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President Presents Medal of Honor to Fallen Soldier's Son

March 27, 2019
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President Donald J. Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony to the son of Army Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins for his father's heroic 2007 actions in Iraq.

Atkins saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers by grabbing a suicide bomber, throwing him to the ground and pinning him there, protecting the soldiers who were only a few feet away when the vest exploded. Atkins died from the blast.


"In his final moments on earth, Travis did not run," Trump said during the ceremony. "He shielded his men from certain death."

Click here for more about the medal presentation, which was attended by Atkins' family as well as 50 members of his unit, the 10th Mountain Division.

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Induction Moment
David L. Norquist, performing the duties of the deputy defense secretary, posthumously inducts Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes during a ceremony with Atkins' family, March 28, 2019.
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Atkins Gives Life for Fellow Soldiers
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In Iraq
Army Sgt. Travis Atkins in Iraq, 2007.
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