NEWPORT, Maine — Pfc. Tyler Springmann, who died Sunday when he stepped on a land mine while on foot patrol in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, will be laid to rest Friday, July 29.
A military funeral is planned for Springmann at 11 a.m. that day at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, where he graduated with the Class of 2010. Chaplain Andrew Gibson of the Maine National Guard will officiate the funeral and Springmann will be buried with military honors at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Dexter.
Springmann, 19, was fulfilling his goal of serving with the U.S. Army and following in the footsteps of his father, Staff Sgt. Robert Springmann of Fort Hood, Texas, who handles a military canine looking for improvised explosive devices.
Springmann began basic training for the Army at Fort Benning in Georgia shortly after his graduation from Nokomis in June 2010. He was assigned to the 25th Stryker Brigade out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and was deployed to Afghanistan in May of this year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. According to his obituary from Crosby & Neal Funeral Home of Newport, his awards include the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Bronze Star, an Overseas Service Ribbon, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, a Combat and Special Skills Badge and a certification as a Basic Marksmanship Qualification Expert.
Springmann is survived by his father, his mother, Tina Webber of Hartland, and her husband, Ben Martin, two brothers and a sister. He is also survived by a wife, Brittney Springmann of Palmyra, as well as numerous other family members.
Contributions for a memorial stone to be placed in Springmann’s honor at the National Infantry Museum Heritage Walk in Columbus, Ga., may be made to the National Infantry Foundation, care of Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport 04953; or to Susan G. Komen for a Cure, an organization that fights breast cancer, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.