This Memorial Page Established by- Jessica Tingley
In Honor Of Sgt Joshua J Kirk
Sgt. Joshua John Kirk
July 19, 1979 - October 3, 2010
It is foolish and wrong to mourn those who have died. Rather, we should thank God that
such men lived. George S. Patton
Joshua served with the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavlary regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division out of Ft. Carson, Col. He, along with seven others, was killed on October 3,
2009, in a fierce 12 hour battle in the mountainous Kamdesh district, Nuristan Province, near
the eastern border with Pakistan. The assault, one of the most furious battles seen in eight
years of fighting in Afghanistan, occurred less than 20 miles from the site which has since
been written about in the newly released book entitled War; and documentary;Restrepo, by
Joshua was considered a "leader among leaders, a man among men." When the
fight came he was at the front taking care of his men and fighting the fight. One of his
comrades said that "when things go bad its men like Sgt. Kirk that lead the way to fixing
things, and sometimes we lose them as a result. But rest assured that when a man like him
goes down it inspires a whole new generation of men like him.
Joshua genuinely cared about his men. One of his men, Blake Jones, became very close to
Joshua. Shortly before they deployed together he called Blake's father and assured him that
Blake would never be more than a few feet away from him and he would get him back home
Blake Jones had this to say in his eulogy for Joshua. "He earned the nickname
"Combat Kirk" because whenever it was time to do business he suited up and
acted like he could beat Rambo in anything...just seeing the smile on his face when he shot
his 203 was priceless. You could tell he loved every minute of it. I would follow that man
straight to hell if he thought it was a good idea...he would give his life for any one of us. He
was a true hero.
In one of Joshua's last e-mails to the family he said in part, "I always think the friends
we lose will forever be the heroes to us. They will forever be the best of any of us." His
family couldn't agree more.
Joshua, you will forever in our hearts be the best of all of us....always loved, always
remembered, always and forever, our true American hero.
July 10, 2013
I found your lantern after it landed in my yard. "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" was
the inscription after your name.
We never met, but obviously you are very loved and respected by those you left behind.
Thank you for your service, and for being an inspiration.
September 1, 2011
i will never forget you josh. i love and miss you so much my soldier.
|Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk
United States Army
KIA 03 October 2009, Afghanistan