He was a military man, and that was his state of mind for all of my memories.
— Jessica Brooke La Mar, daughter
La Mar was one of two soldiers who died Jan. 15 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an Iraqi soldier from the unit with which they were training shot them with small arms fire. Specialist La Mar was promoted posthumously to sergeant.
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who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, Aurora, Ore.
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