INDIANA, PA, US
U.S. Marine Corps
LCPL, 2D BN 9TH MAR, (RCT-7, I MEF FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
09/02/2010, CAMP DWYER, AFGHANISTAN
Josh Twigg was an athlete who liked hunting and fishing and tinkering with electronics. He especially enjoyed hanging out with family and friends, making sure they were having fun.
“He was a young man who enjoyed life,” said Bill Packer, Twigg’s high school football coach. “He always had a lot of friends around him.”
Twigg, of Indiana, Pa., always put others first, said his longtime girlfriend, Christina Young.
“He was the most selfless person I know. He was just worried about everyone else,” she said.
Twigg was a 2007 graduate of Penns Manor High School, where he played offensive and defensive tackle for the Comets football team. He was an honors student his senior year.
Twigg joined the Marines shortly after high school and served in Iraq from September 2008 to April 2009. He went to Afghanistan in July.
Twigg, 21, died in combat Sept. 2 in Helmand province. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune.
The following statement was released by the family on September 2, 2010: “The U.S. Marine Corps contacted Mr. and Mrs. Twigg early Thursday morning to inform them that their son, Joshua T. Twigg, was killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan. Josh was proud to serve his country as a Marine, having served previously in Iraq two years ago, and volunteering to be deployed to Afghanistan. Josh’s family asks for your prayers as they grieve the loss of this fine young man who was loved by his parents, longtime girlfriend, brothers, sister, nieces and nephew, as well as his extended family and community of friends who knew and loved him. Please respect their privacy as they mourn.” The release was read by LCpl Twigg’s uncle.
Lance Corporal Twigg is survived by his parents, brothers, his sister, his high school sweetheart and longtime girlfriend, his nephew and his nieces, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother, and three uncles and two aunts.