Marine, 18, killed in Iraq had roots in Baltimore

Pfc. Anthony P. Roberts wanted a military career CRISIS IN IRAQ

April 09, 2004|By William Wheeler | William Wheeler,SUN STAFF

A Marine from Delaware, who lived in Baltimore as a child, was among the U.S. troops killed in fighting in Iraq this week.

Pfc. Anthony P. Roberts, 18, of Bear, Del., was killed Tuesday near Ramadi, said his mother, Emma Roberts, also of Bear. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. Roberts graduated last year from Middletown High School where he participated in the school's Air Force ROTC program. His mother said he was so excited about joining the Marines that he persuaded her to sign papers that allowed him to enter basic training before his 18th birthday.

"He wanted to make the Marine Corps his career," Emma Roberts said.

Roberts is one of five 18-year-old American troops killed in action in Iraq this month. The five 18-year-olds killed were all Marines.

In the previous 13 months of the war, eight troops that age had died.

Roberts' sister, Angela Roberts-Burton, of Randallstown, recalled her brother as a brave young man who told his mother not to worry about him while he was in Iraq because he would be well-armed. Roberts-Burton said that her son, Dennis, 13, had expressed interest in joining the military, but his uncle's death has changed his mind.

Roberts-Burton said she and other family members have had second thoughts about the war in Iraq.

"What is this accomplishing?" she asked. "Is this turning into another Vietnam? If we're over there fighting for something, actually fighting for freedom, I could understand it."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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