Rose Parade grand marshal wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

J.R. Martinez, the Iraq war veteran who was badly disfigured in a land mine explosion, danced away with the championship trophy on "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday.

Martinez will be the grand marshal for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 2.

The name "J.R. Martinez" was unknown to most Americans and stuck out when ABC announced the roster of celebrities competing in this season of the hit show. But that didn't last long.

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Iraq war vet and 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant named Roses grand marshal

Glendale takes over Rose Parade float process

-- Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times

Photo: Dancing With the Stars winner and Iraq war veteran, J.R. Martinez, was named the grand marshal for Pasadena Tournament of Roses on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Credit: Times Community News

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