1LT Tyler Edward Parten

1LT Tyler Edward Parten

Birth
Forrest City, St. Francis County, Arkansas, USA
Death 10 Sep 2009 (aged 24)
Kunar, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Site 8863
Memorial ID 41853876 · View Source
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Army 1st Lt Parten was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. He died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. Tyler grew up in Marianna, Arkansas and graduated from Marianna Lee High School. He was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 2007 in the top 10 percent of his class. In April he was sent to Afghanistan where he helped the brigade hunt down insurgents and provide security for locals during their recent presidential election. While there he served as a scout platoon leader and took this responsibility very seriously – he was always looking out for his men. Tyler would write about his life in the war zone with stories of meeting remote mountain village elders or "dehydration headaches" caused by too many hours on patrol with too little water. He posted photos of himself entertaining the kids with his harmonica, a chicken coop he built and one showing the moment when soldiers were cleared to burn down a hastily built Army shack before they moved on to a new assignment. Tyler was a gifted leader and gave his best effort to excel in anything he attempted. He spoke Arabic fluently and wanted to be involved in conflicts targeting terror groups overseas, he wrote music and could play anything he picked up, and he loved the military and his country. His service awards included a National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge. On Tyler's personal webpage he listed the following as his interests – cross fit, music, guitar, piano, songwriting, travel, culture, sports, football, athletics, fitness, politics, military, the Arabic language, the Middle East, foreign policy, my God and my religion, living life.


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  • Originally Created by: Brenda N
  • Added: 11 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41853876
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Tyler Edward Parten (12 Jan 1985–10 Sep 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41853876, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .