A memorial service for Army Spc. Joseph Thierry Caron is scheduled at 11 a.m. Sunday at Washington High School in Parkland, 12420 Ainsworth Avenue S.
The paratrooper from Tacoma was killed by a bomb blast April 11 while he was on foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley. He was 21 years old.
Caron, called Joey by his family and friends, was a member of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne division. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Memorial services on Sunday will include a military burial at 2:00 p.m. at Mountain View Memorial Park.
The Washington state Patriot Guard Riders, a group of motorcyclists who honor fallen servicemen and women, will pay tribute with a flag line at the high school and at Mountain View and plan to provide an escort between the services.
Caron graduated in 2007 from Washington High School, where he was a member of the Air Force JROTC and the varsity wrestling and football teams.
He also studied martial arts at the Lenderman Acadamy.
Caron was named for his grandfather, a Vietnam vet who lives in Roy.
And he knew in high school what his personal mission was.
“For him there was no other choice,” Washington High School wrestling coach Jason Wiklund said. “What he wanted to do in life was serve his country.”
You can read more about Joey Caron here.
He is survived by his father, Jeff Caron, and mother, Tani Hubbard; step mother Karen Caron; step father Mark Hubbard; brother, Joshua Caron; sister, Cassandra Caron; uncle Patrick Caron; sister Kayla Hubbard; grandparents, Joe and Martha Caron, Mike and Loy Sparling, Bob and Cam Hodge, Al and Marie Nelson, Bud and Adonna Galusha; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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