Sacramento soldier shot by Iraqi soldier he was training

1:46 PM, Jan 18, 2011   |    comments
Spc. Martin J. "Mick" LaMar's casket being carried off the plane. U.S. Air Force photo/Jason Minto
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MOSUL, IRAQ - A Sacramento soldier has been shot to death by an Iraqi soldier he was training.

Spc. Martin J. "Mick" LaMar, 43, was shot Jan. 15 in Mosul, Iraq.  The Iraqi soldier also shot Sgt. Michael P. Bartley, 23, of Barnhill, Ill.

Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

A news release said a third U.S. soldier was wounded.  It was not immediately clear what happened to the Iraqi soldier who shot them.

One of LaMar's friends called News10 to clarify the soldier's name.

"He hated being called Martin," said Wylie Guadamuz.  "We called him Mick or Micky," he said.

Guadamuz said LaMar served as a Marine in the first Gulf War and later joined the Army.  "He lived to be a soldier.  He loved it."

Guadamuz said LaMar is survived by his wife, Josephine, and five children.  Josephine and the three youngest children were living in Ft. Hood, he said.


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