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Marine Master Sgt. Travis W. Riddick

Died January 19, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

40, of Centerville, Iowa; assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died Jan. 19 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when the CH-53D helicopter he was riding in crashed.

Marine killed in Afghanistan mourned at Iowa rite
The Associated Press
CENTERVILLE, Iowa — Mourners at the southern Iowa funeral of a Marine who died in Afghanistan were told he was a caring man who “made you better.”

The funeral was held Sunday in Centerville for Master Sgt. Travis Riddick. The 40-year-old had graduated from Centerville High School in1990. He was fatally injured in a Jan. 19 helicopter crash.

A close friend, Gunnery Sgt. Brian Gipson, told mourners that Riddick’s mission in life was to cheer everybody up.

Gipson says that on Riddick’s worst days, “He made you better.”

Riddick’s cremated remains will be sent to Hawaii, where his wife and daughter live. The ashes are to be scattered on an Air Force base runway there.

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