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Marine's Widow Speaks Out About His Violent Death

There are 27 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from May 15, 2008, titled Marine's Widow Speaks Out About His Violent Death. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

WUSA Two brothers from Stafford County, Virginia died in a bizarre murder-suicide thousands of miles from home.

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Chantilly, VA

#22 May 19, 2008
Retired Army wrote:
Smurf VA you stated,
"This is a sad story and ridiculous that it had to end this way. I would never encourage anyone to join the military. People go to fight for our country risking their lives several times as it seems this guy did. Then to need mental medical assistance and get the run around with numerous medications and even be told that he's "weak." The Marines are known to brainwash anyone that joins with them and mess folks all up in the head. I hope this family gets a thorough investigation done and his wife/children be compensated for the rest of their lives."
You apparently know nothing about the Marine Corps. Even though I am retired Army, I work with Marines on a daily basis. I can tell you first hand they are not brainwashed. They are taught to love their country and love the Marine Corp. Just as I was taught to love my country and love the Army. They wear that uniform with pride, dignity and respect. Just as I wore the Army uniform with the same pride, dignity and respect. You have no idea what the hell you are talking about. You may not encourage people to join the military. But I can guarantee the ones who do serve whether it be 4, 6 or even 20 years will by far do more for this country than you or people like you will do in a life time. Next time do some damn research before you let your fingers do your talking.
As an eight year Navy vet I'm with Retired Army on this one. I was stationed with some outstanding people, many of whom were Marines and I'm proud to have served with them.

Abita Springs, LA

#23 May 19, 2008
Thank you, Bob for describing my cousin T-bo as all of his family in the greater New Orleans area knew him. How sad that one out of every 5-7 (depending on the statistical source) of our country's heroes are returning from serving their nation in a combat setting overseas suffering from PTSD. Then how devestating that they are labeled mentally unfit and are therefore unwanted by society and villified by the press (note the initial releases to the canyon area) and those in authority in order to exempt our military leadership of any responsibility for their condition. I hope that at least a wakeup call comes from this tragedy to exhibit the concept that supporting our troops does require actions on our behalf beyond simple lipservice. May the Lord God be with all of the men and women in the various branches of our armed forces. So that you all return home to your families happy, healthy, and whole in body, mind, and soul.

Joseph L. Arthur
Covington, LA

Pensacola, FL

#24 May 22, 2008
Last fall I was in MCB Quantico when SSGT Twiggs was at the MACE, and I had the privilege of being taught some MCMAP and other subjects by him. Although I didn't know him that well, it is easy to tell when someone truly loves their Marines and is motivated to teach and lead them. SSGT Twiggs was that kind of Marine. Everyone who knew him liked him and enjoyed being taught by him. We all liked his Spartans tattoo also.

It is unfortunate that things this way, but PTSD is a very nasty thing and not the easiest thing to treat.


Shelby, NC

#25 May 23, 2008
It's a shame that the media is so focused on SSGT Twiggs tragic ending of his life and not on what drove him to that point, the PTSD. Have you ever sat down and listened to the stastics on the Miltary sucides? It's alarming!! And we as a nation have a serious problem here and we're ignoring it. There's not enough being done for the Miltary returning back to our society. As a citizen we don't understand what they have went thru & we expect them to come back to us & continue like nothing has changed. They have changed!! And in ways you & I will never ever know and don't want to know. WAKE up AMERICA, open your eyes, help them. I have a Son currently serving in the Miltary and let me tell you I have seen this PTSD first hand. Not just with my son, but too many of his friends that are currently serving and not serving. Our miltary are a PROUD group and it's very hard for them to ask for help and to admit that they need help. PTSD not only effects themselves it effects everyone around them. My son is not handling the death of SSGT Twiggs very well, having served with him. SSGT Twiggs was a wonderful man & leader. So let's not look at how he took his life but let's remember him for what he has done and get more help for those that need!! So we don't have to see more tragic ending such as that.
God be with SSGT Twiggs family. You are in my prayers.
Proud Mother of a US Marine
Robert Urban

Orlando, FL

#26 May 28, 2008
I served with Travis in Cuba in 97 and we stayed friends throughout our various duty stations. I was a boot and he taught me not only about patrolling but about bravery, courage, and being a man. We stayed friends after that tour and as I got promoted up the ranks I still relied on his wisdom and counsel. We went from young hard chargers talking tactics and war to friends talking about family, kids, and Nascar-to say he was an Earnhardt fan was an understatement. I met Kellee through him and never met a stronger woman or more supportive wife. Travis was the finest Marine I ever knew and he loved his wife and girls so much. He was my best man at my wedding and the godfather of my son- I am sorry that my son will not be able to know him like I did. I hope all those that know him will remember him telling jokes, barbecuing, and spouting his Louisiana wisdom rather than the last events of his life.
Mike Tucker

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#27 Jul 2, 2008
Travis Twiggs was a great Marine and a good man. He was one of the most brilliant, tough and brave men I have ever been in combat with, in Spain, Burma and Iraq. He was kind and professional. He was a consummate Marine. He loved his wife Kellee and his daughters, Ireland and America, like an eagle loves blue skies. He was deeply respected by his comrades, and he will never be forgotten. I regret not posting earlier here, but I have been in the field and just today found out about his death. I am terribly saddened to hear of his death, and that of his brother. His wife and his daughters need our prayers now. Please pray for all of the Twiggs family.

The last time I talked with Travis stateside was January 2008, and he was as solid then as I ever knew him. But something broke in him in Iraq that never healed--he was very close to Eckfield and Kremm, KIA Al Saqlawiyah, God rest their souls--and I reckon he never got over their deaths. He told me on more than one occasion that he felt responsible for their deaths; I told him that was not his cross to bear. But war changes people, and everyone who sees action returns changed in different ways. When you lose a comrade, you have to make a separate peace; easily said, but that is a very difficult thing to do. Difficult, but absolutely necessary in order to live well.

Travis gave more for our country than ninety-nine per cent of Americans. The way he died in no way reflects on the honorable and professional and loving way in which he lived. Please keep the Twiggs family in your prayers.

Mike Tucker
counterterrorism & guerrilla war specialist
Author of RONIN: A Marine Scout/Sniper Platoon in Iraq
Straits of Malacca
Eric Killeen

Thomasville, NC

#28 May 21, 2009
I dont want to hear from some Army soldier. I am a united states Marine. I will always be one. You can never take that away from me. "Once a Marine always a Marine". The Army will never have that Pride. And brainwashing, fuck yes we are. We join the Marine corps and they teach us to be confident killers. We need someone to protect this country. I have seen to many combat experiences were the army is in my AO and run from a firefight. But dont worry my Marines and I were praying for that fight.
US Army Veteran wrote:
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Thank you for that response. There are some who will never appreciate our service. Another one of those "I support the troops but not the war" people again. Im sorry,... actually I am not sorry, but in my opinion, our wonderful war protesting non-serving on-lookers are as dangerous to us as the ones we are over there fighting. I was intimately touched of this story about Ssgt. Twiggs and heart broken for him and his family. I hope his family always knows that he is a hero

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