Family, friends, Soldiers and the Fort Lewis community will remember Capt. Corry P. Tyler, 29, of Woodbine, Ga., Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul J. Flynn, 28, of Whitsett, N.C., Sgt. Matthew L. Tallman, 30, of Groveland, Calif., and Spc. Rickey L. Bell, 21, of Caruthersville, Mo., in a memorial ceremony to be held Wed., Sept. 5 at 11:15 a.m. in Soldiers Field House.
According to the Dept. of Defense, the four, 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment Soldiers were among 14 Soldiers that died Aug. 22 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries sustained when their helicopter crashed. The unit deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2007.
Tyler, an Army Aviation Officer, attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and graduated with the class of 1999. He completed Army aviator training in 2000, then was assigned to Fort Carson, Colo., on Jan. 1, 2001. He deployed to Iraq in April, 2003, returned to Fort Carson in March, 2004, and arrived at Fort Lewis on June 1, 2005, where he was assigned to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) as a Brigade Aviation Officer. He deployed to Iraq with 3rd Brigade, 2nd Inf. Div. in May, 2006. He returned to Fort Lewis in November 2006, at which time he was assigned to 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment.
Flynn, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot, first entered the military June 26, 1997. In 2003, he graduated from the Warrant Officer Orientation Course and completed Army aviator training. He was assigned to 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot on June 17, 2004, and relocated to Fort Lewis with that unit in August 2005.
Tallman, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter repairer, was posthumously promoted to his current rank from the rank of Specialist. He entered the military on Jan 18, 2000, and attended basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Va., before reporting to Fort Polk, La., for his first duty assignment on Aug. 10, 2000. He reported to Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii on June 3, 2002. He reported to Fort Lewis on Aug. 19, 2005, where he was assigned to 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment.
Bell, a light-wheel vehicle mechanic, entered the military on July 5, 2005. He attended basic and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, S.C., before reporting to Fort Lewis on Dec. 29, 2005, where he was temporarily assigned to the I Corps replacement company before he was assigned to 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment in July of that year.