July 2, 2012

Roy Tisdale

Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, age 42, of Alvin, Texas, died on June 28, 2012, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He was the commander of the 525th Brigade Special Troops Battalion. He was shot by another American soldier, Ricky G. Elder, age 27, of Hutchinson, Kansas, during a safety briefing about July 4th activities. Ricky also shot another American soldier who survived. The motive for these shootings is unknown. 

Ricky Elder turned a gun on himself, and died one day later on June 29, 2012. 

Roy graduated from Alvin High School. High school officials describe him as an accomplished leader who could do just about anything. 

Father, place Roy on the
stairway to Heaven
Roy Tisdale, who graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993, took command of the battalion in January of 2012. He served in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. He served two full tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal and many other awards. 

Military comrades describe Roy as an outstanding soldier, husband and father. He is also described as an outstanding leader. He was a great trainer and cared for the men.

Roy is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother, Linda Tisdale; his brother, Charles Tisdale; his wife Kim and their children - Megan (age 15) and Lane (age 12). 

Let us pray that Roy Tisdale is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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