Avery-Felder, Tyanna, SPC

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Last Rank
Specialist
Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Last Primary MOS
92G-Food Service Specialist
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2003-2004, 296th Forward Support Battalion
Service Years
2001 - 2004

Specialist


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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1981
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
BRIDGEPORT
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 2004
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Lakeview Cemetery - Bridgeport, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

2nd Infantry Division


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 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2004, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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Quartermaster

 
 Unit Assignments
296th Forward Support Battalion
  2003-2004, 296th Forward Support Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
We were going to eat the whole time she was here," said Ilene "Patricia" Avery, her mother, describing the expected celebration. "Everyone was going to bring their favorite dish and we were all going to eat."

Avery said her daughter had especially missed her aunt's special dish, macaroni and cheese. "There's no place like home," she said, holding back tears.

Avery-Felder, a cook in the Army's Stryker Brigrade, died last week from injuries sustained when a military truck hit a homemade bomb device in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

She was the first member of the armed services from Bridgeport to die in Iraq and the first woman from Connecticut to perish in the conflict.

Family members and friends called her a tough, determined and enthusiastic person, who also was kind-hearted and funny. She came from a large family.

The 22-year-old East End native will be remembered Thursday with a funeral at Mount Aery Baptist Church. She will be buried at Bridgeport's Lakeview Cemetery.

"She's coming home," Ilene Avery said at a family press conference organized by the military last week, explaining her daughter would be buried in the city where she was born and raised.

The fallen soldier's husband, Army Spc. Adrian Felder, also attended the press conference. He said his wife had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around.

"I'm so sad it happened," the South Carolina native said. "She's in a better place."

The two had met in the military when stationed together at Fort Lewis in Washington state. A mutual friend told Felder about an "attractive" cook on the base.

He asked her out on a date and she accepted, and they went to see a movie together. "From there our relationship grew," Felder said.

They were married in December 2002 in Washington, and she was sent to Iraq last November. Despite being separated by thousands of miles, they stayed in frequent contact by writing and phoning as often as possible.

Avery-Felder also frequently sent e-mails to her family in Bridgeport and would call them from Iraq as well.

"We were always going to be proud of her," Avery said of her daughter. "We're all proud of her."
   
Comments/Citation
HHD, 296TH FORWARD SUPPORT BATTALION (2ND ID), FORT LEWIS, WA 98433 LOCATION:BALAD, IRAQ
   
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