A Northern Nevada soldier killed in Afghanistan was laid to rest on Sunday. But not before his family and friends reflected on his life at a memorial service at Douglas High School in Minden.
He attended Douglas High School, and that’s where he was remembered today. Chinook helicopters, like the Josh flew, passed overhead. The memorial service was filled with memories of a soldier, son, father and husband.
Rodgers’ wife Casey shared a note which he had written to her, reading ‘You are truly my soulmate.’
The Army soldier also leaves behind three young daughters.
Casey was presented with medals, including the Purple Heart. She hugged members of the military, referring to them as “her boys.”
Boots hung above the Douglas High softball field, and some held pictures. Joshua’s fellow servicemen admire his dedication to his country and his family.
Others remembered Josh's love of dirt-bikes, and his cousin took a ride in Josh's honor.
Josh cared for, and had an impact, on many others too. The emotional toll is evident. He was interred at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden.
Rodgers was a member of the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Brigade Combat Team, and was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC where he lived with his family.
Rodgers lived in Carson City most of his life, starting high school at Carson High and graduated from Douglas High School in 1997.
29-year-old Joshua Rogers was the co-pilot of a Chinook helicopter shot down by enemy fire on May 30th. Five soldiers were killed when the craft went down.
Joe Harrington, KOLO 8 News