Fallen: April 12, 2012
Marine Lance Corporal Abraham Tarwoe was Liberian-born and lived in Providence, RI. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, NC. He became a RI fallen hero on April 12, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
In 1998, during the Liberian civil wars, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe, then age 12, fled the violence of his home country, searching for peace in Providence, RI.
“For many reasons, he didn’t want to leave Liberia, he had his friends and his life, but he saw the opportunity that existed in the U.S., so he went,” Tarwoe’s uncle said. “We all saw the potential that existed for him in the United States.”
“His whole dream was to become a Marine,” said the uncle who raised him after the family fled the civil war in Liberia. His uncle thanks the Marine Corps continuously “for helping him achieve his dreams.”
In a service befitting his status as a hero, Tarwoe was laid to rest with full military honors in his home village of Flehla, Bong County, Liberia, on May, 17, 2012.
“Family was very important to him, so he made it clear that if he were to die, he wanted his body to come back to where he was born,” said the family representative. “We have a family cemetery, and he wanted to continue to be a part of the family when he passed away.”
Abraham Tarwoe was a 25-year-old Providence Marine who died April 12, 2012 from wounds he suffered during combat operations in Afghanistan. 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 and their 18-month-old son.