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Joshua A Terando


Joshua Adam Terando served in the US Army from 1998-2001. He received Basic and Advanced Individual Training, Mortar and Airborne schools at Ft. Benning, Ga. He also attended the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP), and served in the 3rd Bn. 75th Ranger Regiment.

After leaving military service, he was employed with Boilermakers Local One (Chicago) as a construction Boilermaker apprentice.

Josh was called from the Individual Ready Reserve on 05 June 05, to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to HHC 1st Battalion 110th Infantry, 28th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Panther, based in Camp Habbaniyah (between Ramadi and Fallujah, in Al-Anbar Province). The unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division.

Josh was a Section Leader of a Quick Reaction Force (Archangel), responsible for base security, the support of Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams, providing security for disabled vehicles, medevacs, and the support of other unit operations. Unlike other units, they have no time to prepare for operations, but must react to situations.

On 10 Nov 05, an M1A1 Abrams tank was disabled, and its loader shot by a sniper. The QRF responded and secured the area for removal of the loader. They were then sent to locate the sniper. After clearing the suspected factory buildings, Josh took his Platoon Leader’s pistol and climbed the 60-70 feet to the roof. Two minutes later, there was a single shot; he had been shot through the mouth.

Josh’s team came to his aid (under fire) and setup security and began lifesaving measures, but his airway was destroyed. He died in the arms of his comrades. Josh was pronounced dead at the hospital in Taqaddum. Sergeant Joshua Adam Terando is buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, in Elwood, Illinois.

His awards include: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense, Iraq Campaign, War on Global Terrorism, Armed Forces Reserve (with “M”), Army Service Ribbon; Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Expert Rifle Qualification Badge, 28th Infantry combat patch, 2nd Marine Division combat patch.

Joshua’s portrait is also located on Poster 7

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