Meet our guest speaker for Memorial Day at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery 2018.
Tanner Do who served as an Operations NCO in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment.
Tanner Do is a decorated combat veteran, a successful swim coach, and an employment specialist. As a swim coach his team successfully defended its title as Texas Age Group Champions for the next 3 consecutive years, as well as placing 2nd at Junior National Championship. Tanner joined the Army in 2008, after successfully completing basic training and airborne school, he was assigned to 2nd Infantry Division, 1stBattalion, 72nd Armor Regiment in the Republic of South Korea. As a team leader, he contributed to the success of achieving a Superior rating on Bradley Table VIII during Level I Gunnery. Tanner dedicated his personal time on weekends to exemplifying the spirit of Service. Tanner voluntarily gave himself by assisting in teaching the English language to Local National school-aged children. In addition, Tanner participated in the Command Sergeant Major’s weekend program at a local orphanage where he provided maintenance and repairs of the orphanage facility and provided the children with clothing, food, and entertainment. His outstanding performance and dedication to strengthening the joint-partnership between the Republic of Korea and the United States thereby enhancing the perception of the local populace of 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers and the United States Army as well as contributing to the betterment of the children’s lives.
Tanner honorably left the Army in 2012 after returning from Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. As an Operation Non-Commission Officer in Charge of his unit, Tanner’s contributions lead to the success of the Company Intelligent Support Team, which was recognized as one of the best in the Brigade during the deployment. Tanner was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Outstanding Service Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, Expert Rifle Badge for his service and dedication to his Country.
In 1975 at the end of the Viet Nam war his family was torn apart after the communist take over the South, members of his family could either take refuge in the United States, France, or Canada, while others were taken as POW’s or had to escape the country by boat. Not all were able to leave the country and or had to endure living under a strict communist regime. It wasn’t easy for his family that took refuge in the United States as they had nothing and had to start completely over.
Tanner came to the United States in 1991 at the age of 11 with his mother from Viet Nam, he was to be reunited with the rest of his family after the conflict of the Viet Nam War. Not knowing a single word of English Tanner managed to learn and become part of the community and living the American dream. Tanner was encouraged by his family who installed the family motto of God, Family, and Country. While in school Tanner was able to learn America History where he strove to live up to President John F. Kennedy calling when he said: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Those echoing words that are what drove Tanner to join the Army so he could do what he could for our country. Tanner is also the loudest proudest member of the fightin’ Texas Aggie where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration.
Knight of Columbus – 3rd Degree
Veteran of Foreign Wars
Texas A&M Century Club Member
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