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Spc. Farao K. Letufuga

Army Spc. Farao K. Letufuga, 20, of Pago Pago, American Samoa; assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died after falling from the top of a building while he was performing guard duty Aug. 5 in Mosul, Iraq.

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Body of soldier from American Samoa heading home

Associated Press

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — The body of a soldier from American Samoa who died in Iraq was scheduled to arrive in the U.S. territory on Thursday.

Army Spc. Farao Kevin Letufuga’s body was to be transported from Dover, Del., to Honolulu before the last leg of the journey aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight, Eni Faleomavaega, American Samoa’s congressional delegate, said Wednesday from Washington.

Faleomavaega said he, Army Sgt. Maj. Iuniasolua Savusa of American Samoa and an Army escort will accompanied the body.

Letufuga, 20, of Pago Pago, was killed Aug. 5 when he fell from a roof while on guard duty in Mosul, Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.

Letufuga’s mother, Siniva Letufuga, said she last spoke with her son during a telephone call July 24.

“I told him to always remember God and always pray during his tour of duty,” she said.

Letufuga left Pago Pago the night of Sept. 10, 2001, the eve of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to join the Army, his mother said.

Letufuga was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., where he arrived in March 2002.

Casualties mount in Iraq
101st soldier falls to death

From staff reports editor@kentuckynewera.com

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- A soldier who fatally fell from a rooftop Tuesday while performing guard duty in Mosul was identified Thursday as a 101st Airborne Division soldier from American Samoa.

Spc. Farao K. Letufuga, 20, was assigned to the division's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment.

Letufuga, from Pago Pago, American Samoa, entered the Army in September 2001 and arrived at Fort Campbell in March 2002.

Letufuga, who was single, is survived by his mother and father, both of Pago Pago.

Eighteen soldiers from the Fort Campbell-based air assault division have died while participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom since the division deployed in February to Iraq.

The Army has not released what date Letufuga's body will be brought to the United States.

His death remains under investigation.