Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley, a native of Clearfield, was killed while serving with a medical unit in Qatar. According to army officials, Sgt. Stapley died in a non-combat situation.
Sgt. Stapley’s father, Elwin Stapley, said his son was an army reservist and was deployed to Qatar this past spring. It was his second deployment to the Middle East after serving in Kuwait.
“The first time he went over there (to Kuwait) I worried everyday,” Stapley said, “and this time I didn’t even give it a second thought.”
To his father, Sgt. Stapley was someone a father could depend on.
“He was a good man and a good son,” Stapley said, “when things came that needed to be done, he didn’t hesitate at all to step right in and accomplish the things that needed to be done.”
Elwin added that he can live with his son’s death, but not knowing how he died is hard to cope.
“It does but facts are facts, you can’t changed them…you have to accept them and live with them,” Stapley said.
Sgt. Stapley's body is being transported back to the States. His father is not sure when it will arrive, but his family has already prepared for the funeral.