Marine Corps Scout Snipers say goodbye to their Chief Scout like true Marines


When a decorated Marine NCO’s life was cut short, his brothers in arms ensured he was given a proper send off. Staff Sergeant Tyler Fox’s fellow Marines from the 1/5 Sniper Battalion, whom he deployed to Afghanistan with, said goodbye at his funeral on December 23rd in a true sniper fashion.

“You were an outstanding leader and had the biggest impact on each and every Marine you came in contact with,” wrote the USMC Scout Sniper Association.  The knowledge you possessed was limitless. We thank you for all you’ve done for our country and our Marine Corps. Rest easy, Ssgt Fox. You are missed and will never be forgotten.”

An excerpt from SSgt Fox’s Obituary in the Pulaski Journal: 

SSgt Tyler James Fox, 29, of Merrillville (formerly of Winamac), passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

Tyler was born on Feb. 15, 1988, in Winamac, to Timothy James and Patricia L. (Yuill) Fox. He was a 2007 graduate of Winamac Community High School where he was active in wrestling and soccer. Tyler enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007, graduating from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, and was a distinguished veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was first stationed on board Kings Bay Submarine Base, Georgia, and while there graduated from Marksman School.

On June 20, 2009, Tyler married his high school sweetheart, Kayla Jean Parish, in North Judson. In 2010, he was stationed with the 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment (1/5) on board Camp Pendleton, California. Tyler was first deployed with the 1/5 Sniper Battalion to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he served seven months and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for saving the lives of many of his comrades. In 2012, he graduated from Scout Sniper Course on board Camp Pendleton and later was deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the Pacific Ocean. Tyler returned home (to California) in May of 2013 and he and Kayla welcomed their firstborn son, Wyatt Jameson.

In 2014, Tyler was deployed to Marine Rotational Force, Darwin, Australia, where he served as Chief Scout of the Scout Sniper Platoon. In 2015, he graduated from Marine Corps Recruiting Command Recruiters School and began working as a Marine Recruiter in Valparaiso. This duty allowed him to be home with his wife and young son. The following year, Tyler and Kayla welcomed their second-born son, Hudson Grey. Tyler was currently serving as a Marine Corp Recruiter in La Porte — inspiring young men and women to serve our country. Despite his numerous achievements in the Marine Corps, he was a humble man who through his natural leadership influenced many young people from Winamac to follow in his footsteps in joining the military.

Tyler was an amazing young man, with an infectious laugh and was always the life of the party. He was an avid runner and enjoyed participating in marathons. He also enjoyed home brewing beer with his dad & brother-in-law and aspired to one day open his own brewery. Tyler’s greatest joy in life was his two sons and his family. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandson and nephew. Tyler will be deeply missed by his family, friends and comrades.

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