At the start of this year, we here at Blackfive had the honor of helping bring DJ home. DJ was an Iraqi puppy, who you can learn more about here, who was brought to America to the mother of a fallen soldier (you can click here to learn more about him and those with him who paid the ultimate price in Iraq).
As noted in the story, DJ's full name was Dowd Junior in a bit of humor aimed at one of the other soldiers in 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from Ft. Hood, Texas. Travis Dowd took the ribbing in good humor.
It is with regret that I report that Travis has passed away. There is not a lot of information available yet, but Captain. Tom Hickey, who was his platoon leader, remembers him as not only a good soldier, but one who also stood up for anyone weaker and smaller, and for his extremely positive attitude towards both the mission and life.
His mother, who reportedly is not a fan of tattoos, had her son come home with several. So, she is getting a tattoo of his pet iguana as a means of remembering and honoring her son. His two brothers are going to be hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail in his memory, since he will not be able to do the hikes he planned and was looking so forward to doing.
I ask that you keep him, his family and friends, and his brothers-in-arms in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.