|Spc Joshua Paul Dingler
United States Army
KIA 15 August 2005
Memorial Page Established by- Karen J. Dingler
In Honor Of SPC Joshua Paul Dingler
Joshua selflessly gave his all for the way of life he
believed in. Joshua died in Iraq exactly 2 years to the day he enlisted.
He was a wonderful son and brave soldier.
He will forever be missed. Joshua died on August 15, 2005 at the age
On the door to Joshua P. Dingler's closet hangs a picture of him and his high school sweetheart,
Katelyn Wood, taken when they attended an ROTC military ball. It was their first date. Before leaving
for Iraq, he had asked her father for his blessing to marry her. He planned to go to college, study
history and then teach high school. "Josh died loving what he did and he died for this country. He
loved this country. He gave his life so we could be here doing what we're doing today and his family
supported him 100 percent," said Rev. Tony Samples, the family's pastor. Dingler, 19, of Hiram, Ga.,
died Aug. 15 in Mahmudiyah when his vehicle rolled over into a canal. He was assigned to Calhoun
and died on the second anniversary of his enlistment. Katelyn held a "just-in-case" letter he had
written to her on notebook paper. The closing sentence was "Yours to the very end." Dingler also
is survived by his parents, Karen and Tommy. After being told of the death, Karen Dingler hugged
her son's old dress green uniform and buried her nose in it, breathing in hard. "I'm so glad it smells
like him," she said.