Fallen Marine Officer Predicted His Death to Family

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Marine 2nd Lt. Joshua Booth is pictured with his daughter, Grace

Marine 2nd Lt. Joshua Booth is pictured with his daughter, Grace, in August, before he left for his first tour in Iraq in September. A sniper killed the Sturbridge man Oct. 17 while he led his platoon on foot through Haditha. Courtesy Jack and Debra Booth hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy Jack and Debra Booth

Marine 2nd Lt. Joshua Booth died from a sniper's bullet while leading his squad on a foot patrol in Haditha. His family says he always wanted to be a Marine — even turning down an Army college scholarship to go instead to The Citadel, where he earned his commission as a Marine officer.

Booth, who had been in Iraq for just one month, had told his family to be ready for his death. Among those he's leaving behind is his 18-month-old daughter and his wife, who's expecting a baby after Christmas. Curt Nickisch has this remembrance.



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