Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Pfc. Joshua P. Klinger

21, of Easton, Pennsylvania.
Klinger died as a result of an explosion from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on June 14, 2005.

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"hi my name is Olivia and i am ur cousin josh i never meet you before but i wish that you were alive and can know each other"
Olivia Gafford of Easton Pa

"I visit my family quite often in Easton Pa. and my loved ones who have passed on, they too are buried on top of that hill at Saint Johns Cemetary. Visiting today, I could not help but notice Josh's headstone and flag as I was leaving the cemetary.

It's just so hard to believe he has passed, he was so young. I have done some reading on Josh, and he was quite a Marine, Fallen Heroes Memorial and Express Times.

I want you to know, even though I didn't know Josh, when visiting the hill, I will always stop by to let him know , he will not be forgotten and to thank him for his service to our country.

I have two sons, its not easy with them, but to lose one, I couldn't imagine. I lost a nephew at 21 in an auto accident, he also sits on top of that hill, so long ago, but never forgotten...
God Bless you and your family..."
Ernie Beidleman of Owings Mills, Maryland

"Aug. 6, 2012 - Today is your 29th birthday,Josh. We wish you were here to celebrate with us. Time does not escape us, for you are eternally present in our hearts and thoughts. I talk to you everyday and miss you more than words can express. We cannot begin to comprehend or question the journey that was planned out for your life here on Earth. All we can do now is hold on to the beautiful, funny, and proud memories that are tucked away in our hearts for safekeeping until we meet you again in Heaven. What a glorious day that will be! Love you always my brave Hero <3
*PLEASE-To those who posted below, you may contact us at philklinger@hotmail.com"
Your Proud Marine Mom of Easton, PA

"If things could be changed, and I could have said something, I would have. You didn't join for the reasons I did. That's what makes you a Hero. If I could take that day back, and say something, it would have been the correct person in that position. I miss you and Eric. Things should be a lot different. I will never understand it but I never forget."
Sgt. Misplaced

"Klinger,

The 82 car is racing with your picture adorning its hood today at Pocono Raceway. What I wouldn't give to be able to be there. What an amazing and touching tribute to a man who has touched so many in his life and sacrificed everything.
I check back to this site periodically and it touches my heart to see the manifestation of support that your family has received over the years. I think of you often, and every time I do it brings a smile to my face. I have carried you with me every place I have gone. You don't even realize how much you've given strength to rest of us left here to remember those bright eyes, that HUGE smile and that quiet strength. We will never forget you, Josh. Keep an eye out for the rest of us, until we meet again."
K.B. of Germantown, MD

"Klinger, I remember us being in boot camp together, and talking about what we were going to do the moment we got home, "home cooked meal, and a cold beer". Also, the day we went for our pictures, and after being "trained" the majority of the day, we sat down and almost fell asleep waiting for the flash. For the past 7 yrs, I've been wearing a bracelet in your honor, and yesterday after a very long time, i was finally able to talk to your mom and we spent most of the day remembering how awesome you are. I will keep the promise I made to you, and upon my EAS, I will return the bracelet back to your parents, which I know is something you won't mind. You are still here, the only difference is that you got orders to guard the gates of heaven. I miss you a lot brother, and always keep you in my heart."
PFC Ricardo D. Penedo Suero of Triangle/Quantico VA

"Josh we got Osama! Thank you for your sacrifice! I miss ya bro! Rest in peace!"
Ssg Walter of Easton pa

"Josh we got Osama! Thank you for your sacrifice! I miss ya bro! Rest in peace!"
Ssh Walter of Easton pa

"I started a page for Josh on together we serverd I thought it was the least I could do. If anyone has pics or any info they want on that page please send it to me at jshepard70@yahoo.com.
I was greatfull I had the chance to serve with him.
R/S
Joshua Shepard SGT/USMC"
of VA

"November 16 2009. To Klingers Family, Klinger was a fine Marine, I was his senior in the Corps by a few years and i watched him become a brother we could count on. I remember the morning of June 14 2005 perfectly. I smile when I see that vibrant young Marine making us laugh, even Gunny had a chuckle. We were on a roof getting the morning report and he was re-enacting the "KLinger kick". Too funny man. You always carried a happy heart. I speak your name often and carry you in my heart, thank you for being my brother and for being my keeper."
SGT.Williams of Malta,OH

"June 16, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Joshua P. Klinger:
Joshua gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Josh
We played basketball together for the township. I wanted to thank you for everything you did for our country. I also wanted to say that i will always remember you and never forget your sacrafice"
Matthew Walter of Bethlehem twn. pa

"Josh; so we never really knew each other much i was really too young.. but i know your safe and i know your the one who is keeping danny safe now. i just wanted to thank you because i trust that you will look over him until he comes home..RIP..you will never be forgotten"
Jessica of Hellertown PA

"Klinger....i still can't believe it...you passed last year while i was over here in the same fight you were in just in another part of this hell hole and now I'm back over here again...a friend of mine showed me this website so i'm stopping by to let you know your being thought of...watch over me and the rest of our brothers as we continue to march on...you will never be forgotten..to the Klinger family...I went to high school with him and hung around with him a few times...he is a great person and did not deserve what happened to him...i know we mourn is passing but lets not forget all of his accomplishments he had while becoming the man he grew to be...Josh may not be with us physically but he will be with us all in spirit....god bless you josh...from a fellow Marine and hometown friend.

"Godspeed"
CPL Gittings, Jason of Easton, PA

"Josh- a great person, an excellent guitar player, a man who stepped up and joined the Marines to change and better his life. He will never be forgotten and always in our memories and in our hearts."
Jenn of Easton, PA

"To the family of JOSHUA KLINGER
I am a cousin of Joshua, my grandfather was frederick klinger born in Paterson NJ...And I want to send my love and prayers that God will give you peace.
I never was able to get to know Josh, but knowing he was one of my family I am extra saddened, But I think GOD has a special place in heaven for our fallen heroes,and soon we will see him again"
Kathy Deyoe of Newcastle,Washington state

"Alison,
I just wanted to say how sorry I am about Josh. From what I remember of him, he was a really sweet kid. I know this has probably been harder than words can express on you and your family, but I hope you can take solace in the fact that he died fighting for his country and that he is in God's arms now. Again, I am very sorry, and my thoughts and prayers are with you."
Kellie Danser of Tampa, Fl

"Josh..i miss you so much. nothing has been the same since you've been gone. i miss your voice..your smile :) all the things that made you..none of that can be replaced. i'm glad i met you a few years ago tho, if i hadn't, i duno where i'd be.. you were probably the nicest guy i've ever met.. and you know, thats always important.. i'm sorry you had to go so soon, but obviously God had better plans for you. i just wish i could of said goodbye and hugged you one more time. i love & miss you so much :) you'll be in my heart forever<3"
Dana of Phillipsburg, NJ

"to the family of joshua klinger...
i served with your son in iraq in 1/6 and i trained with him at SOI too...im so sorry for your loss...it was a big loss for me too...he was the only one who would go to a carshow with me one weekend after everyone bailed out...he was a good friend...i believe your loss was shared with everyone in Bravo CO 1/6 and all of us in 1/6 who trained with him at SOI...im sorry it took so long for me to get to this day but i had my own difficult situation i had to take care of...but i would like for you guys to email me back at parkbrian1@gmail.com because i was unable to attend any memorial service for Klinger and its been bothering me since i heard of his death while we were overseas...please email me back so that maybe i may be able to make some kind of arrangements to pay my last respects...thank you and once again im so sorry for your loss...Brian Park"
Brian Park of NY,NY

"To the family of:Joshua P Klinger I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"My heartfelt sympathy to the Klinger family in the loss of your dear son, brother, and hero Joshua. I did not know Joshua,( I lived in the Easton/Bangor PA area 52 yrs, including Williams Twsp. Morvale Road) but my heart is broken and I am sadden for your loss of such a wonderful young man. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. I did enter and sign the www.legacy.com guest book previously. Seth
I am in PA visiting my family and friends and had an opportunity to visit a dear friend. His name is Louie. Our grandparents and parents knew each other and when we were born, Louie (who is 13 yrs older than me) use to take me to church. While at his house his two grandsons came to visit. I hadn't seen them for 6 years. Nickie (17 Wilson High) asked me about the bracelet I had on and I told him that I was wearing it to honor Joshua. Nickie told me he knew you from Wilson High and you have some classes together etc. He thanked me for wearing it and I asked him to let you know that I think of his family and Joshua each day.
I send each of you a hug from my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom
gugart@msn.com

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~"
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith of Springfield, VA

"Sharon, I do not have, nor am I able, to speak words that that could possibly express my sadness and my emotions, for you and your family over the loss of your son. Tonight I received one of those Questionaire type e-mail letters from my son,.. " what's your favorite_____" or "have you ever___?" type questions. One of the questions on this particular one I recieved tonight was: "When was the last time you cried?" The answer was short and blunt...when Klinger died.
My son served in Iraq with the USMC and with your son. (1/6)
Thoughts of you circle my consious thinking so very often... I cannot explain nor will I try.
Instead, I will thank you for rearing a fine young man, your precious child. I honor his parents and his memory."
Gail Posey of Live Oak, FL

"klinger, its cotter. i just heard about you today, i made a group about you today also, so far i got ocampos, marrzoni, cruz, roseado and chen.
we will pray for you tonight.
oorah and semper fi"
lcpl cotter of new river air station

"Sharon and Phil, having met both of you I think I know what Josh must have been like a little.No words can express my feelings,all I can say is that he was a Marine in all the finest terms,and someone I wish i had known . All my marathons will be dedicated to his memory,its the least i can do,he will never be forgotten."
STSCS(SS) Sid Busch,USN(RET) of Charleston SC

"To the family of Josh,
I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. I went to Wilson High School with Josh and was shocked to hear of what happened. He will never be forgotten for his bravery."
Bryan Gyurkovics of Wilson, pa

"Sharon,
What can I say to you? My son has not come right out and said "Because of Joshua, I'm still here." But I suspect this may be the case. Joshua is the first down-man for my son in three tours of combat. My son has seen and done many "war" things. So far it all kinda rolled off his back. Joshua is not rolling off his back. Every time my son does good from this day forward I truely believe that I will remember Joshua at that point in time and Thank him and you that I am standing there able to be proud of my son.
I think it only follows that there are several young Marines and more then a few mothers who will remember Joshua frequently and forever.
The more I learn, the more I know. I know you MUST be an exceptional mom because Joshua was obviously an exceptional man. It doesn't matter where you look, if there are comments about Joshua, he has more space then anyone else. Always.
It is very obvious that he touched many lives in an exceptional way. Here I sit at the top of the Rockies and never even heard of him until June 18. Now, I don't think I pass three hours without thinking of Joshua and being grateful that he touched my life.
I know that there is nothing anyone can say to help you. But to help me, I needed to say "something" to you.
My son has a seat on the first of four flights out on 9-9. I believe that he would like to contect you. Please respond to him at: Kym P O Box 345 Montrose CO 81402.

When God calls a child
To dwell with him above
The mother always questions
The wisdom of his love
For no heartache can compare
With the death of one's own child
Especally when he's done so much
To make your world Wonderful and mild
Perhaps God tires of calling
The aged to his fold
And so he picks a rosebud
Before it can grow old
Believing this is difficult
Still somehow you must try
The saddest word mankkind knows
Will always be "Goodbye."
So. . . When a child departs
We who are left behind
Must realize
God loves all of us
But Angels are hard to find."
Shawna of Montrose CO

"To the family of Joshua Klinger, I received the video on e mail and it hit hard, so many similiarities between him and our LCpl Juston Thacker, Juston was born 4/5/83 KIA in Afghanistan on 6/24/04. He believed he could make a difference, he and 2 others surprised the Taliban setting IEDs and 2 of them lost their lives the 3rd badly wounded . These brave young men gave their all for us. They are so dedicated and honorable. We shall forever keep their memories close in our hearts. I said a prayer for your family today. Know he is in the Hall of Heroes. May God send his healing grace to you. We are the proud grandparents of Juston. We may be contacted at: www.lcpljustontthacker.com"
Dixie & Tom Sisk of Princeton, WV

"To Joshua's Family, I wish to extend my deepest condolences on your loss of Joshua. What a fine young Marine you raised. Joshua is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Josh,

I love you and will never forget you. You are in my thoughts every day.Your smile, your shyness, your coolness, your braveness. I know you are now safe in Heaven where no one can hurt you.Your are a true brave Hero. Thank You for trying to protect us from the cowards."
Aunt Elaine of Easton, Pa

"one so loved he shall remain forever in our hearts hopes and fallen tears <33"
korryne of easton pa USA

"Klinger,
Thats your first name to me. In our brotherhood, your last name is your first. From Paris Island to SOI and then to 1/6 B co. together, getting to know each other little by little. Many days spent just hanging out after work. Being two of the new guys in the same squad had us both wondering why we were sent to sweep or mopp the same spot over and over. You never question what mattered like our mission at hand. You never asked why you had to come to this country to fight for some other humans freedom. I now have one question and so do the rest of your brothers since that day. To the Klinger family. Josh and I were good friends and in the same squad together. We spent a lot of time after work together and I know one thing for sure..... your son eats more chinese food than the population of New York. He was the bravest of Marines and I am proud to have served and to have worn the same uniform as he. He will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!"
LCpl Pellum of Fallujah, Iraq

"To the family and friends of Private First Class Joshua P. Klinger,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California USA

"Dearest Klinger Family,

I have thought of you often since my father called saying yet another family in his circle had been touched by loss. It's been 19 months and 3 days since my life was changed forever when Maj. Steven Plumhoff was killed in Afghanistan. I'm not sure I'll ever stop counting the days.....

There is nothing I can say to ease your pain. I just wanted you to know that you are all in my thoughts & prayers.

On behalf of the Plumhoff Family - be blessed, take care of yourselves and be kind to one another.

Warmest regards - Kerensa
06/26/2005"
Kerensa Woodring of North Plainfield, NJ

"God bless you in your time of loss. Our son graduated SOI with Joshua. He was fighting along side him on June 14th. He called us after Josh's Memorial Service, still in shock. Josh was loved by many and admired by our son. Our prayers are with you."
T. Mathis of Elkton, MD/USA

"Oh beloved brother Josh,
How I long to see you again, hear you again, and talk to you again. Losing you has been the hardest thing that we have ever been through, but knowing that you will finish serving in Heaven is a comfort in our hearts. God only wants the bravest, most couragous, and strongest leaders. He has found the perfect one, you. Your memory will stay strong in our hearts for the rest of our lives. We will meet again one day in Heaven.
Love forever and ever,
Ali"
Alison Klinger of Easton, PA 18042

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"You left as a young kid...and came back a man, a real American hero worthy of our country's highest praise and gratitude. I'm still trying to come to terms with your passing, along with our entire family, and have been struggling with the words to express just how much I miss you and how PROUD I am of the path that you chose in life - you were the first Klinger in over 2 generations to serve in the military. I will always remember the talk we had at Christmas and how excited you were to fight for Iraq's freedom alongside your fellow soldiers. Despite your inevitable deployment, you were bursting with such discipline, bravery and courage!!! I can't express into words how much I admire and respect you for volunteering to fight on the front lines for peace in a place teeming with so much evil, hatred, and spite. Although we didn't get to see each other much as we got older, I'm so grateful for all the time I spent with you, how much I enjoyed hearing your musical talents, how glad I am that you are part of my family. Your bold sacrifice will always be at the forefront of my heart and mind. I know that God is with you; may you always rest in peace, knowing that you lived your life in every way that it can be lived. I love you cousin, and will miss you always, now and forever."
Mark D. Klinger of Birmingham, AL

"Josh,
You will never ever be forgotten. You gave your life to protect the lives of every single person in this country. I will never forget what you sacrificed for your country, family, and friends. You are not only an American Hero but you are also my Hero!!
Semper Fi Josh"
Chris Elphick of Pen Argyl, PA

"I am so sorry for your loss My fiance was fighting along side with him. They will always remember him as a hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice- You will forever be in our hearts"
Sarah of Elkton, MD

"I am so sorry for your loss My fiance was fighting along side with him. They will always remember him as a hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice- You will forever be in our hearts"
Sarah of Elkton, MD

"Josh will never be forgotten.
He is a true hero, and he gave his life so that others will be safe.
He is loved and will be missed forever.
All my love to his entire family."
Sarah of Easton, Pennsylvania

"Marine Pfc. Joshua P. Klinger, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.""
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"TP THE KLINGER FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN OF THE LOST TO JOSHUA AND TO YOUR FAMILY. JOSHUA WAS MORE THEN A SOLDIER AND AHERO! HE HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. AN HE WILL BE REMEMBERED BY ALL. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEBERED AND NEVER EVER FORGOTTEN. WE LOST OUR SON LAST MAY. AN ONE THING COMING OUT OF THIS. i LEARNED ONE IT WAS YOUR MISSION IN LIFE. AN YOU AS WITH MY SON, AND OTHER SON'S AND DAUGHTER'S YOU ARE FAMILY. AN OUR FAMILIES ARE TOGETHER NOT ALONE. JOSHUA I APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. YOU HAVE HELPED TO FIGHT TERRORISMA AND TO GIVE OTHERS A NEW BEGINNING. ON 911 WE UNDERSTOOD! AN JOSHUA YOU MADE A DIFFERNCE AND ARE APART OF HISTORY."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Joshua will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Joshua Klinger, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Joshua Klinger:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Joshua for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Joshua Klinger:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Joshua, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on