Statements and Speeches

In Memorium of Specialist Prince Koa Teewia

Statement in the Congressional Record

Jan 31 2006

I would like to set aside a few moments today to reflect on the life of Spc. Prince Koa Teewia.
Prince epitomized the best of our country’s brave men and women who fought to free Iraq and to secure a new democracy in the Middle East. He exhibited unwavering courage, dutiful service to his adopted country, and above all else, honor. In the way he lived his life – and how we remember him – Prince reminds each of us how good we can be.
Born in Liberia in 1979, Prince was separated from his mother when she visited the United States, and civil war broke out in her native country. Due to security concerns, she was not allowed to return to her homeland to be with her children. After his father fled the war-torn region in 1990, Prince stayed with an aunt and eventually found refuge in neighboring Sierra Leone. One by one, his mother managed to find ways for her eldest sons to join her in the United States. Prince was finally reunited with his parents when he moved to Durham, North Carolina, in 1998 to live with friends and relatives. Shortly after his return, his parents moved to Delaware in the hopes of finding better-paying employment. Prince stayed behind in North Carolina with the hopes of furthering his education and to enroll in classes at North Carolina Central University.
Prince Teewia had always wanted to join the military of his adopted homeland and, in 2004, he signed up for the 101st Airborne Division, based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He had been deployed in Iraq for less than a month when he was killed on December 29, 2005 by a roadside bomb that detonated next to the Humvee he was riding in.
Spc. Teewia was granted full status as a U.S. citizen shortly after his death. This distinction was bestowed upon him because of his honorable service in the armed forces and his willingness to pay the ultimate cost while performing his duty in Iraq.
Prince was laid to rest with full military honors in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Delaware, on January 13, 2006. He is survived by his parents John and Rebecca, his maternal grandparents, as well as eight brothers and six sisters. I rise today to commemorate Prince, to celebrate his life, and to offer his family our support and our deepest sympathy on their tragic loss.