My brother had the honor of serving with Spc. Segun Frederick Akintade in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Akintade served in the Army National Guard to help pay for college and when his unit (2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, based in Utica, NY) was called to go to Iraq he went willingly. He was killed on October 28, 2004 by a roadside bomb and small arms fire in Abd Allah, Iraq at 34 years old.
He moved to Brooklyn, New York from Lagos, Nigeria where he sent money home to his Mother. He had plans to marry his girlfriend in NY upon his return from Iraq. Spc. Akintade also had plans to become a US citizen since he felt our country had been so good to him.
Spc. Segun Frederick Akintade, I am personally grateful to you for your service and I pray for your family and friends that they find a peace and grace that only God can provide. I'm deeply saddened that you paid the ultimate sacrifice for me and everyone else in America and I truly appreciate all that you've done so that we can go on with our lives here at home. May God bless you and your family.
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