Slain Soldier Remembered By Friends

By: Jennifer Rogers
By: Jennifer Rogers

Just a few months after Reed High School graduate Lance Corporal
Donald Cline died in battle, fellow alumnus Captain Joshua Byers has
met the same fate.

The Department of Defense confirms he was killed Wednesday when
his convoy was ambushed in northern Iraq.

On Friday, I met with friends and former teachers who remember Byers
from his high school days.

"There is nothing that I can do or we can do to erase the loss for
parents losing a son. But the one thing we can do is never forget the
sacrifice made by Josh Byers," said Senator Harry Reid.

He was remembered throughout the state.

Twenty-nine-year-old Joshua Byers was a son, a brother, a husband, and a great student, according to friend Jessie Jobe.

"The students liked him as well as the other staff members. You have to be pretty special to win a unit like that I think," Jobe said.

Jobe's husband was Byers' commanding ROTC officer at Reed High
School. The star student was promoted his senior year in 1992 to the
highest honor - Cadet Commander.

Soon after graduation his future began. Byers attended West Point
Academy and graduated in 1996 - he then worked throughout the United
States as an officer with the Army before he ended up stationed in
Fort Carson, Colorado.

Soon he was deployed with the Cavalry Regiment to Iraq where Captain Byers met his fate.

A fate leaving only memories.

"Loving, caring, respectful. I think he got that from his parents and a
very responsible young man. Straight and narrow, always stood very
tall always had a smile for you and a handshake," Jobe said.

It was a handshake many say they will never forget.

Captain Josh Byers leaves behind a wife in Colorado, two bothers
in Nashville, and his parents, who are missionaries living in Guam.

A memorial service will be held in Fort Carson, Colorado next Wednesday.


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