Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Today Remember 19-year-old Army Pfc. Tyler Springmann

Today we remember 19-year-old, Army Pfc. Tyler M. Springmann, who died on July 17th in Kandahar, Afghanistan in a roadside blast when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Tyler was from Hartland, Maine; He served in the 25th Stryker Brigade, out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Although family members hold different memories of the young man, they are "completely unified" about his love of singing. In the shower. Around the house. During church.

"And when Tyler sang, he did so quite badly," said Chaplain Andrew Gibson of the Maine Army National Guard. But through his singing and his commitment to his family and country, "he also showed of his soul and his heart."

Tyler was more mature than his 19 years, and had an uplifting personality.

More than 200 people attended his funeral where, because music was indeed a very important part of Tyler's life, his grandmother, Linda Snay, sang "Amazing Grace".

"Tyler loved this song with all of his heart," Snay said. "So I hope it blesses you just as much as it did him."

At the start of the second verse, Tyler’s stepfather, Ben Martin, rose from his seat and began singing along, and the rest of those in the gym soon stood and sang as well.

We will never forget!

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