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Hospitalman Robert N. Martens

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Age:   20
Hometown: Queen Creek, AZ
Date of Death: 9/6/2005
Incident Location: Qaim, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Navy
Rank: Hospitalman
Unit: II Marine Division
Unit's Base: Camp Lejeune, NC

Robert N. Martens was a baseball all-star, a football letterman and former 4-H Club president, but he wasn't afraid to plant a big kiss on his dad in public. "You have these teenage boys that can be pretty ornery," said Lorna Nevitt, a family friend. "But he never was. He was so respectful and loving toward everybody. I think that's why everyone just loved him." Martens, 20, of Queen Creek, Ariz., was killed Sept. 6 when his vehicle rolled over in Qaim. He graduated high school in 2003 and was assigned to Camp Lejeune. He and his best friend, Tommy Brooks, met in 4-H when he was 9. The two played together on the high school baseball and football teams, raised livestock and competed at a shooting range. On weekends, they'd hang with other kids around a bonfire and roll out the karaoke machine. "The worst thing they did was go bowling on a Saturday night," said Brooks' mother, Denise. He is survived by his wife, Erin, and their 10-month-old daughter, Riley Jo. "The only thing I can say about Nathan," said Denise Brooks, "is that my life is better for having known him."
Source: Associated Press
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