Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Capt. Tyler B. Swisher

35, of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Swisher died when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Al Amariyah, Iraq. His vehicle was traveling beside a canal when the attack occurred and he was thrown from the vehicle into the water. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on October 21, 2005.

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"I cannot believe Tyler has been gone for 10+ years now, but I think of him often and the sacrifice he made. Tyler and I were housemates at Butler, both Phi Psis and Biology majors in the Class of 1993. I've made a few Arlington visits to honor and speak to Tyler. He was one of the best."
Troy Weldy of Albany, NY

"Sarah.... Please call me. I was Tylers radio man. 2/6 echo co. 2 nd plt. 207-509-0160 You made me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich."
Dave King

"Although I never had the opportunity to know Tyler, I became aware of him because of his illustrious reputation. We will always remember our brothers and it is our mission to continue the legacy of honor, courage, and commitment that we have inherited from those brave men whom the Lord has called home. I take comfort in the belief that Captain Swisher is the OOD for a detachment of Marines performing security for that most hallowed post. Semper Fidelis!"
Sergeant Vinson, USMC of Cincinnati, OH

"Remembering you Tyler and again thanking you from the bottom of my heart for your service, dedication, and your ultimate sacrifice. Growing up in the same little neighborhood "alley" with you & your family was a blessing & I know all of us from Mariemont and Cincinnati are so grateful for you and your family."
Patty Harrison of Cincinnati Ohio

"Swisher was my Lt. With 2/6 Echo Co.I was his radio man. I just found out today that he passed.8 years later... Semper Fi Sir. I wish I could speak to his wife....anyone know how I could reach her? My cell is 207-877-5776. any help would be appreciated."
Dave King USMC 2/6 E Co. 2nd Platoon of Waterville, Maine.

"Another year. Still haven't forgotten"
Casey of Texas

"I served with Tyler at the Presidential Retreat. I cant say that I knew him well; but I do remember that Tyler gave 100% in everything he did and was a model Marine. My prayers go out to him, his wife and especially his children. God Bless and Semper Fi."
Fred Rendon of Manassa Co, USA

"Not a day goes by, nor an hour, that you are not in my thoughts and heart. ~Steph"
Stephanie Swisher of Colorado

"I never new that Captain Swisher climbed a rope and did construction before joining the Marines; but he listen to my stories of doing so. We also had a few great times on humps (road marches) and hand to hand combat in Thailand. I still tell stories of how we would push each other in every thing we did.

Jeffery Lane"
Jeff Lane of Tennessee

"Still remembered - and honored."
1SG R.C. Oberlender, USA (Ret.) of Natalia, Texas

"Dearest Sarah and Swisher Family,

I remember singing your Beloved's funeral at Crossroad's Community Church as though it were only yesterday. Listening to each person who spoke about Tyler, filled my heart with joy and appreciation for the man he was and all that he had given for our country. My Uncle is a retired career Green Beret, so my heart is already knitted to the men and women who serve so fearlessly for us. Yet,seeing the slide presentation and hearing the life story of Tyler, filled me with such pride to be asked to sing his funeral by Sarah........I was honored to be a part of something so much bigger and more important than myself. I think of Tyler and his family often and on this day I decided to find something of him,
when I came across this site. Thanks to Tyler's mom for raising a boy who became such a wonderful man to his wife and children, and particularly his country. I pray, still, that your hearts be healed and you have peace knowing that Tyler is in the everlasting arms of our Savior,Immanuel.
GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU.

Denise Gonzales
nissey2@yahoo.com
August 20, 2010"
Denise Gonzales of Smyrna, Ga. USA

"I just met you on the day that we lost you. I think about you often. Rest in peace."
Nick Morrison of Bloomington

"3-16-10. I just learned about the death of Captain Tyler B. Swisher. If you are in contact with his family, please advise them that we are in the process of honoring Captain Swisher on our 8th & I website's KIA TRIBUTE ... www.8thandi.com. Thank you! John T. Reim, 8th & I Marine, Silent Drill Platoon, 1958-1961 "Semper Fi""
John T. Reim, 8th & I Marine of Franklinville, NJ

"I knew Swisher from when we served at 8th & I together. I regret that I'm only now(Jan. 16, 2010) learning of his passing, after seeing his marker at Arlington and researching it.

My sincere condolences to the family for your loss.

RIP Marine."
Tony Williamson of Alexandria, VA

"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 Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"I just came across this, I had no Idea. So sad. Captain Swisher and I were in the same Platoon, 1142, in Boot Camp at Parris Island. Semper Fidelis."
Edward Rumpeltin of Aliso Viejo, CA

"Daddy,

Its been almost 4 years since you've been gone and not a moment goes by that I don't think about you. Thank you for always being such a wonderful father, role model and marine. You were such a wonderful man. I will never forget you, not ever.
Love you always.
Ashleigh"
Ashleigh

"Captain Swisher and I went to boot camp together at Parris Island Platoon 1142 in 1993-94. I am saddened to see of his death. He was a true patriot. God bless his family."
Duane Snodgrass of Manassas Park, VA

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Capt. Tyler B. Swisher:
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

"Dear cousin,
ive only met you once in my life but I still have that hat you gave me. Ive learned so much about you and how good of a marine you were. In my eyes you'll always be my hero, no matter what,and I hope some day in two years i can serve the Marine corps just as well as you did"
Brendyn Melugin of cincinnati,OH

"I had already graduated by the time Tyler was in High school so I didn't get the honor of knowing him however MaryBeth was my teacher in middle school so Tylers sacrifice like Matt Maupins hit so close to home.
I want to take this time on Memorial Day 08' to express my gratitude and condolences to the Swisher family...and honor Tyler Swisher...a true American hero.
R.I.P"
James Hurley of Fairfax, OH

"Sir, what can i say? not a day goes by i dont think about the 21st of october. i will always remember you and the three fallen on that day. may god bless your soul and your family is always in my prayers. for the others as well as myself who were in psd, you will never be forgotten."
Michael A. McBroom of Clyde, Ohio

"To the family of:Tyler B. Swisher I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all 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 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Capt. Swisher,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I read about your bravery in Leatherneck Magazine and how your wife and children were presented with your Bronze Star and Purple Heart and after reading the reflections left here, I know you were one hell of a Marine and officer. It is because of men life you that the Marine Corps is the best fighting force in the world.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Good bye Capt Swisher, It is a shame and horriable loss to mankind when a true example of courage and integrity is lost. My prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. I was stationed in Okinawa Japan, and knew the good Capt. there. Respectfully,"
MSgt Gray,DD (ret) of Alvin, Texas

"Stephanie,

It has been many months since I have left Okinawa and returned home, yet so many of you whom I grew to love and cherish for your kindness and candor have remained in my thoughts.

I have come just now to learn of Tyler's death, and I am moved with compassion for you and your family. You are a strong and loving woman, who deserved and enjoyed a charming, witty, and fun-loving husband. His humor and the boyish spirit he projected anytime I saw him or you spoke of him will never leave my memory.

I pray for you and your children, that you may always find strength and comfort when you need it most. I wish that the joy of life with him can give solace to you at times when it may seem impossible to find peace otherwise.

The news of his passing is jarring to me, and reminds me to make any effort possible in my life to see that his sacrifice was not in vain.

I am proud to have known him; and to know you as a determined and fortuitous woman.

With deepest respect and sympathy..."
Natalie De Vito of New York, NY

"Tyler Swisher and I worked together as military representatives to the Nasser wa Salem neighborhood advisory council near Abu Ghraib, Iraq. I am glad to of had the opportunity to work with him. He was a true leader and an outstanding Marine."
CPT Marc Pelini, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment of Fort Irwin, CA

"He was a great man as a husband and especially a dad. I wish i could of gotten to know him better while staying at Asheleigh's before he left to defend our country. Hes in my prayers every day."
Sarah of stafford, VA

"Mrs. Swisher, Ash, Maddie, and Jake I love you guys to death!!! You are all so strong! I love all of you guys <3"
Sarah of stafford, VA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF TYLER SWISHER I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR HIS SERVICE AND OFFER MY SINCEREST SYMPATHIES. I ALSO LOST A SON IN IRAQ AND KNOW THE PAIN AND EMPTINESS. GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD TAKE CARE OF TYLER."
SHARON SWISHER MOTHER OF CHRISTOPHER of LINCOLN NEBRASKA

"To the family of Tyler Swisher;

I served with Tyler in Echo 2/6 and he was a great man and Marine. All of you are in my prayers and I wish you the best.

Semper Fi!

lenardson@hotmail.com
Chris Lenardson"
Chris Lenardson of Naples, Florida

"I often saw CPT Swisher when he was at the Embassy in Baghdad. Although I never had the chance to get to know him; I did recognize that he was a Marine, a true professional, a Warrior!

michael.l.brownstead@us.army.mil"
1SG Michael L. Brownstead of Fort Sill, OK

"I had the privalige of working with Capt Swisher in Baghdad and he will truly be missed. He was a true marine and my thoughts go out to his family.Semper Fi Sir...."
Ssg Chris stansbury of California

"I am so amazed by the tribute all across America to this great Marine! My thoughts constantly drift to Tyler and the wonderful family he left behind. I grew up with Sarah, John and Tyler and was amazed to learn what an incredible man Tyler had grown up to be! His dedication to his family and country should be remembered by all of us, forever. Let's not let Tyler down - stand up for what you believe in!
Mr. & Mrs. Swisher, Sarah and John - I am thinking of you often - I hope your memories of Tyler are carrying you through this impossible time.

All my love,
Monica"
Monica Weakley of Cincinnati, Ohio

"Dear Mary Beth,
Mike and I are so sorry to hear of Capt. Swisher's death. Mike was a Marine Corps Staff Sgt. stationed in Viet Nam and we are so proud of the men who serve our country. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless you, Mary Beth.
With deepest sympathy,
Mike and Eileen Dunavan"
Eileen Thirs Dunavan of Louisville, Ky./USA

"The Swisher family is such an amazing one. I only know Sarah, Tyler's loving sister. Tyler sounds like an amazing man and hero, not only to his wife and children, but to our nation. Our prayers and support go out to the Swisher family. God Bless."
Lauren McGrath of Cincinnati, Ohio

"November 15, 2005 - I had never heard of Tyler B. Swisher prior to this day. I was at a friends store near the funeral home and heard about the loss of his life. I served in Vietnam and understand the danger of serving in a war. I watched for well over an hour as cars arrived and wondered about Tyler and his life. After reading about his life tonight i feel deeply honored that i was able to be there sending alot of love to everyone i saw. It was obvious from what i read that Tyler was truly a good man. I send you, his family and friends, my deepest regards. May the pain you feel heal steadily and surely. I grieve his loss. May peace be with all of you."
Charles M. of Cincinnati, Ohio

"When my girlfriend Ashleigh called and told me of her dads death, I didnt know what to say. He was a great guy, and a good friend."
Ryan of Stafford, Virginia

"I was fortunate enough to have served with Tyler and feel honored to call him my friend. Tyler and I were roommates for over two years, serving at both Marine Barracks Washington DC and the Presidential Retreat at Camp David. From being a 'spit and polished' Presidential Security Guard to a hard charging Marine grunt, Tyler epitomized the word 'Marine'. I'll never forgot our time together, and I feel fortunate to have been apart of your life.
May you rest in peace, and my continued prayers are with your family during this difficult time. In your honor, I've just placed an order for a traditional military 'KIA' bracelet with your name on it. I'll wear it in honor of your sacrifice, and until all of our brave men and women return from Iraq.

Semper Fi buddy, and with love and admiration for a dear friend,"
Doug Miorandi (dmiorandi@adt.com) of Phoenix, AZ USA

"My husband, CPT Rizer, is a soldier embedded with the Marines in Fallujah. He became friends with Tyler and recalled a game of cards with him the night before his death. My husband said he was looking forward to remaining friends when they returned home.

I'm sorry I never got to meet this man who made such a fast impression on my husband. Hearing of Tylerís death was one of his most difficult days in Iraq. I just wanted you to know we have Tylerís name written in our hearts and your family in our prayers. I pray that God will grant grace, strength and comfort through all of this. Iím so very sorry for your loss."
Monique of Alexandria, VA

"To the family and friends of Captain Tyler B. Swisher,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered, please use our link and register them for a quilt so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California USA

"To the family of Captain Swisher: My wife and I had the honor of working near the Captain in Baghdad while we were working for CPA. Our hearts go out to you in this tremendous loss. Please know that his work and his sacrifice will always be remembered. We are better people for having known him and we thank the Lord for Marines like him. May He hold you close in this terrible time of sorrow."
First Sergeant, US Army (Ret.) Robert and Mary Oberlender of Heidelberg, Germany

"To my fallen brother, Your vengence will be felt by winning hearts and minds of the Iraqi people... May god lift your sole to the higest of the high to watch over us and direct our actions.... A fellow brother of 2/2, Semper fi and Happy Bday"
B Holliday of BFE

"S,A,M,and J,
Your husband/daddy was one of the finest Marines I've served with. I was his company commander when he was a Cpl. I bumped into him at Quantico and Camp Lejeune in later years and was so proud of what he had become as a leader, husband, and father. My family and I share your loss and stand in awe of Tyler's sacrifice. God bless, Semper fi."
G. MARTIN, LTCOL USMC of SAN DIEGO

"I was shocked and deeply saddened when I got the word about Tyler. We served together in Baghdad. I am a retired MGySgt, now a state department employee. We worked together often on security manners concerning the AL Rasheed hotel and the convention center. He was always so upbeat and positive and smiling and it was just a great time whenever Troy Larson and I would go over and visit or Tyler would come to the Palace for a meeting. I can't stand the thought of a world without that great man in it. I present my most hearfelt condolences to his family who he spoke of every time I ever saw him. I am so sorry for yours and America's loss. Semper Fi"
Charles Light of Fredericksburg, VA

"Sarah and family,
Our hearts and prayers go out to you! There are no words to take away your pain; please know you have the love and support of not only friends and family, but of the entire the country behind you! With Love for you all!"
Steve Onthank and Beth Bokon Onthank of Cincinnati, Ohio

"I had the honor of serving with U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Swisher, April to September 2004, Baghdad, Iraq. He is one of the finest Officers, and one of the best men I have ever known in my twenty-plus years of enlisted and commissioned service. Though I cannot claim the title "Marine", he is and always will be my definition of a Marine. Swish was dedicated to our nation, the mission, and most of all his family. Not a day passed when he did not talk of his wife and children, leaving no doubt as to his love and commitment to them. I am proud to have known and served with Tyler, I am better for it. My thoughts and prayers are eternally with his family and friends. Our nation has lost a fine warrior... I deeply mourn our loss."
Ric Venditti, Capt, USAF of Eagle River, AK

"My wife and I went to Butler with Tyler. It seems like just yesterday we were living the carefree life. Even during those reckless college days, Tyler knew what career path he would take. In our attempts to grow up, I think Tyler truly grew up first. He was a great brother and an even greater friend. You are a true hero and will always be remembered."
Brad Lowell of Indianapolis, IN/USA

"To the Swisher family, please accept our thanks for all that Tyler has done and all that he stands for. I had the honor of serving with Tyler as a Lieutenant in the Basic School and Infantry Officer Course in Quantico. Furthermore our families lived side by side on base at Camp Lejeune during our initial tours in the FMF. We will miss Tyler. Know that your family will be in our thoughts and prayers from now on. Everyday we also remember and pray for those who continue to serve in harms way. May God bless and comfort you.
Your friends,
Clint and Allison Wooten"
Clint and Allison Wooten of Suffolk, VA

"To the Family and Friends of Captain Tyler B. Swisher:
Please accept my most sincere and heart-felt sympathies for your loss. I had the honor and privilege of serving with Tyler as a fellow lieutenant at The Basic School. We were in the same fire-team together, and Tyler and I became close friends. I have been in the Marine Corps for over 16 years, and it is without hesitation that I say that Tyler was one of the finest young officers I have ever known. Moreover, he was a caring husband; a loving father; and a trusted friend. My heart goes out to Tyler's lovely wife, his daughters, family and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Tyler will be deeply missed, but his kindness, selflessness, devotion and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, my friend. Semper Fidelis."
Capt Mario J. Russica, USMCR of Jensen Beach, FL

"I am so terribly grieved by the loss of Tyler. He had a wonderfully sweet nature about him that benefited all those near him. I will never forget his sweet face and smile. I am so sorry."
Beth (Alspaugh) Fields of Lexington, KY

"I went to Mariemont High School with Sarah and John Swisher, Tiger's older brother and sister. I was friends with Sarah. They are a wonderful family. I don't know what to say except that Tiger's life was an inspiration to anyone who knew him, and I wish there were more people in the world like him and his family."
Paula Charles of Pikeville, KY USA

"I just saw a photo of Tyler on the web while I was searching for photos of my Marine son. What a remarkable young man! Tyler's presence, his sacrifice, his contribution, his dedication will not be forgotten. God bless you all and I pray you are able to find some measure of peace. Thank you."
M Gomez of Bartlesville Oklahoma USA

"I knew Tyler from attending Mariemont Highschool, and his sister, Sara, was my counciller at Camp Kern when I was in the 6th grade.

I'll always remeber Tyler as having a permanent smile on his face. When I think back to the times in highschool, without fail...I see Tyler with that wonderful grin. He was a kind and gentle spirit, who I will never forget.

My deepest sympathies to The Swisher Family. Please know that you are in our prayers. I know how proud you must have been of Tyler, and it is my wish that all of you find some peace in knowing, that thanks to his selfless service, the entire nation shares that same pride in your beloved son.

God bless you all."
Lauren (Gundlach) of Greenville, OH

"I knew Tyler from attending Mariemont Highschool, and his sister, Sara, was my counciller at Camp Kern when I was in the 6th grade.

I'll always remeber Tyler as having a permanent smile on his face. When I think back to the times in highschool, without fail...I see Tyler with that wonderful grin. He was a kind and gentle spirit, who I will never forget.

My deepest sympathies to The Swisher Family. Please know that you are in our prayers. I know how proud you must have been of Tyler, and it is my wish that all of you find some peace in knowing, that thanks to his selfless service, the entire nation shares that same pride in your beloved son.

God bless you all."
Lauren (Gundlach) of Greenville, OH

"I first met Tyler while we were both second lieutenants in Bravo Company, 4th PLT at The Basic School. Tyler and I were selected to become infantry officers and attended the Infantry Officer Course together. I was always impressed by Tyler's dedication to his family and his service. Tyler and I continued to serve together at Camp Lejeune. I will always count Tyler among my friends, I can recall our conversations at the PX in Lejuene, the Dental Center, the Officers Club, the Area 2 gym, and anywhere else we happened upon each other. I left the Corps in 2003, but have lived everyday safe and secure because I know men like Tyler Swisher were willing to vanguard my freedom. God bless you Tyler, you will not be forgotten by your classmates from BOC 2-98."
John McGarry of St.Louis, MO

""My brother was Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher W. Thompson. We understand that Chris and Capt. Swisher served together. My family mourns your loss as well as ours. Chris was very proud to serve the Marines and his main goal was always their safety. He respectly referred to the Marines that he served with as "his Marines". Capt. Swisher was one of his Marines and most certainly, if not by blood, family. We will cherish our memories of Chris as the fun loving kid who went to war. We will always remember Capt. Swisher in the same prayers that we pray for Chris. May God be with you in this time of loss.""
Jim Epley of Wilkesboro, NC

"Capt Swisher is remembered during this very terrible time. My brother HM3 Christopher Thompson was also killed during this incident."
Mellisa Thompson of Wilkesboro, NC

"I graduated from high school with Tyler's older sister, Sarah. Please know your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless him and your family."
Lisa Klemm (Braden) of Rockport, TX

"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.
Our nations HERO, Tyler will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Rest in Peace Tuefulhunden.
J and T
USMC NC
SiSter of a Fallen Marine"

"Thank you Tyler Swisher, 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 Capt. Tyler Swisher:
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 Capt. Tyler Swisher:
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