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Bringing a soldier home.

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  1. roukhriter8
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    One of our local soldiers was killed in Afghanistan last week. I was contacted today about the escort to the funeral home from the airport. I think the temp here is gonna be frigid on Friday but I will do it on a bike. If all of the Patriot Riders will be there on bikes I guess I can to. The funeral will be on Monday.

    He is 22 year old Joshua Rath. At 22 years old the young man was an Infantry Squad Leader in the 1st Cav Division. 2/2 Infantry. You dont become a squad leader in the 1st Cav Division and half ass it. I dont know about you but leading a squad of men in combat was the last thing I would have been doing at 22yrs old. I remember him from high school sporting activities. He was a great kid. Please keep his family and fellow platoon members in your prayers. There are gonna need them.

  2. tunc
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    RIP
    my condolances to his family
    way to young

  3. popper19
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    AS a vet, these messages break my heart. You were right about him not hal-assing it. 1st cav is full of a tough bunch. You gotta have your crap strapped tight to excel there. Pass my condolences to his family. And thanks for performing the escort. I know it's tough, I've done a few, too.

  4. falconfan247
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    RIP

    I am 21 years old and couldn't imagine being over trhere fighting right now.

  5. MigejCojode
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    <___________RIP Joshua Rath Thank you for your service___________>

  6. THUNDER160
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    I have done this twice, it is a honor to do this but twice is 2 times two many, but if you have not ever done this be aware it is hard to ride with tears in your eyes......

  7. cowenandranch
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    It IS hard to ride with tears in your eyes. I've ridden with the Patriot Guard a couple of times. It is sobering to ride for one of these HEROES. This is their watch, they are standing in the gap for us now. We Vets stood in the gap in the past. Some of us didn't receive the welcome home that this generation is getting, and it makes me proud that they are so well received now.
    My condolences to the family of this true American HERO.

  8. 212kuj
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    Requiescat Im Pacem.

    A hero fares to the shield roofed hall.

  9. matcruser
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    RIP Joshua. My prayers go out to his family and friends. My true gratitude goes out to all who serve and those who have served in the past to keep us safe and free.

  10. Jonezpoj
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    Least we forget, all gave some, but some gave all. RIP Joshua.......

  11. kamezbanger
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    I will attend a funeral for 18 year old Keith Esary this weekend, who is a friends son who was killed in Afganistan last week and coming home today.

    For Josh and Keith's family, it would be harder to say it better that our President did many years ago:

    " I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

    I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

    Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

    A. Lincoln"

  12. Snufftokk
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    My condolences to Josh's family and friends. Also my deep appreciation for his service to our nation and the free world. I have a son that served 9 months over there and he would not tell me how bad it was until he returned home. I am so thankfull he returned alive.

  13. zhatovofzelf
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    Rest in Peace Little Brother

    Dan

  14. roukhriter8
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    I will attend a funeral for 18 year old Keith Esary this weekend, who is a friends son who was killed in Afganistan last week and coming home today. For Josh and Keith's family, it would be harder to say it better that our President did many years ago:" I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,A. Lincoln"
    Kieth and Joshua were killed during the same suicide bomb incident. I read that the other soldier was from Dyersburg but did not add it up that you were from there.

  15. TRiter
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    RIP Joshua........
    My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  16. alpj
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    it does not matter who and why at 22 years of age it is too young, where ever you live. our thoughts are with you.

  17. roukhriter8
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    This morning we did the first part of the escort. There were about 15 - 20 Patriot Guard Riders there. It was 16 degrees when we started. Some of those guys rode for 2 hrs before they got here. That means they also had to ride back. Monday will be the big one for the funeral.

    As a Police Officer I dont get to see the good of our fellow man that often. Its good to have days like this to reset my cynicism gene.

    cowenandranch it is hard to ride with tears in your eyes.

  18. kamezbanger
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    Kieth and Joshua were killed during the same suicide bomb incident. I read that the other soldier was from Dyersburg but did not add it up that you were from there.
    I didn't know it was a suicide bombing. So many rumors go around you don't know what to believe. All I knew was that it was market bombing.

  19. popper19
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    As a Police Officer I dont get to see the good of our fellow man that often. Its good to have days like this to reset my cynicism gene.
    roughrider, It's almost like God pre-plans these "good" moments at a time when you need it most. At my last escort, as I was walking back to my patrol car, the young man's little sister ran up to me and hugged my leg. She said, "Thank you, Mister Cop." For some reason, that moment lifted me up so much. Needless to say, any chance at making it to my cruiser dry-eyed was shot after that.....

  20. pajlineryohn
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    God bless those kids and their familys. I couldnt imagine the loss of a son or daughter. We should all be proud of this young man and thank him and his family from the bottom of our hearts. I wouldnt care how cold it was I would be there on my bike is asked. God speed Young man and THANK YOU and your family for defending our freedom

    pajlineryohn

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