Tuesday, March 22, 2011

part 3 braggin..

I have lost many friends during my time in the SEAL Teams and Tyler ranks with the best of them. I am deeply sorry for the Woddle family and those who were close to Tyler. If the family has set up a memorial fund other than the NSW Foundation ( I have donated to this one already) that is taking funds, I would be honored to contribute. If there is anything that I may do for the family please do not hesitate to ask.

Tyler will be missed by this SEAL and countless others.

a note from Kathi...
This man represents what a Navy SEAL is! Strong, kind and compassionate! Thank you so much for the gift of this testimony about our Tyler! HOOYAH!

part 2 of braggin

Tyler was a complete animal in HellWeek and did very well. One funny story about him in HellWeek was that he was always falling asleep when it was time to eat. It was our job to keep them awake during our shift (Midnight-0800) and we had many ways of doing this. I remember grabbing a large apple from the food line and having Tyler and another sleepy student bite into the apple at the same time and hold it there without taking a full bite. He had the whole class rolling over with laughter when he would doze off and drag the other student around with his nodding off. The funniest part was that he was chuckling in his sleep when he was dozing to the floor with the apple in his mouth. Almost completely mad with lack of sleep and he was still laughing! Amazing!

I made it a point to attend his graduation and witness him getting his Trident. I believe his folks were there and I'm sure that I met them. To be honest, I was dissapointed to find that he was going to the East Coast teams because that meant I would not have the chance to work with him in the future.

Just bragging on my boy!!

this email was sent to us last year about 3 weeks after Tyler went to be with the Lord. (1 of 3 parts)
My name is Rob Smith and I was one of Tyler's instructors during SEAL training. I put him through the First Phase of training to include HellWeek. I found out about the accident while in a different course of instruction and was shocked at the news when it was delivered in the morning meeting. Every one of the instructors was in complete silence when the question was asked, "Did you know him...?". We all did. I see hundreds of canidates every class that show up to try their luck at the program and it is fairly rare that an instructor gets to know a student as well as I got to know Tyler. From day 1, I took an interest in him and in a way took him under my wing. He was a bit older than the other students and had a better handle on what we were doing in regard to forging warriors and forming certain attitudes. He was always known as the guy that would go out of his way to help other students when they needed it.