Tristan Southworth


 

A Walden Soldier and Hazen Graduate Sgt. Tristan Southworth, 21 was killed on August 22, 2010 after his patrol came under fire by insurgents near Paktiya near the eastern border of Afghanistan. Sgt. Tristan Southworth a 2007 Hazen Graduate died while trying to pull a fellow soldier Sgt. Steven Deluzio, 25 of South Glastonbury, Conn. out of harms way, who died in the same incident. Southworth joined the Vermont Guard in 2006, while a junior at Hazen. Known as a three-sport athlete at Hazen, who pitched a complete game in the state championship baseball game his senior year, he also starred on the 2006 championship basketball team. He also played the trombone, and was a member of the National Honor Society. On September 1, 2010 the community honored and remembered this brave young man. More than 1400 community members, military men and women, friends and family attended the memorial service. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and the Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, Adjutant General of the Vermont Guard, presented Southworth’s military honors-the Bronze Star Medal, for his courage, and the Purple Heart, which was established by George Washington in 1782.  He also received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Gov. Jim Douglas presented Southworth’s parents Julie and Michael Southworth, with the Vermont Patriots Medal, given to parents of Vermonters killed in battle, which recognizes the state’s “debt to her gallant Vermonters.” To honor Tristan Southworth the soldier and Hazen graduate we have established the “Tristan Southworth Memorial Scholarship,” if you would like to make a contribution in his memory you may send your donations to:

 

Hazen Union School

Tristan Southworth Memorial Scholarship

PO Box 368

Hardwick, VT  05843