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of Ayer, decorated Army Vet; 79
AYER -- Mua'au Pa'u, 79, of Ayer, died Thursday, December 27, 2012, at his home. His wife of 33 years, Regina (Lees) Pa'u, died in February 2012. Mr. Pa'u passed away peacefully at home with his children and grandchildren at his bed side.
Mr. Pa'u was born in Olosega Village, American Samoa, the son of Lealava'a and Suluia (Nutoa) Pa'u. Mr. Pa'u has resided in the Ayer and Fort Devens area for over 30 years. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend. His Family was everything to him. He loved to grill and cook Samoan style pig roasts.
Mr. Pa'u served his country for nearly 25 years in the United States Army, mostly with the 10th Special Forces Group. He served with the Special Forces during the Vietnam War before retiring from Fort Devens in 1980 at the rank of Master Sergeant. Mr. Pa'u's illustrious military career included the Special Forces and Ranger tabs, Airborne School, Master Parachute Badge, Iranian Jump Wings, Royal Thai Army Master Parachute Badge, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, and the Combat Infantry Badge (2d Awd) among others.
Mr. Pa'u leaves four sons, Steve Pa'u and Patrick Pa'u both of Ayer, Stanley Pa'u of Weymouth, Alika Pa'u of Shirley; a daughter, Sina Jones of Ayer; a brother, Ioane Pa'u of Fairfield, CA; eight grandsons, Dajwan Gregory, Jermaine Gregory, Alika Pa'u Jr., Malosi Pa'u, Lolenese Pa'u, Mua'au Pa'u, Ioane Pa'u and Mikaele Pa'u.
He was predeceased by his brother, Taele Pa'u of San Jose, California.
Mr. Pa'u was a member of the Special Forces Association, Caleb Butler Lodge of Masons in Ayer, and the Ayer Rod and Gun Club.
PA'U -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m, Thursday, January 3rd the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Rte. 2A), Ayer. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information. Burial will be private. Calling hours are 4-7 p.m., Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the Pa'u family is asking for donations to either the Special Forces Association, P.O. Box 41436, Fayetteville, NC 28309-1436 or the A.L.S. Family Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 229, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.
Published in Lowell Sun on Dec. 30, 2012