Lynwood, Washington, USA
Specialist, Troop G, 3rd Cavalry Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment
04/19/2012, Fort Hood, Texas
Joshua Aaron Martin, born on July 20, 1991, was an unforgettable man dedicated to his family, his country and God.
Josh grew up in Waldport, Oregon and Lynnwood, Washington. He was known for his devotion to serving the Lord as member of Christ the Rock Fellowship, where his faith was a model for his religious community. He showed academic commitment as well, graduating from Meadowdale High School in 2009, where he was well-liked by classmates for his joyful and energetic spirit.
After graduating, Josh realized that he wanted to do more to serve the country he loved so much. He decided to join the US Army and entered active duty in October 2009, and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas starting February 2010. He was sent overseas to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn from August 2010 to August 2011. A distinguished soldier, he earned the rank of Cavalry Scout and received many decorations and awards for honorable service including the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.
Josh also treasured his family very much often saying, “Family is everything, everything is family.” He loved all of his family members, especially his parents Keith Martin and Sheryle Martin; his sisters Cynica Minica and Shianne Martin, his grandparents John Martin and Lorraine Martin, Frank and Ann Marie Lechuga, and Wayne and Judy Moss; among many other people.
Josh was an excellent human being who always believed in being himself. One of his favorite quotes was “to thine own self be true, there is nothing worse than pretending to be something you’re not”.