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Spec Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Barbieri, II

Spec Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Barbieri, II

Birth
Death 23 Aug 2006 (aged 24)
Baghdad, Iraq
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 Site 8416
Memorial ID 15487139 · View Source
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Army Spc. Barbieri was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a gunner. Barbieri was killed when his patrol encountered enemy forces small arms fire during combat operations south of Baghdad. Thomas attended Thomas S. Wooten High School in Rockville, Maryland where he was remembered as a quiet and reserved kid. As he grew older, he opened up more and was the one who had everyone laughing. The neighbors remember him as a kind-hearted kid who cared about people. He was also very talented as an artistic and prolific writer. Thomas joined the Army in October 2004 and while in boot camp, he designed a T-shirt for his unit that the participants could get when they graduated. He reported to the 82nd Airborne Division in February 2005 and later that year he was deployed to Afghanistan to support the national elections. He had been a volunteer emergency medical technician with Rockville Fire Department for a year and his training as a paramedic helped him on his year's tour in Afghanistan. He carried a first aid kit and often treated other soldiers. About a month ago his unit was deployed to Iraq. When Thomas' patrol came under attack, he went down fighting and took out the insurgents who shot him. He was credited with saving the life of a sergeant when two insurgents fired at them as they turned a corner. He had his finger on the trigger and fired after being hit. Now his vintage silver Ford Mustang sits in the driveway of his parents home. He loved that car and spent many hours restoring it and even more time proudly driving it. No one drove it but him. Thomas was very intelligent and very kind – he was just a good person and a great man. He loved to watch movies and tinker with cars but most of all he loved being a soldier. He died doing what he believed he was meant to do – he died a hero.


  • Created by: Brenda N
  • Added: 24 Aug 2006
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Barbieri, II (12 Apr 1982–23 Aug 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15487139, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .