Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Tulsa T Tuliau

Watertown, New York

September 26, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
33 Army MSgt

3rd Battalion, 314th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 78th Division

Fort Drum, New York

 Died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained near Ar Rustimayah, Iraq, on Sept. 26 when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during combat operations.

Master Sgt. Tulsa T. Tuliau

Master Sgt. Tulsa T. Tuliau, 33, was an artillery non-commissioned officer assigned to 3rd Battalion, 314th Regiment of the Army Reserveís 78th Division (Training Support) based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Tuliau was born in San Francisco and grew up in America Samoa. He enlisted in the Army in March 1992 and trained at Fort Sill, Okla., to be a Artilleryman.

He was assigned to Fort Drum in 1999 and served with the 10th Mountain Divisionís 15th Field Artillery Regiment until he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 314th Regiment in January 2004.

While stationed at Fort Drum, Tuliau deployed with Alpha Battery 2-15 FA to both Afghanistan and Iraq.

He previously served with 4th Battalion, 82nd Filed Artillery, Fort Polk, La., from 1993 to 1996 and the 11th Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from 1996 to 1999.

Tuliauís military education includes the First Sergeantís Course, Advanced Non-commissioned Officers Course, Basic Airborne Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course, Air Assault Course, Primary Leadership Development Course and the Combat Lifesavers Course.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Driver Badge.

He is survived by his wife and two children, of Watertown, and his mother, of Pago Pago, American Samoa.

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