Tyler Edward Parten
West Point, 2007
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Heather Hernandez on September 14, 2009:
I knew Tyler at school, and while we had only a few classes together he was notable because even though he lived "on the other side of the world" being in first regiment while I was in fourth, he was such a magnetic force that I'm sure few even far away in Scott barracks didn't know him by his smile alone. Tyler always seemed to be up to something, and was one of those individuals you couldn't help but want to be around.
At BOLC II we were in the same squad, and while those short seven weeks seemed to last forever and were filled with an unending supply of things for our group of newly pinned lieutenants to complain about, Tyler was the one who always kept us laughing. Whether it was during a road march when he invariably insisted on breaking out his harmonica and singing between riffs, or during land nav when he decided to one up the other guys and leave a mark on one of the points that led another lieutenant to swear that a moose had wandered onto the Oklahoma range and left droppings directly on the marker, or during our nights playing OPFOR for other squads as he put his Arabic skills to use confounding cadre and lieutenants alike, he did everything with a grin and was the one that we all wanted to follow. He was a truly an inspirational and indomitable person.
Until we meet again, Tyler, thank you; thank you for the laughter and thank you for the friendship. Be thou at peace.
Heather (Rau) Hernandez
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