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Lieut Thomas Coleman "Tommy" Fouke, Jr
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Birth: Oct. 19, 1983
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 2012
Little Creek (Virginia Beach City County)
Virginia Beach City
Virginia, USA

***A very Special "THANKS" goes to Linda Betts Fouke for sending me the following information***

"Tommy: Lt. Thomas Coleman Fouke, Jr. born 19 Oct 1983 in St Louis, Missouri, is the son of Thomas Coleman Fouke and Linda Graves Fouke. He died on Tuesday January 17, 2012. He is the grandson of Lucien Riddle Fouke, born Washington, D.C. (1909-1968) and Claude Coleman Hodges(1918-1977) His great grandfather John Neal Hodges 1884-1965 and Claude Coleman 1890-1981.

"Lt. Thomas C. Fouke, 28, of St. Louis, collapsed while taking part in a supervised physical training course at Little Creek, Va., according to an account provided by Lt. Arlo Abrahamson, spokesman for the East Coast SEAL community. He was treated at the scene by Navy medics and rushed to a local hospital. Fouke was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the group said.

The specific SEAL unit was not identified. The cause of death is under investigation.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden loss of a great teammate like Thomas," said Capt. Brad Treadway, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group 10. "On behalf of the Naval Special Warfare community, we extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Fouke family during this very difficult time. We will do everything we can to support Thomas' family and our grieving service members during this period of mourning."

Fouke was not a SEAL; information warfare personnel are among specialists assigned to support SEAL units, Abrahamson said. Information warfare officers are trained in cryptology, computer network operations and electronic warfare.

Fouke earned his commission in May 2006 after graduation from the University of Florida. He served at Navy Information Operations Command Misawa, Japan from July 2006 until October 2009. He transferred to Navy Information Operations Command Bahrain, serving there from November 2009 until May 2011. In June 2011, Fouke reported to an East Coast-based naval special warfare unit.

Fouke is survived by his mother, father and brother."

--By William H. McMichael - Staff writer/ Navy Times.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from January 25 to January 29, 2012:

"Fouke, Lt. Thomas Coleman, Jr. 28 years old, died suddenly during a naval training exercise on January 17, 2012, at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, VA. Thomas was the son of Thomas Coleman and Linda Graves Fouke, the brother of Neal Hodges Fouke, and the nephew of Kaye Graves Victor, Lucien Riddle Fouke, Jr., and the late Claude Fouke Benoist of St. Louis, MO. Services: A memorial service will be held this Thursday 26 January at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Chapel at 9:00 am. Reception to follow at the SEAL Heritage Center, Little Creek. A memorial service will be held at the Church of St. Michael and St. George, 6345 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105 on Monday, January 30, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Bellefontaine Cemetery at a time to be determined. Tommy was a scholar athlete and fitness enthusiast since high school. He was commissioned in the US Navy in 2006 after graduating cum laude from the University of Florida. Tommy loved God, his country and his family. He was an affectionate son and brother, and a constant friend of many. His commitment to serve, to make a difference, to live boldly touched all those who knew him. It was a blessing to have had him on this earth and he will be missed forever and always. Lt. Fouke requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Nature Conservancy ( or the Naval Special Warfare Foundation ("

These are just some of the loving comments left by his family and friends:

"I had the honor of knowing Tom and you can't ask for a better human being. Treated everyone with respect and love. His light shined on everyone even in the hard situations. It was comforting that even at his memorial, his character was present. He impacted a lot of peoples lives with his personality- a lot of people have to work at the virtues that he naturally had. I am honored to have known him and proud to remember him. RIP my friend- your blessings continue on this earth through everyone you touched."

"I didnt spend a lot of time with LT Fouke because I worked in a different section, but what little I knew him he was a great man and this is such a great loss. May God keep his soul."

"Tom was a great young man who brightened everyone who came to encounter him. I was proud to serve alongside him in Misawa, Japan and I always admired him! I remember his work ethic, sense of humor, adventurous spirit and dedication to serving our nation. My prayers to Tom's family, friends, and colleagues in this difficult time. May God Bless His soul."

"Tom was a great friend and a mentor to me during the short time we spent together in Japan. He was fun, carefree, and always know just the right thing to do or say in whatever situation called for it. He is a man to be proud of, and he will be missed."

"To Lt's family.....he was an amazing person to work with. There are many Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines that will always remember Lt Fouke's positive personality, witty humor and amazing smile no matter what came his way. He had a personable sense of leadership that made you wanna be better. LT Fouke, Sir.... it was an honor and pleasure serving with you. You will be missed."

"In this difficult time in your lives, may you be comforted by God's word, the Bible. James 4:8 encourages; "Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you"."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and the love we have for every single member of our family those still on Earth, and our dear departed only continues to grow. We'll always be very proud of Thomas and his service to this country."

"We are very sorry for your loss. Tommy was such an accomplished and handsome young man. His tragic death leaves a void, not only in your hearts, but in our country that he served. We are praying for you all."

"I see some Uncle Elbert in Tommy's handsome face. I imagine they are together now, swapping military stories. I am sorry for your loss, dear family, very sorry. I pray that time will ease the grief and replace it with sweet memories, warm thoughts, and anticipation of a grand reunion.Tommy is loved and so are each of you. My prayers will be with you all in the coming days."

"I was so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. I did not know Thomas, but one can immediately see, from his picture and his accomplishments, that he was a great guy. You have suffered too much...hang in there."

"I am so saddened by the death of this outstanding young man. Linda, You were the principal of Reed School when I first knew you. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family as you deal with the untimely and tragic death of your son. There is no greater loss than the death of a child. May God give you strength and courage to deal. I close with deepest love and sympathy."

"I just learned of your loss and want to express my deepest sympathies. I am sad I'll never have the opportunity to meet this outstanding young man. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers."

"I went to school with Tommy. We use to play paintball in the woods next to each others houses. I give my deepest condolences to Tommy's parents. I remember them being a good wholesome family, and Tommy a really honest upright man. The world lost a good man that day and I'm in complete shock and feel sorry for the family and friends. A lot of us are talking to each other about how we remembered him from high school, and the situation seems so surreal. My deepest prayers go out to Tommy's family during their time of darkness."

"Thom was a great man, and a wonderful mentor. There is always so much left to say... you are in my thoughts. Please take solace knowing you now have the most caring and motivated guardian angels looking out for you. "The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep""

"Our family was stunned by the news of Tom's death. Our hearts go out to you. Our prayers for you are for your being comforted that the blessed Saviour has tenderly welcomed him to his eternal home and you will all be reunited some sweet day."

"Please know that our hearts are with you all as you go through this time of unimaginable grief. I hope to talk with you later."

"I am so sorry for your lost. My prayers are with you and your family."

"God bless the Fouke family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot express the loss Tom's Navy family feels. Rest well Tom."

"It is sad to see a member of our fine military go, and especially when someone loses his life while in the act of defending our freedom. The USA is a safer place because of LT Fouke. He gave so that we might live without the worry of a threat. May his heroism be honored throughout the ages, may his name always stand for honor, duty and self-sacrifice, and may those he left behind be comforted in the knowledge that his life was not lived in vain."

"Its always so difficult to lost someone but I dont think any one is ever prepared to lost someone close to your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Extending deepest symphaty to you & your family at this time of sorrow. May God almighty bless."

"God bless, Lt. Fouke, God bless the U.S. Navy, and God bless the SEALS."

"Our Hearts go out to you and your family with the loss of your son and brother Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."

"For Tommy and all the other heroes who went before him."

"There are no words to describe the sadness of this loss. Tommy was a prime example of what a patriot and hero an American man should be. Tommy filled our hearts and memories with nothing but joy, love and laughter. His parents are to be commended for their love, guidance and support. His footprint will be a challenge to fill."

"Tommy touched so many lives, he was so very special and an example to us all. He leaves behind a grieving and saddened family. We are so proud of Tommy, his accomplishments, his sense of duty, his sense of joy and humor. May God hold him close and treasure him as much as we did. I know that one day the pain will lessen and we will always hold him in our hearts."

"Tommy left each of us the richer, and the world a better place, in his brief but life-affirming years with us. We will always remember him with the deepest love."

"What a tragic and sad development to a young man rising to the top of his calling. My sincere condolences to the Fouke families, Tom & Linda, and Luke and Becky. Our sincere and deepest sympathies."

"May God grant us all the strength to understand the passing of such an amazing young man. My memories of Tommy in Guanaja live in a special, very special place."

"God bless this Family and their loss of this precious guy! We are so lucky to have men like this protecting us!" 
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: Jan 19, 2012
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Lieut Thomas Coleman Tommy Fouke, Jr
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Thank you for your service.
- Gracie's Grammy
 Added: Nov. 9, 2013
Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine's Daughter & Army Mom
 Added: Sep. 4, 2013
Rest in peace Lt. Fouke
- Chris Mills
 Added: Feb. 3, 2012
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