Sgt. Lui Tumanuvao (born January 27, 1978 of Fagaalu, American Samoa – died Nov. 7, 2007, Iraq) was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart in Georgia.
Tumanuvao graduated from Marist High School in 1994. He went on to study at American Samoa Community College (ASCC) and had worked at the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Tumanuvao died died November 7, 2007 in Arab Jabour, Iraq while supporting combat operations. He is survived by his wife Selia and their two young children.
Tumanuvao was a local Army reservist with the Bravo and Charlie companies, who was deployed to Iraq in late 2004 and returned to American Samoa in January 2006. During the Iraq deployment, the Bravo and Charlie companies were part of the Hawaii-based 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry.
After his return from Iraq, Tumanuvao decided to become part of the active duty Army in May 2006 and left American Samoa for Fort Stewart, Georgia in July that year. He was deployed to Iraq in May in 2007.
Highlights & Awards:
(some medals were awarded posthumously)
- Bronze Star Medal
- Purple Heart
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Iraq Campaign Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Army Service Ribbon
- Overseas Service Ribbon
- Combat Infantryman Badge
- Weapons Qualification Badge
- Certified Rifle Expert
Source – Military Times, FindAGrave