Based: San Bruno
Headquarters Company, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: July 2, 2007
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care, USA
Hometown: Yorba Linda
Apineru, died on July 2, 2007, at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, where he was being treated for traumatic brain injuries suffered May 15, 2005, when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee in Anbar province, west of Baghdad.
They called him the mayor of the hospital....If a new soldier moved into the hospital, my brother would make sure he was comfortable, like he worked there....He was speaking on behalf of injured soldiers and comforting them and their family. He didn't care about himself.
— Selemaea Apineru, brother, on Apineru's stay at a Veterans Affairs hospital
i want to show how sorry i am to hear abt this great loss, i know a little bit abt this family when their parents were a minister at vaipu'a, my mom's from there but also i went to school in samoa with liki.Read more about Marine Reserve, Staff SergeantFaoa L. Apineru here, here and here.
may the loving father in heaven help the family in this time of need!
— pule leota!
September 10, 2008 at 2:30 a.m.