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Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Tyler J. Trahan

Died April 30, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of East Freetown, Mass.; assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 12 in Norfolk, Va., and was deployed with an East Coast based SEAL team; died April 30 while conducting combat operations in Taqaddum, Iraq.

Trahan described as extremely responsible

The Associated Press

Tyler J. Trahan once signed up for a National Honor Society trip to Disney World, only to find out that a big football game was scheduled for the same weekend. He was the quarterback.

Instead of walking away from the commitment he made to the trip, Trahan paid for it anyway, even though he wasn’t able to attend.

“He never backed away from his responsibilities and never wavered from what he believed in, and I can’t say enough about him. I think anyone would be proud to have him as a son,” said National Honor Society Adviser Christine Watling.

Trahan, 22, of East Freetown, Mass., died April 30 while conducting combat operations in Fallujah. He was a 2004 high school graduate and was assigned to Norfolk, Va.

“He was an outstanding young man. If you wanted something done, you simply asked Tyler to do it and it was done without question,” Watling said.

Tyler was the third generation of his family to serve in the military. His father, Jean-Pierre, served in the Army during the Vietnam era. His grandfather served on a naval destroyer during World War II.

He also is survived by his mother, Maureen.

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