Bryan Joseph Tutten
St. Augustine, Florida
December 25, 2007
Killed in Balad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position during combat operations.
|Bryan Joseph Tutten (1974 - 1904)
Sgt. Bryan Joseph Tutten passed away on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2007, while serving his country in Iraq.
Born on Oct. 8, 1974, to Sylvia and the late Thomas Tutten, he had lived in St Augustine for the majority of his life. On July 20, 1997, he married the love of his life, Constandina Peterson. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and son and will be terribly missed by his wife, children and family, as well as the many who grew to know him well.
He served with distinction and honor in the U.S. Army, impacting many lives here and during his two tours in Iraq, where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was an avid sportsman and naturalist.
Besides his wife, Bryan leaves behind two beautiful children to cherish his memory: his daughter, Catherine Anastasia, age 4, and his son, Gareth Thomas, age 7 months. He is also survived by his mother and stepfather, Sylvia and Hoyt Smallwood Jr., and his stepmother, Linda Tutten.
Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 2940 County Road 214, from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 2940 County Road 214, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2007, at 1 p.m., followed by graveside services with full military honors at San Lorenzo Cemetary. Bishop Demetrios of Xanthos, Fr Nikitas Theodosion, and Fr Martin Ritzi will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations of your preference to any of the following:
Friends of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, payable to "Friends of the GTM Reserve," 450 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), 910 17th Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20006.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 2940 CR 214, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 614 Oakridge Avenue, Fayetteville, N.C. 28305.
Published in St. Augustine Record on Jan. 2, 2008
|From Rep. John L. Mica
Honoring Sergeant Bryan J. Tutten
Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor and pay tribute to Sergeant Bryan J. Tutten, 33, who died Christmas Day, December 25, 2007 while serving our nation in Iraq during his second tour of duty.Prior to joining the Army, Sgt. Tutten, born in St. Augustine, Florida, graduated from St. Augustine High School and attended St. Johns River Community College. He was also a member of Holy Greek Orthodox Church in St. Augustine.We should all remember Sgt. Tutten's courage and his ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The freedom and liberty we enjoy and peace in the world for others for which he fought are part of the great legacy that Sgt. Tutten leaves behind. He was laid to rest at San Lorenzo Cemetery in St. Augustine, Florida on January 4, 2008.After the devastating events of September 11, 2001, Sgt. Tutten enrolled in the Army. His family remembers him as an avid sportsman who loved to fish and cook, and how he enjoyed the time he had playing with his daughter, Catherine. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina which was deployed to Iraq.With the passing of Sgt. Tutten, America has lost an outstanding citizen and a shining example of service to our nation. He will be remembered as a patriotic American, a pillar of our community and a compassionate husband and a loving father.To his wife Constandina, his daughter Catherine, his son Gareth, his mother Ms. Sylvia Smallwood and his loving family and friends, we offer our deepest sympathy.Madam Speaker, it is my privilege to recognize Sgt. Bryan J. Tutten's contributions and to ask all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives of the 110th Congress to join me in recognizing his service in our nation's Armed Forces and remembering a great American hero.
|Soldier from St. Augustine dies during combat on second tour in Iraq
The Associated Press
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. A soldier from north Florida died during combat on his second tour in Iraq, officials said Dec. 28.
Sgt. Bryan Joseph Tutten, 33, of St. Augustine, died Christmas Day in Balad, Iraq, after an improvised explosive device detonated near his position during combat operations, according to the Department of Defense.
He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Tutten was a rifleman and squad leader of an infantry company, his father-in-law, Gary Peterson, said.
He went out to clear out the insurgents, he said. It was a very dangerous job but he was very good at it.
Tutten enlisted in the Army six years ago. His second tour in Iraq began in November 2006, and he was due home within two months, relatives said.
He returned to Fort Bragg in May for two weeks when his son was born. He is also survived by his wife and a young daughter who was born during his first tour of Iraq.
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