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Age:   23
Hometown: Fiskdale, MA
Date of Death: 10/17/2006
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: 1st Lt.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division
Unit's Base: Kaneohe Bay, HI

When he was 7 years old, Joshua L. Booth _ a recent transplant from Virginia to Massachusetts _ hopped on the bus and went to his elementary school dressed as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. "They had a class on American history and the teacher encouraged him to present the other side," said his father, Jack. "So Josh dressed up and went in school as Robert E. Lee." "Josh was too little and did not realize that the bus would be a vicious place for someone dressed as Robert E. Lee," his mother, Debra, said with a laugh. Booth, 23, of Sturbridge, Mass., was shot dead Oct. 17 while on foot patrol in Haditha. He graduated from The Citadel Military College in 2005 and was assigned to Kaneohe Bay. In Iraq, he led three patrols a day to glean intelligence from Iraqi citizens. He is survived by his wife, Erica, and a 1-year-old daughter, Grace. Erica is pregnant with a boy to be named Tristan Joshua. Booth was buried in a family plot in Bedford, Va., even though he qualified to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. "He felt if anybody should be buried there, his men should be buried there," Debra Booth said.
Source: Associated Press
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