Lance Corporal Joshua C. Taylor, 21 of Marietta, Ohio, died on March 19th. He and six other Marines were killed during a training accident at Hawthorne Army Depot, in Nevada.
Joshua joined the Marines in June of 2010. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
His awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.
Josh was one of a kind. That’s how family and friends are remembering the 2010 Marietta High School graduate.
Josh wanted to be Marine since he was a child, his grandfather added.
His fiancée, Abby Malone said the two were planning to marry in May. She also described Josh as a devout and faithful Christian.
Abby’s father, Keith Malone, called him an exceptional person.
Marietta High School Principal Bill Lee recalled Josh proudly wearing his dress uniform when visiting the school while on leave. He called the Marine’s death “just a terrible, terrible loss.”
Joshua is survived by his parents, three sisters and a brother.
Services have yet to be determined for Lance Corporal Joshua C. Taylor.