Santurce, Puerto Rico
Wife: Betty Goodman of Clemson, SC
Army Air Force, First Lieutenant
501 Bomb Squadron, 21 Bomb Group
Sep 12, 1918
Mar 12, 1945
Non-Battle Death - Crashed at AAF Alexandria, Louisiana on a training flight.
He was originally buried in Old Stone Church in Clemson but was later reinterred in the Puerto Rico Memorial, Vault 3-B, 4225 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina, PR
First Lt. Valentin Tulla, pilot in the Army Air Corps, and husband of the former Miss Betty Goodman of Clemson, was killed last Saturday at Alexandria, LA, in a plane crash which claimed the lives of ten persons. Twenty-six years old, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Tulla, of Puerto Rico.
Majoring in civil engineering, Lt. Tulla left Clemson in 1942 from the Junior class. He was a pilot on a heavy bomber and his promotion to the rank of first lieutenant came through on Sunday, the day following his death.
At the time this was written, his body was expected to arrive on Thursday night under military escort. Plans were underway for a military funeral, interment to be at the Old Stone Church cemetery. Miss Haydee Tulla, sister of Lt. Tulla who is doing graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, attended the funeral. [Note: 2Lt Tulla's body was later interred in the Puerto Rico Memorial, Carolina, PR.]
Extracted from The Tiger the Clemson student newspaper.
Note: 1Lt Tulla is listed on the Clemson Scroll of Honor as a member of the Class of '44. However, I believe was in the Class of '43. The 1942 Taps shows him as a Junior and the 1941 Taps shows him as a Sophomore. J. David Lyle