Upon entering the Marine Corp, Pvt. Flowers completed basic training at Parris Island, SC, and further training at Camp Lejeune, NC. Tyrone arrived in Vietnam on Dec. 13, 1966, and was killed one month and one day later. At only 21 years old, Lance Corporal Flowers was killed near Da Nang in South Vietnam on January 15, 1967. A telegram sent to his sister, Mrs. Mary A. Gibbs, stated he died when he “sustained fragmentation wounds to the body from a hostile mortar round while in a defensive position.”
Funeral services were held January 25, 1967 at the Union Baptist Church, South Coatesville. Elder Leroy R. Hines, pastor, officiated and gave the eulogy. Interment was in Church of Christ Cemetery, Ercildoun, PA.
Pallbearers were Gy Sgt. R. R. Thomas, Gy Sgt. L. Smith, Jr., Sgt. J. W. Coburn, Sgt. B. J. Bandy and Sgt. K. E. Lotridge. The bugler was Pfc. Hydeck, M. S.. Military services were conducted by detail units from the Fourth Marine Corp District, including the Marine Training Base at Folsom, PA, Camden N. J., and Philadelphia. L/Cpl William Fleming was the escort.