Tung M. Nguyen

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SFC Tung M. Nguyen

Senior A Detachment Communications Sergeant

Company B, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Fort Bragg, N.C.

38 from Cantho, Vietnam, raised in Tracy, California and Resident of Raeford, North Carolina

KIA 14 November 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq, 

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Awards and Decorations

Two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge, and the Special Forces Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.

His wife, Marcia of Raeford, North Carolina and his

Parents, Nguyen Van Tuan and Phan Cong Duc of Alameda, California, survive him.

Sgt. 1st Class Nguyen was born in Cantho, Vietnam, became a U.S. citizen, and was raised in Tracy, Calif. He was assigned to Company B,2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, died of a gunshot wound during Combat Operations Nov. 14 in Baghdad, Iraq.

He entered military service in July, 1986 with the 4th Bn., 22d Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as an infantryman. After three years of service, he left active duty and served with the Army Reserve in Sacramento, Calif. In 1991, he reentered active duty, and served with the 1st Bn., 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Ky., for one year before volunteering for Special Forces training. 

He began his journey to become a Special Forces Soldier in 1992 and earned the coveted Green Beret when he graduated from the course in 1993. He was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Wash., that year and served in all three combat battalions during his tenure there, first as a communications sergeant and then as an intelligence sergeant.

In 2003, he was chosen to become an instructor at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School here. He served in both instructor and operations positions preparing Special Forces Soldiers for the rigors of combat until February 2006 when he was assigned to 3rd SFG, where he served until his death.

His military education also includes the Special Operations and Target Interdiction Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Nuclear Hazards Training Course, Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Basic and Anti-Terrorism Instructor Courses, Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses and Combat Lifesaver Course.

He also was the winner of the 2006 Small Arms Championship Sniper Class competition, and the 2006 Joint Special Operations Command Small Arms Championship Pistol Class competition.

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**Information from SFAHQ.com, The Department of Defense, USASOC used in this Article.

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