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Lance Corporal Joshua M. Bernard

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Born Dec. 30, 1987 in Lowell, Massachusetts

Died Aug. 14, 2009 in Helmand, Afghanistan

 

Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard, of New Portland, Maine, was home-schooled from kindergarten to 12th grade by his mother, receiving his high school diploma from North Atlantic Regional High School. He was an active member of the teen youth group at his church, Crossroads Bible Church in Madison, and enjoyed gaming, hiking, snowboarding, shooting, was an avid reader and a big movie buff. Joshua enjoyed having fun, and although he was shy, he took great pride in helping other people. A deeply religious young man, who felt that it was his duty to not only serve God, but his country, he was focused on his goals in life. Following in the footsteps of his father, Joshua joined the Marines in November 2006 and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, in May of 2007. Joshua’s role in the Marines was a rifleman. He deployed to Iraq with the 2/3 in January 2008, and deployed to Afghanistan in May of 2009 with the same unit. He died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. His awards include the Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Joshua lived his life as a great example for Christ, earning the nickname “Holy Man” from his fellow soldiers. He saw his role as a Marine as a protector of his country, not a warrior. A diligent soldier, with no ulterior motive other than to serve. His natural humbleness would have shunned the publicity over his death, he served for us, not himself. Joshua was buried in East New Portland Cemetery in New Portland, Maine.





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  1. jailhouse
    September 6th, 2009 at 12:03 | #1

    semper fi Marine,

    having just seen your story here in the UK, i needed to say that your death is not in vain, and soon something good will come from all this.

    I am disgusted that AP have so very badly hurt your parents and their wishes, publishing your photos when mortally wounded.

    Stand down brave soldier, your duty is done, never will your deeds be forgotten here in the UK.

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the parents and friends of this brave young man, an i hope it is of some comfort that we “family” of the Forces feel your loss also.

    R.I.P LCpl Bernard

    jh

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