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1st Special Forces Group
regular Army infantry
Barattieri leaves his wife of one year, Laurel Barattieri, and a 3-month-old daughter, Odessa. The account through the American Lake Credit Union, Camp Murray, will be used to help Barattieri's wife of one year, Laurel, and 3-month-old daughter, Odessa, and stepdaughter, Rees. Barattieri had been in Iraq only a few days before he was killed.Barattieri had served numerous times in Iraq either with the military or lately working for a contractor, his friends and military officials said.Since last year, he had held the post of operations officer for the state National Guard's Special Operations Detachment -- Pacific.Buckley's Green Beret company is one of the military's elite units that carry out secretive missions.A 1992 West Point graduate, Barattieri first served in the regular Army infantry before becoming a Green Beret and serving with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis. After leaving active duty as a captain, Barattieri became a citizen-soldier in August 2000 with the state National Guard's Special Forces outfit in Buckley, which is east of Tacoma.From August 2001 to 2004, he was a Seattle police officer in civilian life, and he was elected president of his police academy class. Barattieri went on activie duty in 2002 as a Special Forces detachment commander in Kuwait.In March 2003, his team led the 101st Infantry Division on its march to Baghdad.Barattieri received a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman's badge for his role.Barattieri transferred to the state National Guard's information operations group in 2004 before being appointed last year to the post he held at the time of his death.Many who knew Barattieri here, including many police officers, were stunned at his death.And Barattieri's many friends nationwide Thursday read of his death and wrote the Seattle P-I. In addition to his uncle and his daughter, survivors include his wife of one year, Laurel Rees Barattieri; a stepdaughter, Rees; his mother, Patricia Wheatley, of Pleasant Ridge; his father, Dick Barattieri, of Madeira; stepmother, Barbara Barattieri of Madeira; and three sisters, Nicole and Becky Barattieri, both of Oakley, and Gina Tesnar of Newport.Guy Barattieri left behind his wife, Laurel, and two daughters, the younger of whom is 3 months old.On December 11, 2005, Bear married the love of his life -- Laurel.They adored each other.He was a loving father to his two girls -- his six year-old step-daughter Rees, and Odessa, who was born on July 19, 2006.He loved his family more than anything else in the world. One is from his wedding, with a beaming Laurel on one arm and Rees cradled in the other.Another picture shows Bear with the newborn Odessa in his arms.It is clear from looking at these pictures, Mr. President, how incredibly happy Bear's family made him. Even when he was away from home, Bear's pride and delight in his family was apparent.My wife Fran and I continue to keep the family of Major Guy Barattieri -- his wife Laurel and his daughters Rees and Odessa; his mother Patricia Wheatley; his father and step-mother Dick and Barbara Barattieri; and his sisters Nicole, Becky, and Gina -- in our thoughts and prayers.