- 20 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 28, 1984
- Date of passing: Aug 18, 2005
|Let the memory of Timothy be with us forever|
Seamans joined the Army right after graduating Terry Parker High School in 2004, where he achieved the rank of ensign in the Navy's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
But he didn't want to join the Navy, said Tim's father, David Seamans, who spent 20 years in the maritime service.
"I don't want to spend six months out at sea," David Seamans said his son told him. "There is more chance to party in the Army."
Timothy Seamans left for Iraq in mid-January and spent a lot of his time in Samarra. In the 3rd Infantry Division's 3rd Battalion of the 69th Armored Regiment, he was a scout and a driver, said Brig. Gen. James Schwitters.
Most soldiers are known only in their squads, but Seamans was known throughout the battalion, Schwitters said Seamans' battalion commander told him.
"He was known for the character he was and for his character," Schwitters said. "But he took on every mission he could."
At the grave site at Arlington Park Cemetery, soldiers with rifles crackled a gunfire salute and a lone bugler sounded taps in one last remembrance of their comrade. Family and friends wiped tears or held their hands over their hearts in respect. Some said he died supporting freedom; others called him a hero.
"He was motivated and knew his job well," said Sgt. William Chasteen, who was injured in a roadside explosion this year and was walking on a cane. "He was a good driver."
"He was full of life and upbeat," said Cpl. Cameron Mason, who also was injured in a roadside explosion this year.
On the day Seamans died, he called his sister and told her if anything happened she and his parents would be taken care of, David Seamans said. Later that day, an improvised explosive device detonated near the Humvee Seamans was driving, according to the Army. Along with Seamans, three others died: Sgt. Nathan Bouchard, 24, of Wildomar, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Jeremy Doyle, 24, of Chesterton, Md.; and Spc. Ray Fuhrmann, II, 28, of Novato, Calif.
At the wake, David Seamans talked about he respected his son just before he shipped out to Iraq. Over his shoulder was a poster with pictures of Seaman's life and a bumper sticker that said, "I'm a proud parent of a soldier."
"His mama had tears in eyes when he took the oath," David Seamans said.
In front of the table full of food and people seated for the wake, Schwitters presented David and Monica Seamans with three medals: the Purple Heart Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Although they were presented posthumously, the general said Seamans earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge prior to his death.
"He made the world a better place and the Army a better place," Schwitters said.
He loved life to its fullest. He enjoyed WWF, Playstation Games
especially Madan Football. He enjoyed reading Superman Comics and
going to the movies. He had an interest in Math loved numbers. He
especially loved his family, friends and animals (Midnight and
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