Smith was the commander of a tank crew, and was shot by the sniper while inspecting the vehicle's treads for damage. He had left a successful law practice to serve in the military, and had been in the Army since June 2003. He was deployed to Iraq in January as a platoon commander in the 1st Battalion of the 34th Armored Division.
In the SCA, Friedrich was a citizen of the Baronary of BrynGwlad in the Ansteorra.
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