Tyler, Thomas W, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
7509-Pilot VMA-AV-8B Qualified
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1981-1981, 7509, VMA-513
Service Years
1969 - 1981
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate



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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jun 26, 1981
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 65 Site 1961

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  1981, In the Line of Duty

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Family members had been invited on board the amphibious assault ship Tarawa for a cruise, and Tyler's fiancee was watching as he did a demonstration flyby in his AV-8A.  He was supposed to make several passes by the ship from stern to bow.  But after the first pass, he changed direction, heading bow to stern.  After narrowly missing the ship, the plane hit the water.  Investigators concluded the "primary cause of the accident was pilot error," noting that the presence of his fiancee "may have altered Maj. Tyler's previous conscientious flying attitude."  Their report also faulted shipboard personnel for not warning Tyler sooner that he had strayed from his flight plan.  Tyler graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and flew helicopters in Vietnam.  But his real love was the Harrier. "He just loved to fly that plane," said John L. Tyler, his father.  Thomas Tyler, 33, was divorced and had a daughter, who was 7 at the time he was killed.

Other Comments:
Harrier Pilots - All shared a devotion to the corps and to the Harrier's special mission of using Marine air power to protect Marines on the ground.  Some came from military families, with fathers and even grandfathers who had flown or fought in America's wars.  Others stunned their parents when they announced plans to enlist and learn to fly.  They typically were high achievers in school and in flight training.  Some chose to fly the Harrier, invigorated by the challenge.  Others were assigned to the plane by the Marines.  They died in fiery explosions and ill-timed ejections.  Some made fatal mistakes.  Some did everything right and perished anyway.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
  1969, MARCADS (Pensacola, FL), MARC
 Unit Assignments
  1981-1981, 7509, VMA-513
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1971 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1965-1969, United States Naval Academy
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