SA ATUATASI JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 27W, LINE 61 OF THE WALL

SA ATUATASI JR

WALL NAME

SA ATUATASI JR

PANEL / LINE

27W/61

DATE OF BIRTH

11/27/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/12/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WILMINGTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Los Angeles County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR SA ATUATASI JR
POSTED ON 9.5.2019

Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

On April 12, 1969, an Aero Rifle Platoon (ARP) from B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, were set up in a hilltop night defensive position near Hue in Quang Tri Province, when an 8” artillery shell directed at the enemy landed near their position. When initially reported to the S-2-3 Section of 2/17th Cavalry at 5:00 PM, two ARP troopers were dead and another five wounded. They were evacuated to the 18th Surgical Hospital where two of the wounded expired. The four lost ARP personnel included CPL Sa Atuatasi Jr., SGT Felix A. Calderon, SGT Donald G. Respecki, and SP4 Frank E. Timian. Reportedly, the errant round was directed at their position by a Forward Observer who made a 4000-yard mistake while calling in fire support for another unit. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, Daily Staff Journal, 2/17 Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, Camp Eagle for April 12, 1969, and the book “Amicicide: The Problem of Friendly Fire in Modern War” by LTC Charles R. Shrader]
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POSTED ON 10.9.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CORPORAL ATUATASI,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT. FRIENDLY FIRE IS A MISNOMER. REST IN PEACE. IT IS COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND. AMERICA CARES. YOU MATTER.
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POSTED ON 4.2.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Sa Atuatasi Jr, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.20.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Sa is buried at Green Hills Memorial Park, San Pedro,CA. BSM PH
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POSTED ON 7.7.2004
POSTED BY: Chris Spencer

NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
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