A native of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Lt. Col. Galea'i is survived by his wife, Evelyn Ho Ching Galea’i, and their four children.
The death of Lt. Col. Galea’i brings the total number of Samoan soldiers killed in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars since 2003 to 17: 14 in Iraq and 3 in Afghanistan.
"It reminds us of the sacrifices being made everyday. It's a very sad day for us as a family." Simon Sanchez, Cousin.
Lt. Col. Galea’i's service awards include two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and five Meritorious Service Medals.
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