|Cpl. Joshua S. Harmon
United States Army
KIA 22 August 2007, Iraq
Memorial Page Established by-Kristin (Rathjen) Harmon
Joshua Harmon was born November 25, 1986 to Donna and
Richard Harmon of Mentor on the Lake, Ohio.
Joshua was a U.S. Army Veteran Specialist E/4 (promoted posthumously to
Corporal), assigned to the 25th Light Infantry Division, (nicknamed
"Tropic Lightning"), 35th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion out of
Honolulu, Hawaii. He served as a Combat Medic attached to the Scouts Sniper
Platoon and received the Army Medal of Commendation of Valor for
performing extraordinary life-saving measures. Additionally, Joshua was
awarded the Combat Medical Badge. Joshua was deployed to Iraq on Aug. 5,
2006, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, stationed in Kirkuk, Iraq. When
returning from a mission on Aug. 22, 2007, Joshua Harmon lost his life
when the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter that was transporting him crashed
in Multaka, outside of Kirkuk. Thirteen fellow soldiers also lost
their lives as a result of the Black Hawk crash.
Joshua joined the Army in August 2005, and served his country as a
Combat Medic. He was promoted posthumously to Corporal Aug. 22, 2007, and
was awarded the Bronze Star. In a recent letter to family and friends
Joshua said, "I just stay focused on my job as platoon medic to make
sure my soldiers are taken care of night and day. Sometimes it is a
tiring job, but I have found great pride and satisfaction in performing
Joshua married Kristin Rathjen May 10, 2007. Kristin was the love of
his life and he could not wait to get back into her arms. Joshua was a
2005 graduate of Mentor High School and an accomplished musician on the
guitar and drums. He enjoyed many sports, including bowling, soccer,
Kenpo karate, and working on cars.
Joshua loved animals, especially the family dogs, Mercedes and Ginger.
He adored his little black cat, Sheila. His face lit up every time he
saw Sheila. Joshua always had a smile and was a very giving and caring
person. He was a good friend, wonderful son, devoted husband, and good
citizen. He had previously worked as a master mechanic at Classic Ford
in Mentor before joining the U.S. Army.
Survivors are his wife, Kristin N. (Rathjen) Harmon; mother, Donna (nee
Kriz) Harmon; father, Richard (Leslie) Harmon; brother, Jason
Harmon/Kriz; grandmothers, Mildred Kriz and Dolores Harmon; aunts and uncles,
Kriz, Jim (Robin) Kriz, Kenneth (Linda) Kriz, Chris (Carol) Harmon,
Kevin(Dorleen) Harmon, Kim Harmon, Patricia Kidd and Donna Stock;
parents-in-law, Susan (Timothy)Collins and Jon Rathjen; brother-in-law, John
Rathjen; many very loving cousins, too numerous to list; lifelong
friends, Eric Lemr and Brandon ''Norm'' Alexander; good friends, Jayme Vines,
Scott Walland, Nate Damm and Kyle Fisher; and those who made a
significant difference in Joshua's life, Jeff and Marie Lemr, Ron Vines and
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert F. Kriz, Richard
F. Harmon and Marilyn Rose Harmon. Friends may call 1-3 and 5-9 PM
Thursday at Monreal Funeral Home, 35400 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake. Fr. Tom
Johns will celebrate the mass. Burial will be in Mentor Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions be made in Joshua's name to his
favorite charities. They are Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517,
Topeka, KS 66675-8517, or at www.woundedwarriorproject.org, or the
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box
Phoenix, AZ 85038-9119 or at www.makeawishky.org.
September 16, 2013
the Torr family
Our family is traveling on 90 in Ohio, and noticed the sign that designates this stretch to
Joshua. We immediately googled his name, and I read this page out loud to my family. We
want to express our condolences to your family & say a "thank you" up to
Joshua in heaven for his service, dedication & bravery....
February 18, 2013
My travels to and from work every day take me through the area in Willoughby Hills
designated as "Cpl. Joshua S. Harmon Memorial Highway." Seeing the large sign erected
there serves as a reminder of just how fortunate we are to have dedicated men and women
like Joshua give their all, in service to this great country. This man accomplished much in
his brief life, and left a lasting, positive impression worthy of our honor and respect.
Thank you, Cpl. Harmon.
February 05, 2013
Josh died one day before my 22nd birthday. Before my 23rd birthday, I would enlist in the U.
S. Army because he gave all I decided that I needed to give some. God Bless!!!
May 30, 2012
Upon a recent visit to Las Vegas (May 25, 2012), I had the pleasure of meeting Jason
Harmon. He sat on the lounge next to me at the Mirage pool, and we started a conversation.
I noticed the tattoos all over his arms and back, however, I also noticed the black band that
he had around his right wrist with the name Joshua Harmon. I asked him if he was in the
service and he stated that he was. I asked about the band around his wrist; and he told me
about his brother Cpl. Joshua S. Harmon. I thanked him for his service to our country and
was sorry for his loss. He talked about Joshua and the circumstances around his death in
Iraq to me, my wife and several others that were listening to the conversation. Of course we
did not know Joshua; however, from the way Jason spoke about him, we all felt that we did
know him. Joshua seemed to be a caring person and was passionate about serving his
country; ultimately paying the supreme sacrifice at the age of 20.
I know that there are many other Joshua Harmon stories – too many unfortunately. Joshua’
s story touched Irene and I deeply and being around the Memorial Day holiday – a
celebration of those that served and sacrificed, we should all be thankful – not just during
this period, but each day.
Finally, this all occurred in Las Vegas – a city known for delights and indulgences for its
visitors. However, this city will always remind me of Jason and his brother Joshua and
most importantly about how lucky we are as Americans and that we have people like
Joshua to thank. Thank you.
Memorial Day 2011
SPC Sean Lawlor
Josh was an amazing human being who always stood up for what he believed in and
displayed the true values of a warrior. He was peaceful when he could be and fought when
he had to. He brought a smile to everyone and brightened there day even if neither one of
them spoke the same language. He was the soldier's soldier and was continually trying to
better himself and help others around him. He saved many lives and and changed many for
the better as well. CPL Josh Harmon is the epitome of the American Hero. Wherever you fly
brother this isn't goodbye! We love you!
September 11, 2010
Joshua Harmon was one of the bravest and most admirable people I ever had the pleasure
to know. I attended Mentor High School with Josh, and he used to come up to the skating
rink when we were kids. Josh will be missed so much, deepest sympathies to his wife and
daughter. Keep your heads high, he would want it that way.
August 29, 2009
God bless this brave young man,and may he rest in peace,may all his family and friend,s
get great strength from his memory.
|Joshua receiving the Army Commendation
Medal with V-Device for saving the life of
a fellow soldier.