1st Lt Joshua Deese
1st Lt. Deese of North Carolina, was on his second deployment. He entered the Army in October 2003 and reported to Schofield Barracks in August 2004. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2004 with a degree in American Studies. He graduated from South Robeson High School in 1999. His uncle, a career soldier, was his hero and because of him, Josh joined the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Program in high school and college. He had been talking about marrying his high school sweetheart when he returned. The couple have a son, Jacob. When Josh came home to Rowland, his mom would cook him dinner, manicotti and lasagna were his favorites, and then the family would rent movies and lounge around together. He went fishing with the men in his family every spring and loved to camp. Still, the playful Josh in North Carolina was a serious officer when he returned to his soldiers. He is survived by his son, Jacob, his parents, Rogena and Ronnie Deese, his sisters, Myra Deese and Ronnean Collins, and his brother Ronnie D. Allen. He died in Balad, Iraq, at age 25 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Kirkuk, Iraq. Also killed was Sgt. Jonathan E. Lootens.
35th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Joshua is buried at Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery in Rowland, North Carolina