Bryce E Gautier

CYPRESS, CA, USA U.S. Army PV2, HHC, 1ST BATTALION, 67TH ARMOR, 2 BCT, FORT CARSON, CO MOSUL, IRAQ 04/10/2009

Private First Class Bryce Edmund Gautier gave his life on April 10 2009 in Mogal, Iraq.

Bryce was a great little boy. He always had a little look of mischief in his eyes. He has a twin sister Courtney Tewes and a niece Lyzzy (three years old) and a nephew Craig who is one year old.

Bryce loved teenage mutant ninja turtles. He graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove in 2005. He was captain on the water polo team in his senior year and according to his yearbook was voted most dependable of the senior class.

He was a medic in the army. His brother Evan said Gautier had the ability to remain calm in emergencies and never blanched at the site of blood. He always really wanted to help people, his brother said. He was going to hopefully make a difference, saving lives.

He and four other young men were killed by a suicide bomber. Bryce is my hero and I miss him every day. My life was forever changed that day as were many others.

Bryce decided to join the Army two years before he gave his life, writing on his MySpace page: “I am ready to finally grow up. I need a change, I need some structure.

I want to have my family be proud of me for what and who I am.”

Bryce’s portrait is also located on Poster 7