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Montana’s Travis Atkins honored with Medal of Honor

Montana’s Travis Atkins honored with Medal of Honor


today the name of Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins will be etched alongside of the names of America’s bravest warriors and written forever into America’s heart tonight a sombre yet proud moment for Americans and Montanans as one of our own receives a Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump 12 years after he sacrificed his life for his comrades good evening and thanks for joining us I’m Russ tree singer and I’m Janell Slade many of you just saw the tribute to Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins on the CBS Evening News we now continue coverage on this Montana native who died in the line of duty o many and the Bozeman community say they aren’t surprised Travis gave his life to save others because that’s the type of person he was MTN’s emma hamilton caught up with one of his childhood friends who says atkins was a hero even before he joined the army it’s something that I can’t really put into words it’s something that’s surreal and I still I still haven’t fully accepted it yet he’s a very strong willed I’ve took a lot of risks that I wouldn’t take in my last time and but the biggest thing is he had a big heart he really cared about who we are who we are as a kid growing up with the hearing loss that was made it really easy for me to be able to become friends with Travis because it was tough for me to be able to go make new friends but Travis had no problems he didn’t see the handicap he saw me as a person having Adkins as a friend meant more to croxted then Atkins ever knew since the third grade up until the time Atkins deployed the first and second time they were the best of friends I’m not surprised that he went back I’m proud that he went back because that’s where he belongs you can’t there’s an impact that you can make on in life that you can only make on a battlefield and that’s where he belongs he longed out there and that’s what I think that’s what he truly believed with tears in his eyes krahgg said reflects on their friendship and the time they spent in the mountains together but it’s an emotional roller coaster losing a friend that he is just so proud of for his actions it’s an emotion that you can’t describe there’s a there’s pride and there’s sadness you feel sad for the Atkins family and what they’ve had to go through but there’s pride local veterans are also honored to have one of their own become a Medal of Honor hero I just know that I am proud of him I don’t I’ve never met Travis and I don’t know him I just know that I am so proud that he was an army guy just like me and so we’re brothers but he did it saving other guys in his platoon and that’s what makes a big difference he didn’t just do it for himself did it for country for God and saving is guys even though Travis is here at the Veterans Cemetery in Bozeman his sacrifice and bravery shines across the entire country and while he is a true American hero he’s also a hero for the Gallatin Valley reporting in Bozeman I’m a Hamilton MTN news thanks Emma Atkins is the 3rd Montana board recipient of the award and the 10th overall across Montana


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