by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A son of Guam has died while defending our freedom in Afghanistan. 23-year-old Army Sergeant Josh Akoni Lukeala was killed on June 7 in Afghanistan when his humvee ran over an improvised explosive device.
Lukeala's mother, Dorothy Sablan Lukeala, tells KUAM her son graduated from Simon Sanchez High School in 2005 and immediately joined the Army. Sgt. Lukeala did a tour in Iraq under the Stryker Brigade 25th Infantry several years ago and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. Lukeala is survived by his wife, Deniece Nave Lukeale, their daughter, his brother, Anthony Keoni, his mother and father, Anthony. Rosaries will be said nightly at the Lukeala home in Yigo, 170 Chalan SPC John T. Sablan at eight o'clock.