Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Atanacio Haro Marin Jr

Baldwin Park, California

June 3, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Sgt

Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment

Fort Hood, Texas

South of Balad, Iraq.  Haromarin was manning a checkpoint when his unit came under enemy fire from rocket propelled grenades and small arms.

From The Charlotte Observer:

Marin's service in the military was a long-held dream.

Marin, 27, known as "Nacho" to his family, joined the National Guard after high school despite his parents' objections. He transferred to the Army when his tour of duty ended and was making the military a career.

Marin, from Baldwin Park, Calif., and stationed at Fort Hood, was killed by enemy fire June 3 in Iraq.

Family members said Marin called home twice in April and had sent a Mother's Day card that read: "Don't worry, be happy."

"He was never unhappy," said his sister-in-law, Aracely Haro Marin. "He would say, `Don't worry about it, there will be better times.' "

 

AP News

Atanasio Haro Marin Jr. joined the National Guard after high school despite his parents' objections. He transferred to the Army and was making the military a career. Marin, from Baldwin Park, Calif., and stationed at Fort Hood, was killed by enemy fire June 3 in Iraq.

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