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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 196 (Friday, December 1, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1637]
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RECOGNIZING THE LIFE OF FALLEN MISSISSIPPI SOLDIER ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) 
                           GREGORY LEROY TULL

                                 ______
                                 

                            HON. TRENT KELLY

                             of mississippi

                    in the house of representatives

                        Friday, December 1, 2017

Mr. KELLY of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, today I rise in memory of Army Sergeant (SGT) Gregory Leroy Tull who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation on November 25, 2005, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. SGT Tull was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near the armored Humvee he was riding in during combat operations in Anbar Province, Iraq. SGT Tull was the gunner on the Humvee. SGT Tull was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery, Iowa Army National Guard, Storm Lake, Iowa. At the time of his death, SGT Tull was temporarily assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery, Mississippi Army National Guard.

According to the Associated Press, SGT Tull enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 2002 and graduated from Pocahontas Area High School the following year. He then attended South Dakota State University before volunteering for Operation Iraqi Freedom in November 2004.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Gregory O. Hapgood, a National Guard spokesman, said SGT Tull was proud of his service. “He was a very bright young man and he really was a go-to guy in his unit,” LTC Hapgood said. “He was a guy who didn't shirk his duty. He wanted to be where it was happening.”

Jeff Tuttle, a high school friend of SGT Tull, paid tribute to him in a post on a memorial website. “I have been a personal witness to his good deeds for many years,” Jeff said. “He had tremendous character and strength and I don't ever remember him getting into any sort of trouble whatsoever. I carry a picture of him in my wallet and will do so for the rest of my life, to be reminded of his bravery for inspiration. He is greatly missed, especially by his parents and brother who handled this hardship with tremendous dignity and class.”

Greg Tull, SGT Tull's father, thanked more than 100 people who posted tributes to his son on a memorial website. “I want to thank everybody for their support and for having Greg as a friend,” Mr. Tull said. “! never knew how many lives Greg touched. He is a very special person and his mom and I miss him every day and every minute of every day. God bless you and pray for the rest of the soldiers killed in action or wounded or still over there fighting to keep us safe. God bless America.”

SGT Tull's funeral was held at Faith Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Iowa. It was attended by hundreds of people including family, friends, and fellow soldiers. Law enforcement officers from each of the Pocahontas County law enforcement agencies stood watch outside of the church. A sign in front of the church read, “SGT Greg Tull, The Go-To Guy.” SGT Tull was buried at the Indian Mound Cemetery, south of Humboldt

SGT Tull is survived by his parents, Gary and Eileen Tull; his brother, Bryan Tull; his grandparents, Bill and Janet Velau and Erland and Phyllis Nelson.

SGT Tull was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Mississippi Medal of Valor.

SGT Tull demonstrated courage and bravery while proudly serving our nation. His sacrifice will always be remembered. ____________________



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