The Barbieri Family Of Gaithersburg, MdThomas “T.J.” Barbieri, A Paratrooper With The 82nd Airborne

Family Of Fallen Soldier Builds Vintage Motorcycle In His Honor Article The United States Army

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The Barbieri family of Gaithersburg, Md., built this replica of a World War II era Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle in honor of Spc. Thomas "T.J." Barbieri, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in Iraq.
Family Of Fallen Soldier Builds Vintage Motorcycle In His Honor Article The United States Army

The Barbieri family of Gaithersburg, Md., built this replica of a World War II era Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle in honor of Spc. Thomas "T.J." Barbieri, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, who was killed in Iraq.
This photos shows Spc. Thomas "T.J." Barbieri II during a quiet moment of his 2005 deployment to Afghanistan. Barbieri was killed during a subsequent deployment to Iraq in 2006. His family recently paid tribute to him by building a replica WWII Army.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Thomas Barbieri loves it when people ask him about the World War II replica motorcycle he built, because it gives him a chance to talk about his son, T.J. Barbieri and his sons Stephen, Matt, and David painstakingly assembled the bike over nine months as a way to pay tribute to the second oldest Barbieri boy, T.J., who was killed in Iraq in August, 2006, at the age of 24. "When you lose someone, you always want to tell their story," Barbieri said. "When people see the bike, they start asking questions and I get to tell them about T.J." From an early age, Thomas J. "T.J." Barbieri was always interested in military history, his father said. That interest eventually led him to enlist in the Army and become a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. At the time of his death, he was a Specialist with the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Being a Soldier was something he loved doing, said his father. "He considered (his unit) a second family," Thomas Barbieri said. T.J.

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