Teen Soldier


Staff Writer


Sargent Tyler John Vaughan, a 22 year old from Visalia, California, died on March 18, 2017, in a car crash while serving in the U.S. Army. A Visalia soldier stationed in Germany was brought home this week. An American Flag was draped over his coffin. On March 18, 2017, Sargent Tyler Vaughan died in a car crash near the Vilseck Army Base in Germany. Vaughan served with the U.S. Army’s Second Cavalry Regiment. He and three other soldiers were involved in the crash that authorities say was alcohol-related. Vaughan was a passenger in the vehicle. Vaughan was the only person who was killed. He was due back home in a few weeks to marry his sweetheart, Alissa Rader.

According to military police, the car zoomed past officers at more than 70-mph and it was being followed by military personnel with their lights flashing. The car swerved and hit a tree, German Firefighters reported. The driver of the car, who suffered minor injuries, had a blood alcohol level of 0.096 percent while the legal limit in Germany is 0.05 percent. The two other passengers suffered moderate injuries. Tyler was born and raised in Visalia. He attended Crestwood Elementary, La Joya Middle School,  and graduated from El Diamante High School in 2012. He played baseball all four years. He is the second El Diamante student to die overseas in the military.

Private First Class, Keith Williams, 19, was one of the two soldiers killed in July 2014 when the vehicle they were in was hit by an improvised explosive device in Mirasol Kalay, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. Tyler Vaughan’s obituary stated that he felt it was his duty to protect his country and was proud to serve in the U.S. Army. On Tuesday March 28, 2017, a Limo, an American Flag, and Police Motorcycles were seen headed to the funeral in honor of Vaughan in Visalia, CA. Turns out they were making their way to Los Angeles, CA, to pick up Tyler Vaughan’s body for the funeral. His memorial was in front of the Methodist Church, and his funeral was on April 3, 2017, at 10:00am.

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