Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Wednesday Hero ~ MAJ Guy Barattieri

Maj. Guy Barattieri
Maj. Guy Barattieri
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 year.

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 Dreams.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes,
They Just Don't Know Where To Look

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero blogroll. If you would like to participate in honoring the brave men and women who serve this great country, you can find out how by clicking here.

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5 comments:

Cop the Truth said...

What great troopers!

Flag Gazer said...

I never cease to be amazed by the quality of these fine people.

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Warrior!

Rich Carroll said...

G-Bear
You are sorely missed and it hurts a bit more on memorial day. I will always remember your words of wisdom when I was a stressball in the room next to you at school -telling me to mellow out a bit. You are an example for us all
"May it be said well done, be thou at peace"
Delta Heat Brother -

Anonymous said...

you were a great friend and mentor you will be missed greatly by all we settled the score already and now its time to get some more payback on those damn iraqis

not all who wander are lost

R.I.P bear