CHILLICOTHE, OH, US
U. S. Army
SSG, 541ST ENG CO, 54TH ENG BN, 18TH EN BDE, BAMBERG, GERMANY
03/22/2011, BONDOLA, AFGHANISTAN
Army Staff Sergeant Joshua S. Gire of Chillicothe, Ohio, was killed in Logar Province, Afghanistan, on March 22, 2011, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, Bamberg, Germany.
Joshua was a 2000 graduate of Huntington High School in southern Ross County. He had been stationed in Germany, but was serving a second tour in Afghanistan at the time of his death. He enlisted in the Army in 2001. He was twenty-eight years old. Joshua is described by family members as a wonderful man who was very proud of his children and who very much loved his wife. The family loved Josh a great deal. It’s a huge, huge, huge loss for our family, our country and the communities affected. We are very proud of him. He was a third-generation Army soldier and had served in Kosovo and Iraq. He graduated from Huntington High School and enlisted before the September 11 terror attacks on New York City.
Joshua is survived by numerous loving relatives including his wife, Jackie and children Nicholas, age 5 and Riley, age 3; his mother, Peggy Hunt and her husband Dale; father Paul Gire Jr.; brothers, Mike Donahue, Paul Gire III, and John Hunt; one sister Beth Hunt and a step-sister Sandy (Hunt) Bourne.
“He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” (W.Shakespeare)