Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Master Sgt. Tulsa T. Tuliau

33, of Watertown, New York.
Tuliau died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained near Ar Rustimayah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 314th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 78th Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on September 26, 2005.

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"Memorial Day weekend, 2015. Almost 10 years? MSG T, I just wanted to let you and your family know that I am thinking of you and your family, as I do often. I'll never forget the sacrifice you all made, and the soldier you were when I served with you. Any chance I get, I tell people about you. I offer and drink a loud toast to you at every military event I attend."
First Sergeant (RET) Martin F. Swirko

"MSG Tulsa Tuliau I remember our service together on the 26Sep 2014. Although it has been 9 years I think of you and our service together at Camp Victory and Fallujah. Today I am wearing a t-shirt with a picture I took of you in Scania with your starbursts. I have run several races with this t-shirt in your honor. It was an honor serving with you. I am grateful you have children to carry on your great heart and personal values of loyalty and service. I recall you leaving our sleep trailer every night to call your wife and children. I'm sure they, even today cherish those moments. I wish I could extend my love for you to your wife via fb or email to tell them how awesome and a great American you are RIP. Edwardstrong@live.co"
LTC Chuck Strong of San Juan Capistrano, CA

"MSG Tuliau,
It has been 8 years. I can vividly recall the moment in Iraq when your name was in the Stars & Stripes; I was truly saddened to find out what had occurred. The black bracelet on my wrist bearing your name is a constant reminder of your strength and professionalism. I remember that I never once saw you lose your temper. I remember always thinking to myself, “Man, that’s a BIG dude!” when I would stand next to you. Whether in the frigid cold of the North Country or Bosnia, you never let up and you always led by example. You were such an awesome guy. You are not forgotten.

To the family of MSG Tuliau,
My heart goes out to you and I am sorry for your loss. MSG Tuliau was a great man. He will never be forgotten. He had an impact on everyone he met and now I try to emulate that trait everyday…

Allons – Let's Go!

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J J Ontiveros of Danbury, CT

"I'm just one of many people remembering Tulsa Tuliau and his ultimate sacrifice. It seems like a long time since that sad day at the cemetery when I joined his church friends in paying tribute. His beautiful children are an enduring legacy of his love for them. I visited the Boot Memorial a few years ago at Grant Park in Chicago. His boots were worn and showed the work ethic of someone who cared about his duty. We can never forget him or what he gave up in service to his country."
K. Dickson of LaFargeville NY

"To Tulsa, his family and friends,

As we come close to Memorial Day 2013, I wanted you all to know that I will never forget the sacrifice that you all made. Rarely does a day pass when I don't think of you. I will not allow those around me to forget the sacrifice you all made. My best wishes and respect are with you all-1SG (RET) Martin Swirko"
Martin Swirko of Manchester, NH

"To the family of MSG Tuliau,
I had the privilege of serving with SGT T (as I called him) in Iraq in 2005. He was probably the finest and most unselfish NCO that I ever worked with. We didn't see eye to eye on all things, but it was a healthy discourse and one that I greatly respected. He made me a better leader and person. I have a letter from him that I read from time to time that reminds me how awesome he acutally was. This world is a lesser place without him in it. Respectfully, on this anniversary...."
Kevin McKinley, US Army (ret) of Seekonk, MA

"To the family of:Tulsa T. Tuliau
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"MSG Tuliau,
I only had the honor of serving with you for a short time. The train up and deployment to support the Iraqi MOI forces. I will always remember the huge smile you always seemed to have. Rest in peace You will be in my thoughts this veterans day."
SSG (Ret) Phil Hernandez of Fairbanks AK

"I just wanted to let you know that I still and always will remember your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your family and friends on this Memorial Day, 2011."
1SG Martin Swirko of Manchester, NH

"He was my best friend. We wrote to each other when I sent him a Christmas card during my high school years. I miss him terribly. He said that if anyone messed with me, he would take care of it-whatever that meant, but I wish I could have met him. He is greatly missed in my life."
Melissa Heckeler of Wellsville, NY 14895

"even though u r gone but still remembered da KASA we know....we missed u cuz and we will always remember u dearly....say hi to my dad and all da fam bam hahaha ur in a much better place now ...."Talofa uso, tofaina oe...Tofa...Tofa... Tofa""
saiauro salesa of apia, samoa

"Tulsa, I have many fond memories of our service together at Camp Victory and Fallujah in 2004. You are a great NCO and I am proud to have served with you."
LTC Chuck Strong of Everett, WA.

"Uso,Se malo li kums! I miss you so very much.. Say Hi to grandma for me, ua e iloa. thank you for everything uso. I love you so dearly..Our prayer goes to Katherine,Vanessa and Sophia,stay strong and we love you...."
T-N-T Luani of Tracy, CA

"WOW BRO, iN JUS A COUPLE MONTHS iTS GONNA BE 5 YRS SiNCE YOU BEEN GONE.iTS A BLESSiN TO KNOW YOU WERE LOVED N MiSSD BY MANY..YOU ARE A GREAT MAN OF MANY SiBLiNGS WHO MiSS YOU.i KNO MY DAD MiSSES YOU VERY DEARLY.HE MENTiONS YOU MANY TiMES WEN WE BRiNG UP MiLiTARY SUBJECTS.YES UR UNKO STiLL iN DAT MiLiTARY STATE OF MIND..LOL..WELL BRO MAY YOU REST iN GODS HANDS,CANT WAiT TO SEE YOU THO..i HOPE TO COME DiS YR OR NEX YR N SEE YOU iN DC..i LUV N MiSS YOU BRO..TiLL NEX TiME..FA LAiA"
KATY TULiAU of SEATTLE,WA/USA

"Hey smoke, you were a great NCO you showed me right from wrong and took great care of me and the whole battery. I still remember the day you tried to teach me how to spike a volleyball over at the gym. Rest in peace"
Sgt Patrick weber of Anderson indiana

"Tulsa
Do you remember Oakdale, La.back in 93/94? You and me both made the list. I saw both of our names on it. LOL I came across those crazy pics we took in SSG.Rossi's office the other day. God,were we that goofy back then? I showed them to my boys,they got a kick out of them. I miss you brother, always have. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten."
Chris of Georgia

"Hey Tulsa,
Just stoping in to show you some love. I hope your family is doing well I know we all miss you! Take care and watch over us as you always have."
SSG Nido, Ernesto of Mesa, AZ

""Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers is an organization of over 235 knitting groups throughout our country. Since October of 2007, over 2,900 prayer shawls have been sent to the families of our fallen soldiers. If you or a family member would like a hand knit prayer shawl in memory of Tulsa, please contact me at barbconway@comcast.net or 774 487-8618.
Sincerely, Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"I knew tulsa tuliau. we started to write letters to each other while I was in high school. We wrote letters to military men and women so they could have someone to write to during Christmas and afterwords. I had a picture of Tulsa Tuliau with two of his friends-not sure if they were in the military as well. I am sorry to read that my friend is dead."
Melissa Heckeler of Wellsville, NY 14895

"My name is SSG Friday (Retired), I served with MSG. Tuliau back in 1998-2000 at 2-15 FA. BN Fort Drum, NY. Back in those days we were howitzer Section chiefs and soon he was promoted to SFC and became Gunny. The time we served together was great. We had a great working relationship and our friendship was even better. I will always remember the good times we had and you will never be forgotten. Rest In Piece my friend. (Sensai)"
Terry Friday of Lawton, OK USA

"Thinking of you Man.. I know your watching over us. RIP"
Ernesto Nido of Mesa, Arizona

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Master Sgt. Tulsa T. Tuliau:
Tulsa gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"The month of May was Asian-Pacific-American Heritage month. In my unit, the 101 INF (RTI), Located at Camp Edwards, Ma. I celebrated this occassion by posting a Photo of MSG Tuliau and his Biography in the lobby of Sullivan Hall. MSG Tuliau grew up in American Samoa. I am proud to say the I served in combat with this fine NCO. MSG Tuliau, I will never forget you, or the sacrifice you and your family has made for the rest of us. I won't let those around me forget. I'm heading down to DC to pay my respects and render a hand salute next week..."
1SG Martin Swirko of Manchester,NH

"Tulsa,
I'll never forget you "Battle Buddy". Just so you know I ran the Army Ten Miler in your honor. I had the picture from Tallil of you holding the Sunburst candy while sitting on your cot embossed on a t-shirt. HOOAH!!!"
LTC Chuck Strong of Wallingford, CT

"Hey T, just wanted to say hello on this memorial day. thanks again for everything you did."
Mac of Alabama

"Just a short time before MSG Tuliau was killed action, I was walking out to my HUMVEE, carrying my vehicle's .50 Cal on my shoulder. As I was passing Tulsa's HUMVEE I rolled my ankle, and fell forward. As I was about to smash my face into the pavement. Tulsa ran to my aid, and with the strength of 5 men, caught me in mid-flight. He then took the .50 from me. I can still hear him saying "Let me help you big Sarge, I'll take that for you". That is the type of leader he was, that was the type of guy he was.

A half hour later he was gone. I still have a hard time believing it. Tulsa was a true hero dedicated to his mission and the men who served with him."
SFC Frank Swirko of Manchester, NH

"Tulsa,
it has been a while and it has taken me a while to deal with you being gone. I was happy to see that you stayed in the Army and didnt get out. You had alot of soldiers that needed to have your knowledge and passion to be a soldier. I went as far as I did because of you and the lessons that you taught me, the true meaning of being a NCO. I am happy to say that you were my mentor and I looked up to you. I still cannot believe that you are not here, but thanks for training my fellow brothers out there like SFC Flynn, SSG Lewis,and SSG Fuatino and Jason make sure they stay safe. I cannot thank you enough for what you have taught me it was more then being a soldier, I know that I am a better person and so will my kids. You will always be a hero in my book, thanks for everything."
Phil Packineau of St Helens, OR

"When I arrived in Iraq, and at the Unit, Tulsa was the NCOIC and took care of me and the others that came with me. He couldn't do enough for us. He was the first on the ground and the last to leave. When the NCOs met to review TTPs in our AO, his attitude could be summed up by saying we should always be in the up position and display an aggresive stance at all times. MSG Tuliau was truly a hard charger, all the way. MSG Tuliau displayed a tremendous amount of courage every day in a deady environment. There are many children in Salmon Pak that miss him and I am sure will always remember him. I think of him every day, along with the others we lost that day. MSG Tuliau, I will never forget you."
1SG Martin Swirko of Manchester, NH

"Smoke, you were the best."
Jonathan Bork of Hackettstown, NJ

"hey my brother, just saying hello on this veteran's day, we all miss you."
mccormick

"To Master Sgt Tuliau,
Kasa, you are our HERO...it has been two years since your passing and yet we still can't believe that youre gone, well, knowing that you are in a better place watching over us, we feel safe living in this world. E le mafai ona fa'agaloina oe le tuagane. We love you and miss you."
Talalelei & Jean Fautanu of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma

"It'll be 2 years in 4 days and we still miss you little brother.. Thank you our toa samoa.. we love you and you'll be forever in our hearts.. Tas & Dre.."
Latasi N Le'au of Washington state

"Master Sgt Tuliau. You were my role model and helped shape me into a true warrior. Your kind heart and understanding will always be remembered by those who served next to you. I will always remember your words of wisdom you gave to me as I left Fort Drum and have lived by them since. You will always be remembered as you have made such a tremendous impact in my life.
Robert Walker"
Robert Walker of Marshfield, Wisconsin

"Happy Birthday brother. we all miss you."

""T" Rest in peace "brother". I know you got called because you were needed for bigger things up there. You had a special way of bringing our the best in every soldier you led and we are forever grateful. It was a pleasure to have known you and served with you. God bless you and "especially" your family as they carry on. Later "T""
SFC Lowers of 2SBCT, Hawaii

"hey brother, you are not forgotten on this memorial day. i'll be by to visit you in july. miss you."
mccormick

"What a great NCO and person in general. From the day I met him at Camp Victory T was always looking to help and make sure we were "all good". I know you have been told how great a man T was and all I can do is echo the feelings of all the other messages on here. It was an honor to serve with him"
Doc Perkins of 3rd POB SPTT now in Springfield IL

"GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. YOU ARE A TRUE HERO."
RICH & TRACI BAEZ of FORT DRUM, NEW YORK

"Hey Smoke, sorry I haven't dropped a line in a while. I'm in Iraq now, I know you are looking down on me making sure I am squared away. There hasn't been time you have let me down. You know, sometimes I wonder why I am here in Iraq, am I making difference? Is it worth it? Then it hit me, you paid the ULTIMATE PRICE over here! Everytime I go outside that gate, I think about what you did. I would be letting you down, and disrepecting your memory if I approach this Iraq War in a negative aspect.It's because of WARRIORS like you is why our country is so great.You always drilled in my head for years to train my Soldiers, and I have. I will see you soon when I am above. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!"
SFC Flynn, Robert A. of 25th Infantry Div.

"You're not forgotten on this Veteran's Day. Miss you brother!!"
Jmccormick of ALABAMA

"Hey Uso.. just wanted to let you know that many people mourn your loss after 1 year. we miss you!!! RIP!"
JM of ALABAMA

"To the family of MSG Tuliau,
Let me say that MSG Tuliau was a huge role model to me! When I came back to Fort Drum, NY in 2003 and had to take a Record APFT, and my weakness was in running, good old MSG Tuliau was right by my side running with me, motivating me to run faster!! Low and behold I passed my PT test. And then when I failed PLDC, now Warriors Leaders Course, MSG Tuliau told me not to get down on myself, but to pick myself up and work harder! MSG Tuliau, you are a great inspiration and will always have a place in my heart! You will be missed by all of us! God bless you!"
SGT Jason Choi of 2-15 FA, Fort Drum NY, USA

"Me and T hit the rock (Hawaii) at the same time '95. He was a Spec 4 and I an E-1. I quickly realized if I wanted to make it this was the man to follow. After three years of friendship I have come to find that I was good but T was untouchable, he was by far the greatest NCO I have ever served with in my 10 yrs of service. I am greatful that our lives passed. The day the news hit me I was deeply hurt and began digging in old pictures to just slightly relive the memories that a great Soldier provided. God Bless this Hero and keep his family safe for they have lost the greatest man they will ever know. To a big man with a bigger heart who touched so many, Thank you for the knowledge, Thank you for the laughs, and Thank You for my FREEDOM.
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!"
SSG Luther G. Lewis of Newnan, GA

"WELL HELLO MY BROTHA...UR AN ULTIMATE HERO...YEAP AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT. YOU SHALL BE MISSED DEARLY BUT CAN NEVER BE FORGOTTEN..UR IN A MUCH GREATER AND BETTER PLACE NOW BROTHA. LOT'S OF LUVIN FROM PAT AND DA ENTIRE POSSEE......FA'ALELE LAIA LE SEGA!!!!"
patsinnoa@yahoo.com of LONG BEACH CA

"Smoke, sorry I have not written sooner, I saw this site a few days after I pulled you out of that humvee, but I felt I had said goodbye too many times already; the humvee, the helicopter, the chapel. I guess I was wrong and will be a see you later, because I know you will be waiting on all of us up there with your famous grin and no nonsense attitude. Glad I got to know you brother, save me a seat close to the pitch so we can cheer the All Blacks on. I am going to link this for Fish unless I see him here already. He missed your memorial because he was in transit back."
JP of Fort Bragg

"hey buddy.. just wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten. this memorial day was kind of tough knowing you're gone."
jason of birmingham al

"Smoke Man, thank you for the mentorship you have provided me and my soldiers while serving in the 10th Mountain Division. I will NEVER forget you and the memories we have of you. God Bless you and your family!"
SFC Robert Flynn of Wahiawa, Hawaii

"Kasa,
Somewhere in Heaven you are taking charge. But that seriously is followed by the joy and love that you have. Your passing was so unreal, especially when you had just passed through our office to go on R&R.
Gil could not believe that you were back in country, after seeing you off a few months prior. But God has called you for a bigger mission beyond life. May you rest in peace and May the Lord continue to be with your family.
Alofa tele mo 'oe le uso...from the Tuinei's"
Tuinei, G & T of Kuwait

"Mo le Uso ia Tulsa, Tuliau ua faigamalaga atu e fa'atasi malo tatou Tama oi le lagi. Ia manuia lau malaga. Ia alofa le Atua ma fa'amfanafana atu i le aiga atoa." Brother I just could't believe when I heard the news of your passing. Especially when I just saw you 3 months earlier at Camp Taji, Irag. I hang a picture of us in New York City at the house to remind me of how a wonderful and greatful Friend and Brother you have been throughout the Years. I'll see you in Paradise."
SFC Levi, Teddy F. of Ft. Irwin, CA

"my name is Cassidy and i am a volunteer for the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. We are a group of people that have built a memorial wall in Marsielles Illinois for all the fallen soldiers in Mideast conflicts since Beriut. Your loved one's name will be permenently added to this wall. For any further information visit our website www.ilfreedomrun.org please e-mail me at me1196@aol.com to let me know that you have recived this message. If you decide to come to this memorial on June 19th, 2006, you will recieve VIP seating and treatment for the cermonies that day. ALL OUR WELCOMING TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS
**Cassidy"
Cassidy of Brookfield/ILL/red,white,blue

"MSG Tuliau and I met in Hawaii. He was a hardcore Sgt and I was a young E-2. After one month I knew I wanted him to be my mentor, so he did. He was like a super star to me, he took care of me. He made me learn the gunsight and he would train all day if needed. This man is very special and is sad to know that the Army lost such a great man. He loved the army more than life itself. To the family, you're in my thoughts and prayers always.
Thank you for giving all. I cant wait to see you again.
Just remember Kasa, Paratroopers never die, we just slip way. See you on the DZ."
Jason McCormick of Birmingham, Al

"althought i had never had the pleasure to you...i felt pain to see a poly name on this list...jus wanted leave my blessing in da name of my family...RIP cousin"
SSG Jamoani Te'manapoema of Bronx...New York

"Too my brother, thank you for our freedom I love you and miss you."
Christopher Tuliau of Seattle WA.

"Uso, its so hard to believe your gone. The good times we had in Ft. Polk seems like yesterday.You,Me , Ocean,Dean,Soifua, kicking back at Vasa and Aso's house.man seems like yesterday. ....Kasa was a Soldiers soldier, i remember just watching him emerge from a a young soldier who didnt know what direction he was going into a SOLDIER. I 1st met him @ my cousin Vasa's house in Ft.Polk ,La. ALong with the rest of the "BOYZ" we had some good times. that was around summer 93. like a lot of young Hamoz ,including myself during my tour of service we partied. Some time in late 94 ,Kasa changed his focus. He become focused on his carreer. by the time my wife and i left that area., Kasa was becoming a soldiers SOLDIER. I remember when he got his SAMOA tattoo on his stomach..by Crazy Rob...Mann...hard to beleive he's not with us anymore. one of the many memories i have of him is when Kasa , Ocean,myself,Crazy Rob,Soifua,Burgess,was in Aso's garage singing "its so hard to say goodbye" we messed the song up quite a few times,but we had a good time .GOD ..Please take good care of my Uso......Manuia lau malaga, Kasa...Much Love...Ed"
Ed Thomsen of Florence,KY

"I first met MSG Tuliau in Hawaii, when we were station at Schofield Barracks. I left there and went to FT Drum, New York, when on day I was sitting there in my office and in he walks. I was the Chief of firing Battery and he later became my gunnery sergeant, (He always called me "SMOKE MAN" we had many cold days together at Ft Drum. Me, him and 1SG Kucharski. One of the proudest moments of my life was when he presented me with the unit guidon when I left Ft Drum, it meant alot being presented by him. Every time I look at that guidon, I will think of him. He was one of the greatest human being I have ever known, you knew he always had your back. We all are gonna miss you. We know u are now with the almighty."
MSG(Retired) Anthony W. Powell of Sacramento, CA (916) 225-3621

"Tulsa, Talofae ua uma lou ola. Well Cousin...There is so much to say when we speak of you. You were a GREAT soldier, one who knew no limits and you paid the ultimate price. You sacrificed your life for Others.. For
Your Country.. For Freedom.. For Democracy.. For the Love of Our Country.. For Our Way of Life.. For the Love Of Our Families.. WE THANK YOU and WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! We are mourning the loss of you and we want you to know that it hurt so deeply when we learned that you were gone. Fano had just seen you in Tikrit before he left to come home on R&R. We are praying for the Holy Spirit (Our Comforter) to be with your Mom and your siblings; and to be with your Wife and Children; as well as the rest of us who loved you and knew you so well. We were all blessed by you in some way or another. Our prayers are uplifting your family, your friends, your co-workers and anyone who has been affected by your "Going Home" so soon. Ua na'o le Atua nate aumai le filemu i taimi fa'apea nei. Only God can give us PEACE during times like these. Ia vi'ia pea le Atua i taimi uma lava. Give God the glory at ALL times. On behalf of my Dad, Rev. Elder Veve L. Tafao and First Lady Meleane Tafao as well as the First Samoan Full Gospel Pentecostal Church of South San Francisco, we bid you "Farewell and Godspeed" on your journey Home. We are lifting your family up in prayer and pouring our hearts out to God to be with them and comfort them. To those of you who read this, "Don't lose hope, keep the faith and HOLD ON to God's unchanging hand. Be encouraged. Psalm 46:1 says "God is our refuge and strength". God Bless you all and may he continue to protect our Brothers and Sisters out there on the battlefield! Amene! WE LOVE YOU KASA! Your name and your beautiful face has been etched in the tablets of our hearts. Tofa Soifua..Ia Manuia Lou Malaga Kasa. Love Your Cousin Nane and Fano Tufele and the boys (Isaiah and Elijah) @}~~~~"
SFC TUFELE, Aiafano F. and SSG TUFELE, Mary Ann T. (Isaiah and Elijah) of South San Francisco, CA

"Oute le masani pe oute iloa oe, a'o lau tautua ma lau tautoga faale-malo tele o Amerika ua fai ai oe ma Toa o Samoa i taimi o laveaina. Ua Malietoa malo Tau. I personally don't know you but your brave heart and your dedication to serve your country and your fellow samoan comrade in a combat zone has called for every samoans as a singlehanded hero of both samoan to preserve our lives. I felt sympathy along with your families and especially your loves one in a time like this. May the good Lord be with you in heaven. Tofa"
Retired USAF TSgt S.Toluao of American Samoa

""MAY GOD GUIDE YOU AND BRING PEACE TO YOUR FAMILY". "T" YOU WERE A GOOD MAN AND YOU WORKED HARD TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS.THIS WORLD IS GOING TO MISS YOU VERY DEARLY. YOU WERE MY FRIEND IN FT. POLK, AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART BRO. TAKE CARE AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE."
SEFO FANENE of FT. HOOD,TX

"I will pray for your family. I met Tulsa at Ft Drum in 1999, he was a good man."
C. Powers of Columbus,Ohio

"It's hard to believe you are gone. I can only say that I am proud to have known you as an elementary classmate back in Samoa and as a friend. Your death has hit us hard and we can only think back to the time we spent with you during the early years of your military career. You had some rough times but you hung in there and the rank is proof of your determination to be "all you can be." Tulsa, you served our country so proud and my husband and I will always cherish our time together. We are proud of all your accomplishments and our prayers are with your wife and kids. I read about your death in the Samoa news on line but did not believe it until I did some more searching. Mrs. Tuliau, may God's peace be with you and your children. Your husband is truly a "HERO" and his memory will live forever. God bless.... "Kasa" manuia lau malaga...."
Ed and Asoiva Thomsen of Florence, KY/USA

"I have a short tribute for him and a photo at:
http://anailinmyhead.blogspot.com/
He was such a larger-than-life, real-to-the-core soldier. An unbelievable loss to anyone who knew him, his family, and our country."
mondo64 of Back to the USA after Rustamiyah

"I led a large number of officers and enlisted Air Force in a heartfelt ceremony honoring you as your remains were loaded onto a C-130 for transport home. We thanked God for your life and service. We prayed for all those who mourn your loss. It was a deeply sincere moment for all.
- God's grace to you and yours"
Cody Broussard, Chaplain USAF of Sather Air Base, Baghdad

"Triple T
We were together in Hawaii, and I helped you with the Aimming circle, You learned very fast and I knew you would make rank, God Bless my friend, you are missed by friends of the past"
Jeffrey C Benton of Carlisle Pa USA

"Tulsa you will be missed by many. your dedication in protecting and serving our country and your loved ones is what we will hold close to our hearts God has a brave and faithful soldier on his team and we will forever love you and keep you in our memories. To our family, we've been through many hard times and even in this time we know God will see us through it all. Like it says in the bible " blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted" In that we know to trust in God and he will comfort us.
Mrs. Tulsa Tuliau, we may not have met you and the kids, we pray that god will give you peace of mind and comfort to your hearts. You and the kids are in our prayers. Auntie and girls, ya'll know we are always here and be strong, Now he can kickit with Uncle Tulaga
Thank you TULSA for leading our soldiers and for protecting OUR country. We love you always,
Our Beloved Nephew and Cousin"
The Tausili Family of Seattle, WA/USA

"TO THE TULIAU FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH TULSA AND YOUR FAMILY. OUR SON SERVED AT FORT DRUM FOR SIX YEAR'S. NOT SURE GREG KNEW TULSA OR NOT. NOT THE ISUUE IF BOTH DID OR NOT. BOTH SOLDIERS AQNSWERING A CALLING THAT VERY FEW AMERICAN'S EVER DO! RISKING ALL FOR EVERYONE! TULSA YOU ARE A HERO! A MAN THAT ANSWERED HIS CALLING IN LIFE. YOU MY FRIEND HAVE MADE SO MANY FIRENDS. AN ALL REMEMBER THOSE VERY PRECIOUS MOMENTS SHARED WITH YOU. YOU ARE A LEADER TO YOUR MEN. ONE'S YOU HAVE SAHPE AND PROTECTED. WITH HARDNESS, GUIDANCE, UNDERSTANDING, KINDNESS, PROTECTING. YOUR SOLDIER'S WILL REMEMBER A SGT!!!!!!!!! THAT NOT ONLY SERVED HIS COUNTRY, HE DID IT RISKING IT ALL, WITHOUT QUESTION, AND OUR SGT; WAS OUR LEADER! MY TEARS STILL FLOW DOWN MY CHEEK, FOR MY SON, ALL OUR FALLEN AND ESPECIALLY FOR TULSA. YOU HAVE MADE AMERICA ALOT SAFER SINCE 911! AN YOU MY FRIEND JUST ONE MAN WITH THE HELP OF THOUSANDS. THAT HAVE FOUGHT OFF TERRORISM AND GIVEN THOSE IN IRAQ AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FREEDOM. NOT REALIZING YOU BECOME A PART OF IRAQI. AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR TULSA. AN FOR YOUR FAMILY TO HEAL. FOR I BELIEVE YOU ARE STILL VERY MUCH WITH US. THANK YOU TULSA FOR SERVING ALONG SIDE OUR SON."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Tulsa will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Tulsa Tuliau, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Tulsa Tuliau:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Tulsa for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Tulsa Tuliau:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Tulsa, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on