About Tyler E. Boudreau
On March 1, 2004 Captain Tyler E. Boudreau deployed to Iraq as the Assistant Operations Officer for 2d Battalion, 2d Marines (2/2) based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
2/2's Area of Operations (AO) in Iraq was initially the Northern Babil province, directly south of Baghdad. They moved to the southern border of Fallujah in April 2004 for the limited attacks that occurred during the first siege. After the siege was lifted they moved again to As Sadan located along the Euphrates River just south of Abu Ghraib in the al Anbar province. Finally they returned to Northern Babil, from where they ultimately redeployed to the United States in October of 2004.
Tyler Boudreau served the Marine Corps for twelve and a half years of active duty. He enlisted as an infantryman in 1989 for four years, after which he returned to Massachusetts to attend Worcester State College. In 1994, he joined the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the College of the Holy Cross, and upon graduation, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1997.
Returning to the infantry, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander, and then went on to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot to train new recruits in San Diego.
Upon his return from Iraq in the fall of 2004, Tyler Boudreau assumed command of a rifle company (Fox 2/2), and prepared to deploy again to Iraq. But by April 2005, his concerns about the war combined with his deep affection for his Marines, made him unable to remain in uniform any longer. He relinquished his command and resigned his commission.
Tyler Boudreau's final assignment was the OIC for 2d Marine Regiment rear echelon. During this period he served as the sole Casualty Assistance Calls Officer for the regiment and its organic battalions. He spent his final days in the Marine Corps calling parents and wives to let them know their Marines had been wounded in war.
Tyler Boudreau's book Packing Inferno is about his experiences in the Marine Corps and in War.
Tyler Boudreau lives in western Massachusetts and writes and works on a variety of veterans issues in his community.