On Behalf of a Grateful Nation


When a Blue Star Mother loses a child while he or she was serving in the Armed Forces, the mother’s Blue Star becomes a Gold Star.

There is nothing more tragic than losing a child, and when that child dies while in service to his country, his or her mother is forever honored by Americans who are grateful for her child’s sacrifice, and her own.


Tyler was only 18 when he was killed in combat. His mom, Lori, said she signed for Tyler, or T-Man as he was known at home, to enlist in the Army in February 2007 at the age of 17 after he continually pestered her about it. He had talked about being a soldier since he was four years old. Tyler was from Parker, AZ and a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He died May 9, 2008 in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his unit came under rocket-propelled grenade fire. He was the fourth soldier from the 101st Airborne to be killed in Afghanistan in a week.
Tyler is survived by his mother, four sisters, and nine nieces and nephews. Tyler’s father died of accidental causes in 2002.



Patrick Tinnell was 25 when he died in As Siniyah, Iraq when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted combat patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Patrick graduated from Lake Havasu High School in 2000 and entered the Army in October 2004. Following Basic Training and AIT, he was assigned to the Leader Battalion of the Rakkasans.
On March 6, 2005 he reported to the Spartan Platoon of Crusher Company, 3/C/1-187. He became a 249 gunner for his squad. He worked hard and soon became one of the top SAW gunners in C Company.
Lake Havasu City’s new skate park in Rotary Park, the “Tinnell Memorial Sports Park,” is dedicated to Patrick, who was an avid skateboarder.



Staff Sgt. Carl Eric Hammar, US Army
KIA July 14, 2012 at age 24 in Khost province, Afghanistan, of
wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire.
Graduated from Lake Havasu High School in 2005
PFC Dylan T. Reid, US Army
Died Oct. 16, 2010 at age 24 in Amarah, Iraq of a heart attack
Graduated from Desert Technology High School in 2005
Pvt Anthony J. Sausto, US Army
KIA Baghdad, Iraq May 10, 2007 at age 22

The Final Roll Call

We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence
We often speak your name.
Now all we have are memories
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake
With which we'll never part.
God has you in His keeping
We have you in our Heart.
Author Unknown