- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A decorated U.S. veteran who served in the Vietnam War is now a United States citizen.

Fofo Tuitele (TOO’-TEH’-leh) recently completed his naturalization requirements and took the oath of allegiance during a special ceremony in Albuquerque last week.

The American Samoa-native who served in the U.S. Marines says he just decided “to put the icing on the cake” and get his citizenship.

American Samoa remains the only place in the United States where U.S. citizenship is not granted at birth.

He joined the Marine Corps when he turned 18 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

Less than 24 hours after officially becoming an American citizen, the 67-year-old Rio Rancho resident registered to vote.



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