Army Spc. Joseph T. “Joey” Caron “lived every day God gave him to the fullest” and was a dedicated soldier with a remarkable love for his country, his commanding general in Afghanistan wrote The News Tribune in a Letter to the Editor.
Parkland native Caron, 21, died in a bomb blast April 11 while on foot patrol in the Arghandab River Valley near Kandahar. Some 500 people attended funeral services for the 2007 Washington High School graduate on Sunday. He was buried with military honors at Mountain View Memorial Park.
Caron, a paratrooper, was a member of the 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division that was attached to Task Force Kandahar. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.
“The fact that he was so young reminds us of how much death takes from a man, and how much a young man risks when he takes an oath to serve,” wrote Brig. Gen. Daniel Menard in a letter published today.
Here are his words:
Spc. Joseph Caron, a native of Tacoma, was killed April 11 in the Arghandab River Valley near Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was serving with a battalion of the 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division that was attached to the Canadian-led Task Force Kandahar.
This young man’s dedication to his country was remarkable. From the time he was still in school, Caron had his heart set on joining the armed forces like his father and grandfather before him. He joined the Army and became a paratrooper as soon as he graduated high school.
Caron was only 21 years old when he died. He wasn’t married, and he had no children. He never had the chance to enjoy so many things in life, but he lived every day God gave him to the fullest. He loved his family, he loved to tell jokes, he loved to talk and he loved his fellow soldiers.
The fact that he was so young reminds us of how much death takes from a man, and how much a young man risks when he takes an oath to serve.
Although I’m not an American, when I lose a soldier under my command his nationality makes no difference to me. We are all soldiers sharing the same fight and the same mission.
On behalf of all members of Task Force Kandahar, I offer my condolences to his friends, family and community, who have lost such a brave young man.
Brigadier general Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan