Abraham Tarwoe

Abraham Tarwoe

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U.S. Marine Corps

“His whole dream was to become a Marine,” said Lance Corporal Tarwoe’s uncle, Adam Kar, who raised Abraham after the family fled the civil war in Liberia. Kar thanked the Marine Corps for helping Abraham achieve his dreams. “You made a man out of my little boy.”

Abraham attended West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. He joined the Marine Corps in 2009 and was promoted to Lance Corporal in August of 2010. Lance Corporal Tarwoe was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, N.C.  He leaves behind his wife, Juah Kelly, and their 18-month-old son. The family is worried about how Lance Corporal Tarwoe’s death will affect his son in the future. “It’s hard because he’s just a little kid,” Kar said. “He’s going to be growing up. He’s going to want his dad around, and I guess someone will have to explain to him what happened. So it’s going to be really tough.”

Lance Corporal Tarwoe’s family described him as a great man with a wonderful sense of humor.

“He was very funny,” said his brother, Randall Kar, “and he always kept everyone laughing, and he was just a really good person.”

US Marine Corps Corporal Michael Wiles, of Willingboro, N.J., escorted the remains of fellow Marine and best friend, Lance Corporal Abraham Tarwoe of Providence, Rhode Island to Flehla, Liberia for burial.  Lance Corporal Tarwoe was born in Liberia.

Abraham’s portrait is also on Poster 15


2 Responses to “Abraham Tarwoe”
  1. Tim Zickafoos says:

    It is my hope and prayer in Jesus that his wife and son are well cared for. If need arises, please let me know. I am grateful for his service, and hope to one day visit his site in Fiehla.

  2. Chase says:

    Abraham, I didn’t know you until I did, and I haven’t been the same since. We never met before that day, but I was there when you fell. I scooped you up and prayed to God that you be delivered to His kingdom. I did my part in hopes that those responsible find justice. It has taken years to reconcile how your sacrifice impacted me, and continues to impact me. I wish I had known you, I will never forget you. Semper Fidelis brother.

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