Armand Claude Etongue died on July 23, 2016, in the Far North Region following a mine explosion.
Sadness and pain best described the atmosphere and the mood on the faces of military people and civilians gathered at Camp Valeur in Bonanjo, Douala, for the coffining of 2nd Class Soldier, Armand Claude Etongue, who died defending the nation. The 23-year-old bachelor, who spent one year four months and 17 days of loyal service to the nation, died in the Far North Region following a mine explosion placed by Boko Haram militants on the Dlibrilli-Zamga road.
According to Captain Joseph Ayissi, who gave a brief biography of the fallen soldier during the corpse removal, he died in Zamga in Mayo Moskota during “Opération Emergence 4 pour la lutte contre la secte islamiste Boko Haram.” During the coffining at the Military Hospital in Bonanjo, Douala, on October 28, 2016, Captain Joseph Ayissi described Armand Claude Etongue as a devoted, disciplined, enthusiastic, responsible, serviceable and humble young soldier whose memory will forever be engraved in their minds.
He disclosed in the presence of the Littoral Governor, Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua that the soldier’s disappearance leaves a vacuum not only in the minds of his colleagues, but to that of the entire Cameroonian army. The military honours ended with the decoration of the patriot’s coffin with a medal by Governor Ivaha Diboua. After carrying out the posthumous decoration, the Governor extended his condolences to the parents of fallen soldier. Armand Claude Etongue was born in Njombe in the Moungo Division of the Littoral Region on October 1, 1993.
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