Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM Mourns Death of Soldiers

Palikir, POHNPEI (Foreign Affairs/FSM Information Service): October 17, 2006 - "The FSM mourns the tragic loss of two of its brave citizens in the Us Armed Forces. Private First Class Glendon H. Nery, of Ulithi, Yap State and Private First Class Henry Paul, of Pohnpei State joined the US Army because they believed in the principles of freedom and democracy. They will be remembered for their honorable actions, bravery and courage to bring the values that they believed in to the rest of the world.

The untimely death of PFC Nery and PFC Paul are losses for all the FSM, and our hearts and sincerest condolences go out to their families, loved ones and to all those who knew and loved them. As these two brave sons of the FSM are laid to rest, we are proud to remember them as two of our nation's fallen heroes."

PFC Glendon H. Nery, 23, was laid to rest in Ulithi, Yap on October 4, 2006. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and sustained serious bleeding before his untimely passing on September 23, 2006 in Fort Hood, Texas.

PFC Henry Paul, 24, was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in March 2006, where he died in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom, on September 26, 2006 of injuries after the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle he was riding in rolled over while maneuvering. He was laid to rest in Kolonia, Pohnpei on October 11, 2006.

According to the US Department of Defense and US Embassy in Kolonia, both deaths are under further investigation.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356