Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Joshua P. Dingler

19, of Hiram, Georgia.
Dingler died in Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq, when his HMMWV accidentally rolled over into a canal. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, Calhoun, Georgia. Died on August 15, 2005.

Spc. Joshua Dingler Memorial ROTC Scholarship fund has been setup at First Horizon's Bank in Dallas, GA (across from Hardy Ford.)

From a mother to a mother

At a moment in time, our sons marched side by side
As you and I looked on with such beaming pride

Those dark green suits, those boots, the rifles,
You and I knew then their goals would never by trivial

At a moment in time, our sons were leaders
As you and I were such big believers

What fine young men they've come to be
Anxious for a cause, not raised to be carefree

At a moment in time, our sons were cadets
And you and I could never forget

The times they shared - the good and the bad
The times they were happy and the times when they were mad

At a moment in time, our sons were friends
Never in a million years did either of us think it would have to end . . .

This way.

At this very moment in time, I am sad for you
I cry and wonder every minute, just what would I do

If at this very moment in time, it wasn't you, but me
Who had lost my son so that others could be free

At this very moment in time, I mourn with you
Joshua was your son, but he was America's son, too

I cannot begin to imagine your pain
The agony of never holding him again

At this very moment in time, I have faith in you
I've noticed you in action - God has plans for you to do

God makes no mistakes and His plan becomes so clear
Once we understand and can move beyond our fear

At this very moment in time, I am proud of you, your family, and your son
For the sacrifice he made, for his country, and for his home

For the flag still flies and freedom rings
And by the grace of God, death has lost its sting

At this moment in time, I am feeling guilt and thankfulness
For I have my son, Joshua to hold and to kiss

Know this dear friend, my sister in Christ
Your son will be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice.

From Mrs. Cleveland to Mrs. Dingler

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"dingler family,

It has been almost eight years since the world lost a great man. Karen, Samuel and Tommy I did not know you guys personally but I did know Josh. He taught me so much of the the army and was just full of life. It was my pleasure and honor to take JROTC with him. There is never a day that goes by that I don't reminence on all the memories that I have of Josh. There is also never a moment that anyone has ever forgotten him. Thank you Tommy and Karen for rasing a great younf man who did what he was passionate for. I wish you and your family my condolences still. To Josh thank you for being the person that you were. you were funny and smart. You will always be my hero. Thank you Josh for your service you will never be forgotten."
jessica davis of dallas Georgia

"Remembering...and ever forgetting your sacrifice and God's Promise we'll meet again at Jesus' Feet."
James Cook of Dallas, GA

"SPC Dingler, you will never be forgotten. Thank you for bringing freedom to so many others!"
LTC Robert Ferry of Memphis TN

"To the family of:Joshua P. Dingler
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. 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""

"I read about you from Karen Kingsbury's Even After. Through the Justin Baker character I see you have not only lost a son,but you have Joshua leaving in everyone who has read the book throughout the world. Joshua did not die in vain. And for all the fallen Joshua Dingler's in America and across the globe,you have set a path for generations to come,that Freedom is what you gave to the world through your blood. May your brave souls rest in peace and your legacy be kept alive through eternity."
Keneuoe Mokoatle of South Africa

"Josh never a day goes by that I don't think of you. You gave all you could for this country. I am proud to have known you, be your friend, and to have served with you. I miss you buddy!"
Matt Deaver of Dallas, Ga

"On Behalf of my family thank you for your continued support for us.
I am Joshua's Brother"
Samuel Dingler of Dallas GA

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Spc. Joshua P. Dingler:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To the Dingler Family,
You do not know me, but boy do I know you. You raised a very sweet, honorable young man. While Josh was 2 years younger than me, he and I became pretty close in school. My Senior year he walked me to nearly all my classes, typically sharing military conversation as we were both to join after graduation. I didn't get to join, due to a knee injury. My little brother, however, was in JROTC with Josh, and is now serving the USMC in Iraq. We speak of Josh often. I wanted to give you my condolences here, because the one time I could have, I couldn't bring myself to do it. You cane through my check-out line at a local store and my heart dropped to my feet at the sight of Samuel. I had never met him, but it didn't take but one glance to figure out who you were. I wish I had hugged you then, and please know that given the chance again, you will be getting one."
Shai of Dallas, Ga

""Joshua P. Dingler Family" my heart goes out to you and pray that God holds you in his hands. I was drawn here by the similarties to my son Eric Dingler who survived Iraq 2003-2004 also young and in the National Guard. I'm very proud of our military's service and honor to their country.

May God bless,"
David Dingler of North Little Rock, AR. USA

"Mrs Dingler. not a day goes by here in Iraq that i don't think of Josh. i wear the bracelet in the memory of him and the other two fallen comrades everyday and every mission. i've had a couple of close calls but the presence of the spirit of Josh and help from the lord i made it through and completed the mission. He will always be remembered"
PFC Jason Tomassini of FOB Sykes, Tall Afar, Iraq

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 x 20 original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families' loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. -The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Leah Hopkins Henry of Atlanta, GA

"From another Georgia Mom of Sgt Pat Tainsh KIA 2/11/04 Baghdad, I would like to connect with parents or other family of this Georgia hero. May peace find its place in your hearts. Sincerely, Deborah Tains heartofahawk@msn.com / www.heartofahawk.com"
Deborah Tainsh of Midland, Ga

"hello i am samantha bagley of resaca ga and i just wanted to say thank you to all the troops who have done a great jod defending our country and i'm very sorry to the familes who have lost there dear loved ones over in iraq may God bless you and be with you through all of your heart aches. Thanks agian Samantha Bagley, 16"
Samantha of Resaca

"I do not recall meeting Josh however my daughter Jess Price was friends with him and I would like to offer my sorrow for your loss. No words can give justice to a child lost, just the hope they are in a better place."
CPT Donald J. Price of LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq

"Josh was one of my favorite people in school, the times on the ROTC bus will never leave my mind. He was one of the people who could make you laugh and smile even if you were in tears. He was loved and he will continue to be loved."
Jess Price of South Boston, VA

"Josh and i knew eachother from the time we were little i remember so much about my "cousin" and all the fun we had together. I just found out yesterday that he died and my heart goes out to Aunt Karen and Uncle Tommy. I feel like i lost a piece of my heart that josh always had. The one thing that keeps coming to mind is when we were little and i had a new stuffed cat and we're sitting at the table and he told me my cat was going to die. I look back at that with fondness and the sorrow that i wont get a chance to talk to him again and find out what was new and tell him what has gone on in my life too. So many years have past and i thought we'd have forever. If i'd known i would have tried to find out how to talk to him sooner. But i know you're in a better place and you'll peek down on us from heaven from time to time. Remember all the fun we had all the laughs and memories we shared from sitting in the atlanta airport to picking pumkins on our camping trip. I miss you Josh and I'll never forget you. EVER. I'm Proud of you for going and serving our country ya did good Joshua you did good.
Rachel of Deland,FL USA

"i had the honor to go to school with josh. i moved to florida before his death and i'm coming up to atlanta to visit for thanksgiving and i'm trying to find out where he is buried thats my number one priority is to see his grave does anyone know where it is. you can email me at civicgirlll@msn.com.my heart goes out to his family and katlyn"
grace of tampa FL.

"I found out a few weeks after the loss of Dingler....I was his company commander in 2001 in JROTC....he was very loved and i know that he is going to be missed by all that were in his company that year and the other years that others shared with him....i know that i will never forget the times that we all had on the bus to hiram every day...josh, john smith, jeff racine,christine cantrell and myself, mechelle smith--now davis---had a good friendship back then...after i heard the news i pulled out my photo of the 5 of us (buddy pic) and just started thinking about all the good memories....i send my love to the family
chelle smith of savannah, ga

"Dear Dingler Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My daughter Spc. Shaneen Armas who is in the Army Reserves as a Chemical Speacialist served in Iraq. Just knowing what I went through while she was gone I can never imagine what you and your family are going through. You and your family must be so proud of your child. As a mother who knows full well that this could of been me instead of you - know that I cried for your child as if he were mine. Because, until I knew the soldier whose life was taken had not been my daughter, your child was mine and I shared in your grief and shed tears for this soldier. For Our Heavenly Father to take him from you so soon, he must of been very special. Take comfort in knowing that you have an Angel in Heaven who is smiling down on you and your family. I would like to share something with you as a mother to another who has lost a child. It's called Little Angel Missed.We miss our little angel, So infinitely dear... We shared a whole lifetime of love In his short lifetime here... If it had been within our power, We'd not have let him go... And yet, we trust the One Who said He loved the children so... And though the years will pass, ("Time heals all wounds", they say...) We'll always miss our angel sweet, The one who flew away... But we can smile- For in God's Heaven, Where little ones are kissed... We know he's in an angel's arms, And never, ever missed."
Marylouise Martinez of Glendora California/ United States

"My Baby, My Son, My Soldier---
Born on a bright morn in the month of June,
Into a little man he would grow too soon.
From there to a bright teen, full of class
Ready to take on the world and kick some *.
US. army was to be his career of choice,
Over this I did not rejoice.
When we found out soon he would be Iraq bound-
My heart just slowly hit the ground.
He was excited, ready to roll--
Thinking he was ready for his first patrol.
Twelve days later he was gone for good-
No longer to see Georgia or good 'ole Ft. Hood.
Instead my boy came home to me one night
After he had made one very long flight.
Gone was the man we thought he would be-
It was my baby they returned to me.

He'll always be your special one....
Spec. Justin W. Johnson KIA 4-10-04"
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, Georgia

"To the Dingler Family:

My times in the military have brought many experiences to me but the ones that I could never forget were the faces of the families who had lost their soldier. Remember that your son was "A Great American Hero." He chose to serve his country at a time of need. Because of soldiers like him we are able to live with so many FREEDOMS. He will never be forgotten. My husband is stationed at FOB St. Michael and said he was a great soldier. Many condolences go out to your family. As we say in the Army; I AM AN AMERICAN SOLDIER, I WILL ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST, I NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT, I WILL NEVER QUIT, I WILL NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE!!!!!!!!!! SPC Dingler was the true American Soldier."
SGT Jenkins of Ft. Gordon, GA

"Dear Dingler Family,
I am A Marine who served in Iraq and always feel the hurt when another one of my brothers has lost their life in the war no matter the branch of service. Especially when it is someone from near my home town. Your sons sacrafice is closest to my heart because of where he is from and also because of my experience over there. On December 10th, 2004 I was performing a routine security stop in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq when things went wrong and I was wounded when my vehicle was rolled 3 times down a ridge. I went through alot to get back home from the recovery of the wounds but thanked God to come home with my life. The scars will always remind me of that place and time just like Josh's memory will live with you always. I understand your pain and appreciate the sacrafice Josh made to this country we all have givin up so much for. God bless Josh, your family and all those who have givin so much. You will always be in my heart. Semper Fidelis and may the Lord be with you always."
Cpl. Phillip J. McClure of Powder Springs, GA

"Dear Katelyn :
I'm very sorry to hear about Josh. He was a very kind and sweet guy. may he rest in peace and may all of our soldiers come home safely.I'm a former residnet of dallas, My family knew the Dinglers very well. I continue to pray for you daily."
Amanda Bennett of newnan ,ga

"Dear Dingler Family:
Im so sorry for your loss. Joshua was a very nice guy. Samuel , I am very sorry for the loss of your big brother . May god bless you and continue holding your family in his hands. Tommy And Karen ,Have faith in god and he will lead the way. Katleyn , Dont worry , he is in a better place .We are continuing to pray for you and your family."
Richard , Katheryn , Amanda,and Collin Bennett of Newnan, Ga

"The Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

Step forward now, you soldier, how shall I deal with you? Have you
always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?

The soldier squared his shoulders and said; "No, Lord, I guess I ain't because those of us who carry
guns,can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays and at
times my talk was tough, and sometimes
I've been violent, because the world
is awefully rough.

But, I never took a penny that wasn't
mine to keep. Though I worked a lot
of overtime, when the bills got just
too steep, and I never passed
a cry for help.

Though at times I shook with fear, and
sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept
unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve
a place among the people here,

They never wanted me around except
to calm their fears. If you've a place
for me here, Lord, It needn't be so
grand, I never expected or had
too much, but if you don't,
I'll understand.

"There was a silence all around the thronewhere the saints had often trod
as the soldier waited quietly,
for the judgment of his God...

"Step forward now, you soldier, you've
borne your burdens well, walk
peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your
time in Hell."

Rest in Peace soldier, Your sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Intagliata of Florida

"joshua dingler was such a nice man..... i would have never thought something like this would happen to such a sweetheart...i went to high school with him and we graduated together....he is a good man.....god bless him and his family."
of dallas ,ga

"karen tommy sammy
josh was a true american fighting for what he loved and believed in. i will never forget those days at ft. rucker and all the drill meets and color guard training. i do not know the pain that his leaving us here on earth has caused you but it will be alright. sammy always remember that josh loves you and he is proud of the wonderful man you have turned into. mr. and mrs. dingler i want to thank you for bringing josh into my life as well as thousands of others he has touched my life and he has showed me what a TRUE AMERICAN is. GOD BLESS YOU
GOD DUTY and COUNTRY!! THANK YOU JOSH for stepping up to the challenge"
jessie allgood of dallas ga

"Joshua was my oldest cousin so he was automatically special to me . Now he is my fallen hero . He meant so much to me and my family . He touched many lives in his 19 years . He made it known that he was a christian . He loved the Lord . He will be missed by our family and I'm sure by many others ."
Jennifer of Brandon , Florida

"To the parents of Joshua P. Dingler. I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Josh but my husband is in the army and has been deployed before. I wish there was some way to take away the pain. Just know that he is safe now and watching over you. God bless you."
Heather Stewart of Fort Bragg, NC

"I did not know Josh very well, but my husband, Matt Deaver, went to high school with him, so the news of his passing hit us hard. Matt is a soldier too and hearing of the death of his friend brought life into a real perspective.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Dingler family and to Katlyn. It takes special people to remain strong at home while their loved ones fight for our freedom. Katlyn, it takes a strong woman to love a soldier and from what I learned during the funeral, you are very strong and he loved you with a soldiers heart as he did God and his family.
Josh will always be in our thoughts and the Dingler family and Katlyn will always be in our prayers. Just take comfort that our hero is now a soldier in the Lord's Army."
Spec. Matt Deaver and Tiffany of Dallas, Ga. stationed in Heidelberg, Germany

"When tomorrow starts without me

And I'm not there to see

If the sun should rise and find your eyes

All filled with tears for me

I wish so much you wouldn't cry

The way you did today

While thinking of the many things

We didn't get to say

I know how much you love me

As much as I love you

And each time that you think of me

I know you'll miss me too

But when tomorrow starts without me

Please try to understand

That an angel came and called my name

And took me by the hand

And said my place was ready

In heaven far above

And that I'd have to leave behind

All those I dearly love

But when I walked through heaven's gates

I felt so much at home

When God looked down and smiled at me

From His great golden throne

He said "This is eternity

And all I've promised you"

Today for life on earth is past

But here it starts anew

I promise no tomorrow

For today will always last

And since each day's the same way

There's no longing for the past

So when tomorrow starts without me

Don't think we're far apart

For every time you think of me

I'm right here in your heart"
Jeannie and Olivia Faith Harn of Douglasville, Georgia

"All of us knew what could happen when we signed up for the millitary after high school. We knew that one day we may be the ones who pay the ultamate sacrifice. But that didnt stop us. You will be missed, but we will drive on. That is what you would want. Mission First! Love ya

1st Inf. Div
1/33 FA"
PFC Stoner of Bamberg, Germany

"Hey Josh. I know where you are now. I am so sorry about our diffrences in high school. I have so much respect for you. You were so brave and corageous. You were a true american. I will never forget the times we had in ROTC we had allot of fun. From color guard to the bus ride back. I am so sorry this has happened to you. My condolences to your parents. You are a Great AMERICAN. Thank you for dieing for your country and for me. You are the man. I look forward to seeing you one day. Now that you are with Jesus, I am glad that you are in a better place. God Bless you man. You will be missed. I am so sorry Tad"
Anthony Toste of Dallas, Ga

"Hello mrs karen and mr.tommy,
i know that you know me and i have always been close to Josh and katelyn and samuel. this is laying on my heart very hard. i know its harder on you. im so sorry josh was one of the best people i have ever known i can replay every lecture he has ever given me and promise me there are so many. he always looked out for us younger ones and was a role model and had the big brother role for everyone. i have asked everyone i can to keep yall in our prayers i just wanted to lat you know for years i have considered Josh a hero to me and that will never change. please give everyone a hug for me and its alot of help to know that Josh is in heaven he was such an amazing person. he has done so much to help me as well as the rest of the youth group at pmbc and im sure many other people. thankyou and im so sorry. with much love,
Nora Christina Dorsey
granddaughter of Elizabeth Lindsey"
Nora Dorsey of Cumming, GA

"I was at one time the Company Commander over Joshua in JROTC. We spent a lot of time together in school due to the fact we were almost like brothers. Both had the same dream of joining the Army and making a life out of it. Though a lot has changed since then I can still remember most of all his laugh and how outgoing he was, the bus trips to Hiram high school and color guards at the basketball and football games.
My Mom was the one who sent me the news of what had happened in for a while I couldn't move. It brought reality to my front door because I ship off for Iraq the beginning of October.
I pray for you in your time of mourning, but just know your son was one of the best I'm sure. He wouldnt settle for anything less.
Please if you need anything, give me call, I'm sure there isn't a whole lot I can do for you, but I'm here if anyone needs me. 404-456-5603"
PFC Smith, Johnathan P of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Dingler Family,
Though i did not know Josh that well, i still knew him. He was an amazing person through and through. Mrs. & Mr. Dingler, you both did an awesome job raising such an amazing son. Hang in there, God is on your side and he will give you the strength and peace at heart to get through this. Lil Sammy, i never got the chance to meet you but you have to be wonderful to be the little brother of Josh. I have heard much about you, and hope to meet you one day. You are a strong young man. Kaitlyn, we all know you love him, and still do. I am praying for you to get through this rough time. Hang in there sweetie...It's all going to be ok. All of you are in my prayers. I will never forget Josh, for i wear a neakless in rememberence of him, and i will never take it off. I Love You All! God Bless
Love & God Bless TaRa"
Tara Dow of Dallas, Georgia

"Our country will always remember young Josh Dingler. He gave his life for his country.

Mrs. and Mr.Dingler,

Our thoughts and prayers will always be with your family. Your son was a true hero. Please always remember that Josh's country will always be with you and your family. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

Never forget Josh Dingler!!

God Bless."
The Little's of Dallas, Ga

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
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

"Joshua you were not only a friend but a brother to me. You taught me so much with being a citizen and how I should stand up for what I believe in. Now that your gone and your in a happier place, I bless your family and your closest friends. May god bless and take care of you all. Mr. and Mrs. Dingler and little Sammy you have a lot ahead of you may god give you the strength you need. Katelyn ive known you forever and a day as I told you earlier I have been here since the beginning of our friendship in elementary school and I will be there until the day you need me no more. I love all of you, your my family.GOD BLESS. Stir-the-sauce!"
Nicole Sturzione of Dallas, Ga

"To Joshua's Family, I am so sorry for your loss and our country's loss of your fine young soldier. The tributes on this page are so beautiful. What a great son you raised. Your Joshua is a true American Hero. Everyone will always remember him and honor him. We are praying for you all. May God Bless you all and God Bless Joshua."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Tommy, Karen,and Samuel,
Words cannot express the sorrow that we fill as we mourn Joshua. He was a true American Hero. We are comforted only in the knowledge that we will see him again. May the peace of God surround you as you mourn your loss and know that we mourn with you.
Much love,
The Cantrells
Michael, Cindy,Elizabeth,and Heather"
of Powder Springs

"Josh you will always be remembered in our thoughts and our prayers. You were the one who taught me how to be a soldier and i appreciate everything you did for me throughout the years. I will always remember you and miss you. My prayers go out to your family and all of the families who have lost family and friends during this conflict. Never let there memory die. Never forget."
Christopher Harris of Minot AFB, ND, USA

"Because of you, I am here
Because of you, I am able to live freely
Yet I do not know you
And I have not done anything for you
But there you stand, ready to fight
And there you are prepared to die
For me
You've fought before
And you'll fight again
For someone you don't know
So thank you Joshua Dingler
Fighting for me
I'm here because of you
And I owe my future to you

God Bless"
Ryan Nesbitt of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

"It takes a special kind of courage for a young person to be faithful to Christ while others might be drifting away. It also takes special courage for a young person to put themselves in danger for the country and the people that they love. SPC Joshua Dingler was the embodiment of BOTH kinds of courage.

It's true what another military mom wrote, that we (dads included) "claim each other's sons and daughters" -- for no matter where our soldier happens to be, we have shed many tears for "our kids" whom we have never met. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this special hero.

Josh's parents are to be commended for raising such fine sons. They seem to have never lost the fact that our children belong to God first. Josh knew this as well -- possibly that's why he made the loving choice to protect us and to make life better for others. Our mere words cannot thank him and his family enough. His ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." -John 15:13"
The Ralston Family of Hiram, GA

"Sorry for the loss, may he rest in peace...my best wishes to the family and friends, God bless you."
Ana.ro of Romania/Spain

"Thank you Josh for your service and sacrifice for this great country. You will never be forgotten. I can't wait to see you again oneday- in Glory land (heaven). By the way you were the best Battalion Commander in JROTC! GOD SPEED

Tommy, Karen, and Samuel and Katelyn,
May God's comfort be with you during this time of sadness, Just know that my family and I are here for you. With MUCH LOVE!"
Jonathan Newman of Douglasville, GA


"Between memory and dream we'll meet again, in the place in our hearts where our love for you lives.
Rest in peace Joshua"

"Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, ROTC, Army! These great programs accented Joshua’s life, but Christ DEFINED his life and it showed in everything he did. Our family always felt proud to hold Josh up to our young son as a role model. It seems only yesterday that he was here, sharing his dreams with us; dreams of being in the military, of making Dad and Mom proud; dreams of making a difference in the world. Thank you, God, for fulfilling these dreams and thank you for allowing Joshua to be a part of our lives. Tommy, Karen, Samuel, - we love you and our prayers are with you."
Lamar & Kim Chastain of Dallas, GA

"We will always honor the ultimate sacrifice that Joshua gave for our freedom. Our family was there as the motor brigade past by through Dallas and even our little ones seemed to sense what a somber but very important moment it was. It makes us hold our kids a little tighter each day not knowing what the next day may bring. You are all in our thoughts, and most of all, our prayers during this most difficult time. God Bless you and keep you."
The Morrison Family (Duran, Leslie, Jordan, Jarret and Jaylee of Dallas, Ga

"Tommy & Karen, my most heart felt condolences to you and your family."
Vicki Evans of Morrow, Ga

"Tommy, Karen, and Samuel:
I felt my heart break when I heard the news of our fallen hero. Our family has shed many tears over the loss of Joshua. Who could fathom the loss of a son other then the God in whom Josh had placed his focus on. He knows and understands your pain and your sorrow he has also experienced what you are experienceing. Place your sorrows in his hands and he will comfort you. We love you dearly, our prayers are continuous. We are here when you need us."
The Langstons, Jeff, Lisa, and Benjamin of Dallas, Georgia

"To The Dingler Family,
Our sincere condolences go out to you and your family for the loss of your son, Joshua. My son and Josh were in ROTC together @ Hiram High School. Josh was a true leader and both parents were very active with thier son's activities. Our hearts go out to each of you, and you are in our prayers. While it is no consolation for your loss, please remember that we, as well as many others in this country appreciate the service, dedication and sacrifices Joshua and your family has made for our country. In love and support....."
Sue and Jared McCleary of Hiram, Ga/USA

"To the Dingler Family,
My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. What a great young man he was to serve and protect his country. As a military mom of a soldier that has just months ago returned from Iraq, I feel as if one of my own has been taken. I will keep you in my prayers and pray that God will comfort you in your time of grief."
Kelly Miller of Dallas, Ga.

"Paulding County will forever claim Spc. Joshua Dingler as their own hero. Mr. & Mrs. Dingler and Samuel my heart breaks for your loss but rejoices that by Joshua's witness we all know that today he is with the Lord. My son was in the war in Iraq in Ah Nasiriyah where their commander said 10 Marines gave their lives to secure a bridge for freedom for the Iraqi people. I faced his mortality then but he came home alive and healthy but military mothers feel relief when their son comes home and guilt when someone else's does not. We military mothers claim each other's sons and daughters and right now we grieve with you. I never knew your son but I can see from his picture what a fine, handsome young soldier he was. Thank God for the promise that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:20 "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" - my faith tells me He was with Joshua to the end of his days in Iraq and my prayer is that you and your family will feel His presence and love in a mighty way."
Vicki Moss of Dallas, Georgia

"I remember always seeing Josh with a smile. He had the best sense of humor. Casey has told me so many stories from the times they had together. Sometimes you can't help but laugh at the memories, and then cry at the loss.

I've looked back at the photos of Josh in his Boy Scout uniform, his ROTC uniform, and his Military uniform. Josh was a soldier. You could see it in him. I am proud to have known Josh.

Tommy, Karen, Samuel, and Katelyn, the Landrum family is praying for you during this time. I am so sorry for your loss. Josh holds a special place in my heart. He will always be a hero to me."
Melody Landrum & Family (Tom, Casey, & Alicia) of Acworth, Georgia

"To the Family of Joshua Dingler,

I have known you for almost 6 years. Tommy, you are a wonderful person and I have nothing but the utmost respect for you. Karen, you are a wonderful mother and a great human being. Samuel, you have 2 of the greatest parents a young man could ask for. Josh was a great person with a wonderful heart. He will never be forgotten. I will carry his life and all of your lives with me in my heart and keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Tommy, Karen, Samuel if there is anything you guys need please don't hesitate to ask. Only the lord knows what you are going through and he is the only one who will be able to help you through this time of morning.

He will not be forgotten!"
Matthew Ferguson of Dallas, GA USA

"Our thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones in this time of tragedy. Thank you for your service to us and our country."
Jay,Krista, Robby, Ashley & Nickolas of Dallas, GA


Thanks so much for your sacrifice for our country. You were always a leader in High School, then in the war, and now you are with your Lord and I feel better knowing that you are watching over us.

I'll miss you man, but I will see you again one day."
David Winters of Dallas, Georgia

"Josh was one of the finest young men we have ever met. A true soldier and a fine young man who was only 19 years old. He was a sower of seed for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Many will be in heaven because of his faithfulness in telling folks about Jesus. Prayers and deepest sympathy to his family and friends"
Larry & Lynn Gunter of Dallas, GA

"Josh you are a ture hero, and will be missed. We appreciate your service to our country. You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers."
David, Vickie And Christopher Harris of Dallas, GA USA

"Thank you for your service young soldier. You are great American who shall never be forgotten. Rest in Peace."
Capt Raymond S. Lopes USMC of Staten Island, New York

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, JOSHUA will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"The Salute

To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a gravetul nation. Rest in peace brave soldier. May God be with you.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joshua and may memories comfort you during this most difficult time and always, We are so sorry for your loss."
Bradford & Dorothy Burt of Rhode Island

"Thank you Joshua Dingler, 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 Spc. Joshua Dingler:
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 Spc. Joshua Dingler:
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