In Memory of Captain John Tinsley

Captain John Tinsley, age 28, of Jacksonville, Florida was killed on August 12, 2009 during a mounted combat patrol in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.  He was a Special Forces Officer (18A) assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group based in North Carolina.

CPT Tinsley was a native of New Jersey.  He graduated from Vanderbilt Catholic High School in Houma, La. in 1998.  He graduated from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida in 2002 with a degree in criminology.  While in the ROTC program he was a member of Company A, 124th Infantry in Tallahassee, Florida.  He had an interest in martial arts when in college.

Once commissioned he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado.  His next assignment was to 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer, Virginian as a member of the "Old Guard".  He later entered Special Forces training and graduated from the SF qualification course in March 2009.  This was CPT Tinsley's second deployment in support of the War on Terror having previously done a tour in Iraq.

Tinsley’s military education includes the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Commander’s Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course (SERE), Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Course, and Special Forces Qualification Course.

His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and the Special Forces Tab.

Tinsley is survived by his wife and daughter of Fayetteville, North Carolina and his parents of Jacksonville, Florida. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Captain John Tinsley of 7th Special Forces Group, KIA in Afghanistan in August 2009.

John Tinsley


A memorial fund at a Cincinnati bank has been set up for his daughter, Isabella. Donations can be mailed to the attention of Nick Konernan at PNC Bank, 5916 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247



Websites Honoring Captain John Tinsley.

USASOC Biography for CPT Tinsley.


Professional Soldiers - CPT John Tinsley.

Patriot Guard Riders.

CPT John Tinsley, 2/7 SFG(A).  Shadow Spear.

Freedom Remembered.  Remembering our Troops.

News Articles About Captain John Tinsley.

September 1, 2009.  "Houma soldier will be buried in Arlington on Thursday".

August 16, 2009.  "FSU graduate killed in Afghanistan".  News

August 15, 2009.  "La. soldier from Houma killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan".

August 15, 2009.  "Fort Bragg soldier dies after bomb hits Humvee in Afghanistan".  Fayetteville Observer.

August 15, 2009.  "La. soldier killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan".  The News & Observer.

August 15, 2009.  "Army Captain with Local Ties Killed in Afghanistan".  First Coast

August 14, 2009.  "U.S. Army Capt. Tinsley remembered as caring friend".

August 14, 2009.  "Soldier from Tallahassee Killed in Action".  WCTV TV.

August 14, 2009.  "Green Beret from Houma killed in Afghanistan".  Houma Today.

August 14, 2009.  "Local Green Beret killed in Afghanistan".  Daily Comet.

August 14, 2009.  "U.S. Special Forces Soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan".  USASOC News Service.

August 14, 2009.  "DoD Identifies Army Casualty".  Dept of Defense News Release.


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