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By Dionesis Tamondong

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 22) – Richard Aguon Naputi Jr., 24, of Talofofo has become the 11th son of Micronesia to die in the current war on Iraq.

Tim Naputi, Richard Naputi's uncle, said the family received word of his nephew's death yesterday afternoon from military officials.

Citing information from the military officials, Tim Naputi said his nephew, who was on active duty in the Army, died while in combat. Information on his rank and unit were unavailable as of press time.

Richard Naputi was sent to a medical facility but died of his injuries, his uncle said. The location of the area of combat also was not available as of press time.

Richard Naputi is survived by his wife, Brianne Naputi, 22, of Talofofo. His parents are Richard Naputi Sr. and Elena Naputi of Talofofo.

Friends and family, including Tim Naputi, gathered last night at the wife's family's home for rosary prayers, which will continue nightly at 8. However, the location of tonight's rosary has yet to be announced.

Just last month, two soldiers from Saipan, Derence Jack, 31, and Wilgene Lieto, were killed ina roadside bombing in Iraq.

The other sons of Micronesia who have died in Iraq are: Army Spc. Christopher Jude Rivera Wesley; Army 1st Lt. Michael Aguon Vega; Army Sgt. Yihjyh Lang Chen; Marine Cpl. JayGee Meluat; Army Sgt. Skipper Soram; Ferdinand Ibabao; Army Spc. Jonathan Pangelinan Santos; and Staff Sgt. Steven Bayow.

December 22, 2005

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