Lance Corporal Travis Williams is a veteran of the Iraq war.

On August 3, 2005, Williams’ squad was on a rescue mission in Barwanah when their caravan hit an IED. He was the only member of his 12-man squad to survive.

At StoryCorps, Williams remembered what happened that day. williamst_extra1

On Veterans Day 2014, StoryCorps released a series of animated shorts from our Military Voices Initiative—including one of Travis’ story.

Click here to watch “1st Squad, 3rd Platoon,” the StoryCorps animation of Travis’ story.

Originally aired May 25, 2013, on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.

Above: Photo courtesy of Travis Williams