Holy Cross sixth-graders were thrilled to meet Captain Travis Tufte Dec. 10 when he came to thank them for their support, letters and packages they sent him while he was in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The students began contact with him a couple years ago and have kept up their messages. Tufte is home on leave and will be leaving Monday for California.
He entertained questions from the students, who asked if he was ever injured. He told him he did suffer a concussion when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He explained he is a logistics officer and his task is to make life better for the local people. The students also wanted to know if there were any women in the Marines, which he replied there are quite a few. When asked why he became a Marine, he said his father was a Marine in Vietnam so he wanted to follow in his Dad's footsteps.