Monday, July 09, 2007

Faoa "AP" Apineru reported to have succumbed to Iraq injury

Another Samoan soldier has died from injuries he sustained while on duty in Iraq.

31 year old Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Faoa "AP" Apineru, died from head injuries he suffered during his tour in Iraq two years ago.

Faoa, died at Palo Alto Veterans Hospital where he was undergoing therapy for traumatic brain injury.

An improvised explosive device exploded near him during a road-clearing mission in Iraq in May 2005.

Faoa was born in American Samoa, when his parents were serving as mnisters of the Methodist Church in Fagatogo.

The family relocated to Samoa for service to the church and Faoa attended school there.

He is the youngest of three children.

From Radio New Zealand