BATTLE CREEK, MI, US
SSG, 527TH MILITARY POLICE CO, 709TH MILITARY POLICE BN, USAG HOHENFELS, GE
07/05/2011, ROUTE VIRGINIA, AFGHANISTAN
Staff Sergeant Joshua A. Throckmorton died on July 5, 2011 of injuries sustained in combat operations as their unit was hit with an improvised explosive device. SSG Throckmorton was assigned to the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Hohenfels, Germany. He and his unit were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Patka Province, Afghanistan.
The twenty-eight year old was from Battle Creek Michigan. He was an honors student who graduated in 2001 from Battle Creek Central High School, had been stationed in Hohenfels, Germany and was deployed to Afghanistan in April. He also had served in Iraq.
He was a soldier doing his job and one who couldn’t wait to get home to enjoy his family. High school staff remembers him as a solid citizen and a young man well liked. He was very respectful and pleasant; and Battle Creek Central High School appreciated his bright spirit.
He was recognized as a strong team player and an individual who would try hard to improve any situation. Joshua Throckmorton was also one of twelve seniors on the 2000 Bearcat football team that started with a 1-3 record but played for the conference championship. He was an undersized football player, but that did not stop him from being one of the leaders of the offensive line. He worked hard at football and is remembered as a really good guy who quietly inspired underclassmen. His persistence and hard work in football is partly credited for the school’s recent undefeated two years.
The soldier’s wife, Leslie, said Throckmorton “was an amazing man. He loved his three children to death. They were his world. His family meant everything to him.”