Sgt. Samuels, 22, of Mitchellville, Maryland, was one of two soldiers killed Aug. 15 during an attack, the Pentagon announced.
Samuels was the fourth woman from Maryland to die in the war. She was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
“I am very upset that this has happened,” Samuels’s distraught mother, Anika Lawal of Waldorf, told a reporter from the Washington Post. “I want to know why I’m planning a funeral while George Bush is planning a wedding.”
Sgt. Samuels is the 87th female Coalition member to die in Iraq. Her funeral is scheduled for August 31st at Arlington National Cemetary.