Army Staff Sergeant Visala Tui joined the military out of American Samoa in 1996 as a Reservist, and transferred to Active Service a year later. Staff Sergeant Tui proudly served the country for 14 and 1/2 years. He served with HHC, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment (Wolfhounds), 3rd Brigade (Broncos), and the 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning).
United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Rafael Arias Fernandez was severely injured in Iraq on April 14, 2003. While on security duty for a supply convoy advancing toward Bagh- dad, his unit was ambushed by enemy forces. The ambush consisted of small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). He was wounded when the unit sustained a secondary blast from two simultaneously RPGs.