The 1st Lt. Tyler Parten Memorial Fund
Was founded to honor his memory and passion for helping children.
“Many of my missions revolve around civil affairs; bringing projects like running water and electricity to places that have never had such luxuries. While doing the assessments, I get to interact with the locals and otherwise try to put a friendly face to the American name. I’ve had many opportunities to interact with the children, whom I believe are the future of this country, so I always to take the time to show them a little affection. I can’t tell you how much of a blessing these opportunities are. I'm convinced that if we can win their hearts and improve their lives, maybe it'll all be worth it.”
This ultimately became the mission statement for the foundation his family created in his memory.
With your generous support we will be able to keep Tyler’s passion for children alive by annually assisting U.S. organizations serving children in poverty-stricken and war-torn countries therefore promoting peace one child at a time. This was his belief.
Below are some photos with Tyler's words about them while in Afghanistan.
Remembering 1st Lt. Tyler E. Parten
Tyler was an avid traveler, a top 10% 2007 graduate of West Point, fluent in Arabic, played guitar and piano, loved music and life.
As a Christian, he believed in helping and serving others in his daily life. He was particularly concerned for the well-being of children in all the countries he visited.
"The foundation will be used to promote peace, one child at a time."While in Afghanistan, shortly before his death in September of 2009, Tyler wrote to his family in an e-mail:
when I asked them to guide me around their village they were incredibly excited to show me around
trying to break the ice with the kiddos...
...they started to open up when I pulled out some candy...
this was quite a warm moment :)
While we were conducting security for a local government meeting, I pulled out a harmonica and started playing for the kids. 10 minutes after this picture was taken were no less than 20 of them asking me to teach them how to play!
They had just gotten out of school, so I had them teach me what they learned. Then I gave them some math problems in Arabic script...they quickly surprised me by how much they knew at such a young age.
The future of Afghanistan. I'm convinced that if we can win their hearts and improve their lives, maybe it'll all be worth it.
“My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave”
- Thomas J. Jackson
to add text.
Standing on the LZ (landing zone) watching our home burn down.
Top Row: SFC Luke Eagan SSG Jonathan Russ PFC Michael Waldrop PFC Christopher Martin SPC Thomas SPC Michael Raines SPC Zachary Porterfield PFC Bradley(Commo guy) L.T. Tyler Parten
Bottom Row: SSG Cody Harrington SPC Jason Stack SGT Stephen Fortier SPC Matthew Horne SPC Jeremiah Brennan SSG FLO PFC Steven Earick SGT James Burnett
Mixing of cultures and food the Afghans hosted us to a feast.
Left Side Front To Back: L.T. Soderberg SSG Smith (Afghan Army Advisor) SSG Jonathan Russ
Right Side From Front To Back: Afghan Commander L.T. Tyler Parten last two guys are Latvian guys they are Afghan mentor/advisors.
Just Arrived to the OP we called home for two months.
Bottom Row: SGT. Stephen Fortier, SPC. Michael Raines, SPC. Matthew Horne,
Middle Row: SSG Cody Harrington (Alpha Section SGT)SFC. Luke Eagan (PLT. SGT) Spc. Zachary Porterfield, SSG Jonathan Russ (Bravo Section SGT.) PFC. Elijah Crom, SPC. Jason Stack SPC. Presley Matocha SPC. Jeremiah Brennan SGT. James Burnett (Medic) SSG James Florney (FLO) (Mortar Team Chief) L.T. Tyler Parten (PLT. Leader)
Top Row: SPC Anthony Fiorillo SPC Thomas (Cook) PFC Steven Earick PFC Alexander PFC Michael Waldrop PFC Christopher Martin
Names of the soldiers who served with Tyler in his platoon:
SFC Eagan SSG Harrington SSG Russ SSG Flournoy SGT Fortier SGT Fiorillo
SPC Porterfield SPC Stack SPC Horne SPC Burnett SPC Brennen SPC Crom
SPC Motocha SPC Bradley SPC Waldrop SPC Earick SPC Thomas