JACKSONVILLE, FL, USA U.S. Army PFC, HHC, 3D BATTALION, 69TH ARMOR, 3 ID, (TF LIBERTY), FORT STEWART, GA SAMARRA, IRAQ 08/18/2005
Army Private First Class Timothy J. Seamans, 20, of Jacksonville, Fla.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; was killed Aug. 18, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee following a mine-assessment mission in Samarra, Iraq.
A member of the JROTC at Terry Parker High School, Tim achieved Ensign before becoming a member of the 2004 graduating class. Just 2 months after graduating, Tim joined the U.S. Army where he earned the rank of PFC and was stationed out of Fort Stewart, Georgia where he served proudly with the 3rd Infantry Calvary Division.
Tim loved playing his Playstation, rollerblading,, basketball and anything Florida Gators or The Jaguars. He especially had a love for his animals and his family. He was a devoted parishioner of Church of the Crucifixion Catholic Church where Tim was a commissioned Alter Server.
Tim is remembered as a very bright, happy elementary school child who delighted to come class to play as a reward for doing the right thing. As he grew it was apparent he had a taste for adventure and a knack for crashing cars. His lack of size seemed to make him more brazen. One day he decided to join the Army, taking a 5-year commitment as a cavalry scout.
For his first deployment he lived at Forward Operating Base Brassfield-Mora in the deadly Sunni Triangle, in conditions some say were the worst in Iraq. His team was assigned to protect the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team — the Army’s bomb squad.
Tim took pride in his dangerous job. He went out on his own to prepare the truck for missions. He studied constantly to improve his battle skills. He eventually won the platoon’s nomination for Soldier of the Month.
Despite the danger, Tim came to care for the Iraqi people. One day he delayed a mission just so he could feed peanut butter to an Iraqi child.
So the soldier who’s scout ring bore a six-word inscription: It’s a good day to die did so with a warrior’s ethos and provided the ultimate sacrifice in defense of two countries trying to secure freedom.
Timothy is survived by his parents David and Monica Seamans; sister Ashley Seamans.