July 28, 2014

Tyler Zody - U.S. Military - died in a training accident

Tyler Zody
Sgt. Tyler A. Zody, age 20, died on July 24, 2014, at Fort Polk, Louisiana. 

Tyler was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a senior sniper.

Tyler died during training in a motor vehicle rollover accident. Three other soldiers were also injured. 

The incident is under investigation.

Tyler was a native of Fleming Island, Florida.  He enlisted in the Army in July of 2011.  He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an infantryman. After graduating from training, he was assigned as a grenadier in Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment in December of 2011.  

Tyler had served one combat deployment with the Rakkasans.  He was in training for an upcoming deployment in the Fall of 2014 to Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense
Angels of God, pray for Tyler and for
those who have lost him
Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Expert Marksmanship Badge.

Military officials stated that Tyler was a dedicated and talented young Non Commissioned Officer, who will be greatly missed and forever remembered. 

Tyler's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He is described as an athlete who was into sports, hunting and fishing. He had wanted to join the military ever since he was a little kid. 

He will be forever mourned. 

Tyler is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives including his mother and father and his six siblings.

Thank you for serving, Tyler.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray for all men who die at age 20. Yesterday they were just boys.

Pray that Tyler is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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