Died on May 7, 2010 in Afghanistan
Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Davis of Perry, Iowa, was a 2009 Perry High School graduate. He had two dreams when he was growing up. One had to do with his love of the Green Bay Packers football team. He wanted to follow in Brett Favre’s footsteps. But his other dream prevailed, and that was to become a Marine. From an early age Joshua showed he cared about others, a humble leader who was steady and rarely got upset. As a lineman on the football team he was known for watching out for the entire team. He quickly took direction from the coaches and was able to push the rest of the team to do their best. Joshua enlisted in the Marines in March of 2009 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He deployed to Afghanistan in March 2010 and was promoted to Lance Cpl. on May 1. A week later Joshua and his unit came under heavy enemy action and true to his life long commitment to watching out for his friends, even after he was shot, Joshua fought back with heavy machine gun fire. He died as a result of his injuries. Joshua lived his life according to the motto tattooed on his chest, “Death Before Dishonor.” His father Dave and stepmother Patti; his mother Beverly; a brother and two sisters survive him.
Joshua was buried in The Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery near Adel, Iowa.