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Second Lt. Joshua Loren Booth, 23, United States Marine Corps, of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, of combat injuries received while on active duty in Haditha, Iraq. He was a devoted husband and father, a loving son, brother, and uncle, and a proud officer who loved his country and was devoted to his Marines. He leaves his wife, Erica Rust Booth, and a daughter, Grace Mackenna Booth, both of Kaneohe Bay; and an unborn son, Tristan Joshua Booth.
Second Lt. Booth was born May 20, 1983, in Virginia Beach, son of John Edwin "Jack" Booth and Debra Lynne Guell Booth of Sturbridge, Mass. He was a 2001 graduate of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., where he was on the soccer, football, wrestling and track teams. In 2005, he graduated from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., where he earned a degree in criminal justice and was a high-scoring member of the pistol team. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in May of 2005. He then attended TBS, followed by Infantry Officer School in Quantico and was subsequently stationed at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe Bay. He was 3rd Platoon leader in Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, that was deployed to the Al Anbar Province in September of 2006.
In addition to his wife, children and parents, 2nd Lt. Booth is survived by his sister, Melissa Long DeVera and her husband, Michael, of Fredericksburg; grandparents, Loren James Hanson Guell of Independence, Ohio, and James Edwin "Ed" Booth of Virginia Beach and Bedford; uncles and aunts, retired Col. USMC William Fitzpatrick "Rick" Booth, and his wife, Karen, of Fredericksburg, Blackburn Jordan Booth and his wife, Linda, of Virginia Beach, Robert Blackburn Booth of Greensboro, N.C., David Hanson Guell of St. Cloud, Fla., and Amelia Grace Guell of Independence; nieces and nephews, Nicholas Kyle, Noelle Debra, and Isabella Lauren DeVera, all of Fredericksburg; and cousins, 2nd Lt. William Fitzpatrick Booth Jr., USAF, Thomas Paul Booth of Fredericksburg and Edwin Stuart Booth of Norfolk. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Betty Rogers Guell and Peggy Gentry Booth.
A celebration of 2nd Lt. Booth's life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Bedford Baptist Church, Bedford. A burial will follow in Longwood cemetery with full military honors conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, 320 North Bridge St., Bedford, Va., 540/586-3443. Condolences should be sent to Tharp Funeral Home or please visit www.tharp funeralhome.com.
There will also be a service held to honor 2nd Lt. Booth in Sturbridge, Mass., at a date to be determined.