Procession to be held for Tyler Trahan
By Jeffrey D. Wagner
Herald News Staff
Posted May 07, 2009 @ 10:55 PM
Last update May 08, 2009 @ 10:46 AM
The body of deceased Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposalman second class Tyler J. Trahan is scheduled to be flown into T.F Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., on Saturday at about 3 p.m., according to Trahan’s father Jean-Pierre Trahan.
He said that a military honors procession will be conducted. He said the procession will include him, his wife Maureen, his daughter Molly, Tyler’s girlfriend, Tyler’s best friend and cousin, and two Navy personnel whom Tyler served with.
Jean-Pierre Trahan said they will all ride in a limousine as they prepare for Tyler’s wake at Perry Funeral Home in New Bedford on Tuesday. The wake will then be followed by a funeral Mass at St. John Neumann’s Church on Wednesday in Freetown, according to Trahan.
Deputy Public Affairs Officer Robert J. Fluegel, of the Naval Special Warfare Group Two, stressed that all plans are still tentative, including the arrival time, but official confirmation should come soon.
Tyler Trahan was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq, last Thursday, two days before his 23rd birthday.
Trahan was with a Navy Seal team.
He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12, Norfolk, Va., and was temporarily assigned to a Seal Team based out of Virginia Beach, Va.
Trahan was one of three soldiers killed in Iraq after a bomb detonated outside of Baghdad. Tyler was said to be in the process of deactivating the bomb before it detonated.
The Trahans went to Dover, Del., on Friday and a ceremony was conducted in which the body was transferred from an airplane and onto United States soil.
Last Sunday, Freetown Selectmen Chairwoman Jean C. Fox sent out an e-mail asking that all flags in town be flown half-staff until Memorial Day.