Portland service planned for Marine killed in Iraq
Travis Bradach-Nall, 21, was killed while clearing land mines
The family of Marine Cpl. Travis Bradach-Nall is planning a Friday burial for the Portland man, who died in an explosion July 2 while clearing land mines near Karbala, Iraq.
Bradach-Nall, 21, was born and raised in Portland and graduated from Grant High School in 2000. He joined the Marines after graduating and served in Okinawa, Japan, before the war in Iraq.
A trained combat engineer, he helped construct prisoner of war camps and dispose of unexploded ordnance in Iraq.
He is survived by his father, Gary Nall; his mother, Lynn Bradach; and his brother, Nicholas, 19.
His uncle, Portland attorney John Bradach, said Travis recently had volunteered to extend his service in Iraq because 'he felt a loyalty to his buddies who were staying on.'
Bradach said Travis came of age during his time in the Marines: 'He was searching for himself. He wasn't the student body president or an all-state athlete in high school, but he was a good kid with a lot of potential.
'He had some anger in his high school years. But he became a great Marine.'
Bradach-Nall wrestled and played drums in high school. He enjoyed punk rock but also played in a marching band during the Portland Rose Festival's Starlight Parade and sang for the choir.
Travis 'wanted to get a little taste of everything,' his wrestling coach at Grant, Karry Cameron, recalled.
'Travis was one of those young men that I knew I could trust,' added Cameron. 'He obviously had a firm family supporting him.'
After enlisting, Bradach-Nall returned to Portland several times for family get-togethers and Christmas gatherings, John Bradach said. He also spoke to his mother by satellite phone on June 28, the Saturday before he was killed.
Bradach said the family was devastated by the death. 'Travis is a treasure lost,' he said.
At press time, Bradach-Nall's funeral was tentatively scheduled for Friday at All Saints Parish in Northeast Portland, where he attended grade school.
Bradach-Nall's body is expected to be flown into Portland International Airport today, where he is scheduled to be honored in a military ceremony.