Big Mike Kalua
This online memorial was created in loving memory of
Michael Archer Kalua,
whose life story is told throughout this memorial website.
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FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - Michael Archer Kalua, 62, of 2686 Rivercliff Road, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010.
He served 20 years in the U.S. Army as a communications sergeant in Special Forces and Special Operations units. During his career, he completed tours in Vietnam, Panama, was an original communications specialist of Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta, and communications specialist for the Intelligence Support Activity. He participated in many operational and humanitarian missions around the world. Most notably, he was a team member in the Iranian hostage rescue mission in 1980.
As a civilian, he worked for the State Department, Robin Sage exercises, and most recently as an 18E instructor in Special Forces Qualifications Course. As KZ5MK, WA4YRD and N4LJR, he enjoyed amateur radio and participated in many annual Field Day exercises.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Williams Kalua of Fayetteville; daughters, Kaleiokalani Diehl (Eric) of Manassas, VA; Malia Allen (Robert) of Fayetteville, NC; son, Michael Kalua Jr. (Elizabeth) of Fayetteville, NC; a brother, Dennison Kalua of Kaneohe, HI; sisters, Jacqueline Keliihoomalu of Hauula, HI; Nania Welch of Waimanalo, HI; Jocelyn Frye (Bill) of Kaneohe, HI; and Nancy Kamanu of Kaneohe, HI; and Esther Watson of Waianae, HI; six grandchildren, Lilia and Ke'alohi Diehl; Molly and Emily Kalua; and Kainoa and P.K. Allen.
In addition to his parents and aunt and uncle, he was preceded in death by brothers, Isaac Kalua Jr., and Patrick Kalua; sisters, Carnation Colleado, Macine Kalihi, and Sweetheart Harris.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in the name of Michael A. Kalua to Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or at the Wounded Warrior Project.