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Wife Describes Late Husband As A Dedicated Soldier

The family of the late Warrant Officer Class One Niko Ko­maiasa Ralagi remem­bered his passing one year ago yesterday. WO1 Ralagi, 50, died on June 3 last year while serv­ing
04 Jun 2018 14:31
Wife Describes Late Husband As A Dedicated Soldier
Salanieta Ralagi and son Michael Kifa with a photograph of the late Warrant Officer Class 1 Niko Ralagi at their home in Vunivaivai,Tailevu on June 3, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The family of the late Warrant Officer Class One Niko Ko­maiasa Ralagi remem­bered his passing one year ago yesterday.

WO1 Ralagi, 50, died on June 3 last year while serv­ing with the UN Disen­gagement Observer Force (UNDOF), in Syria.

His wife, Salanieta Rala­gi, described her late hus­band as a committed and a hardworking man.

“We really miss him and today marked one-year of his death,” she said.

“When it comes to work or church, he will never complain or give excuses not to attend. He was so committed.

“He died of heart attack.”

Ms Ralagi said her late hus­band was a healthy man and she never thought he would die of any sickness.

She believes that it was God’s calling.

She added that in their 25 years of mar­riage he had spent 14 years on tours of duty to missions overseas.

They have seven children with the young­est being three-year-old.

Before his death WO1 Ralagi was a Senior Operations Warrant Officer at the RFMF Operations Cell at the Land Force Com­mand headquarters.

As a decorated Fijian soldier he had served in several UN Peacekeeping Missions.

He was also the recipient of the General Service Medal, MFO Peacekeeping Med­al, UNIFIL Peacekeeping Medal, UNAMI Peacekeeping Medal, UNMISET Peacekeep­ing Medal, UNDOF Peacekeeping Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Recently, Fiji’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Satyendra Prasad, received the Dag Hammarskjold medal on behalf of the late WO1 Ralagi’s family.

DEPTFO reports said Mr Prasad was hum­bled and honoured to receive the medal on behalf of the family of the late Warrant Of­ficer Class One Ralagi, a Fijian UN Peace­keeper who died while serving at the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria last year.

The medal was presented by the UN secre­tary-general Antonio Gueterres.

It was in recognition of the sacrifice of the late WO1 Ralagi, who had a very dis­tinguished career with the RFMF and had served in various UN Peacekeeping Mis­sions. Edited by Percy Kean

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