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Cpl. Joshua Jerold Ware

May 26, 2012

Today, we profile just the 2nd fallen hero of many to come. He was a son, a brother, a cousin and a friend, but most importantly, he’s a Marine.

Joshua Ware was born on May 25th, 1985 and had a purpose in life. His purpose, unknown to all, was based on honor, courage, integrity and sacrifice.

Josh’s life was cut devastatingly short on November 16th, 2005 in Ubaydi, Iraq during Operation Steel Curtain. In attempt to join with the new Iraqi Army and prevent insurgents from crossing the border, Josh was ambushed by small arms fire and lost his life.

Josh graduated from Roland High School in Roland, Oklahoma in May of 2003. He knew his calling and quickly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on May 27 of the same year.

Josh’s brother, Dustin Ware, says it was too early to tell what Josh wanted for his life, where he wanted to go and what he’d liked to have accomplished, however Dustin says he knew one thing; “Josh wanted to go full time and make a career out of the Marines. A lifer.”

To honor Josh, the town administrator of Roland, OK pushed an initiative to have a piece of Highway 64 named after the fallen Marine. In 2011, the state’s congress approved and Cpl. Joshua Jerold Ware Memorial Highway was born.

Those who loved him will never again see him on this earth, but they’ll see him on the other side. His friends called him NDN.

We call him Hero.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

  1. Ron Bristow permalink

    Between birth and death comes a time when each of us must choose to lead or to follow; to be great or ordinary. This young man chose to follow his heart and as a result he became a leader, and an example to all those who will come after. He also came from ordinary cercumstances and through his sacrifice became great.

  2. Leslie permalink

    Thankful for this young man’s service and for his sacrifice. I wish so much that his mom and family could have celebrated his recent birthday with him here on Earth.

  3. Cary Townsend permalink

    God Bless you Marine…!

    All gave some………..some gave all

    This Vietnam Vet salutes you..! May God be with your family and friends.

  4. I am sorry you lost your life protecting the United States of America. Thank you! You will not be forgotten. To his family you served too Tank you and I am sorry for your loss.

  5. Deni Claypool permalink

    I thank God every day that there are young men such as Joshua who so unselfishly answer the call to something much bigger than themselves. I am proud to be an American and I want to live my life in such a way to celebrate and honor Joshua. God Bless him and his family.

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