QUEEN CREEK , AZ , US U.S. Navy PO3, CPEN EMF DT 02/14/2012, DJIBOUTI, DJIBOUTI
Kyler LaVon Estrada 21, was born May 12, 1990 in Mesa, AZ to Mario and Clarin Estrada. He grew up in Queen Creek, AZ where he graduated from Queen Creek High School in 2008. Kyler enlisted in the Navy in October 2009. Kyler married Alyssa Borden of Corona, CA a year later on November 13, 2010 in Moreno Valley, CA. PO3 Estrada was a Navy Corpsman assigned to an MEU ship that was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
PO3 Estrada’s post on Facebook expressed a positive and simple message:
“Leaving for deployment be back in 6 or 7 months care packages are much appreciated talk to my lovely wife Alyssa Estrada for the address”
Estrada family members told of how very proud of Kyler they are for his dedication to God and country. Kyler’s wife Alyssa described him by saying: “For those of you who never met him, you should know he was the best man you could have ever had in your life.” She also stated that he was her best friend and her soul mate.
A Corpsman’s Prayer
Grant me, oh Lord, for the coming events; Enough knowledge to cope and some plain common sense. Be at our side on those nightly patrols; And be merciful judging our vulnerable souls. Make my hands steady and as sure as a rock; when the others go down with a wound or in shock. Let me be close, when they bleed in the mud; With a tourniquet handy to save precious blood. Here in the jungle, the enemy near; Even the corpsman can’t offer much lightness and cheer. Just help me, oh Lord, to save lives when I can; Because even out there is merit in man. If It’s Your will, make casualties light; And don’t let any die in the murderous night. These are my friends I’m trying to save; They are frightened at times, but You know they are brave. Let me not fail when they need so much; But to help me serve with a compassionate touch. Lord, I’m no hero — my job is to heal; And I want You to know Just how helpless I feel. Bring us back safely to camp with dawn; For too many of us are already gone. Lord bless my friends If that’s part of your plan; And go with us tonight, when we go out again. Author Unknown