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Sgt. Sameer "Sam" Abdel Monem Rateb

Army SGT Sameer Abdel Monem Rateb, 22, of Summerville, SC, died on May 6, 2007, at Forward Operating Base Summerall in Bayji, Iraq. 

On the day Rateb was supposed to leave Iraq to come home for a visit with his family, he was found hanged with his hands tied behind his back.  The Army originally stated that the cause of his death was a suicide; however, his death is under investigation.

Rateb was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd  Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC. 

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