AMERICAN SAMOA SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 14) – The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that Sergeant First Class Michael Fuga of American Samoa was killed during an encounter with enemy forces in Kandahar in Afghanistan earlier this week.

Sergeant Fuga was with the National Guard’s 35th Special Troops Battalion from Kansas City.

The 47 year old is the ninth soldier of Samoan ancestry to died in the Middle East war, though he is the first killed in Afghanistan.

September 15, 2006

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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