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Dan
08-28-2004, 21:44
I got busy with TDY, schools, and work...sorry about not posting this sooner.



Tarlavsky is a Green Beret soldier from Clifton, New Jersey, who was killed in Iraq.

The 30-year-old died when his unit, the First Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group based at Fort Campbell, came under small-arms fire and grenade attack in An Najaf on August 12th.

Tarlavsky was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was married in 2002 and is survived by his wife and infant son.

Tarlavsky's family emigrated from Latvia when Michael was five and settled in New Orleans, then moved to Clifton in 1986. At Clifton High School, he was an Eagle Scout and captain of the school swim team.

He went on to attend Rutgers University on an R-O-T-C scholarship.

The gloomy weather matched the somber reason soldiers and their families gathered at Ft. Campbell on Friday. They were saying goodbye to a fallen hero - 30-year-old Capt. Michael Tarlavsky.

Tarlavsky's commander Ltc. Perry Blackburn said, "The things he did for his country...the ultimate sacrifice cannot be equaled. He was a great American, a great soldier and a great person."

Capt. Tarlavsky was leading Iraqi National Guard soldiers on a door-to-door fight. He was killed trying to seize a building.

"Mike would knock you out of the way to get to the front," said Blackburn.

Capt. Tarlavsky was in danger many times before, in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. He was among the first to enter Iraq when the war first started, always leading the charge. Tarlavsky was first in the door on his last mission, and he sacrificed his own personal safety to help others.

Special Forces CW3 Jeff Kula said, "Sometimes you need someone to motivate the troops and step forward and say, 'Hey, if he's doing it, then I'm going to follow him.'"

Now America has lost another soldier, and a family has lost a husband and father. Capt. Tarlavsky leaves behind his wife and an 11-month-old son. Capt. Micheal Tarlavsky was born in Latvia. His family moved to the United States and made New Jersey their home.

Fellow soldiers remembered a Latvia-born Green Beret killed in Iraq who immigrated to the United States as a young boy as someone who valued life.

Captain Michael Tarlavsky of Clifton, New Jersey, was killed August 12 in Najaf when he and his men came under small arms fire and grenade attack while attempting to seize a building.

During the ceremony, photographs of the 30-year-old Tarlavsky in Korea, Afghanistan, Egypt and Iraq were flashed on the screen. Photos of him with his wife, Tricia, and their 11-month-old son, Joseph, were also shown.

Lieutenant Colonel Perry Blackburn described Tarlavsky as a man of substance

Tarlavsky was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group. He met his wife during a hiking trip in Hawaii. He had immigrated to the United States when he was five, and dreamed growing up of being a soldier.

U.S. Army Capt. Michael Tarlavsky, 30, in this undated photo, was killed Aug. 12, 2004, when his unit came under small arms fire and grenade attack in Najaf, Iraq. Tarlavsky was born in Latvia, and came to the United States in 1980. He was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group based at Fort Campbell. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

rubberneck
08-28-2004, 21:56
RIP,Sir.

Ambush Master
08-28-2004, 22:14
RIP Sir. Prayers out for the family.

The Reaper
08-28-2004, 22:30
I believe I remember the CPT as a student.

RIP Captain. You will be missed.

TR

CPTAUSRET
08-28-2004, 22:48
One of our best and brightest.

Blue skies:

Rest In Peace:

Terry

Footmobile
08-28-2004, 23:04
RIP Sir.

Smokin Joe
08-28-2004, 23:41
RIP Sir!

Radar Rider
08-29-2004, 00:21
Rest In Peace, Sir. God Bless Your Family.

Doc
08-06-2005, 11:21
RIP Sir,

DOL

Doc

Kyobanim
08-06-2005, 12:50
Rest in peace, Captain

jbour13
08-06-2005, 15:54
RIP Sir.

Goggles Pizano
08-07-2005, 11:30
Rest in Peace Sir.

abc_123
08-07-2005, 18:49
RIP

optactical
05-20-2006, 16:38
This is the second post for Mike, and it is much appreciated... as someone who knew him years ago and could appreciate his hard edges and sense of humor I am grateful that he has been honored twice.

He was a great mentor and a good friend, and I will always remember him as the PL who made us do PT in the field.

http://professionalsoldiers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3040

Warrior-Mentor
05-20-2006, 20:16
RIP.

SRGross
05-20-2006, 22:56
RIP In gods hans we submit this soul

Texian
05-21-2006, 00:14
RIP, Warrior.

Trip_Wire (RIP)
05-21-2006, 14:56
RIP CPT

PSM
05-21-2006, 15:07
Rest in peace, Capt. Tarlavsky.

Pat

vsvo
05-21-2006, 16:32
RIP CPT

VVVV
05-22-2006, 07:56
RIP CPT.

aricbcool
05-22-2006, 18:52
RIP CPT...

Hatchetforce
05-23-2006, 10:07
I first met Big Legs when he was the 35 Team Leader. 35 and my Team, 25, had a friendly rivalry as SCUBA guys are wont to do. I got to know him better on the rotational staybehind prior to the war. I sure do miss that guy.

12B4S
05-24-2006, 23:22
Rest in Peace Sir........

aestreet
06-05-2006, 23:08
A great example of a true American.

RIP SIR.

Atilla
02-04-2009, 00:50
RIP sir. I never met Capt Tarlavsky but we were on QRF and on patrol the night he died, as we got the news over the net of his passing we were getting eyes on a weapons storage facility that doubled as a school in the day time. I remember that at the time U.S. forces in the area were all getting tasked with hitting outlying hideout points for Mahdi guys. From what we heard he was one courageous guy and he was desperately trying to lead the Iraqi assets into this building they did not want to go into. We all lost some good guys that month. Capt Tarlavsky example was an inspiration that was used to encourage and motivate many Marines in Najaf. I know this thread is old but I just wanted to let any of you QP's who knew him personally know that his sacrifice meant something to the Marines that were in Najaf at the time and that his memory as well as others were on our mind as we cleared Sadr out of Najaf at the end of that month. God Bless You sir. "He who sheds blood with me will forever me by brother" (I hope no one is offended by my saying that.)

JAB10th
02-04-2009, 04:48
RIP Sir and God Bless

Rogue
02-04-2009, 07:10
Rest in Peace Cpt

SF_BHT
02-04-2009, 07:46
Rest In Peace Sir....

The Reaper
02-04-2009, 08:04
RIP sir. I never met Capt Tarlavsky but we were on QRF and on patrol the night he died, as we got the news over the net of his passing we were getting eyes on a weapons storage facility that doubled as a school in the day time. I remember that at the time U.S. forces in the area were all getting tasked with hitting outlying hideout points for Mahdi guys. From what we heard he was one courageous guy and he was desperately trying to lead the Iraqi assets into this building they did not want to go into. We all lost some good guys that month. Capt Tarlavsky example was an inspiration that was used to encourage and motivate many Marines in Najaf. I know this thread is old but I just wanted to let any of you QP's who knew him personally know that his sacrifice meant something to the Marines that were in Najaf at the time and that his memory as well as others were on our mind as we cleared Sadr out of Najaf at the end of that month. God Bless You sir. "He who sheds blood with me will forever me by brother" (I hope no one is offended by my saying that.)

Thanks for sharing your story.

It does mean something, and we are not offended.

TR

greenberetTFS
02-04-2009, 09:29
RIP,Warrior.............:(

GB TFS

JJ_BPK
02-04-2009, 18:01
Vaya con Dios, Cpt Tarlavsky

Lmmsoat
02-14-2009, 01:44
Cpt Tarlavsky was a great guy. Always had a smile on his face. If you've never had the opportunity to hear about his last moments, from the guys who were there with him, it's a true story of courage. Like the warrior he was, he took the enemy head on. I wasn't there so I won't try to butcher the story. Bottom line is he set the bar for officers behind him to emulate.

Atilla
09-06-2011, 13:52
I haven't posted on this site for a while but I wanted to share that the grenade assault course at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course held this summer (2011) at JBLM, was named in honor of CPT Tarlavsky and that all of the 6000 future and current officers who went through LDAC were given the privilege of hearing about his sacrifice and his life before attempting the course. Not sure if this was previously shared, but I wanted to let you all know he is still doing good work in molding leaders with his memory and example and is still making a difference.

wet dog
09-06-2011, 14:57
Rest easy Warrior, you will not be forgotten, ever.

sitfly36
09-24-2011, 22:32
CPT T was one of my best SFARTAETC Students
He never gave up for anything, I'll always remember
Him!