Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Sgt. Tyler D. Prewitt

22, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Prewitt died in Landstuhl, Germany, from injuries sustained in Baqubah, Iraq, on September 24, 2004 when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle and exploded. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. Died on September 28, 2004.

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"Just wanted to tell Tyler's family that during this Memorial Day, he is not forgotten and I pray that you are all well. My dad (Coach Pete from NCCS) and I talked about him before he past. Praying for you all."
Nick Peterson of Glendale, AZ, USA

"Tyler was the first person I met after joining the Army. We sat next to each other for the trip from the Phoenix MEPS to Fort Knox for basic. I never kept in touch with him although we both went to Germany and Iraq at the same time. I remember him as bright and full of life. He was so excited about joining and training to be a medic. I've never forgotten about him or the day I read of his passing. I'll always remember him as the embodiment of a great soldier and a welcoming friend."
Scott Hanson of Avondale AZ

"I think about Tyler all of the time. He was such a great young man that had an impact on my life as a coach. Yes the Greenway Baseball dugout was burned down but I will have you know the TP is back up bigger than ever in the new one. TP is still on the side of every Greenway Baseball players hat as well. His story is told to every basball player that walks on the field at Greenway. Tyler memory lives on through each and every kid that puts on that unifom.... You are missed buddy.
Ryan Holtorf"
Ryan Holtorf of Phoenix

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"As a Greenway alum and Tyler's sophomore homecoming date, I just wanted to say thanks for having such a great kid. I just was thinking about Greenway's dugout being burned down recently and how his initials were in there for the players to touch before taking the field. I'm really sad that that is gone now but wanted to say he's still a part of us whether or not that piece of wood remains."
Amber Giuliano of Phoenix, AZ

"I am so glad to hear that his memorial and MTF is still kept up on FOB Normandy. Thank you so much. It has been almost 5 years since his death. Time had not healed my pain. I miss you so much TDP."
RAMROD FOR LIFE! of FORT SAM HOUSTON

"I'm the current Surgeon at FOB Normandy, Iraq. Our MTF is the Tyler Prewitt MTF. The memorial to him on the wall of the BAS is still kept up."
of FOB Normandy, Iraq

"To the Prewitt Family;

Today is Septempber 28, 2008. My son and I were talking tonight and Tyler came up in our conversation. My son, Josh Brayer and Tyler played basketball together in George Wards summer basketball team. When we googled Tyler we discovered it is the anniversery of his death.

The memory of you son lives on with many people. We remember Tyler as having the heart of a champion and one speed, full blast.

Our thoughts are with you today.

Josh is now 25 years old and a paramedic with the Glendale Fire Department. He also played football at ASU, a university you a familiar via your son Chad.

Sincerly,

Steve Brayer"
Steve Brayer of Glendale AZ

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Tyler D. Prewitt:
Tyler gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I have just found out that he has passed and am in awe. I am still at a loss for words. Love and Respect to him and his family."
John Maldonado of Napa Ca, San Diego Ca.

"Dear Prewitt Family,
My name is Chris Rodriguez and I worked with Tyler. I was a fellow medic in 2-2 Infantry and we were actually roommates in Germany before we left for Iraq. Not a day goes by that I dont think of Tyler and on this day (28Sept) he is definitely on my mind. Your son was a great medic but also a great soldier. One memory that I have and no one else can say they do is that Tyler and I both got our Expert Field Medic Badges in Kosovo. We were the only two from our unit to get them that day. From that day on I became really good friends with him. I am sorry I missed out on meeting you this summer at Luke Millikin's wedding. I would have loved to shake the hand of a hero's father and hugged his mother. I want you to know that we will never forget your son. My prayers are always with you all."
Chris Rodriguez of College Station, TX (Texas A&M University)

"My prayers are with you, Tim, Jonnie, Ritchie, and Chad…on this day that marks the third anniversary of Tyler’s passing. I didn’t know Tyler the “Doc”…the sergeant, the soldier, the medic. I knew Tyler, the childhood friend that incessantly pulled my hair and teased me, beat me in every race we ever had, and relentless harassed me about my love for the UA wildcats. In fact, our teasing was just a way of letting each other know that we cared. In seemed, then, so fitting that the last time I saw him at the end of July, 2 months before his passing, as I crutched toward him with a busted up ankle that he looked right at me, shook his head, trying (rather unsuccessfully) to hide his smile, and said “what’s up, Kelley? Some things just never change…” And that’s how I knew he was glad to see me… I miss him. I still cannot even get my mind around the extreme degree of his sacrifice: of his family’s sacrifice…but I am both sobered by and thankful for it. “His absence is like the sky. It touches everything.”"
Becky Kelley of Tucson, AZ

"Dear Prewitt Family,
No other soldiers death has left such a lasting memory on me, even after 3 years. I was the surgeon on call at the Air Force Theater Hospital that evening Tyler entered our trauma room and along with my surgical partners, operated on him. I had only a brief conversation with him before he went back to the operating room, but I was able to tell that he was a unique individual and based on all I have read about him on this site confirms that. I am sorry for your loss as well as to all the families of soldiers and marines we were not able to save."
LTC Greg Abrahamian, MC USAFR of San Antonio, TX

"DOC, you where the greatest medic i have ever seen. I will never know another like you. It was hard coming back from leave and knowing you were not in the next room or going out on missions with us. Still after almost 3 years it seems almost like yesterday you were wooping my butt in Halo. To the family my prayers will always be with you. 2-2 Scouts will never forget!!!!!"
SSG Justin Kandarian of Ft Knox KY

"AS THE YEARS GO BY YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN TYLER, YOUR ONE OF THOSE GUYS WE WILL TALK ABOUT TO OUR KIDS, YOU MADE AN IMPRESSION ON EVERY SOLE YOU TOUCHED, THANK YOU! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY....."
DAVID GRADY of PHX,AZ

"Dear Prewitt Family,
Although it has been two years since Tyler's passing, I want you to know that there are so many of us that are still thinking of and praying for him as well as your family. Tyler was a great person, teammate and friend. He may be the most genuine person I have ever met. I want you to know that I will never forget Tyler nor the sacrifice he made for us."
Matt Nalette of Phoenix, AZ

"One of the greatest field medic's I had the privillage of serving with. He never feared any situation. Prewitt always wanted to be right in the mix and was always looking out for our well being. 2-2 Scout Platoon will miss you greatly. Rest in Peace. Scouts Out!"
SSG Kristopher Van Beveren of Manhattan Beach, CA USA

"I still think about Tyler all of the time and will never forget him or the sacrafices he made for all of us-- soldiers and civilians alike. To his very closest friends and family...I can't imagine what you all continue to go through each day, but please know that neither he nor you will ever be forgotten. Words cannot express my continued gratitude and sympathy."
Jessica MacLean of Glendale, AZ

"To the family of:Tyler D. Prewitt I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"no words can be enough, to thank your son for his sacrifice....freedom is not free, thank you, thank you, thank you..."
Dennis L Prewitt of Dallas, Texas

""To Mr. and Mrs. Prewitt, Chad (bIg ReD), and Richie"

Tyler was a big part of my life throughout high school and college and I will always remember him. He always seemed to be the "life of the party." All of the Disneyland trips during highschool and college would not have been the same without him there. He always knew how to have fun wheather it be having us take pictures of him in a large crowd of tourists, or listening to him narrate our trip through Disneyland. His outgoing personality and sense of humor will be missed by all of us. I will always remember and respect him for his great sacrifice to this country. Thank you Prewitt family for always having an open home to me and all of Tyler's friends.

Thank you to all who are serving and have served in the armed forces. My heart goes out to those who have lost a loved one. God Bless"
Travis Lambert of Phoenix, AZ USA

"To Tyler's Family;
I will never forget Tyler, always running harder than anyone else and trying harder than everyone else. I played soccer with Tyler at NCCS, went to high school at Greenway with him, and knew him from church. I will miss him and I pray for you every day."
Ken Fechner of Phoenix, AZ/USA

"To all those who loved "DOC" Prewitt. I served with Tyler in Iraq. I was a medic with 2-2 Infantry as well. When I heard the news that day in Iraq that we had lost one of our brothers my heart ached. To this day when I think of the sacrifices every man and woman made and still continue to make in Iraq and Afghanistan Tyler always comes to mind. He gave the greatest gift that no soldier really wants to give but is proud to be able to. "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. Till we see each other again Tyler."
SSG AV esteban.alvarado1@us.army.mil of Ft. Bragg, N.C.

"I'm a high school student at Amesbury High School in Massachusetts. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of this man, and I hope the best for his loved ones. He's a hero to me and many others."
Brian of Amesbury, MA

"Tyler, well I may not have known you as well as some, but I did know you and I remember what a great guy you were. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrafice; you will NEVER be forgotton."
Sarah Freswick of Phoenix, Arizona

"To MR AND MRS Prewitt and Big RED and Ritchie-P

Thank you guys for all the love that you have showed me through this hard time in my life of loosing my best Friend; your strenth Jonnie is my example to live by. I can't explain how I feel but I wouldn't be able to make it through this life without you guys taking me in as part of the family. Big RED you have always felt like an older brother to me. Tyler and I always looked up to you and I STILL DO.I always love telling my stories and adventures to you. Ritchie I always remember you telling Tyler and I that we were going to get into trouble with whatever scheme we were working on and for some reason you knew we were up to something; We appreciated you looking over us. Thank you Luke for being there for my best friend in Iraq when I couldn't I will always thank you for that. Thank you Prewitts for everything you have done for me I look forward to our futures and what God has for us.

Love,

Jeremy A. Solem 3/29/05 (I love you Uncle Remus 9/28/04)"
jeremys@libertyonelending.com of Phx,AZ/USA

"I met your son a couple years ago while serving in Kosovo, he was attached to my unit as a platoon medic. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help a person in need. He was a great soldier and a better medic and I will never forget him."
SGT Matthew Best of FOB Gabe, Iraq

"To Johnnie, Tim, Chad, and Richie:
Tyler will forever by your guardian angel. God Bless him and your family."
Dubi of Bismarck, ND

"my sincerest condolences for the loss of your son Tyler. In my thoughts im with his family and friends. May God help you and bless you forever. Tyler you will never be forgotten because you are a hero!!!"
Corinna of Germany

"- Prewitt Family -
I met your son in May of 2003 in Kosovo.I got to know him over the last 3 months we were there he became part of our platoon Aco 82nd A&O.That guy was so high speed and until this day still the best medic I've met.I saw him at FOB Normandy on the 4th of July for the 1st time since Kosovo and he went form being a PFC to a SGT which didn't suprise me because I knew he was that good.Little did I know that was the last time I would run into him.Thank you Prewitts for such a great son.
-SPC PRICE"
Jason Price of Tikrit ,Iraq

"Sergeant Prewitt, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To Tyler's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"My husband was in Prescott, Arizona at a Christian camp for men's retreat when your Pastor got up and said he had to leave early because he heard about the ultimate sacrifice Tyler made for our Country. I understand you deepest pain. We also lost our son, Chris, in April of this year. I was so excited to hear Tyler knew Jesus, because we know our boys are in a better place, worshiping with our precious Savior. I thought it was amazing to think that my son and Tyler have seen Jesus face to face. I know personally it doesn't take the mighty sting of his loss from your hearts. You miss him, and believe me I understand. My husband felt so sad after the announcement, and I wanted you to know we are praying for strength and courage for your family. Tyler would want you to feel that peace that surpasses all comprehension and to endure until you see his precious face, again. God bless all of you."
Terri Bowman of Las Vegas, Nv.

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Tyler, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the family of Tyler,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Tyler is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Tyler D. Prewitt."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the Tyler D. Perwitt family our family is deeply sorry for the lost of Tyler. Tyler served with our son Gregory in Veslick, Germany. An now he joins Gregory serving us in a better place. Not sure if either knew one another. Still your lost is our lost. Tyler was more then a soldier and hero. He has touched many lives in the military, friends,neighbors, the community and those he served with. An all Americans need be very thankful to Tyler and those that continue to put their lives on the line for us all. Condolences are diffucult to express. But, I do feel your pain. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"To Tyler's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Tyler Prewitt, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Tyler Prewitt:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Tyler for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Tyler Prewitt:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Tyler, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on