Rhode Island Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara

Rhode Island Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara

Died September 01, 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

40, of New Bedford, Mass.; assigned to the 115th Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard, Cranston, R.I.; killed Sept. 1 on Main Supply Route Tampa, south of Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Another soldier also died in the incident. Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara was a quiet, funny man who had a calming effect on the people he encountered in his four years as a patrol officer. “Those are tough qualities to find,” said Lt. Richard Spirlet, spokesman for the New Bedford Police Department in Massachusetts. Camara, 40, of New Bedford, died Sept. 1 when the Humvee he was in struck a land mine near Baghdad. He was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. “He was an exceptional partner,” said Officer Luis Sud-Martinez. “He had no qualms about going back and serving his duty in the military,” Sud-Martinez said. “He had put his time in and was ready to retire but he went back and he had a job to do.” Camara is survived by his wife, Ana, and children Matthew, Angela and Ashley.
— Associated Press

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