Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Farao K Letufuga

Pago Pago, American Samoa

August 5, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
20 Army Spc

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Mosul, Iraq. Letufuga fatally fell from the top of a building while he was performing guard duty.
August 8, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [United States Congress]

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. ARMY NOTIFIES FALEOMAVAEGA ABOUT THE PASSING OF SPECIALIST FARAO KEVIN LETUFUGA

Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that he received the sad news from the Department of the Army on the passing of Specialist Farao Kevin Letufuga in Iraq. According to the U.S. Army, SPC Letufuga died on August 5, 2003, in Mosul, Iraq when he fell from the top of a building while performing guard duty.

SPC Farao Kevin Letufuga is the son of Mr. Fetineia’i and Siniva Letufuga of Aoloau, American Samoa. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battallion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

“To the best of my knowledge, SPC Farao Letufuga is the first Samoan casualty in the Iraq war. As someone who has served in the military in time of war, I have always been concerned about the lives of our sons and daughters in the military,” said Congressman Faleomavaega.

In a letter to Mr. Fetineia’i and Siniva Letufuga, Faleomavaega wrote the following: 

“It is with great sorrow and sadness that I extend to you and your children as well as the entire family my most heartfelt sympathy and condolences on the passing of your son, Specialist Farao K. Letufuga. You are to be proud of your son. He made the ultimate sacrifice so we may all enjoy freedom and live in peace. He is to be commended for his courage and service to our country. Ia fa’amaise atu le Atua ia te oulua ma le fanau, fa’apea le aiga atoa o lo’o maua i le loto fa’avauvau.”
AP News

Farao K. Letufuga left the Pacific island of American Samoa to join the Army on the eve of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and was based at Fort Campbell when he was sent to Iraq. Letufuga died Aug. 5 when he fell from the roof of a building while on guard duty in Mosul, Iraq.

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