- The Washington Times - Monday, August 15, 2005

ROSEDALE, Md. — A 23-year-old soldier from Rosedale was killed in an ambush in Iraq on Sunday, the Pentagon announced yesterday. She is thought to be the first Maryland woman killed in combat in Iraq.

Spc. Toccara R. Green, 23, was killed when several bombs detonated near her unit during convoy operations in Asad, the Department of Defense said.

Spc. Green was assigned to the Army’s 57th Transportation Company, 548th Corps Support Battalion, at Fort Drum, N.Y. She worked in transport operations, escorting and driving in convoys, which her family described as dangerous work.

“She was destined for the military,” her brother, Marine Staff Sgt. Garry Green Jr., said at their parents’ home yesterday, as family, friends and members of the family’s church gathered. “She just wanted to make the family proud.”

Sgt. Green, 26, who is stationed at Norfolk, said his sister was in ROTC at Forest Park High School in Baltimore, graduating in 2000. Even though she was younger, “she always inspired me,” he said.

Their father, Baltimore police Detective Garry Green Sr., remembered his daughter as a “go-getter.” She would go to school early and stay late for ROTC. Their drill team won awards, and she became the class commander, he said.

Spc. Green tried college and worked as a secretary before enlisting, her brother said.

She went to boot camp in January 2003 and was three months from finishing her second tour of duty when she was killed, said her mother, Yvonne Green.

Spc. Green had been home on leave recently and returned to Iraq on Aug. 8.

“The only thing that puts my mind at ease is that she died for what she believed in,” said Sgt. Green, who also has served in Iraq.

Spc. Green would not want people to be sad about her death, her brother said, but would want people “to remember her as a person.”

As of Sunday, at least 1,853 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,431 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The figures include five military civilians.

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