Phoenix • The son of a U.S. Army soldier from Tucson who died from wounds suffered in Afghanistan says his father's role in the 2003 rescue of former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch was just one facet of what he achieved in his life.
Calvin Barreras said Sunday that Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras was instrumental in orchestrating Lynch's rescue, but he was humble about his part in it. "It was something he took part in, and it wasn't anything he wanted recognition for," Calvin Barreras said.
The Department of Defense confirmed this week that Barreras died Tuesday in San Antonio Military Medical Center. Officials say the 49-year-old was injured earlier this month when his unit was attacked in Herat Province, Afghanistan.