Marine Sergeant Tyler Harman saving the world

| July 12, 2018

Marine Sergeant Tyler Harman was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal when he saved the life of 2 year-old Rylan Strother who was choking on a grape, according to WSBTV;

Harman, an instructor with the base’s Marine Aviation Training Support Group 23, lives next door to [Rylan’s mother, Amber] Strother and answered the door Feb. 1 when she made a panicked plea for help.

Harman told his wife to call 911 and then turned the toddler over so that he could hit his back and try to dislodge the grape that the boy had grabbed out of the refrigerator on his own.

“He was scared and he was clenching his teeth,” Harman said. “He had started to get a little blue and he was starting to choke up blood.”

Harman continued his efforts to dislodge the grape and eventually was able to get his fingers inside the child’s throat and remove the grape. When paramedics arrived, Rylan was breathing on his own. A quick trip to the emergency room confirmed the child was fine.

Harman didn’t tell his fellow Marines about the life-or-death incident, but Rylan’s grandfather reached out to leaders of his squadron and told them what happened.


Harman said he learned CPR and other life-saving skills during routine training.

He told his fellow Marines that the incident shows how important even the most mundane training can be.

“I hope for you Marines that you understand that there is a reason for all the training you get while you are here, even something as simple as a three-hour CPR class,” he said.

Thanks to AW1Ed for the tip.

Category: Real Soldiers

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  1. jim h says:

    an incident im sure that wont be shown on the LSM media outlets. cuz, you know, trump. and baby killers in the military. or something.

    well done, sergeant. both in your actions and your quiet, professional attitude about it.

    hand salute to him!

  2. 26Limabeans says:

    I always liked that style cap.
    The Army ones look goofy.

    Kudos to helping the little guy.
    He will now grow up and be a Marine.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Army caps have always been goofy. The OD baseball style cap made us all look like morons.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        At least we didn’t wear them backwards like retards with the stupid tanned forehead.

      • rgr1480 says:

        No! The worst one was the “coconut” ball cap that was worn in the USAF. Not issued, but you could buy it in clothing sales and the BX. It looked like a coconut husk sitting on top of the head.

        CAP, Field (Hot Weather), OG-106

        • OC says:

          Ummmm, I think the jar heads call it a cover.

          Well done Sgt.

        • stewburner says:

          i swear that hat was issued to me in USAF Boot Camp Feb 1963 and i hated it then and still do to this day.

          • rgr1480 says:

            Okay, I didn’t know that it was issued.

            I entered in 1973 and received the ones that weren’t pointed from the bill to the apix — ours were pointed, but designed to lay flat(er) after about 4″ from the bill.

            I remember seeing a few Chiefs and Master Sergeants wearing those damned “coconut” hats — they looked ridiculous.

        • 26Limabeans says:

          You could land aircraft on that bill

      • Dustoff says:

        “The OD baseball style cap made us all look like morons.” Agreed. Then if that wasn’t bad enough they made us wear the infamous “c**t cap” with class A uniform. We have met the enemy and he is us.

  3. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    “I hope for you Marines that you understand that there is a reason for all the training you get while you are here, even something as simple as a three-hour CPR class.”

    Damn. He sounds so…so…Marine.

  4. RGR 4-78 says:

    Well Done.

  5. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Well damn son, nicely done!! Nicely done indeed.

  6. borderbill (a NIMBY/BANANA) says:

    He’s Marine and it’s a cover.