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IN MEMORY – SERGEANT SAMEER A.M. RATEB, US ARMY
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“MAY YOU REST IN PEACE – WE WILL HONOR YOU THIS MEMORIAL DAY” 

In memory OF our latest loss -  patriotic member of our community who LOST HIS LIFE in Iraq on May 5th, 2007:  Sgt Sameer A. M. Rateb (age 22) - The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Sgt. Sameer A. M. Rateb, 22, of Absecon, N.J., died May 5 at Forward Operating Base Summerall in Bayji, Iraq, from injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.His death is under investigation.  Rateb was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Soldier from Brigantine dies in Iraq

By LYNDA COHEN Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Sameer A.M. Rateb. Rateb, a 22-year-old soldier from Brigantine, N.J. based in North Carolina, died Sunday, May 5, 2007, in Iraq from injuries he sustained during a non-combat related incident, the Department of Defense said. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

BRIGANTINE, N.J. — Mohamed Rateb had his vacation planned.  He was going to travel from his Brigantine home to South Carolina to meet his son, a paratrooper who would be on leave from Iraq starting Tuesday.  “Unfortunately, that never materialized,” Rateb said. 

His son, Sgt. Sameer Rateb, 22, died Sunday from noncombat related causes in Bayji, Iraq, while serving at Forward Operating Base Summerall in Bayji. His death is under investigation.  

“He joined the Army for all the right reasons,” Mohamed Rateb said of his son. “He felt very strongly about what he was doing.”  In fact, the three-year veteran had just re-enlisted for five more years.  “He enjoyed it,” his father said of Sameer's service. “He was proud of it.”  Rateb was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.

                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

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