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Master Sgt. Travis W. Riddick

November 9, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Marine Corps Master Sgt. Travis W. Riddick of Centerville, Iowa.

Riddick was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Tragically, he was killed Jan. 19 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when his CH-53D helicopter crashed.

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa wrote the following upon Riddick’s death:

Mr. President, I rise to pay tribute to a fallen son of Iowa, MSgt. Travis Riddick. Master Sergeant Riddick joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school in Centerville, IA. In doing so, he was following in a laudable family tradition of patriotic service. His father and grandfather were marines, as well as his uncle and cousins. His twin brother recently retired after 21 years in the Navy. Travis Riddick certainly did his family, his State, and his country proud. He was awarded six Air Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, seven Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the NATO ISAF Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

Master Sgt Riddick is remembered as a son, brother, husband and father. Today, we introduce him and forever remember him as an American Hero.


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