Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, California Army National Guard, Auburn, Calif.
Incident: Army Sgt. Arnold Duplantier II was killed June 22 by enemy small-arms fire while providing cordon security in Baghdad.
Calif. National Guardsman killed in Baghdad
SACRAMENTO — Arnold Duplantier II had just celebrated his 26th birthday and returned to Iraq when he was killed while guarding the hotel where members of the international media stay, the California National Guard said Friday.
Duplantier was killed by small-arms fire Wednesday afternoon while guarding the outside of the Al-Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad, Guard spokesman Tech. Sgt. Andrew Hughan said. He was the only casualty.
He is the 12th California Guardsman killed in Iraq and the first from Sacramento.
“Every indication is he’s just a good soldier. He volunteered to go” to Iraq, Hughan said.
Duplantier had been a full-time Guardsman, providing security at the Guard’s Sacramento headquarters before he volunteered, Hughan said. A casualty report released Friday said he was recently promoted to sergeant.