- 24 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 12, 1985
- Date of passing: Sep 10, 2009
|Let the memory of 1st. Lt. Tyler be with us forever|
24, of Jonesboro, Ark.; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Sept. 10 in Glehazi District, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.
Ark. soldier killed by insurgents in Afghanistan
The Associated Press
MARIANNA, Ark — The father of an Arkansas soldier who was killed in Afghanistan said Sept. 12 his son was a gifted leader who was dedicated to serving his country.
“He was one of the most incredible individuals a man could ever be,” Dave Parten told The Associated Press of his son, 24-year-old 1st Lt. Tyler E. Parten.
The Defense Department said Tyler Parten was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 10 after insurgents attacked his unit. The department said he died in Konar province after being wounded when insurgents attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.
He had been stationed in Afghanistan since May and was a scout platoon leader on the mission in which he died. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Parten grew up in Marianna and graduated from Marianna Lee High School.
Dave Parten, 53, said his son was a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “The top 10 percent of his class or something like that,” he said.
A second son, Daniel, is in his fourth year at West Point, he said.
Tyler Parten studied Arabic and wanted to be involved in conflicts targeting terror groups overseas, his father said.
“That was his reason for wanting to serve, to face the challenge and to serve others, serve his country,” Dave Parten said. “He wanted to lead other men.”
Tyler Parten’s mother, Lona Parten, told television station KAIT of Jonesboro, Ark., that her son loved the military and his country.
“He’s not just a U.S. soldier, he’s a man that took care of his troops,” she said.
Dave Parten said his son worked to excel in everything he attempted.
“He wrote music,” the father said. “He could pick up and play anything he wanted. He was just incredibly gifted.”
Tyler Parten, who was not married, also had a strong religious foundation and was a “wonderful Christian man,” his father said.
“He had a wonderful relationship with God,” Dave Parten said. “He affected everyone who ever shook hands with him.”
""...I don't want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live."
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