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Who they were
Portraits of some of the troops who died this year
Cocord Monitor

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Sgt. Tina Time (left) reunites with her brother, Sgt. Mark Time in Iraq on June 20, 2004. Tina Time was killed Dec. 13, 2004 in a vehicle accident in Cedar, Iraq.


Army Sgt. Tina S. Time
In a high school where female leaders were rare, Tina Time was class president every year.

"You'd look at her and see a small physique, but she was a tough girl. She never quit," said Vaipuna Kaulave, a teacher who called Time one of the best students he ever had.

Time, 22, died Dec. 18 in Iraq when the supply truck she was driving in a dust storm collided with another vehicle. Her Army Reserve unit was located in Tucson, Ariz.

Born in Australia, Time grew up in Pago Pago in American Samoa - an American territory in the southern Pacific Ocean. In high school there, Time was an honor student and part of a youth group and choir and taught Sunday school in church.

She joined the Army Reserve to serve her country and help pay for college, her mother said. She attended Pima Community College in Tucson and enjoyed fixing cars in her spare time.

"She told me, 'Mom, don't be afraid. I wanted to do this for my country and now I'm doing it,'" said Mary Time, Tina's mother. "She was my daughter. Now she's my angel."

She is also survived by her father, Viliamu, and four siblings, three of whom are serving in the military.