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By Mar-Vic Cagurangan

HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Variety, Oct. 19) - Another Guam-born soldier has been killed in the Middle East, bringing to six the total number of Micronesian natives who have become war casualties since Operation Iraq Freedom began.

Army Specialist Jonathan Santos died from injuries suffered in an attack on his vehicle in Iraq Oct. 15, according to the Associated Press.

The news of Santos’s death came while Guam is still mourning the death of Ferdinand Ibabao, who was killed in an explosion in the Green Zone in Baghdad on Oct. 14. Ibabao’s remains are expected to arrive on island this week.

According to AP, Santos was injured when an explosion rocked his vehicle during combat operations.

"He didn’t make it to the hospital," AP quoted Santos’s mother, Doris Kent, as saying.

Santos, of Bellington, was a linguist with the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion based out of Fort Bragg, NC.

Santos attended Harry S. Truman Elementary in Santa Rita and Oceanview Middle School in Agat. Santos’s father, Leslie Santos, also serves in the military.

"It is a trying time for our community as we mourn yet another tragedy in Iraq," Gov. Felix P. Camacho said in a press statement.

The governor urged the community to pray for the Santos family and "continue to keep in our thoughts and prayers all the men and women from Guam serving in Iraq."

October 19, 2004

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