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In Tribute to Lt. Col. Stephen Neil Hyland
45 years old.   Residence: Burke, Va.
Died in Pentagon

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My goodness it has been ten years since you have left us. It literally feels like it was yesterday. Thinking about you Uncle Neil.

*** Posted by Alison Trask on 2011-09-11 ***

We love you Neil. Go Notre Dame! Go Army!

*** Posted by Kathy Langan Pusecker on 2010-09-11 ***

Thank you Uncle Neil for reminding me every day to look for the humor in life and always stay positive. Remembering you today and every day. You are greatly missed!

*** Posted by Alison Trask on 2010-09-11 ***

Another year and I will never forget how much you made my family laugh! We love and miss you every single day!

9/11/09

*** Posted by Alison Trask on 2009-09-11 ***

Neil was the kind of person who made you laugh even when you wanted to cry. A confirmed bachelor, he would drop by to keep me sane when my husband was deployed, and I was tired of talking Sesame Street. Neil was so well read that he could talk art, politics, travel, and food. He loved to dine out. Eight months pregnant, waiting for my husband to return, Neil invited me to brunch and requested that I bring a girlfriend along so that we would "appear appropriately proper!" He was my husband's best friend, and we named him the godfather for our baby Katherine. Neil had lots of God-children. He would have been a "Disney Dad": probably terrible on discipline, but great for having fun with. Everyone still remembers his laughter and his extraordinary parties. He was the "Pearl Mestas" wherever he was stationed.

*** Posted by Kathy Langan Pusecker on 2008-09-23 ***

Thinking about you, Uncle Neil! God Bless!

*** Posted by Alison Trask-Pusecker on 2008-09-11 ***

Remembering you today. God Bless.

*** Posted by Marcia Augsburger on 2008-09-11 ***

Jim and Barb's son, Jimmy, was married June 28, 2008, and Jim and Barb celebrated their 29th Anniversary June 29, 2008. Perhaps you couldn't attend in person, but you were there. We will carry your memory with us, and we will continue to miss you, and we will carry on.

*** Posted by Tom O'Brien on 2008-07-14 ***

Remembering you today my friend.

*** Posted by Marcia Augsburger on 2007-09-11 ***

I had the privilege of living with Neil while we were attending Notre Dame. I always enjoyed his wit, even on the many, many instances when it was at my expense. He was a very rare person, and I miss him.

*** Posted by Tom O'Brien on 2006-09-18 ***

I worked with MAJ Hyland at PERSCOM in Alexandria, VA. He made work so much more fun with his jokes and laughter all the time. I will always treasure my memories.

*** Posted by Marcia Augsburger on 2006-09-11 ***

Neil was a unique individual. Always the center of the party, his laughter and graciousness were not character traits, they were his character. "Telephone cocktails" and "boozy lunches" are just two of the many wonderful memories I will always have of this man.

His epithaph, "He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." is now engraved on his headstone at Arlington. A perfect remembrance.

I miss him.

*** Posted by Ralph Moore on 2006-09-11 ***

I gave up command of the 525th Replacement Detachment to Neil back in 1990 ... he was a hoot, always smiling, always.  We were both Captains then.  I saw his picture as a Lieutenant Colonel and just had to chuckle, he hadn't changed a bit.

How he made that rank, I'll never know ... guess all the really great officers took the early outs! LOL!!  He was just to much fun and way to warm of a guy for me to see him as a senior officer.

But, there he was, still serving the Army and his Country years after I'd became a 'long haired civilian puke', as he would have said. 

Hum, despite his friendly ways, though, Neil was a consumate professional.  My driver was a really exceptionally cute gal named Private First Class Gibson (ah, the advantages of commanding an AG unit).  Neil was single ... and he just couldn't risk even the appearance of an improper relationship.  He replaced her with a guy.  Idiot.

I can still see him sitting in my chair before we changed command ... leaning back, fingers interlaced across his stomach, grinning away.  I guess I'll always remember him that way.

Hell, he should have kept the driver ... maybe he'd have screwed up and been bounced out of harm's way.  But that just wouldn't have been Neil.

You just never think that an AG officer could get blown up.  I was an infantry retread and teased Neil about being "Chairborne" ... I think he responded with glee, "Desk from Above!"  The irony would not be lost on him, I know.

I raise a glass to you, old friend, and to all those who fell with you.  But I know you were happy ... you loved the Army, just like me, and you went out smiling.

Christopher R. 'Buck' Webb
Captain, U.S. Army, Active Duty 83' to 93'
crw113@yahoo.com

*** Posted by C.R. 'Buck' Webb on 2005-09-08 ***

I thought of LTC Hyland this morning during the 9/11 memorial ceremony at Fort Leavenworth.  I met him in April of that year, and worked with him very closely as we traveled together for some 44 days in May and June of 2001 working a TRADOC study on NCO Leader Development.  I remember his as a fine and thoughtful officer with a wonderful sense of humor and a true appreciation for the potential of single malt scotch.  May he rest in Peace.

*** Posted by odells@leavenworth.army.mil on 2004-09-10 ***

Neil was funny.  He definitely knew how to mix business with pleasure.  I miss him.

*** Posted by Joel Williams on 2004-03-15 ***


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