About: MSgt Tuputala (Tala) Paulo
Tuputala “Tala” Sefo Paulo was born on July 12th 1965 in Leone, American Samoa to his parents Tauilili and Samalaulu Paulo. He passed away in his home, in Oceanside, on May 6th 2022. Tala was a loving husband to Tini Paulo. Together they had six children: Tialani, Tuputala Joseph, Timoteo, Tatiana, Taralina and the youngest Jimmy Joseph. And was a grandfather to three grandchildren: Jerenimo, Ace, and Aubri.
Tuputala joined the United States Marine Corps September 29th, 1986.
He retired on October 31st, 2012, serving 26yrs. He served as a Drill Instructor for two years and moved to Assault Amphibian Vehicle in 1st LAR BN for duration of his time. Being in the Military, Tala traveled around to different countries like Okinawa, Japan, earning numerous medals and awards for his good service. He served in the:
Gulf War (8/1990-2/1991)
Operation Iraqi Freedom-Iraq (3/2006-10/2006)
Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan (5/2010-11/2010 & 01/2012-05/2012)
During retirement Tala gave his time to his church, Mission San Luis Rey Parish. He always showed his deep faith in God and his profound love for the Catholic Church. And he was willing to put this faith into action. His Samoan background did not keep him only active in the Samoan community. Rather, he was willing to serve as a bridge, connecting the diverse backgrounds of our parish community. In doing so Tala served as a member of the Samoan Choir, Pastoral Council, Knights of Columbus, Usher Ministry, and so much more.
Tala made an impact on everyone he met. His humility, devotion, and the sacrifices he made molded him into the person he was. Tala’s presence is deeply missed but his legacy will carry on through his family and those in whom he has touched.