COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP/KXAN) - A battlefield surveillance unit leader killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Bragg, N.C., last week was laid to rest in College Station on Thursday.
Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, a former Texas A&M University student, was buried in the Aggie Field of Honor, an area of a College Station cemetery for Aggies and their supporters.
Tisdale was fatally wounded on June 28 during a safety briefing near the unit's headquarters in the historic district of Fort Bragg at about 3:30 p.m., according to Fort Bragg officials.
Accused of the shooting was Spc. Ricky G. Elder of Kansas, who shot Tisdale and another soldier, who survived. Elder then shot himself and later died.
Tisdale graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 and was commissioned as an infantry officer. He took command of the battalion in January of 2012 when the battalion was activated. Tisdale, 42, had served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
His mother, Linda Tisdale, told the Bryan-College Station television station KBTX that with all of his deployments, she never expected something to happen to him in the United States.
Tisdale's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Military Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Air Assault, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Senior Parachutist Badge.
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