Tung M.-Nguyen-Obituary

Sgt. 1st Class Tung M. Nguyen

Tracy, California


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Julie Condon was swimming in the Stanislaus River when her legs became numb after misjudging a cliff dive in Caswell Memorial State Park. In a flash, Tung M. Nguyen was there. "It was automatic _ he didn't even think about it. He was in the water swimming toward her before we realized what had happened," said Condon's mother, Nancy Perata. "He was one of the most responsible teenagers I ever knew." Nguyen, 38, of Tracy, Calif., died Nov. 14 in Baghdad from a gunshot wound. He was a 1986 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Bragg. The Vietnam-born soldier honed his body by running and working out, and he took an interest in weapons. "We used to hunt pheasant and quail," said Jim Cracraft, a foster brother. "He was an awesome shot." Nguyen first served a three-year stint in the Army, then served with the Army Reserve. Returning to active duty in 1991, he earned the coveted Green Beret in 1993 served as a communications sergeant and an intelligence officer. In 2003, Nguyen became an instructor at Fort Bragg, preparing Special Forces soldiers for the rigors of combat. He is survived by his wife, Marcia.

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As Memorial Day approaches again this year, I recall a American hero. Gone but not forgotten. Rest in Peace

November 14, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Tung M. Nguyen:
Please accept my remembrance of Tung on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.

To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Tung M. Nguyen:
Remembering Tung on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
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In Memory of Tung ~ (Debra Estep)

Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about...

To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Tung M. Nguyen:
Tung gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"

You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt 1st Class Nguyen!

I Love this man. He is my hero and our country's hero.

I knew Tung when we were young. We worked together in a small store called Parker market in Tracy. Tung as I remember him was an upstanding young man. I recall he and I once went to a reservoir not far from Tracy on his motorcycle. He was the type person that would help you if he was able. I regret that he and I did not stay in touch. I admired him then, and I admire him more now. Tung was an American hero. Rest in Peace.

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