American Samoa Family Mourns Toa SSGT Gandy; Arlington Burial Planned
American Samoa (November 29, 2010) - A memorial mass for fallen Toa o Samoa, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Loleni William Gandy was held early yesterday evening at the Catholic Church in Ili'ili in American Samoa. Thirty-six year old Staff Sergeant Loleni William Gandy died November 19, 2010 in Balad, Iraq of a non-combat related incident. U.S. Army spokesperson Capt. Michael Meyer described the incident as a "medical" issue. Gandy had been on his second tour to Iraq, assigned to the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of Des Moines, Iowa, under Operation New Dawn, whose focus was to train, assist and equip Iraqi Security Forces. His first deployment to Iraq had been with the Army's 411th Engineer Battalion as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom on January 5, 2004.