It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Sergeant Arnold Duplantier, age 26, on 22 June 2005. He died as a result of sniper fire while on patrol with his unit in Baghdad, Iraq. He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother, and father.
Sergeant Duplantier joined the California Army National Guard on 29 April 1999. He subsequently attended basic training and the fourteen week infantry course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He developed into an exemplary soldier. In January 2002 he was deployed to Kuwait for five months as part of Operation Desert Spring. During this deployment his records note “he was instrumental to the success of his platoon’s mission, and his positive attitude and determination were evident”. After completion of this deployment he returned to his home in Sacramento. Sergeant Duplantier was ordered to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 16 August 2004.