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In Memory of Marine Lance Corporal Joshua Barron

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Published on Jun 4, 2015

I rise today in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Joshua Barron from Spokane Valley, Washington. Joshua, a tiltrotor crew chief, died on May 18 of injuries sustained during a training exercise. He was one of the 22 Marines aboard the Osprey that came down in Hawaii near Bellows Air Force Base.

Joshua was raised in Spokane Valley, and graduated from University High School in 2009. Those who knew him called him a superhero, an All-American Kid, and “the best our nation has to offer.” During his service, he earned the National Defense Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal.

The Spokane area was Joshua’s home for his entire life, and it is with a heavy heart that the community that raised him and loves him now says their goodbyes.

My prayers are with the Barron family, as they lay their son to rest this Friday. When he left for the Marines, he left his family a message that read “Because you’re worth it.”

This is testament to the selfless spirit of this fine young man.

Thank you for everything, Joshua. You’re worth it. Rest in peace.

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