Tributes & Vigils Category: US Marine
Name: Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard
From: New Portland, Maine
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay
Incident: Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard died Aug. 14 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Died: August 14, 2009
2/3 Marine dies in Afghanistan
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Defense Department officials Aug. 17 identified a Marine killed Aug. 14 in Afghanistan as Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard.
Bernard, 21, a rifleman from New Portland, Maine, died while he was supporting operations in Helmand province, military officials said.
The combat deployment was the second for Bernard, who enlisted in November 2006 and joined Hawaii-based 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, in May 2007 and deployed with the battalion to Iraq in 2008, Marine Corps Base-Hawaii officials said in a news release. The battalion is operating as part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Afghanistan.
Bernard had received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, officials said.