AEF Eagle ‘Patriot’ Released to Honor Fallen Soldier
AEF News Release
July 29, 2009
Today (July 29th), the non-profit American Eagle Foundation released a captive-hatched Bald Eaglet into the wild in honor of Captain Joshua Todd Byers (US Army) who was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on July 23, 2003 at the age of 29.
He died while serving as Fox Troop Commander of the 2/3ACR, and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor.
Mr. Lloyd Byers and Ms. Mary Byers of Nashville were present for the release of the eaglet, which they named “Patriot” in honor of their son.
The eaglet was produced this spring by a non-releaseable Bald Eagle pair at the AEF’s United States Eagle Center at Dollywood. The breeding pair was previously named by the families of two other US Soldiers who died in Iraq.
Joshua’s two brothers and other family members also attended the release.
Joshua was a graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point) and University of Missouri (Rolli). He graduated from Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada in 1992. He also finished Air Assault, Paratrooper, Ranger Schools.