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Making the ultimate sacrifice

Posted by Ralph Ranalli November 11, 2007 12:42 PM

Lt. Joshua Booth with his wife and young daughter while they were stationed in Hawaii, shortly before he was deployed to Iraq.
(Photo courtesy of the Booth family)


Before he was deployed to Iraq, Marine Lieutenant Joshua L. Booth made seven videos of himself reading bedtime stories, so that his daughter, Grace, could hear her father's voice before going to bed.

Booth was killed by a sniper on Oct. 17 of last year in Haditha. A graduate of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury who grew up in Sturbridge, he was 23.

The Booth family played the videos for Grace again recently, but her reaction wasn't what they expected. She had nightmares for days afterward.

Booth is one of 10 members of the military from communities west of Boston who have died since the United States responded to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Two others, Seth R. Michaud, a Hudson native, and Kyle A. Little of West Boylston, also left behind young children who will grow up without a father.

Read more about the sacrifices made by military families in the Globe West region as Veteran's Day approaches.

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