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fil-american US army specialist Solomon Bangayan buried in hometown today ^ | 1 24 04 | Andy Zapata

Posted on 01/24/2004 12:06:53 PM PST by freepatriot32

HERO’S BURIAL: Gen. John MacDonald, official representative of the US army, hands over the American flag to Helen Therriem, mother of Fil-American US army specialist Solomon Bangayan (inset) who was killed in action in Iraq earlier this month. Bangayan was given the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal as he was buried in his hometown of Sudipen in La Union yesterday.

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1 posted on 01/24/2004 12:06:58 PM PST by freepatriot32
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To: HiJinx; Ragtime Cowgirl
Fallen Hero PING!
2 posted on 01/24/2004 12:10:14 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: *20somethings_list; *An American Soldier; *Asia-Sino-US Watch; *Clash of Civilizatio; ...
3 posted on 01/24/2004 12:14:18 PM PST by freepatriot32 (today it was the victory act tomorrow its victory coffee, victory cigarettes...)
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To: freepatriot32
Very sad. The Filipinos also have so much trouble with Muslim extremists on their own islands, too.
4 posted on 01/24/2004 12:30:18 PM PST by livius
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To: freepatriot32
God Bless our fallen hero Solomon and comfort his family and friends.
5 posted on 01/24/2004 12:54:47 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
Mega dittoes to your Post No. 5!
6 posted on 01/24/2004 2:33:11 PM PST by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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To: SandRat; freepatriot32

Vermont soldier to be buried in Philippines

Associated Press

JAY, Vt. — A Vermont couple’s son who was killed while fighting in Iraq will be buried with military honors in his native Philippines.

Army Specialist Solomon Bangayan, 24, was killed Jan. 2 when the convoy he was in was ambushed.

Bangayan moved to Vermont after living for 21 years in the Philippines. He lived in the town of Jay briefly with his mother, Helen, stepfather, Victor Therrien, and younger sister, Hilda. He obtained a permanent residency visa, and shortly after joined the Army.

“We were just so proud of him coming from the Philippines for just a short time and wanting to serve the United States,” said Victor Therrien. “Coming from another country, he appreciated what we have here.”

Army officials said Bangayan was killed by a major blow to the head. Therrien said Bangayan had visited them in Vermont for Thanksgiving and warned as he was leaving for Iraq that he might not be back.

“He said he really didn’t want to go. He said he may not come back,” Therrien said.

Friends and family said Bangayan wanted to go to nursing school and had been just weeks away from finishing his military service.

“He came back for a visit,” his mother told WCAX-TV. “He said his term will be ended. But unfortunately he is ... he is my hero.”

The family said Bangayan’s mother and sister would be flown to the Philippines for his funeral.     

Army Spc. Solomon Bangayan

Army Spc. Solomon Bangayan, 24, of the Philippines, is shown in an undated family photo.
Bangayan was killed Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, in Iraq when the convoy he was in was ambushed south of Baghdad.
AP Photo/Family handout via WCAX-

7 posted on 01/24/2004 3:50:49 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ("The chapter of Iraq's history - Saddam Hussein's reign of terror - is now closed." Lt. Gen. Sanchez)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thank you for your sacrifice and for protecting my family Spc. Solomon Bangayan. You will be remembered here on FreeRepublic.
Prayers to the family...BTTT.
8 posted on 01/24/2004 6:07:26 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
Soldier ping
9 posted on 01/24/2004 6:08:51 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: freepatriot32
May God have mercy on his soul. And may he in his infinite mercy help this family in their time of grief. In Jesus's holy name we pray. Amen.
10 posted on 01/24/2004 6:11:42 PM PST by RiflemanSharpe (An American for a more socially and fiscally conservation America!)
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To: freepatriot32

It is an honor to have the namesake of this man as one who has died to protect me and my family's freedom. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Mercy Bangayan Grino

11 posted on 09/14/2004 2:30:03 PM PDT by mbangayan-grino
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