Monday, December 08, 2008

4209 - updated with names - updated with photos

Latest Coalition Fatalities

DoD Identifies Army Casualties (2 of 2)
Sgt. John J. Savage, 26, of Weatherford, Texas. He was assigned to the 103rd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Company, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo...Died from wounds suffered from an IED Dec. 4 in Mosul, Iraq.

Known to family and friends as "JJ," Sgt. Savage and SSgt Sam were just 50 feet from their base when their armored vehicle was broadsided by an SUV which exploded, according to the Weatherford Democrat.

Six years a soldier, Sgt. Savage had been on his second tour in Iraq for more than a year and was four days away from coming home. With two years left of his service, he wanted to transfer to Ft. Hood to be nearer his family and start an automotive business with his father, John Savage. As a soldier, he was following in his grandfather’s footsteps and was fulfilling a life long dream of serving his country. According to the Weatherford Democrat his father said he cherished a compass and flashlight that had beloned to his grandfather, who retired after 20 years as an Army Master Sergeant.

DoD Identifies Army Casualties (1 of 2)
Staff Sgt. Solomon T. Sam, 31, of Majuro, Marshall Islands. He was assigned to the 523rd Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii...died from wounds suffered from an IED Dec. 4 in Mosul, Iraq.

Known as "La-Bai," SSgt Sam enlisted in the U.S. Army eight years ago. He had been redeployed to Iraq last month with the 523RD Horizontal Construction CO, 84th ECB, out of Scholfield, Hawaii.
On Sunday his wife Bwilla was notified of his death, making him the first service member from the Republic of the Marshall Islands to give his life in Iraq. ~ Source

He was father to three young children, who he referred to as "the other half of me" on his Bebo page. That’s where you’ll find pictures of them as well as photos of his time in Iraq. In his profile his answer to the question "Happiest When" is "With my wife and kids."

In addition to his wife and children, SSgt Sam is survived by his parents, Reverend Harry and Teaoi Sam of Springdale, Arkansas, where Rev. Sam is senior pastor at a Marshallese church.

Photos and italicized text courtesy of IGTNT

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

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