TSA Honor Guard pays respects to a fallen hero

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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Milwaukee Honor Guard members, Lead Transportation Security Officer Leeroy Smith (LTSO) and Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) Robin Hirschfeld, Carol Ryback and Brandy

Fallen Hero
Fallen hero, Pfc. Evan Bath returns home with honors. (Photo courtesy of TSA MKE)

Summer presented the colors to honor Private First Class (Pfc.) Evan Bath during a dignified transfer as an American Airlines flight carrying his remains landed at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Wisconsin.

Bath – a 19-year-old Marine Corps rifleman from Oak Creek, Wisconsin – was tragically killed in a training exercise off the coast of California this July.

Since he was a young child, Bath aspired to be a Marine. He attended Oak Creek High School and graduated from the Connections Academy in June, 2019. He’s been described by family members as an avid student of history and enjoyed playing and designing strategy games, particularly those related to military science.

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MKE color guard stands at attention during dignified transfer. (Photos courtesy of TSA MKE)

The Bath family expressed their gratitude to Milwaukee Federal Security Director Mark Lendvay for TSA’s participation on the air operation area (AOA) and Milwaukee sent challenge coins to the family as a token of TSA's sympathy.

“We were extremely honored to have had the opportunity to represent TSA and pay our respects to Pfc. Bath and his family for their sacrifice,” said MKE LTSO Leeroy Smith. “Over the years our honor guard here in Milwaukee has trained so that we are prepared for any event we may be asked to participate in. Our honor guard team is always humbled and grateful to be able to represent our team in MKE and TSA.”