First UCLA Death in Iraq


Published Jan 25, 2007 9:47 AM


A higher calling than duty (Los Angeles Times)

2nd Lt. Mark Daily, who graduated from UCLA in 2005, died Jan. 15 from a roadside improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq. At UCLA, he had joined ROTC with the intent, as he had written on his MySpace Web site, of serving in Iraq. He had been there only three months when he was killed, becoming the first UCLA alum to die in Iraq, according to the ROTC office in the Department of Military Science. Daily, who was from Orange County, was 23 and had been married to Snejana "Janet" Daily, an alumna of USC, for 18 months.

"He was a really well-liked student and a really good person," said Victoria Sanelli, ROTC management services officer. "He set a really good example of what people expect out of Army leaders."



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