|Sunday, 20-Nov-2005 00:00
LCpl Tyler Troyer
God Bless you Mrs Thorpe and all your Family!
Mark Ylen / Albany (Ore.) Democrat-Herald / AP Photo
Marine Allen Dabonne presents shell casings to Terri Thorpe during the graveside service for her son, Lance Cpl. Tyler Troyer, at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens near Albany, Ore., on Wednesday. Troyer was killed in Iraq on Nov. 19. Behind Dabonne is Troyer’s uncle, Oregon National Guard member Fred Felde; Tyler’s sister Brittany Troyer; brother Michael Samard; and fiancee Megan Oswald.
Oregon marine killed in insurgent attack in Iraq
12:00 AM PST on Sunday, November 20, 2005
ALBANY, Ore. -- A 21-year-old marine from Oregon was killed in Iraq Saturday, his family confirmed.
Tyler Troyer, a lance corporal with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine G Company, was attacked by insurgents on an early morning patrol near Fallujah, his mother told the Democrat Herald newspaper in Albany.
Terri Thorpe, of Tangent, said her son was shot in the head.
Troyer, a 2002 graduate of West Albany High School, enlisted in the marines after graduation to earn money for college. "I had to sign the papers because he wasn't 18," said Thorpe.
She said the yellow ribbon adorning her yard will stay put.
"He gave his life for people that he didn't know," she said. "Whether he was right or wrong, or the war's right or wrong, I can't answer that. I don't expect anyone to understand how I'm feeling. I do expect them to show our guys in Iraq respect," she said.
Troyer is the third West Albany High student to die in Iraq.
"Our school's going to be devastated," said Susie Orsborn, principal of West Albany. "I can't believe we have another one. I just can't believe it."
He was West's only left-handed pitcher and helped lead the team to the playoffs in 2002, the first time in 41 years.
Chad Angel, who coached Troyer for one season, described him as: "Real talkative. Typical left-handed pitcher, you know? A little bit out there at times. Everybody liked him. He was everybody's friend."
He was engaged and planned to get married on the beach in Oregon when he returned early next year.
Thorpe said two marines in dress uniform arrived at her doorstep on Saturday afternoon. "The minute I opened the door, of course, obviously, you know," she said. "I screamed and yelled and fell to the floor, and so did my husband."
Marine from Oregon is slain in Iraq, family learns
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Two Marines in dress green uniforms arrived at Terri Thorpe's door in Albany on Saturday afternoon.
"They didn't have to say anything," Thorpe said. "You just know, when you're military."
Her 21-year-old son, Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Troyer, was killed early Saturday while on patrol near Fallujah, Iraq. He was shot in the head, his mother said.
She last talked to him Nov. 5. As he always did during his brief phone calls from Iraq, he said he was fine. He told his mother she shouldn't worry about him.
His unit had lost four Marines to a roadside bomb about four weeks ago.
"He knew that was a possibility, but he reassured me he was fine every time I talked to him," she said.
Troyer, from Tangent, graduated from West Albany High School in 2002 and immediately joined the Marines. He intended to save money to attend culinary school after the military. At West Albany, he played baseball -- he was the team's only left-handed pitcher -- and enjoyed a wide circle of friends.
Thorpe said she hopes people will remember that many Oregon families have sons and daughters serving in Iraq.
"Some days, there are people out there just waiting by the phone to hear from their loved ones in Iraq," she said. "The days you do are emotional. We got to say 'I love you and be safe, and come home soon.' That's all we do every day.
"You feel angry, lost, empty, sad -- and all those emotions come at you at once," she said.
Troyer had five brothers and sisters. He also is survived by his father, Dave Troyer of Sherwood, and his stepfather, Michael Thorpe of Albany.