CULLERS, SSG Ari
SSG Ari Richard Cullers, age 28, of Waterford, died October 30, 2011 in Afghanistan due to injuries received. He was born in New London on March 30, 1983. He attended Clark Lane Middle School and graduated from Waterford High School in 2001. After high school he enlisted in the United States Army and was soon to finish his second enlistment. Sgt. Cullers earned the following awards while in the Army: Bronze Star Medal, Posthumous; Purple Heart, Posthumous; Arm Commendation Medal, 2, Pending, Posthumous; Army Achievement Medal, 4; Army Good Conduct Medal, 4; Army Good Conduct Medal, 2; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, 3; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon, 3; NATO Medal; Combat Action Badge Driver and Mechanic Badge Bar, Driver-W (for wheeled vehicles); Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge Bar, Weapon: Rifle . Right Side Awards included the Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) and the Overseas Service Bar, 3. He is survived by his mother Robin E. Cornele of Waterford, his step-father Tim Forsyth, SFC Retired ARNG); his brother Jacob Cullers of Waterford who served in the Air Force from 2005 until 2009 and served seven month at Camp Bucca in Iraq. He is also survived by four uncles, Daniel Colman of Niantic, Kimball Poletti of Salem, Shawn Cornele of New Haven, Jeffery Epperson of Florida; four aunts, Carol Coleman of New London, Pamela Coleman of Waterford, Kathy Coleman of New London and Patricia Burt of Norwich. He was predeceased by his grandmother Madeline Epperson.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, (November 10, 2011), at Camp Niantic. A service will be conducted at 3 p.m. By Rev. Joseph Castaldi. Interment will be private in St. Mary Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarrior.org). The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London, is assisting the family and invites you to visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com for directions or to leave a condolence message for Sgt. Cullers' family.