U.S. Marine with Susanville ties is killed in Afghanistan
According to the Department of Defense, Woods, a 21-year-old Foothill High School graduate, was traveling in a Humvee in Afghanistan's Northern Helmand province when an insurgent-planted anti-tank mine went off.
His mother, Stacey Woods, 39, said Marine officials came to the family’s Palo Cedro home on Monday, Sept. 10, to talk about what happened and work out funeral details.
The funeral was tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept 22, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 507 Pine St. in Mount Shasta.
The public was invited.
Woods was finishing up his tour of duty with Special Forces in Afghanistan and was getting ready to come home. Woods is also survived by an 18-year-old sister, Tessa and 14-year-old brother, Jake.
Woods was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Camp Pendleton.
He was a member of the Marine Special Operations Battalions, an elite counter-terrorism force that uses unconventional tactics to fight insurgents.
MSOB recently took the place of the Marines' Force Reconnaissance teams, which served as the Marine Corps' elite fighting force similar to the Navy SEALs or the Army Rangers.
Besides his dedication to the Marines, Stacey said her son had a passion for BMX bikes, surfing and snowboarding. She said he was a perfectionist, who would practice each sport until he was an expert.
“Everything he did was big,” she said.
Woods’ MySpace page is loaded with pictures of him flying through the air, often upside down, on his bike or board.
Travis Woods enlisted early for the Marine’s while in high school. He had already done one tour in Iraq, his mother said.
Travis Woods Fund
Wood gave his life for his country, now his family is encouraging the community to give back. The Woods’ family, has set up a memorial fund in his name. The money that is donated will be used to make care packages for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you are interested in giving, you can take your donation to any North Valley Bank or view information below under the Donations tab of the bank’s Web site, northvalleybank.com
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