sterling wyatt


Sterling Wyatt, 21, was a soldier who lost his life in 2012 in an IED explosion while serving the US Army in Afghanistan. His mother, Sherry Wyatt, 55, came to StoryCorps to share the story of how she learned of her son’s character through his journals and stories from his brothers-in-arms.

Sterling Wyatt’s death while serving the US Army in Afghanistan in 2012 lead to the funeral that brought out thousands of Columbians dressed in red to show their support of the Wyatt family.  

The story was produced by George Varney for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie.

Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church

About one month ago, the Rev. Carol McEntyre started as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbia.

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Columbia came together on Saturday to remember a fallen soldier. A radical protest group had said it would be in town for the funeral, but it was overshadowed. The event was much more than a response to a protest. 

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The Patriot Guard placed flags around First Baptist Church on Broadway in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral of Spc. Sterling Wyatt. 

Wyatt died July 11 while on duty in Afghanistan. Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia Thursday  during a procession from Columbia Regional Airport to Wyatt's home. 

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Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia from the regional airport to the city’s downtown today, in honor of  fallen Army soldier Sterling Wyatt, a Columbia native who was killed July 11th while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Columbia citizens lined Stadium Boulevard and Broadway this morning with hanging heads and waving flags to greet the funeral procession carrying Wyatt's body from Columbia Regional Airport to the funeral home.

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Two Columbia military members have died in the last five days.