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Son of Spotsylvania County JROTC instructor dies in Iraq
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By CATHY DYSON
The son of a well-respected military instructor in Spotsylvania County was killed in Iraq this week.
Yet, few of retired Master Sgt. Mose Mallard's co-workers knew of his son's accomplishments, said Lee Browning, principal of the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center.
Mallard has taught the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the center since 2006.
"He could have bragged about his son, but he was never the type to do that," Browning said of Mallard. "He's kind of a quiet man and he's highly regarded and respected."
Mallard left his Stafford County home this week for Fort Hood, Texas. His older son, Capt. Torre Mallard, was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood.
The 27-year-old captain and two other soldiers from the unit were killed Monday by an improvised explosive device in Balad Ruz, Iraq.
Balad Ruz is a small village in the Diyala province northeast of Baghdad. Since last summer, it's been one of the deadliest places in Iraq for U.S. troops, according to PBS.org.
Mallard was proud his son had followed him into the military, said Sgt. Ed Fulmore, a fellow JROTC instructor at the center.
Mallard, who could not be reached for comment, served in the Gulf War, Fulmore said.
Torre Mallard was on his second tour of duty in Iraq, Fulmore said. In 2004, as a first lieutenant, he was photographed while searching for insurgents in Baghdad.
Just last month, the Army officer was quoted in a Multi-National Corps press release.
He and other soldiers were working with informants when an al-Qaida cell fired on them with rocket-propelled grenades.
No Americans were hurt, but six armed insurgents were killed, including the cell's leader, who organized kidnappings and the placement of explosive devices.
"The people in this area will definitely be a lot safer now," Torre Mallard said.
The Army officer graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2002. At his commissioning ceremony, he received his first salute from his father, according to the Anniston (Ala.) Star.
Torre Mallard's parents, Robin and Mose Mallard III, and his grandparents, Flora and Mose Mallard Jr., lived in Anniston at the time.
Despite the rigors of West Point, Torre Mallard played football for the Army and completed Airborne School at Fort Bragg. In July 2002, he served as company commander, the highest position in the cadet chain of command, according to the Anniston paper.
A memorial service is planned Wednesday in Anniston, with a funeral Friday at West Point.
A lot of Mose Mallard's fellow teachers have asked the principal of the Spotsylvania center how they can help. Torre Mallard is survived by a wife and two young sons, Torre Jr. and Joshua.
The family asked that expressions of sympathy be made in the name of the children, in care of Mose and Robin Mallard, and sent to: Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center, 6713 Smith Station Road, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553.
Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425