Father Told Son Was Killed in Afghanistan

UPDATED Monday, June 20, 2011

From the Department of Defense:
DOD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died June 18 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan of injuries suffered during a vehicle roll-over.

The soldiers were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Baumholder, Germany.

Killed were:

Sgt. 1st Class Alvin A. Boatwright, 33, of Lodge, S.C.,

Sgt. Edward F. Dixon III, 37, of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.,

Sgt. Alan L. Snyder, 28, Worcester, Mass., and

Spc. Tyler R. Kreinz, 21, Beloit, Wis.


Posted Monday, June 20, 2011 --- 9:10 a.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- The father of a Beloit soldier said Monday his son was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

David Kreinz says two military personnel visited his Beloit home on Father's Day to tell him and his wife, Marilyn, that their 21-year-old son, Tyler Kreinz, had been killed in action on Saturday.

Kreinz says the family has yet to learn details about how his son, an Army specialist, died. He says his son was just 12 years old when he was motivated by the 9/11 terrorist attacks to join the military. Kreinz says he tried to talk his son out of joining many times, but says it was one of his son's goals.

Kreinz says his son excelled at Beloit Memorial High School and graduated in 2008. He says Tyler loved playing any sport, from football to kickboxing and enjoyed being outdoors. He had planned to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and become a conservation warden.

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