December 9, 2008 (Excerpt Yokwe Online) – The Marshall Islands has lost whom is believed to be its first casualty in the War on Terror. On December 4, 2008, U.S. Army Sergeant Solomon T. Sam, was killed in action in Iraq. It has been reported that his vehicle was hit in a suicidal bomb attack, with a Vehicle Born Improvise Explosive Device (VBIED).
Sgt. Sam, who redeployed to Iraq last month, first enlisted in the U.S. Armed Services on Majuro, during October 2000. He served with the 523RD Horizontal Construction CO, 84th ECB, out of Schofield, Hawaii. He is survived by his wife and three children as well as his parents.
According to word received from the Department of Defense, SSG Sam's remains and military escort will arrive at the Honolulu International Airport on Thursday, December 18, at 9:10pm via commercial aircraft. Plane side honors and services are scheduled to be rendered upon arrival of the aircraft.
Funeral services for SSG Solomon Sam are scheduled for Friday, December 19 at the First Samoan MLG Church, on 47-140 Kahau Street in Waianae, Hawaii. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery, Lyman Road, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
The Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs remembers and honors the men and women of the insular areas who offer up the ultimate sacrifice in the War on Terror and recognizes all who currently serve in the United States Armed Forces.
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