Memorial Book Fund information: LT Todd J. Bryant Memorial Fund
Eulogy and Scholarship information: http://www.west-point.org/users/usma2002/58605/
J. Bryant, nicknamed Poco by his big sister, was a young man who loved
life. Tragically that life was
taken on 31 October 2003 in the early morning desert of Iraq.
When Poco followed his sister, Tiffany, to West Point, his nickname
was waiting for him. It was a
light hearted nickname which reflected Todd's inner spirit, a spirit of
boundless enthusiasm and love of life.
In his Cow year at West Point, Todd met his future bride,
Jenifer Reardon. At
graduation, Todd and the rest of his classmates willingly accepted the
President's charge to stand ready to defend our inalienable rights from
the forces behind the tragedies of September 11th.
Todd was not sent to Iraq in the initial conflict as were his
brother Tim, with the 5th Marines, or good friends and
classmates, Will Tucker, of the 7th Cavalry and Eric Huss of
the 2-70th Armor. Instead,
Todd was stationed at Ft. Riley with the 1-34 Armor of the 1st
Infantry Division. In late
August, he and Jenifer wed in Pittston, PA following Jen's graduation from
Boston College. It was nine
days later that Poco's unit deployed to Iraq.
the force of an exploding Improvised Explosive Device (IED), detonated by
an assailant as his hummer passed by.
Todd succumbed to his wounds before he could be air evacced to a
Todd was born at the Long Beach Naval Hospital, grew up in
Riverside, and graduated from LaCaņada High.
He is survived by his wife, Jenifer, his parents, Larry and Linda,
his sister, CPT Tiffany Bryant, his brother, Major Tim Bryant, and other
relatives and friends too numerous to list in a very thick tome.
Poco, we mourn your tragic passing, we love you, and we will miss
John Nagl, '88 provided this poem written by one of Todd's fellow soldiers
in the 1-34 Armor:
The Day Todd Bryant Died