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Bagasau Laments Loss Of ‘Best Friend’

Overcoming the loss of his best friend while serving in Lebanon has always been hard for retired soldier, Kitione Bagasau. Mr Bagasau was among the 350 soldiers who were part
12 Nov 2015 09:56
Bagasau  Laments Loss  Of ‘Best Friend’
Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto officiates in the Dawn Service at Stanley Brown Naval Base yesterday.

Overcoming the loss of his best friend while serving in Lebanon has always been hard for retired soldier, Kitione Bagasau.
Mr Bagasau was among the 350 soldiers who were part of Fiji’s second contingent to Lebanon in 1979.
Mr Bagasau lost his best friend, Private Alifereti Letubadei, on February 3, 1979 when some army elements took over their camp at Qana in Lebanon.
He joined retired soldiers who attended the Remembrance Day at the War Memorial Site in Nasese, Suva, yesterday.
“This day brings me back very fond memories of how I witnessed the shooting that claimed my best friend’s life,” Mr Bagasau said.
While recalling the events, he said it was one of the scariest experiences he had endured during his service in the military.
“We were told not to shoot back so we ran for cover to save ourselves unfortunately Private Alifereti was shot in the back of his head and died.
“That was one of my saddest days while on deployment, but what assured me was the call I have for my country and the Fijian people,” he said.
Mr Bagasau was enlisted into the Fiji Military Forces in 1967 before retiring in 2000.



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