Tyler Murray graduated Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration on Electronic Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics from East Carolina University. He is hoping to work in a project-based engineering role in an electrical engineering field with hardware development of computers.
Tyler’s father, Marine Corps Major Mikeal S. Murray, ret. was serving with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) attached to 101st Airborne in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005-2006, where he was directly affected by twelve IEDs within a four-month period, the last two of which resulted in medical evacuation. He sustained shrapnel wounds to his right lower leg and ankle, shattering his tibia and fibula. He was evacuated through Germany to Andrews AFB and eventually to Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital, where the last of seven reconstructive surgeries on his leg were performed. He would deploy once more to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan before the impacts of his injuries forced him to retire as a result of severe nerve damage, spinal damage to his neck and back, multiple TBIs, and hearing loss.
He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal for the work that he did in support of Army units during his deployment. Though this deployment ended in injury, he says that it was the most rewarding and he would go back tomorrow if he could.
Tyler says, “This scholarship has allowed me to reach my goal of becoming an Electrical Engineer by providing me with the financial help that I need to succeed. Our country is something that we should all have a hand in maintaining and building better. Electrical Engineering will give me the skills and understanding to focus on innovation and the production of new technologies and computer equipment that can and will make operations in the workplace much more efficient and effective.” To our donors, Tyler says, “Thank you for your support and generosity year after year.”
NGS would also like to thank the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund in helping Tyler to reach his dreams.