Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Army Capt. Corry P. Tyler

Remember Our Heroes

Army Capt. Corry P. Tyler, 29, of Georgia

Capt. Tyler was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Aug. 22, 2007 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries suffered when his helicopter crashed. Also killed were Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul J. Flynn, Sgt. Matthew L. Tallman, Spc. Rickey L. Bell, Capt. Derek A. Dobogai, Staff Sgt. Jason L. Paton, Sgt. Garrett I. McLead, Cpl. Jeremy P. Bouffard, Cpl. Phillip J. Brodnick, Cpl. Joshua S. Harmon, Cpl. Nathan C. Hubbard, Spc. Michael A. Hook, Spc. Jessy G. Pollard and Spc. Tyler R. Seideman.

WOODBINE, Ga. -- A Georgia man was among 14 U.S. soldiers killed Wednesday when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a nighttime mission in northern Iraq.

Army Capt. Corry Paul Tyler was one of those killed in the crash.

Tyler was described by those who knew him as an extraordinary man. A close family friend told Channel 4 Tyler graduated at the top of his class at Camden County High School.

In 1999 he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint.

"They were very, very proud of Corry. That's all Terry talked about," said pastor Dr. William Warnock.

Warnock is the pastor at First United Methodist Church in Woodbine. Warnock said he knows the Tyler family, and as their pastor he spent some time with them Wednesday.

"Mrs. Tyler is broken," Warnock said.

Tyler's father passed away last year and Warnock said Wednesday's news was especially hard on Tyler's mom.

Tyler was the sole male survivor in his family and for that reason was not required to return to Iraq. However, the West Point graduate volunteered for his third tour of duty.

"It speaks highly of his integrity. I served in the service, and any person who volunteers -- they're just special, just absolutely special people," said Warnock.

Tyler is survived by his wife Kathy and three small children who live in Washington.

The military said it appeared the aircraft Tyler and 13 others were in was lost by mechanical problems and not from hostile fire.

Army Capt. Corry P. Tyler was killed in action on 8/22/07.

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