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- Capt. Leafaina Olive Tavai Yahn

First Samoan to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY (1989). Currently stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. From the Gataivai, American Samoa. Parents: the late High Chief Atiumaletavai Kaleopa and Lauolive.

- Capt. Dave Keleti, S3, 442nd Infantry Battalion, Honolulu, Hawaii.

- Capt. Fasimoli Fosi, S3, 442nd Infantry Battalion

- 2LT Hugo Afamasaga, S2, 442nd Infantry Battalion, Honolulu, Hawaii.

- 2LT Nina Guadalupe Salazar, U.S. Air Force

First Samoan woman to graduate from Air Force aviation training a certified B-52 bomber navigator.

- Lt. Colonel Mapu Jamias, U.S. Army

- Lt. Colonel Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford, U.S. Army

The first Samoan woman to achieve such rank. She and her family are stationed in San Antonio (Ft. Sam). She is from the villages of Faleasao and Masausi and is married to David Langford of Fagatogo. They have 6 children...

- Lt. Fighter Pilot Toa'ale Suiava Mulitauaopele, U.S. Navy

He is the first Samoan-American to graduate from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

He currently flies the Sikorsky HH-60A, commonly know as the H-60.

- Major Stanley Snow, U.S. Air Force

He was the first Fighter pilot in the Armed Forces that was Samoan. He currently is in the National Guard and also is a commercial pilot for United Airlines in Hawaii. Major Snow flew the A-10, F-15, and F-16 Fighter jets.


- CW05 Liuato Tuitele, U.S. Army(Ret.)

- CWO4 Maligi Nua, U.S. Navy(Ret.)

Served for 24 years spending his career in Administrative Services in various ports of the world such as the Philippines, California, Hawaii & Washington D.C. He has been the assistant to Captains of Carriers such as the USS Enterprise. Throughout his career he has managed to stay very active in Church activities & has always been a well respected church member at the various Churches he was a member in, because of the traveling required of his career. He has always served as an officer for the various Church groups & has works diligently to keep the church actively working together. He has a passion for the youth & encourages the young people of today that they can accomplish anything with faith in God & faith in themselves. He is now in retirement serving the Lord as the President of South Bay Church in Carson, California.


- Command Sergeant Major Peseta Fue, U.S. Marine Corps.(Ret.)

- Command Sergeant Major Gaoteote Palaie, U.S. Army(Ret.)

- Command Sergeant Major Ve'ave'a Semo, U.S. Army(Ret.)

- Command Sergeant Major Falaniko Ioakimo, U.S. Army

- Command Sergeant Major Iuniasolua Savusa, U.S. Army

He has been selected as Post Command Sergeant Major for the United States Army Southern European Task Force (Airborne) in Italy.

- Sergeant Major Reupena F. Togia.

He retired from the US Army as a sergeant major after more than 20 years in the Army. He was the head of the Transportation units in several countries including Italy, Korea and Germany, as well as in the US, in places such as Fort Eustis, VA; Fort Polk, LA; and Fort Ord, CA.

- Sergeant Major Filipo Lokeni Ilaoa, U.S. Marine Corps., (Ret.)

Filipo Ilaoa, from Leone village, was Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii with jurisdiction over a community of 15,000 people.

- Sergeant Major Tunu I. Tupuola, U.S. Marine Corps., (Ret.)

Tunu Tupuola, from Leone, was Sergeant Major of the 3rd Marine Regiment in the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe where he commanded about 4,000 marines.

- Sergeant Major Tusipasi Suiaunoa, U.S. Marine Corps., (Ret.)

Tusipasi Suiaunoa, from Fagasa village, was Sergeant Major of Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Pacific at Camp Smith, where he commanded 2,000 marines that make up the Corps' largest deployable headquarters element.