U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe, 27, was fatally shot by a sniper last weekend in Mosul, Iraq.
A proud Hawaiian
A surfer and swimmer, Hoe was so proud of his Hawaiian ancestry "you could say he was a nationalist," Siglock said. Hoe's father, Allen, is a Vietnam veteran, and Hoe carried an American flag that his father had carried. His younger brother, Nakoa, is about to be deployed to Iraq as a member of 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry. Hoe was proud of his family's military history but joked that Hawai'i had been better off without the Mainland.
"He would say, 'We don't have to be a state; we were fine without you, just fine,'" Siglock recalled.
Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jan/29/ln/ln03p.html
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