Saturday, August 25, 2007

Family Looses Two Sons in Iraq

Army Cpl. Nathan C. Hubbard, 21, of Clovis, Calif.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Aug. 22 in Multaka, Iraq, of injuries suffered when his helicopter crashed.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jared P. Hubbard, 22, of Clovis, Calif.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Nov. 4, 2004 of injuries sustained due to enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq. Also killed was his best friend, Cpl. Jeremiah A. Baro.

Peggy and Jeff Hubbard with a photo of sons Jason, left, and Nathan in 2005. Army Cpl. Nathan Hubbard, 21, was killed Wednesday in northern Iraq. Jason, 33, was serving in the same unit as Nathan.

Photo by Tomas Ovalle, The Fresno Bee

The Hubbard Family of Clovis, California, has just suffered the loss of a second son in Iraq.

LCpl Jared Hubbard, US Marine Corps, was killed in November, 2004. After his death, his two brothers, Jason and Nathan, enlisted in the Army. They enlisted together, went to boot camp together, and were serving together in Iraq.

In a Fall 2005 interview in the Fresno Bee, Nathan Hubbard was asked this question:

Q: Do you support our presence in Iraq?
A: Of course. I joined the military to go over there, but it doesn't matter what the reason is for our presence. The reason for joining is because there are lots of young men in the Army and they keep getting deployed and they're doing their part and they're dying and I want to be there to help and support them.

August 22, 2007, Cpl Nathan Hubbard was killed in a Black Hawk Helicopter crash. Family spokesperson Tim Rolen says, "His brother, Jason, was in another helicopter on the same mission." The men in Jason's helicopter immediately responded at the crash site. Jason escorted Nathan's body to Kuwait and is now on his way home.

The Hubbard family has given two sons to the cause of freedom in Iraq. Our hearts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.

Condolences may be sent to:
The Hubbard Family
c/0 New Hope Community Church
4620 E Nees Avenue
Clovis CA 93611

The family requests that monetary donations be made to the donor's favorite veterans organization or military rehabilitation facility. If donors wish to send money to the Hubbards, the family asks that "Nathan Hubbard Fund" be written in the memo line; the money will go to help disabled veterans.

We have a friend in this Brigade. When he was able to contact us about the crash, he said, "We will continue to fight - and WIN."


Funeral for Cpl Nathan Hubbard

11am Friday - August 31
St. Anthony of Padua at Bullard and Maroa avenues in Fresno. Graveside services will follow at Clovis Memorial Cemetery, at Herndon and Villa avenues.

Read about the Vigil here:


Sarge Charlie said...

The Hubbard family paid a price for our freedom, they are heros, God please bless this family.

Anonymous said...

Dear Hubbard Family: I pray for your family and for your sons. God Bless You All! Mark M.

Ron Simpson said...

I heard about this on the news. It is sad. My heart goes out to the family. I hope the Army reassigns the last brother back home. It may seem like preferential treatment and I know it might not seem fair to some people, but that family has given enough.

R. Don Asbury said...

Thank God for the Hubbard family.
They instilled in their sons the right things. God Bless
RDon Asbury

Anonymous said...

God Bless your Family.Your sons will be truely missed.We need more parents like the Hubbards,and could use more Strong, Dedicated Soldiers like these Young Men.Thankyou to your Sons,They are Heros...God Bless.Sarah H.