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A Fallen Hero

on May 29, 2013


“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.”

Tyler Ziegel

1982 – 2012

U.S. Marine Sgt. Tyler (Ty) Ziegel lived by these words.

Horribly disfigured by a suicide bombing attack while he was serving in Iraq, Ty returned home to serve as an example for other wounded veterans. He had lost a hand, fingers and part of his skull, and his face was unrecognizable. But, he carried on with a determination and sense of humor which earned him respect by all who were lucky enough to meet him.

When children asked him, “What happened to your nose?”, Ty would reply “The bad guys took it.” Family members stated that he was open and honest to everyone about his time in Iraq and his injuries.

He was brought to national attention when he married his high school sweetheart, Renee. Sadly, Ty suffered from severe PTSD and the marriage ended. The two remained friends and Ty was grateful that Renee had been at his side during the multiple surguries he suffered through.

Ty passed away on December 26, 2012. Following his death, volunteers lined the streets of his hometown with 2000 American Flags to honor him. His loss will be felt by his family, his friends, his fellow veterans and by the nation. Please take a moment to say a prayer for Ty and for all wounded veterans!

We’ve got your 6, Ty….rest in peace.

Author’s note:  This man’s story touched me deeply and I wanted to repost this as my original post was published during my first days blogging on WordPress.  I am also adding the following video which is the result of Larry Eckhardt’s efforts to pay homage to this fallen hero.


9 responses to “A Fallen Hero

  1. dhutch729 says:

    very sad. What a hero he must have been…..

  2. What an inspiration he was! Thanks for the repost!

  3. I wish social media and the like would come up with a different button other than like! agree or disagree might be preferable under these circumstances.
    What a brave soldier, and what a brave lady Renne is too,and what a good friend they had in Larry.
    I wish the streets were lined with all the flags of the nations who support our troops fighting for us.
    Well you can jolly well put a British union flag there on behalf of me, not because I believe in war, but because I will always be grateful to the men and women who sacrifice their lives so that I may enjoy the freedom to sit at home in relative comfort and observe.

    • I agree…flags should be flown daily for our military who fight so we may enjoy our freedom. I’ve always thought that the U.S. Tradition of Flag Day should be universal!

      Thanks for stopping in!

  4. ioniamartin says:

    An amazing story to remind us what true courage really is.

  5. helensamia says:

    Thank you for sharing this….

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