"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Wednesday Hero!

Maj. Guy Barattieri
Maj. Guy
36 years old from Seattle, Washington
National Guard's Alpha Co., 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group
October 4, 2006

Everyone called him "Bear." In fact, many of his colleagues at FOX News
learned Guy Barattieri's full name for the first time when they read
his obituary.

To FOX News journalists, Bear was a protector. He worked with FOX as a
guard in their Baghdad bureau, leading their large security team when
that office was attacked with a cement mixer full of explosives last

A 1992 West Point graduate, Barattieri first served in the regular Army
infantry before becoming a Green Beret and serving with the 1st Special
Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis.

After leaving active duty as a captain, Barattieri became a
citizen-soldier in August 2000 with the state National Guard's Special Forces
outfit in Buckley, which is east of Tacoma. From August 2001 to 2004, he
was a Seattle police officer in civilian life, and he was elected
president of his police academy class.

Barattieri went on active duty in 2002 as a Special Forces detachment
commander in Kuwait. In March 2003, his team led the 101st Infantry
Division on its march to Baghdad. Barattieri received a Bronze Star and
Combat Infantryman's badge for his role.

He was killed when a roadside bomb while traveling to a power plant
near Baghdad. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

These brave men and women have given their lives so that others may
enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call
them Hero.
We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just
Don't Know Where To Look

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