About Travis

Who is the young man whose life has inspired others to serve?

Travis Joseph Lemma Manion was born Nov. 19, 1980 in Camp Lejeune, NC, to an active duty Marine family. After settling in Doylestown, PA, Travis went on to LaSalle College High School where his strong leadership qualities set him apart both athletically and academically. He was an all-league standout in wrestling, football and lacrosse, a member of five championship teams, and an All-American wrestler.  Travis was best known as a motivating and popular figure to his classmates. It was for these traits that Travis was awarded the Hal Selvey, Jr. Memorial Award for Unselfish Dedication and Leadership. This combination of leadership, athleticism, and academic achievement opened the door to his appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

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  • Travis Joseph Lemma Manion was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Thomas Manion and Janette Lemma Manion, while Thomas was still an active duty Marine.

  • The Manions moved to Doylestown, Pa.

  • Travis graduated from La Salle College High School and began studies at the United States Naval Academy. That same year, the Philadelphia Wrestling Association honored Travis with the Hal Selvey Jr. Memorial Award for unselfish dedication and leadership.

  • The United States Naval Academy Wrestling Association honored Travis with the Weems Award for leadership and dedication.

  • Travis graduated from the United States Naval Academy and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Marine. He finished at the top of his class at The Basic School, and was awarded a commission into the Marine Corps. He was then assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

  • Travis was selected, as an experienced Iraq War veteran from 1st Recon Battalion, to become a part of a military transition team (MiTT) with 10 other Marines that would train and partner with an Iraqi Army Battalion in Fallujah, Iraq.


  • Travis deployed on his second tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as the company advisory for the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team, Regimental Combat Team 6, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

  • 1st Lt. Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. He, his fellow Marines, and Iraqi Army counterparts were ambushed while searching a suspected insurgent house. 1st Lt. Manion led the counterattack against the enemy forces. He was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded comrades. His selfless actions allowed every member of his patrol to survive. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor.

  • The Travis Manion Foundation was started. It continues Travis’ mission of inspiring selfless service and assisting our nation’s veterans and families of Fallen Heroes.

  • The United States Marine Corps performed a dedication ceremony in honor of Travis at The Basic School (their officers school) in Quantico, Va. Manion Hall was officially unveiled at an emotional ceremony attended by many family, friends, and fellow Marines. Travis’ legacy of selfless service, together with his warrior spirit, strong leadership, and courage will forever be part of the Marine Corps history.

  • The Marine Corps Logistician of the Year Award was designated the 1st LT Travis Manion Award –the highest award for logistics officers in the Marine Corps.

  • Brothers Forever Book is published. Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis’ father, former Marine colonel Tom Manion, tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation’s sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendan’s loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory. From Travis’s incredible heroism on the streets of Fallujah to Brendan’s anguished Navy SEAL training in the wake of his friend’s death and his own heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war.

  • 1st LT. Travis L. Manion is inducted in the LaSalle College High School Alumni  Hall of Fame.

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