COLLEGE STATION (July 6, 2012)—Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, 42, of Alvin, a battlefield surveillance unit leader who was killed by a soldier under his command at Fort Bragg, N.C., has been laid to rest in the Aggie Field of Honor, an area of a College Station cemetery for Aggies and their supporters.
Tisdale was fatally wounded when Spc. Ricky G. Elder of Kansas shot him and another soldier, who survived.
Elder then shot himself and later died.
Lt. Col. Steven Ruth, a friend of Tisdale's, remembered him as "a country boy and a real Texas cowboy."
Tisdale's wife, Kim, was given an American Flag that was flown above the state Capitol earlier this month.
Hundreds of people lined up outside the church to block expected protesters from a Kansas church that targets military funerals.
Tisdale took command of the 525th Brigade Special Troops Battalion when it was activated in January.
He was commissioned as an infantry officer after he graduated in 1993 from Texas A&M University.
His awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
His previous assignments included the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Brigade and 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga.; 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment and the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.; and 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, and the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.