Time of Remembrance

Tyanna S. Felder

Age:

22

Hometown:

Bridgeport, CT

Date of Death:

2004/04/07

Incident Location:

Balad, Iraq

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

SPC

Unit:

296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Fort Lewis, WA

SPC Tyanna S. Avery-Felder, 22, of Bridgeport, CT died April 7, 2004 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was to the 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA. She died in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained April 4 when her convoy vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device in Balad, Iraq— a week before she was scheduled to go on leave to visit her family in Bridgeport. Her family had been preparing codfish balls, macaroni and cheese and other foods she loved for her arrival.

Army SPC Tyanna Avery-Felder, the first woman from Connecticut killed during the war in Iraq, was remembered as a fighter, a friend and a hero. Family, friends and clergy members filled every pew at the church. The soldier’s parents, Ray and Ilene Avery, and husband, Army Spc. Adrian Felder, sat quietly in the front pew and listened as mourners spoke of her strength, infectious smile and kind heart.

Avery-Felder attended Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, where she played basketball and sang in the choir. She later took classes at Southern Connecticut State University toward a career in early childhood education, but after completing her freshman year, she changed her plans. High school friend Odessa Blackwell shared a story of Avery-Felder helping her through a problem she was having with a boyfriend. Avery-Felder is one of 13 people from Connecticut killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. She was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.