Courtesy Jack and Debra Booth
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.
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.