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Army Pfc. Marlin T. Rockhold

Died May 8, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

23, of Hamilton, Ohio; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Ga.; killed in Iraq by a sniper while directing traffic on a Baghdad bridge.

Marlin Rockhold was married to DaVonna Rockhold on March 2, 2002, two days before he joined the Army, and was the stepfather of her 8-year-old child. His wife said she last heard from her husband four days before he was killed, when he called to tell her he missed her and was expecting to come home soon.

“We just couldn’t believe it when they called to say he had been killed,” said his uncle, Kevin Henderson. “We had just received a letter from him the same day we got the news of his death, and he was excited about coming home soon.”

Rockhold was a 1998 graduate of Hamilton High School in Hamilton, about 25 miles north of Cincinnati.

— Associated Press

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