In memory of
Spc. Travis W. "Loopie" Anderson
When he was in kindergarten, Travis Wayne "Loopie" Anderson disappeared from school with a friend, putting the whole town on alert as police and others scoured the area.
"I found them in an abandoned house," said his uncle, Tracey Freel. "One of them still had his Teddy bear."
Anderson ran away with the same friend at about 14, but the second time it was not so innocent _ they stole his mother's car and drove to New Mexico before they were caught stealing gas. When police caught up to them, Anderson fired at their tires.
"Oh, that Travis. If he was an angel, the horns on his head kept the halo up," said Kandalyn Bradshaw, who grew up with him.
Anderson, 28, of Hooper, Colo., was killed May 13 when a car loaded with explosives slipped past a line of vehicles waiting at a checkpoint in Beiji, Iraq. He was based at Fort Stewart.
Anderson's family said the avid hunter struggled to finish high school, eventually getting his diploma at an alternative school after a battle with hantavirus, a sometimes fatal ailment.
Before he left for Iraq, Anderson told his sister he felt he was doing the right thing. "I am tired of being a screw-up," he wrote.
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