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Spc. Joseph L. Martinez

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Age:   21
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Date of Death: 8/27/2005
Incident Location: Tal Afar, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Joseph L. Martinez didn't hesitate for a moment when he signed up for the Army before graduating high school in 2002. "He would go to school with his Ranger shirt on," said Toni Williams, his girlfriend. "He wanted to fight. He didn't join it for the money or the benefits. He always had an American flag in his room." Martinez, 21, of Las Vegas, died Aug. 27 in Tal Afar when his patrol was hit by small-arms fire. He was assigned to Fort Carson. In high school, he was a member of the swim team and the Junior ROTC's color guard. He was a favorite of ROTC instructor, Lt. Col. James McEvoy. Martinez wrote a personal note in his yearbook as follows, "Colonel Mac, please don't be mad at me, but I have enlisted in the Army because that is my choice. I'll come by when I can." "He was a quiet individual, but I've never known anybody with so much courage and determination," said his mother, Cynthia Martinez. "He was going to do everything to protect his buddies. We all knew it was pretty much his destiny." Said his father, Larry Martinez: "He was willing to die for his country. It just happened so quick."
Source: Associated Press
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