St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • Bush, McKay at odds over taxes
  • Nursing home fight comes to a head
  • Lawyers, judges fight bills that dilute control
  • Committee pushes to keep 2 state jobs free of politics
  • Legislature 2001
  • Group sues state over felons' voting rights
  • 'We are very proud of him,' Fla. soldier's relative says
  • Around the state

  • From the state wire

  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story
  • tampabay.com

    printer version

    'We are very proud of him,' Fla. soldier's relative says

    By JAMIE MALERNEE

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 15, 2001


    When Staff Sgt. Richard N. Boudreau II joined the Army 11 years ago, he knew he was entering a dangerous job. Even more so, family members say, when the Orlando native began working with explosives.

    But he always assumed that the danger would come from a bomb in front of him -- one he was trying to defuse. Instead, it came from the sky.

    "That's one thing that's been hard to deal with. The family believes there is a lot of irony there," said Boudreau's brother-in-law, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Michael Lamb. "But we are very proud of him. We know that a mistake was made, but at this point who made that mistake isn't important to us. It was an inherent risk."

    Boudreau, 31, one of six people killed at a Kuwaiti training range, was due to return to the United States soon. He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., but planned to visit his mother in Orlando when he returned.

    "She was cleaning his room when the officers came (with the news)," Lamb said.

    Boudreau, who was divorced with no children, had volunteered to go to Kuwait in November. He volunteered for the same reason he joined the military, Lamb said.

    "He had a sense of obligation," the brother-in-law said. "We both have the heartfelt idea that what we do day to day makes a difference in the United States and in the world."

    The family said Boudreau began his Army career in 1990, a year after graduating from Colonial High School in Orlando. He became part of the 82nd Airborne Division and served on the front lines in the Persian Gulf War. Afterward, he became an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 707th Ordnance Company at Fort Lewis, Wash. He thought of joining a law enforcement bomb squad.

    His sense of duty extended to his family, Lamb said. Boudreau's grandparents, Alfred and Beatrice Boudreau of Brooksville, recently died. But before their death, he often visited them. Boudreau's father and stepmother now live there. They could not be reached for comment.

    Back to State news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
     
    Special Links
    Lucy Morgan


    From the Times state desk