Private Joshua Anthony Richard Young, 21, was one of five soldiers killed on January 28, 2008, in Mosul, Iraq. Joshua was from the small town of Riddle, Oregon. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
Young joined the Army in May of 2007, and joined the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in September, according to the military. He was deployed in December.
Young graduated from Churchill Alternative High School in 2004. Young played high school football and loved animals. He planned to make the military his career and aspired to earn a degree in computer graphic design.
Young was a quiet young man who was an accomplished artist, Butler’s father said. “Friends and I were sitting down at Papa’s Pizza with Josh and L.J. one night and Josh had a piece of paper in front of him,” Larry Butler said. “And about 15 minutes later he hands us this picture of me and my two friends, the whole background the table and everything. It was great.”
His father, step-mother and some silblings lived in Whittier, California, where Joshua was born. His mother, Dawnya Fouts,two sisters reside in Riddle, Oregon. Joshua spent time between the two. Joshua's father said the family kept in touch with his son via the Internet. "His sisters sent e-mail back and forth to him," Anthony said.
Memorial Service for Pvt Joshua A. R. Young will be held on Thursday, February 7th at 1:00 p.m. at the: Douglas County Fairgrounds 2110 SW Frear Roseburg Oregon. The Patriot Guard Riders will be in attendance. Burial will be at Roseberg National Cemetery.