Time of Remembrance

Tafiga J. Tautolo

Age:

23

Hometown:

Wilmington, CA

Date of Death:

2012/05/27

Incident Location:

Bati Kot, Afghanistan

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

SPC

Unit:

3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Fort Carson, CO

SPC Tofiga J. Tautolo died May 27, 2012, 23, of Wilmington, CA; assigned to 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.; died May 27 in Bati Kot, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an enemy improvised explosive device.

SPC Tautolo originally joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and enlisted in the Army 4 years later. He served as a cavalry scout, driver and gunner. He deployed twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. SGT Tautolo never backed down from a challenge. CPT Bryan Gray related the story during SGT Tautolo’s memorial service of when the men around Tofiga were challenged to a weight lifting contest. SGT Tautolo naturally stepped up, and several curls later, SGT Tautolo smirked, “You know you should never challenge a Samoan to a contest of strength.”

SPC Tautolo’s wife, Rita, stated that “He was a great man and I’m so sad to see him go.” She now lives in Seattle with the couple’s infant son. “He was so adoring and friendly to everyone,” she added. “He helped everybody who needed help.”
SGT Tautolo was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa and grew up in Wilmington, CA.. Tautolo first served as a Marine deploying to Iraq in 2008 and then to Afghanistan in 2009 for seven-month tours.