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Friday, April 18, 2014

US honors fallen soldier from Kosrae

U.S. Army Sgt. Sapuro Brightley Nena’s mother and wife receives the American flag during the fallen soldier’s burial. Inset, U.S. Army Sgt. Sapuro Brightley Nena.  (Contributed Photos) U.S. Army Sgt. Sapuro Brightley Nena, 25, was a Federated States of Micronesia citizen killed in action while manning his observation post last Sept. 16 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. His body was flown to Kosrae on a military transport plane along with a Military Honor Guard from Fort Lewis, Washington.

The funeral and memorial service were held last Oct. 8. The memorial service was held in the Moses T. Mackwelung Gymnasium. Speakers at the memorial service included the U.S. Ambassador to FSM Doria Rosen, FSM Vice President Alik Alik, Kosrae Gov. Lyndon Jackson, and the Deputy Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division, Brigadier General Billy Don Farris.

After the memorial service his body was transported to his family’s cemetery for burial. The service was held with full military honors.

Sgt. Nena was born in Kosrae and educated in Hawaii. His last four years were in the U.S. Army where he was stationed at Fort Lewis with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his second deployment to a combat arena. His first was in Iraq.

Sgt. Nena was a highly decorated soldier. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (twice), Army Achievement Medal (twice), Meritorious Unit Citation (twice), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Driver’s Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Sherlyn Nena, and his mother, Mary Ann Nena. (PR)

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