Michael J. Martinez,
Baghdad (southern part),
Michael died, really, on an extension at the behest of the government. Michael didn't volunteer to go a second time to Iraq. He was locked in.
— Manuel Martinez, father
Before enlisting, Martinez worked graveyard hours delivering business supplies for Costco and taking community college classes he often skipped. He told his mother he was "treading water...going nowhere fast."
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