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Soldier killed in Iraq
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An American-Samoa native assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division was killed in Iraq Wednesday, according to a statement released Thursday by the Department of Defense.
An improvised explosive device took the life of 29-year-old Sgt. Lui Tumanuvao during combat operations in Arab Jabour on Nov. 7.
The infantryman was a member of the division’s 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Tumanuvao’s father, Kelekolio Tumanuvao, told Pacific Magazine his son was a brother, husband and father who will surely be missed.
“It’s a very sad day for us,” he said. “My son was a very quiet and kind person.”
His father said Tumanuvao was an Army Reservist who worked with local emergency medical services in Fagaalu, American Samoa.
He was deployed to Iraq in late 2004 and returned home in January 2006.
Tumanuvao decided to become part of the active duty Army after redeploying and arrived at Fort Stewart in April 2006. He was deployed to Iraq again in May of this year.
The soldier is survived by his wife, Selia, and their two young children, his parents Kelekolio and Monica and siblings.
The funeral services for Tumanuvao are on hold.
His family said they want the soldier’s remains to return home for burial before the end of November.
Based on a Nov. 9 DoD casualty report, 3,857 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003.
Fifteen soldiers have lost lives since the beginning of November, according to data provided by researchers with, a Web site tracking troop deaths in Iraq.
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