiance.
    My brother did two tours over there, God brought him home safe, but the damages of war have left him damaged on the inside. God only knows what we are putting our men in battle through. My sincere sympathies.

  28. Ron and Kim on August 20th, 2011 8:56 am

    Our prayers go out to the family and freinds of Travis,,Our son is also deployed in Afghanis tan,,He knew Travis and respected him,, He has been there for 6 months now, and we worry always..Your son will be remebered always,,May god be with youu all,

  29. AL on August 20th, 2011 8:01 am

    My deepest sympathies and heartfelt thanks to the Nelson family

  30. True Sacrafice on August 19th, 2011 11:53 pm

    Semper Fidelis Marine,always faithful,you stayed true for the our great country,you stayed faithful until your last second on earth fighting for the United States of America,that’s why we are the greatest country on this planet,because of men like you,ooo ra soldier,God bless your soul,your family,and God bless America

  31. Amanda Lee on August 19th, 2011 10:33 pm

    God bless all of those who fight and die for this country…for your reward is great!

  32. JW on August 19th, 2011 10:01 pm

    ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL. Thank you for towing the line. Rest In peace Travis.

  33. Geri on August 19th, 2011 9:54 pm

    My condolences to the family. My son was killed in Afghanastan 3 weeks ago. We will be praying for your loss, I’m so sorry.

  34. Michael on August 19th, 2011 9:46 pm

    I am a parent of an army soldier and I can not imagine your pain. But I do understand your son’s honor and Love of his country. Your family is and will be in our prayers. We appreciate your son’s sacrifice and May God Bless You

  35. Mrs. Beaudoin on August 19th, 2011 9:12 pm

    i am so incrediably sorry for your loss!! My heart goes out to the family and his fiance. God bless all of them!

  36. Sharon Waldron on August 19th, 2011 9:11 pm

    As a mom of a Marine my heart goes out to you and your family at the loss of your young Hero. He will be missed by all and there is no words to comfort you at this time, but know we will never forget his sacrifice for his country. May God Bless Him and welcome him with comforting arms. May he watch over you and your family as you continue your journey and help you through this loss.

  37. Marine Parent on August 19th, 2011 9:02 pm

    I can only pray that the family finds peace in the fact that Marine families everywhere grieve with you over your tragic loss. As a parent of a 19 year old Marine deploying in a month I feel everyday the possibility of the reality you now face. May God give you all strength. Your son is a hero, Semper Fi Marine stand guard for us all with Chesty.

  38. Coach Bell on August 19th, 2011 9:01 pm

    “…I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

    - Abraham Lincoln

    My prayers go out to this family. May God bless you.

  39. sad news on August 19th, 2011 8:54 pm

    Sending Prayers to the family and close friends of Travis…

    Semper Fi, Marine, R.I.P TRAVIS <3

  40. Josh & Gina Heist on August 19th, 2011 8:16 pm

    Sorry for the loss, Travis you will be miss. May god bless your family

  41. Rose on August 19th, 2011 8:02 pm

    My Husband worked along with Lcpl Nelson during this deployment. My heart and prayers go out to the friends and family of the Marine..

    Semper Fi. <3 God Bless.

  42. Serving to on August 19th, 2011 7:37 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers with you, we have one serving in the same outfit.

  43. RHONDA CURRIE on August 19th, 2011 7:17 pm

    My prayers are with this family, fiance, and friends at this time . May God be with you during this very saddened time of loss and hurt. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you.

  44. edward ealy on August 19th, 2011 6:56 pm

    Our Hearts go out to all the Nelson family, there is no words you can say at a time like this that will help the family with the pain off there loss. My husband and Scott Nelson have worked together for many years.(Archer Western) The Nelson family has helped many other families. Now is a time for every one to come together as one and help this family! Keep them in your thoughts and prayer!


  45. Kurt Echols on August 19th, 2011 6:50 pm

    As the father of Lcpl Thomas Echols, USMC, 1/6 Marines KIA 4 dec 2006, I feel deeply for the family and loved ones left behind. So many things will never be the same again. Nothing said in the next few weeks will ease the trauma of this event for you. I pray you find strength and comfort.

  46. Sparky and Anita Boutwell on August 19th, 2011 6:50 pm

    Sparky and I are broken hearted to hear about your loss. We to have a 19 year old son serving in the Marines. Our sons were raised in a time of war and still chose to serve our country. Your son paid the ultimate price for our freedom and will always be a hero to our family. May God give you and your family strengh during this difficult time.

    Sparky and Anita Boutwell
    Cody and Danyelle Boutwell
    LCpl Cory Boutwell
    Callena Boutwell

  47. RIP :( on August 19th, 2011 6:47 pm

    I am very saddened to hear about this tragedy. I hope the family knows that we appreciate their son’s ultimate sacrifice.

    I also hope the media leaves this family alone and doesn’t bombard them the way WEAR at PNJ did the Spears’ family.

  48. Joe Hall on August 19th, 2011 6:28 pm

    A a Vet of Vietnam 1970-71 Army, my hearth goesout to this family. I know it’s hard to lose a loved one, a friend, and a fellow soilder. May God be with this family and all his friends and with all our service men and women serving to keep us FREE. Forever greatfull for your sacrifice.

  49. TW on August 19th, 2011 6:10 pm

    I am so sorry for this families lost, my heart goes out to them. May God be with this family.

  50. Dean "Teacher" Halstead on August 19th, 2011 5:42 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family and close friends of this Marine. While I did not have the pleasure of ever meeting your son, I’ve met and known hundreds of fine young warrior Marines like him. Without young men like your son, our freedom is always at risk. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE, and that to those who have or presently wear the uniform of our military is more than just a cliche. Rest In Peace, Marine….Semper Fidelis! I only wear Red, for the bloodshed and Black for the mourning. A former Marine, 1970-1972. God bless and keep in this time of your loss.

  51. Kathy Everhart on August 19th, 2011 5:27 pm

    Our son, and his now Marine Platoon members, all knew and trained with Travis. May God send you comfort during this time and know you are all in our prayers. Blessings, The Everhart Family, North Carolina

  52. friend on August 19th, 2011 5:27 pm

    My heart goes out to the nelson family

  53. Tyler Garrett on August 19th, 2011 5:16 pm

    Travis was my best friend growing up all the way until he moved away but even then we were still friends. I just found out what had happened today. My heart goes out to his family. If at all possible please let me now the date and location of any services I will be there.

  54. Carl & Sylvia Godwin on August 19th, 2011 4:38 pm

    My heart goes out to Travis family and friends. May God give them strength and comfort in the days ahead. My prayers are with all of you.

  55. Schoolmate on August 19th, 2011 3:49 pm

    Wow. I remember going to school with Travis. This is very sad. And he was only over there a month. It just goes to show you don’t know how things will turn out. I am confident he loved what he was doing and the path he chose for himself. RIP.

  56. Ernestine Gunn on August 19th, 2011 3:27 pm

    We will miss him R.I.P. From the Gunn and Turner family

  57. Rita on August 19th, 2011 3:26 pm

    I don’t know this family, but it is sad and heatbreaking to hear of such a great loss of this young man, Travis. God Bless and be with the family and friends at this time. Wrap Your Loving Arms around them as we know you are holding Travis in Your Arms.
    I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for the men and women that have served, are now serving and will serve in the future so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have, but wish so much that these losses would not have to be suffered.
    May we be ever mindful of these men and women and remember them constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

  58. Donna & Lacey on August 19th, 2011 3:18 pm

    Beckie, Scott, Aunt Ann, Anna, and Madeline. Our hearts go out to all of you at the tragic loss of your beloved Travis. Words do not come easy at a time like this. We just pray some how you can find comfort in the days, weeks and years to come. Lacey and I were up all night rememebering Travis and Lacey playing together when they were young. He was always such a beautiful child and young man. Love you guys!!!

  59. Marine Wife on August 19th, 2011 3:08 pm

    Semper Fi Marine! Thank you for your sacrifice, you will not be forgotten. The family, friends, and brothers in arms are in our thoughts and prayers.

  60. nancy mustakas on August 19th, 2011 2:48 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with this family. He has sacrificed all of his tomorrows for our Country. Rest easy now young Marine. You have served with honor! Travis has made the ultimate sacrifice that not many will do. As his parents you supported his decision to put his life on the line for all Americans–God Bless. May his family find their faith to help them through this difficult time.

    A Marine Mom

  61. SGTMAJ Robert Calamari on August 19th, 2011 2:15 pm

    As a retired Marine Sergeant Major, it does not get any easier when you hear of a young service member losing their life in battle. Looking at the responses, your son touched many people in our community. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Micky and I sent out condolences to the Nelson Family. I did not know your son but know he believed in what he was doing in defending our country. I did not know your son but do know he is an American Hero. I think Bobby C. states it best in this long list of comments; “thank you from the bottom of my heart for my family’s freedom.”

    Semper Fi, Marine,

    I’ll see you at the Gate

    Sergeant Major Robert Calamari USMC Retired 1975-1998
    Cantonment, Fl

  62. Kevin Chandler on August 19th, 2011 2:14 pm

    We are all saddened to hear about the loss of your son Travis. Scott, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will forever be grateful for the sacrifice that Travis made for our country.
    The Guys at Professional Shoring (Tampa)

  63. Darlene Lodge on August 19th, 2011 2:08 pm

    Although I did not know your son personally, I have had friends and relatives that have also served during war times. The one thing that binds all of them together was their love for their country. This country so badly needs more young people who think as Travis did. I know you are proud of him and, as an American, I am not only proud of Travis, but also of the framily that raised him to be a true hero who was determined to make our country a better place for all of us. May God comfort you during this time.

  64. just saying on August 19th, 2011 1:36 pm

    I’m so very sorry for the family and fiance’. Your son/loved one is a HERO! I wish I could say something to you in this time to truly express the sadness that I feel, but no words can come close to deep sorrow that I feel for you and the deep appreciation that I have for this young man. May God bless you and see you through.

  65. Christi Simmons on August 19th, 2011 1:30 pm

    As a mother with a son A co 1/6 and was barrack buddies back in NC with Lcpl. Nelson and I the time I spent in those barracks with those boys before they headed out on this deployment I truly knew this was a great group of MArines..Becki and Scott please know that I you are in my heart and in our prayers!!! Simmons, Nicholas is my child that was barrack roomies and Nick thought alot of Nelson he was such a great friend and marine and Nick will truly miss your son…May God comfort and strengthen you through this valley. May we all appreciate the honor and sacrifice this young man and his family put forth.

    Michael & Christi Simmons
    Cullman, Al 35058

  66. Sharilee Doty on August 19th, 2011 1:24 pm

    My sincerest apologies for your loss. I am Thankful for the sacrifices the service men and women make for my FREEDOM! Not only should we thank the service men and women, but the families who make the sacrifices also. So Thank you! THANK YOU for giving your ultimate sacrifice and for Travis and his ultimate sacrifice! May God be with you and your family and provide peace and comfort in this tragic time!

  67. Bobby C on August 19th, 2011 1:14 pm

    My heart goes out to the Nelson Family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for my family’s freedom.

  68. brandon on August 19th, 2011 1:03 pm

    Travis was like my brother we grew up together. Brother I’m goin to miss you sooooo much I’m goin to miss all the memorys of us growing up together. I love you sooo much brother. We are goin to miss you sooo very much. God bless you travis I’ll be praying for your family. Love you brother soo long my brother we will meet again someday:’(

  69. Willene & Preston Bryan on August 19th, 2011 12:56 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and pain that all of you are feeling now, may you find comfort in knowing that Travis is with our dear and precious Lord.

  70. MGySgt Holcomb (Ret) on August 19th, 2011 12:52 pm

    Scott, Becki and Madeline,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I found out about Travis when coming home from work last night. It tore my heart out to know that another young Devil Dog had fallen but even more so because he was one of my former Young Marines. When I met Travis there was no doubt in my mind he would be the Marine he wanted to be. Motivated, a desire to succeed and a love for our beloved Corps emanated from this young man. He was a leader within our unit and a good Marine. We have been robbed of a talented and bright son, husband, brother, young man and fellow Marine. Travis chose to do a job that wasn’t glamorous, keeps us away from our loved ones for long periods of time and sometimes requires the ultimate sacrifice, and Travis did it with pride and no regrets. He will forever be remembered by us, his Marine brothers and sisters, for when we meet at our birthday ball or mess nights we will honor his memory as one that has gone before us.

    Travis you will always be in my thoughts and prayers and will be forever missed! Semper Fi my brother!

  71. Patrick Case on August 19th, 2011 12:49 pm

    Becky and Scott,
    You are in my prayers, I loved him too, more than you will ever know. I will miss him, we were just getting to know each other again. I am so sorry!

  72. Carol Burleson Schanbacher on August 19th, 2011 12:45 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My son i s also a Marine, currently stationed in Beaufort SC. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  73. NENE on August 19th, 2011 12:36 pm

    I don’t know this young man or his family. I thank him for serving our country and for a job well done. May God bless this family and give them strength.

  74. KDN on August 19th, 2011 12:32 pm

    I am not from a military family, but I do have a 19 year old son and I can not imagine the pain that you are going through. You will be in my thoughts and in my prayers.

  75. Imamerican on August 19th, 2011 12:25 pm

    My family lost a fine 18 yr old in Viet Nam……had only been there a very short time….listen up my friends, THAT IS THE ULTIMATE PRICE………ALWAYS GO UP TO OUR SERVICE PEOPLE AND SHAKE THEIR HAND AND SAY “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE “….JUST THAT SIMPLE !!!!! SYMPATHY TO THIS FAMILY….

  76. proud of my soldier on August 19th, 2011 11:51 am

    My heart go’s out to this family. theres not enough words to even begin to tell you how sorry I am to hear about the lost of this Marine, and for the heartaches that his family is going through.
    I pray that God will comfort you through this hard time. may God bless you and your family.

  77. jcellops on August 19th, 2011 11:43 am

    i didnt know this young marine, but my heart is hurting, nonetheless….my daughter just got back from there….i sincerely pray for Gods endless grace and comfort for all of his family and loved ones…im so, so sorry for your loss….God bless.

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  79. Friend of a Friend on August 19th, 2011 11:39 am

    I was fortunate enough to have met Travis just before deployment, spent a few days with him and his friends. He was a good man, and an even better Marine. One of those people you meet, and feel like you’ve known all your life. The world was a better place with him in it. I’m humbled by his bravery, and devastated by his loss. To his family, you are in my family’s thoughts and prayers, your son’s charisma touched so many lives, I doubt he knew just how important he had become to the families of his fellow soldiers. He is sorely missed by all.

  80. 2010 NHS Grad on August 19th, 2011 11:38 am

    I didn’t know him personally but I heard he was in the same grade with us when we was at Northview, and I didn’t even know him then. :( But I’m very appreciative of him sacrificing everything for us in the United States. My prayer goes out to the Nelson family, God Bless!

  81. MGySgt Mike Holcomb & LCPL Tammy Phibbs-Holcomb on August 19th, 2011 11:22 am

    Dear Beckie & Scott,
    Travis was one very special young man to me, my husband, MGySgt Holcomb, and four our kids (LCPL Megan Phibbs, MIDN Angel Holcomb and William Holcomb). As one of our very first Young Marines, we remember so much of him growing up in the Young Marines of Pensacola with Cox and the other boys. As a family of 5 marines and 1 Navy Officer, we all know the call that Travis felt to serve this great nation! Our daughter, Megan, is over in Afghanistan right now and asked us to let you all know how greatly she and all of us will miss Travis. He was a very special young man, with a great heart and a kindred spirit. At least we can all feel a little better knowing that God now has another Marine guarding heaven’s gates and watching over each and every one of us! May God’s blessing and serenity wash over each of you and keep you comforted in your time of great sorrow!
    Semper Fidelis,
    MGySgt Mike Holcomb, USMC Retired 86-11
    LCPL Tammy Phibbs-Holcomb, USMC 88-91
    SGT Michael Phibbs, USMC 05-Present, YM 2001-2003
    LCPL Megan Phibbs, USMC 09-Present, YM 2001-2009
    PFC Mike Holcomb, JR, USMC 10-Present
    MIDN 3rd Class Angel Holcomb, USN Reserve, 10-Present, YM 2001-2010
    William Holcomb, YM 2001-2011

  82. Cate Richards on August 19th, 2011 11:07 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with this hero, and his family. You have sacrificed your tomorrows, for our Country’s todays and future. Rest young hero. You have served with honor!

    –Marine Mom

  83. CPL USMC on August 19th, 2011 10:53 am

    I did not know LCPL Nelson, However I want to thank him and his family for what they have done. Thank You For giving the ULTIMATE SACRAFICE. SEMPER FIDELIS. RIP

  84. Scobie Wilcoxon on August 19th, 2011 10:51 am

    As the father of a son currently serving in Afghanistan, and the uncle of a nephew currently serving, my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of this young Marine.

    This is heartbreaking. I ride with Patriot Guard, so if an escort is needed, please let us know.

    May the peace and comfort of our Lord, Jesus, bathe you in these coming days.

  85. Susan on August 19th, 2011 10:49 am

    So very sorry for the loss of this brave young man. Love and prayers to the friends and family. Our family loves and very much appreciates all of our fabulous Military and their families.

  86. DEBBIE Dasho Martin on August 19th, 2011 10:42 am

    Words can not say how sorry we are for your lost .We r a retired army family and share the bond we all have as military family’s.

  87. Karen on August 19th, 2011 10:27 am

    Becky, Scott Anna and Madeline

    I have been crying since yesterday afternoon, Travis was a amazing young man, He was a truely great friend to my son Cato. I could not have asked for a better friend than what he found in Travis. Please know that if you need anything His Young Marine family is here. I have all of you in my thoughts and prayer!

  88. poohbear on August 19th, 2011 10:23 am

    I didn’t know this young man and defender of our Great Country but my heart does go out to the family as I am also a mother and can only imagine what this family is going through. God Bless You All.

  89. August on August 19th, 2011 10:09 am

    As the daughter of a Marine and the sister and wife of Army Rangers. … I want to express my gratitude to you and your son. He paid the ultimate price and he will forever be remembered. As a mother my heart goes out to you for your loss. Nothing can replace a child. I pray for peace in your heart and comfort in your time of sorrow. Bless you all Lots of love to your family

  90. Pace on August 19th, 2011 10:03 am

    I’m brought to tears over someone I didn’t even know after reading these comments. Travis sounds like a great young man and a wonderful MARINE. He gave his life for our continued freedom and that I salute you Travis!

  91. Stacy on August 19th, 2011 9:59 am

    Travis…you will be missed! Madeline and the Nelson family, I cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel and how much I wish this was all just a bad dream. I have cried for two days now. Travis was such a wonderful young man and a good friend to my son, Blake. I am so blessed that I go to know him through the Young Marine program, and am so incredibly sad that he will not be around to make us laugh any more. Know that I am thinking of each of you, keeping you all in my prayers. God Speed, Travis. You were one of a kind. Semper Fi.

  92. ProudArmyParent on August 19th, 2011 9:54 am

    A Mother’s Heart goes out to you! GOD BLESS and Keep your family in his loving care!

    All gave some, some gave All!

    LCpl Travis Nelson a Grateful Nation Thanks you for your service. My family and I personally Thank you!

  93. Donna Amos Lord on August 19th, 2011 9:38 am

    As the mother of a Marine, my heart breaks for Beckie, Scott and the family. I can not imagine your grief. I do know that there is an angel in Heaven that now has my son’s back along with ever other Marine or as they are known to each other (brother) because that what they are a family of one. He was a true hero. As parents you have made the ultimate sacrifice that not many will do. You supported Travis in his decision to put his life on the line for all Americans…God Bless you..;Semper Fi..

  94. A aquaintence to Travis on August 19th, 2011 9:33 am


  95. Katherine on August 19th, 2011 9:25 am

    May Travis rest in peace & may his family, fiance & friends have peace of mind knowing how honored he is by many. My sincere condolences go out to all of you at this time of need.

    R.I.P Travis, Semper Fi..

  96. Friend on August 19th, 2011 9:22 am

    Travis will be missed by many, Pace High NJROTC group that he was with for four years, will defintley miss him. My heart breaks for his family, but know that he is in God’s hands now. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
    Simper Fi Travis.

  97. Toy Scott,mother of a friend,former Marine and co-worker of Scott Nelson on August 19th, 2011 9:13 am

    There are no words for such a devastating loss. I am so very,very sorry for this family’s loss. They are in my prayers and thoughts, God be with Travis’ Nelson’s family andfiancee.

  98. Cynthia on August 19th, 2011 9:11 am

    Gone to soon. May you find peace to surpass understanding why this had to happen to your loved one. God Bless you all.

  99. ThePowerMan on August 19th, 2011 8:55 am

    I am grieving for the family and fiancee’. Though I do not know either, I am so proud of your loved one for protecting our freedom. He is truely my Local Hero. Please…..God Bless him and and Please…God bless his loved ones.

  100. Atmore G on August 19th, 2011 8:54 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.. Young men like LCpl Nelson are a special breed.. They lay it all on the line for the freedom we enjoy in this country without hesitation, and with great dedication.. Words are not coming to me right now.. I can only say that he is greatly appreciated and will be missed by us all..

  101. Raptureready on August 19th, 2011 8:46 am

    Words cannot say what my heart feels right now. To the family and friends, my family and I will be praying for you.

    To Mr. Travis Nelson, thank you sir for giving your life for me and my family and for the greatest country on Earth, the United States of America.

  102. MOlino jim on August 19th, 2011 8:34 am

    To the family and friends—-as a former Marine I can speak for all Marines—our hearts go out to you. As the Marines say—SEMPER FI.

  103. Mason jr Robert on August 19th, 2011 8:29 am

    So sorry for your loss my heart & prayers go out to you & the rest of your family.My son also over there he is w 1/6 Bravo CO. from a Marine Dad. Your son is a True Hero and he will be missed but never forgotton.Semper Fi Lcpl Nelson Travis.

  104. Kathy and Steven Rhodes on August 19th, 2011 8:24 am

    We first met Travis in Young Marines in 2007. He offered to Tutor my son in Math. After about two sessions it became apparent they were two peas in a pod (birthdays a little less than two years apart). Travis was my “second son”, my son’s “Brother”, Mentor, SCUBA partner, drill instructor, paintball and airsoft buddy and best friend.

    He died doing what he believed in. One of his favorite quotes was “My flag I love, my flag I trust, I’ll go to my grave for my flag if I must.”

    Deepest sympathy, love an prayers to Beckie, Scott, Anna, Madeline and all who knew and love Travis. It was an honor having him in our lives. We were Blessed!

  105. Heidi Cantrell on August 19th, 2011 8:13 am

    Deep sadness for and gratitude for the service of a young hero! RIP, LCpl. Nelson! Your country owes you and your fellow fallen a debt we can NEVER repay! Prayers daily from now on for your family and fiance! ♥♥♥ Love from a 1/6 Mom whose son was one of your brothers!

  106. get oof that soapbox on August 19th, 2011 8:02 am

    So very sorry for all of you. Will keep you in my prayers. How very proud I know you are of this young man. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country. Rest in peace.

  107. Darryl on August 19th, 2011 7:55 am


    I grieve with you over the tragic loss of Travis. Be proud brother, that you raised a real man, who understood the concepts of Honor and Duty.
    I pray that the Father of us all brings you and your family peace in the memories of your cherished son that nothing can ever take away.
    Thank You for your service to our country and your sacrifice.

    Semper Fi and God speed, Travis.

  108. Fallen Hero Benefit on August 19th, 2011 7:55 am

    LCpl Travis Nelson we stand and salute you. Thank you for the time and sacrifice you gave for our country & freedom. Your name will always be remembered with us for now you are a Fallen Hero, your our Hero. Your family will be remembered for the sacrifice they gave when they lost their son LCpl Travis Nelson. R.I.P. now Travis be with all the other Fallen Warriors and may God Bless your family in the days ahead with comfort and guidance. To the Nelson Family your in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. From the Fallen Hero Benefit Team.

  109. SaddleUpNRide on August 19th, 2011 7:54 am

    Scott & Becki we love you so much and will miss Travis very much. He always had a laugh and smile and was always polite, kind and a friend to all.

    Juanita needs Scott & Becki’s phone number if any of you have it. Kim, Juanita said that you might have it. She is on face book, Juanita Marie Sanders, you can give her Scott & Becki’s phone number there, if you would please. Bubby is so upset he couldn’t even go to school. He thought the world of Travis growing up beside them as neighbors and close friends.

    My prayers are for the family, especially you Becki as a mother that has also lost a child. Travis & Pam had the same birthday.

    Love you all,

  110. Janet on August 19th, 2011 7:41 am

    God bless and keep you!! Words cannot express my sorrow…nor the thanks I have for this young man and his sacrifices for my freedom!!

  111. Paul on August 19th, 2011 7:40 am

    Becky and family – our thoughts and prayers are with you and we mourn your loss with you. We truly understand. Our oldest son, Kevin, a Marine just arrived in Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan on Monday for a 12 month deployment.. SEMPER FI!

  112. Molino resident on August 19th, 2011 7:31 am

    I pray God will help you during this hard time. Your son died a hero protecting America. May God bless him for this sacrifice and may God bless his precious mom and dad.

  113. Molino resident on August 19th, 2011 7:28 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I pray God gives you the much needed strength needed. Your son died a hero in my eyes, and may God bless him for his sacrifice.

  114. Brandy on August 19th, 2011 7:27 am

    There are NO words to heal your broken heart, I’m so sorry for your loss! My brother served 2 duties, and so I know the fear you fear, your worst nightmare came true! But please know that that He will FOREVER be remembered, He will always live in your hearts, and is now an angel watching over and protecting you from above! I appreciate that He had the strength, courage, and will to serve our country and pay the ultimate sacrafice.

  115. Childhood friend on August 19th, 2011 7:19 am

    Travis was an awesome friend hell be greatly missed! thoughts and prayers are with his family and fiance!

  116. North End Resident on August 19th, 2011 7:16 am

    God Bless Your Family
    Your son made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
    Praying for comfort and peace for you, the kind that passeth understanding. Much love and prayers.

  117. Mark Wainwright on August 19th, 2011 7:15 am

    My heart and prayers to all that new this fine young man. I was graced to have spent a short time with Travis last year when his Father, Scott brought him to work in Tampa for a few short months before boot camp.
    In a small amount of time, Travis was able to touch many lives. I knew his father Scott very well. Scott was so proud of Travis, and always had stories to share of his family. Through Scott, many people in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Tampa, who worked away from home would listen to Scott and grew to know the Nelson family well.
    My sincere sympathy to all.

  118. Mother od a US Solider on August 19th, 2011 7:15 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with this family. As a mother of a son stationed in Afghanistan this is so heart breaking. May God give your family the strength to come thur this. His service to this Nation, and the sacrifice he made, will never be forgotten. Again my prayers to the family and friends

  119. Alan Lowery on August 19th, 2011 7:04 am

    I join everyone today grieving the loss of one of our BRAVE HEROS. I had the honor and privledge to share in a part of Travis’s life when at 6 years old he was a strong armed outfielder and crushing hitter for our T-Ball team. My prayers are that Beckie and Scott’s grief will be eased by knowing the gratitude that I and millions across our country have for their tremendus sacrafice. Travis gave his life so that other 6 year olds can have the opportunity to live in peace and have the freedom to live as they choose. When he was 6 years old he was one of our outfielders…at 19 he died one of our HEROS!

  120. Mike on August 19th, 2011 6:49 am

    Bring the troops home so we don’t have to read articles like this anymore!!!

  121. kim godwin on August 19th, 2011 6:45 am

    I love and miss you Travis! Becky, Scott and Anna, I love all of you too! You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am here if you need anything.

  122. Prayerful on August 19th, 2011 6:32 am

    I am sorry for your lost…praying for the family. God Bless

  123. J. Gary Smith on August 19th, 2011 6:24 am

    Words can’t express our sorrow. Travis was a fine young man. We pray for comfort for the entire family and all his friends. I wish I could have spent more time with him.

    Only two defining forces have ever
    offered to die for you,

    Jesus Christ
    and the
    American Service Member.

    One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

    Thank them both.
    Thank them daily!!

  124. al on August 19th, 2011 6:21 am

    Semper Fi

  125. Carrie on August 19th, 2011 6:15 am

    Sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  126. Laine on August 19th, 2011 6:15 am

    My heart goes out to his family.

  127. James Moretz on August 19th, 2011 6:04 am

    Travis paid the ultimate price for our country and his selfless sacrifice of serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in harms way is something every American should be thankful for. My sincere condolences to the Nelson Family and may well God and the community help comfort you all during this trying time.

    Lieutenant Commander James Moretz, USN, Retired
    McDavid, Florida

  128. EJ on August 19th, 2011 5:59 am

    I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of LCpl Travis Nelson. Your service and sacrifices will not be forgotten. Thank you for protecting the freedom of our country. You will always be remembered as a “TRUE AMERICAN HERO”. Rest easy, Marine.

    SEMPER FI…..

  129. Cynthia (Cindy) Smith on August 19th, 2011 5:56 am

    I am so sorry about the loss of a fine young man. I appreciate his desire to serve our country in this honorable service. May God give a peace to family and friends that passes understanding, during this tragic time.

  130. 429SCJ on August 19th, 2011 5:45 am

    Thank you Travis for going to the fight, that we may remain safe here at home. I ask God to be with your loved ones and your brothers in arms.

  131. Mrs. Spence on August 19th, 2011 5:28 am

    My prayer is that God will comfort the family as they cherish the memories. He was a beautiful young man who gave his all for his country.

  132. Greg on August 19th, 2011 4:57 am

    We are sorry for your loss. We are also thankful for your son standing up for America.

  133. escambiamom on August 19th, 2011 3:58 am

    As a mother with a son in the military I am so sad for the family. May God comfort and strengthen you through this valley. May we all appreciate the honor and sacrifice this young man and his family put forth.

  134. The Wright Family on August 19th, 2011 2:13 am

    Scott and Beckie, Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. May you find comfort knowing Travis is now in a better place. You raised a fine Marine and He lived a life to be proud of, and died with honor. His service to this Nation, and the sacrifice he made, will never be forgotten. Like those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines before him that also paid the ultimate price, He will be a reminder to the living, that defending freedom and the preservation of Democracy come at a great cost.
    May God Bless your family and provide comfort in this dark hour.
    Travis will forever be remembered in the community as a local Hero!

  135. =( on August 19th, 2011 2:11 am

    I am so sorry this happened… my thoughts are with his friends, family, and loved ones. Tragic. : (

  136. grandjoy on August 19th, 2011 1:53 am

    May God hold this family close to heart as they face the days ahead, may they get the strength only God can give during this time. I KNOW God carries us through the things in this life our flesh can not handle…our family just lost a wonderful Daddy,Grandaddy and Greatdaddy…God is our only help in this time. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

  137. Friend of a Friend on August 19th, 2011 1:12 am

    I heard about this tonight from a mutual friend of the family. I’m so saddened for this family. There are no words sufficient to express the sacrifice that this young man made. May God be with his family.

  138. Local Neighbor on August 19th, 2011 1:03 am

    My heart goes out to this family. May God Bless you.

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