Martin Barreras: 50th Arizona Soldier to Die From Wounds Suffered in Afghanistan

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Army Command Sergeant Major Martin Barreras, a 49-year-old from Tucson, died earlier this week at a hospital in San Antonio, a week after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Barreras is the 50th soldier from Arizona to die in connection with the war in Afghanistan.

See also:
-Joshua Silverman: 49th Arizona Soldier to Die in Afghanistan
-Jonam Russell: 48th Arizona Soldier to Die in Afghanistan

According to a statement from the Department of Defense, Barreras died "from wounds suffered on May 6, in Harat Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire."

The Army Times reports Barreras joined the Army in 1988 -- after serving five years in the Marine Corps -- and served 22 years in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

He'd been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan several times, according to the report.

Fox News also reports that another Ranger says Barreras was involved in the rescue of Jessica Lynch in Iraq in 2003.

The Army Times says Barreras has a wife, two daughters, and a son.

Fifty-two Arizonans have died in "Operation Enduring Freedom," with 50 of the deaths related to operations in Afghanistan, where Pat Tillman was the first Arizonan killed back in April 2004.

Ninety-eight Arizona soldiers died during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Being an Army veteran myself I do find it odd that a soldier of that high rank was wounded even, since he is no longer on the front lines. But sounds like he was a soldiers soldier in that he wouldn't want to be behind but right in there with his troops. A rare one indeed. RIP 


Prayers and Condolences to all our fighting Men and Women. Thank you so much for all that you do.AGAIN,Thank you.


There is a park in Pinal county, off Hunt Highway, that has a plaque with the names of Arizona soldiers killed in these most recent, seemingly never ending wars. People, there are a lot of names on that plaque.    

TommyCollins topcommenter

May he rest in peace and may his family and friends find solace at some point.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Damn. That's one hell of a career. Hell of man, shame to have lost him

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

How patriotic of you. You are welcome for your freedom by the way. Thank god for those of us who had the intestinal fortitude to do the opposite of your advice. Mr. Barrera was one of those.

TommyCollins topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ He was one of the highest ranking non-commissioned officers (NCO). As such his family will receive the respect, dignity, and financial needs you are concerned about. However, those NCO who are of less rank and are killed do not receive nearly as much.

ExpertShot topcommenter

@danzigsdaddyA soldier doesn't have much of a choice as to where he or she is assigned.  However, the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq had NOTHING to do with protecting the freedome of the United States citizens and EVERYTHING to do with providing oil and other energy/mineral contracts to Bush's buddies in the .01%.  These wars were strategized before Bush was even elected by Cheney and his bunch of criminals:

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