Tyrone Melvin Sanker, 61, of Harpers Ferry, WV passed away on Friday, December 13, 2013 at his residence.
Born January 11, 1952 in Warrenton, VA, he was the son of the late Susan Sanker.
Ty was a courageous, young soldier during his 1st tour of duty during the Vietnam War. He reports he was only 17 years old when he enlisted the first time. Fortunately, after his first tour of Vietnam, he made it back home to Washington, DC.
As an adult, he became eager to re-enlist. He wasn’t done yet, he wanted to become a Marine. When he re-upped in the middle of the 70’s, Tyrone trained to be a sharpshooter in the Marine Corp. This was during his 2nd tour of duty, which was during the latter half of the Vietnam War. He was in the South Vietnamese Capitol of Saigon during those last days. The city was invaded the citizens ran for their lives and sought shelter in the American embassy. Sadly the embassy was stormed by the North’s Viet-Cong Comando and many lives were lost.
Ty previously worked at the Martinsburg Veterans Hospital on the grounds and in the maintenance shop detailing government vehicles. His final job there was in the housekeeping department at the hospital.
He is survived by his companion of 10 years, Drinda Franzen, her children, Ezekiel Jones and Angelique Franzen, all of Harpers Ferry and good friends, Alice and Leroy Taylor of Shepherdstown, WV.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 29, 2013 in the Main Chapel, 2nd floor, at the Veterans Medical Center, 510 Butler Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25401.