Position: Combat Medic
"Alas, they cry, for mother, for wife, For sweet child, back home, sleeping tight, As to life they cling, with mine arms as their own, To die another day, with me by their side." — Lashane Cooray
- Physical Health: 7
- Mental Health: 7
- Physical Defense: 3
- Mental Defense: 4
- Perception: 5
- Agility: 2
- Strength: 4
- Bluff: 3
- Melee: 3
- Ranged: 4
- Survival: 3
- Medical: 5
- Stabilizer: 5. Saving lives is where Tyler's skills shine. Stitching wounds, stopping sucking chest wounds, treating malaria - he's been there, and done that. He will not stop until his patient is evacuated or obviously dead. (Medical while under fire)
- Eat This!: 4. In the Pacific, the Japanese did not give medics and preferential treatment - in fact, sometimes they targeted the medics first. This "incentive" gave Tyler and his comrades the push they needed to bear arms to protect themselves and their patients. (Ranged bonus when treating a patient)
- Stretcher-bearer: 3. Part of the medical process involves getting the injured to a place where they can be treated. Tyler is strong enough to carry people on his own to safety. (Strength when carrying a person)
- Remington Model 870 Shotgun
- M4 Bayonet
- Colt M1911, two magazines
- Medical Harness
- Dressings and bandages
- Morphine syrettes
- Clamps and hemostats
- Casualty tags
- Plasma bottles
- Plasma infusion equipment
- Smelling salts
- Atropine syrettes
- Ground Sheets
- Mini Harmonica
- Framed Pacific Front Service Medals
- Red Cross Helmet and brassards
- High school Diploma
Tyler was born on December 4, 1918, to merchants Isaac Zeringue and Jessica Zeringue, near Monroe, Louisiana. He worked in the family business during the Roaring Twenties, before the Great Depression struck. Because of his father's business, his family was primarily sheltered from the devastating effects of the Depression, and he grew up in relative peace, unaffected by the economic downturn at the time.
Seeking work to do, Tyler left home in 1936, and began traveling the country by railcar, picking up work whenever and wherever. Making roads, clearing garbage, farmwork - anything to ease him of the peaceful ennui he spent most of the Depression in. He eventually found himself in New York City, doing magic card tricks on the street corners or playing music on the subways to make some money.
When the draft was imposed in 1940, Tyler was one of the first to sign up. Equipped with nothing but a high school diploma, he enthusiastically joined, although he was rejected the first two times. Eventually, he was admitted into the Army as a medic in training, due to his religious objection to killing.
Tyler was assigned to the 27th Infantry Division, and was sent along with the Division to capture Saipan in 1944.
During the operations in Saipan, Tyler noted he was continually targeted, along with other medics, by Japanese fighters while attempting to administer aid to their wounded and to injured civilians and captured combatants. This continued deadly harassment finally came to a boiling point in Tanapag, where Japanese soldiers killed a nearby medic attempting to evacuate a fallen Marine. Enraged, he picked up a nearby M1 Carbine, and killed both soldiers after emptying the entire magazine into their bodies. Tearing off his Red Cross brassards, he stormed forward and dragged the fallen Marine back to safety. The Marine did not survive.
For the rest of the battles conducted on Saipan, and throughout the Pacific Campaign, Tyler would forgo wearing his Red Cross identification equipment, and would, in addition to carrying medical supplies, carry a M1911 sidearm to attack any enemy soldier who attempted to target him or his patients.
His service throughout the rest of the Pacific campaign was cut short by malaria - the disease was so bad that Tyler was eventually evacuated back to the States. He would recover in time to witness the unconditional surrender of Japan after the use of two nuclear weapons on that country in 1945.
Re-integrated with his unit, Tyler, freshly promoted to Sergeant, would go on to start training combat medics in his unit, and would continue to train combat medics in the newly reformed 7th Infantry National Guard Division. At this point in time, he was also married to Carly Johnson, a member of the Nurse Corps.
When the second reorganization occurred in February of 1955, Master Sergeant Zeringue was honorably discharged after complications from malaria presented itself, rendering him ineffectual for a period of time. After his discharge, he was forwarded to the Foundation, who was searching for persons of exceptional talent and ability to assist with special acquisitions.
Tyler started as a Roman Catholic, but his experiences in the Pacific Front have made him agnostic.
Tyler just enjoys candy.
A few of his combat buddies relayed some information to him regarding their finds with the infamous Japanese experimentation unit, Unit 731. To this day, Tyler holds them in extreme disregard, and loathes all immoral human experimentation, and those who conduct it.
He can play the harmonica on occasion.
Picture credits to PvtRogers on DeviantArt.
After the Hiatus
There are 17 self-inflicted cuts that run up the length of Tyler's forearms: 9 on his left, and 8 on his right. All are labeled with names.
His left ones:
- Drew Garrant, Lambda-3, age 23;
- Hal Foster, Lambda-3, age 35;
- Jules Aubry, Lambda-3, age 26;
- Adrian Reston, Iota-6, age 29;
- Nate Best, Iota-6, age 20;
- Dale McCormick, Lambda-3, age 31;
- Jesse Walters, Kappa-1, age 39;
- Dick Richardson Sr., Kappa-1, age 41;
- Dick Richardson Jr., Kappa-1, age 21.
His right ones:
- +8.5, transferred from Victor Corvitz
- +2, Russian for the Goal