Thursday, April 12, 2012

Marine Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe, 25, Providence, R.I.

LCpl Tarwoe was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died April 12, 2012 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

Lance Corporal Tarwoe joined the Marines in 2009. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2010. He had recently deployed to Afghanistan. He was a highly skilled mortarman and dog handler.

All who knew him described his a a “great man with a wonderful sense of humor”. Lance Corporal Tarwoe was born in Liberia. His citizenship was still being processed when he gave his life for his adopted country and brothers in arms. Fellow Marines said that his work ethic, loyalty and devotion were something larger than himself and transcended national lines.

Lance Corporal Tarwoe’s awards and decorations include the following:

Combat Action Ribbon
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
NATO Medal - ISAF Afghanistan

A memorial service was held in Afghanistan on April 22nd. Lance Corporal Tarwoe touched many lives, including Yeager, an IED detection dog. At the memorial service, Yeager was photographed lying down in front of Tarwoe’s cross.

Other services for Lance Corporal Tarwoe are planned on April 28th in Rhode Island and on May 5th in Liberia, where his body will be flown to for burial.

Lance Corporatl Abraham Tarwoe is survived by his wife Juah Kelly and his 18 month old son. His parents, Abraham and Famatta Tarwoe.

Marine Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe was killed in action on 4/12/12.

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