Oklahoma soldier's body returns to Lawton

Staff Sgt. Travis M. Tompkins, of Lawton, OK, died last week in Afghanistan.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: March 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm •  Published: March 23, 2011

The body of a Lawton soldier who was killed in Afghanistan returned home Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Travis M. Tompkins, 31, died last week after his unit was attacked by insurgents with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Tompkins' flag-draped casket arrived about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday on a small jet at Henry Post Army Airfield at Fort Sill.

Family members walked out to the casket as it was lowered from the aircraft. They embraced. Some stood silently, while others could be heard sobbing.

Nearly 150 Patriot Guard Riders holding American flags stood on the tarmac when the plane taxied to meet the hearse.

They got on motorcycles and followed the hearse as the procession traveled to a funeral home in Lawton.

Tompkins' parents, Leland and Vickie Tompkins, live in Lawton.

Contributing: Staff

photographer Jim Beckel

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