October 05, 2004
I just got back from the memorial service for SGT Tyler Prewitt. I really wish I had gotten to know him better than our ten emails; he seems like an amazing guy. And his is a story that everyone should hear.
He left college after 9/11 and tried to join the infantry but was rejected because of his colorblindness. He then became a combat medic and deployed to both Kosovo and Iraq. Everyone spoke highly of him, saying he was always on the front lines, even when he would get reminded that as a medic he was supposed to hang back! They joked that he was the only medic with a sniper scope on his rifle; one of his fellow Soldiers said that Prewitt was equally a medic and a warrior.
In fact, his vehicle was hit by an RPG while he was trying to move forward to see if medical assistance was needed. They said that he remained calm and was instructing the people around him how to care for his wounds. His family came to Landstuhl and had to make the difficult decision to switch off the machines, but even in death Tyler Prewitt was saving lives. He became an organ donor, and his organs were used to save no less than seven other people at Landstuhl. I -- and his family -- take great comfort in knowing that his death brought so much life to others.
I wish I had known Tyler Prewitt better because he sounds like a wonderful man and the type of Soldier I would like to know. I'm happy that he touched my life in such a small way and that I got to hear his story.
Posted by Sarah at October 5, 2004 02:16 PM
God bless his family. We have some unbelieveably fine young men and women in our military services.
I remember a story of a woman whose son's heart had been transplanted into a young woman. The lady always told people, "Isn't that young woman wonderful. She donated he entire body to keep my son's heart alive."
Tyler was a close friend of mine here in Phoenix & a best friend to my brother in law. It means a lot to hear your kind words of a man who is a hero and touched so many lives. Be it brief, or grand... Tyler always gave his all.
Tyler was truly a model of an American soldier. I was his best friend and he told me many times how proud he was to serve his country and if giving his life was necessary to do so then he had no fear in doing that. It has been comforting to see and read the outpour that has followed his passing. God Bless every soldier who remains.
Thank you, Jason and Jen, for writing comments here. I want you to know that Tyler touched many people, even in trivial ways, and he will not be forgotten.
ALTHOUGH I WASNT PERSONALLY FRIENDS WITH TYLER, I WAS AWARE OF WHO HE WAS SINCE I WAS A 2000 GRADUATE OF GREENWAY. IT IS AMAZING TO ME THAT SO MANY BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ARE WILLING TO RISK THEIR OWN LIVES FOR OTHERS. I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AND PROUD TO BE FREE BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE TYLER PREWITT...
May God rest his soul and comfort those he left behind. The men and women who willingly serve to protect us hear at home and liberate the oppressed are surely a gift to all of us. My gratitude to these troops cnnot be expressed often or strongly enough.
It's hard to believe that Tyler's gone. I didn't know him as long as Jen or Jeremy--I only got to know him when he was a freshman in HS and really only knew him from church--but he was an amazing young man. I'll be proud to serve in the Army that Tyler so diligently served.
Jen, hi. I am sorry I couldn't be with you guys at home but I am studying abroad this year. In fact ironically I was not 30 miles from where Tyler was flown into. I can't believe Tyler is gone, that's such a big loss to the world. I grew up playing baseball with him every season that I can remember. He was always a leader and he always gave his all in everything he did. He was such a good guy and he will always be in my memories.
I knew Tyler since I was in the 8th grade and he was in 7th. Though I did not know him that well until after highschool I will always remember his great personality, goofy sense of humor and awesome laugh! I attended his funeral services and was very touched, especially by the video at the end. The song "Proud to be an American" now has greater meaning to me than it ever has. "And I am proud to be an American where at least I know I am free, and I wont forget the men who died who gave that right to me". Tyler I wont forget. Thank you for your sacrafice.
I just read the news today...
I was Tyler's squad leader during our 91W training at Fort Sam Houston. I knew Tyler to be a strong and determined soldier and medic who proudly excelled in his military career. I am preparing to deploy in November with the 1-128th Inf to the same area that took Tyler from us. I will hold him fast in my memory and serve this country with the same seadfast conviction and determination that Tyler did as the only proper memorial to his name. My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I wish I had known him for longer than our four months in Texas. I am honored to have known him at all. God bless you all.
Tyler was one of my heroes growing up, and is even more so now. I wish I had half his courage. Even though he relentlessly beat me at video games, I'll never forget my cousin or what he did with his life. God bless him.