|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1971|
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 2012|
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US NAVY SEAL TYRONE SNOWDEN WOODS, SR.,
Senior Chief Petty Officer and Special Warfare Operator (Ret.)
January 15, 1971 – September 12, 2012
Tyrone Snowden Woods, Sr., Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy SEAL (ret.), died Sept. 12 while defending the U.S. Diplomatic Post and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. He was 41.
Tyrone was born in 1971 in Portland, Ore., and spent his childhood years in Long Creek, Oregon, Anacortes, Washington, and Oregon City, Oregon. Growing up, he was an inquisitive, busy, precocious, and fearless child. He learned to hunt while living on a ranch in Eastern Oregon and with his .22 in hand, no ground squirrel was ever safe. By the time he was 13 and living in Anacortes, he had earned an Oregon Hunter's Safety card and was also a certified PADI diver, all indications of what was to come later in life. During his grade school years, Tyrone participated in wrestling, which became a means for channeling his grit, determination, and competitiveness. In 1989, during his senior year at Oregon City High School, he placed second in district and fifth in state in the 135-pound weight class. He also set a new school record that year for career escapes, 51, and most falls in a season, 18. Always rooting him on were his loving grandparents, Eddie and Flora Mae Croft, his mother, and his uncle Ed who always encouraged his nephew's athletic pursuits.
In 1990, after a very short stint at the local community college, he joined the Navy and set a personal goal to become a SEAL. During his BUDs training, he went through Hell Week twice and proudly received his trident in October, 1991. At various stages in his career, he was the medical corpsman and paramedic on SEAL teams 1, 3, and 5 and served multiple tours of duty in Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He also spent two years with the Navy's exhibition parachute team, the Leapfrogs. In 2010, Tyrone retired from the Navy, concluding 20 years of honorable service to his country, together with being a decorated serviceman. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star with Combat V and expert marksmanship ribbon, among other awards. In addition to being a SEAL, he was also a board certified RN in California and had worked at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego as well as on staff at his wife's La Jolla dental practice. After 2010, he began working as a personal service contractor protecting US American diplomatic personnel in posts ranging from Central America to the Middle East.
Tyrone had many personal interests. He was an avid runner, surfer, and car enthusiast. He loved speed, and was especially fond of fast cars and motorcycles, owning several Ford Cobra Mustang convertibles that he meticulously and lovingly maintained. These automotive skills were learned as a teen-ager at the side of his grandfather, who taught him the complex workings of engines, transmissions, electrical systems and all things related to how to repair his cars. Because Tyrone was extremely neat, his cars were always in immaculate condition with the engines so clean you could eat off them.
Friends were an important part of his life, and he kept in contact with them whether they lived in the San Diego area or in Oregon. They described him as energetic, smiling, confidant, loyal, and funny. He was always able to make others laugh. His fearlessness and adventurous spirit created some interesting and memorable times with his high school and military friends. A long-time buddy from basic training remembered Tyrone with words from Chief Tecumseh, "Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide….Sing your death song and die like a hero going home." And, at the Dignified Transfer of Remains ceremony, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described Tyrone as having "…the hands of a healer as well as the arms of a warrior." President Obama said that Tyrone was "the quiet, consummate professional."
Ty was the father of three sons: Tyrone Snowden Woods, Jr., and Hunter Woods, from his first marriage, and Kai Woods, born in June, 2012, from his second marriage.
Tyrone was buried in San Diego on September 20 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, overlooking the peaceful Pacific Ocean on which and, in which, he spent many hours.
On Sepember 22, Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone, and Glen Doherty were commended in S. Res. 588, signed by 99 United States Senators "for their tireless efforts on behalf of the American people, and condemning the violent attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi."
Proposed bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods
Tyrone's maternal grandfather T/Sgt Eddie L. Croft
Dane Clark Paresi Army Special Ops
Howard W. Croft, great-uncle who perished in the Second Battle of Kula Gulf
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
Plot: SECTION A-B SITE 1419
Maintained by: Cheryl Bennett
Originally Created by: Pat McArron
Record added: Sep 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97027677