|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1971|
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 2012|
US NAVY SEAL TYRONE SNOWDEN WOODS, SR.,
Senior Chief Petty Officer and Special Warfare Operator (Ret.)
January 15, 1971 – September 12, 2012
Born leader. Did what was right, not what was easy.
Tyrone Snowden Woods, Sr., Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy SEAL (ret.), perished September 12 while defending the U.S. Diplomatic Mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. He was 41.
Tyrone was born in 1971 in Portland, Oregon, and spent his childhood years in Long Creek, Oregon; Anacortes, Washington; and Oregon City, Oregon. As a child, he was inquisitive, busy, precocious, imaginative,and fearless. While living on a ranch in Eastern Oregon, he learned to hunt 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 a PADI diving certification, so he could dive with his step-father in Puget Sound. Not foreseen at the time, these were all indications of what was to come later in life. Beginning in grade school, Tyrone discovered wrestling and was skilled at this great sport that offered an outlet for his grit, determination, and competitive spirit. In 1989, 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). His maternal family was always present rooting him on, especially his loving grandparents, Eddie and Flora Mae Croft.
After graduating, he briefly attended Clackamas Community College on a partial wrestling scholarship followed by a winter stint as a ski lift operator on Mt. Hood. In April, 1990, acting on some strong advice from his mother, he enlisted in the Navy. After basic training, he set a personal goal to become a SEAL. During BUDs in Coronado,he went through Hell Week twice and proudly received his trident in October, 1991. He also attended Naval Hospital Corpsman School at NTC San Diego and completed additional Special Ops Combat Medic training and Basic Airborne training before serving with SEAL Team THREE. After completing additional medical and free fall training, he served with SEAL Team FIVE at NAB Coronado and then was a member of the US Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, from January 2000 to November 2001. His next assignment was as medical and maritime leading chief petty officer for SEAL Qualification Training at NSWC Coronado November 2001 to November 2004. After that he served with SEAL Team ONE to June 2006. As a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, serving multiple combat tours. He was decorated with the Bronze Star with Combat V for bravery, one of many service medals he earned during his 20 years of service to his country. 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. However, after retiring in 2010, duty called and he continued to serve the nation as a security contractor for the CIA and State Department, 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, motorcycle and car enthusiast. He loved speed, pushing the pedal to the metal, and was especially fond of Mustangs, owning several Ford Cobras that he meticulously and lovingly maintained. His love of cars and automotive skills were learned as a teen-ager from his grandfather, who inside his "man-cave" garage, taught Tyrone the complex workings of cars and how to keep the wheels rolling. Tyrone was especially neat and tidy, so 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, too, 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. With his knack for humor, he was always able to make others laugh. Also, his fearlessness, quest for new challenges, and adventurous spirit created some interesting and memorable times for his high school friends as they followed him on these "quests."
Tyrone was the father of three sons: Tyrone Snowden Woods, Jr., and Hunter T. Woods (So), from his first marriage, and Kai M. Woods, born in June, 2012, from his second marriage.
Tyrone lies peacefully at San Diego's Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery where he overlooks the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Proposed bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, 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