Michael J. Tully

Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Tully

A Special Forces Medical Sergeant

C Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Wash.

KIA  26 June 200

when his vehicle was struck by an IED near Al Aziziyah,
southeast of Baghdad, Iraq.

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Awards and Decorations


Army Commendation Medal Second Oak Leaf Cluster,

Meritorious Unit Citation ,

Good Conduct Medal Second Award,

National Defense Service Medal Second Award,

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,

 Korean Defense Service Medal,

 Noncommissioned Officer Professional
Development Ribbon,

Army Service Ribbon,

Overseas Service Ribbon,

U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon,

Expert Infantryman Badge,

Parachutist Badge,

Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge,

Scuba Diver Badge,

Ranger Tab

Special Forces Tab

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Heather of Columbus, Ga., and his son, Slade of North Port, Fla. He is also survived by his father and stepmother, Jack and Marilyn Tully of Falls Creek, Pa.; mother Dolores Newman of Glendale, Ariz.; brother John Tully of Anchorage, Alaska (currently serving in Iraq); and his sister Heather A. Farkas of Northampton, Pa.

Tully’s military education also includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Airborne Course, Military Free Fall Parachutist Course, Ranger Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course, and Special Forces Diving Supervisors Course.

In 2004, he was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg to become a Special Forces Medical Specialist. He earned the coveted “Green Beret” and was assigned to the 1 st SFG(A) at Fort Lewis, Wash., in Dec 2006.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Tully, 33, a Special Forces medic assigned to the Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Fort Lewis, Wash., died Aug. 23 from fatal wounds sustained when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device near Al Aziziyah, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq.

He was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula.

Tully was born and raised in Pa.

After initially entering military service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he transferred to the U.S. Army in 1997.

Tully was assigned as an infantryman in Company E, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. Tully then served as a Long Range Surveillance Detachment assistant team leader in the same unit one year later.

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