Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Birchfield, 1985-2010

Birchfield   Marine Lance Corporal Joshua H. Birchfield, 24, of Westville, IN, died on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, in Afghanistan.

   Joshua was born on May 24, 1985, to Bruce Birchfield and Michelle “Shelley” Hacker (nee Hale), who both survive him.

   Joshua proudly served in the military as a Marine. He loved playing baseball and softball, hanging out with his friends, and fishing with his father. He was known as the storyteller of his group of friends.

   Joshua is also survived by his grandmother, Frances Birchfield of LaPorte; two sisters, Rachael and Emily Birchfield, both of Westville; his stepfather, Ron Hacker, step-grandparents Howard and Martha Hacker, step-great-grandmother Mary Dickinson, all of Westville; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and also tons and tons of friends.

   He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harold Birchfield, and his grandparents, Ida and Bobby Hale.

   Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Newhard Funeral Home, Westville. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. at Westville High School. Pastor Carl Galloway will officiate. Burial will take place at Pinhook Cemetery.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Joshua Birchfield Memorial Fund, c/o Newhard Funeral Home, 58 W. Walnut St., Westville, IN 46391.

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  1. Jeffrey Holtz

    Feb 24. 2010

    At the announcement of the death of Joshua H. Birchfield, the LaPorte community has lost a citizen who, when our country needed defenders, bravely risked his life.

    Although not a soldier myself, I have a comrade’s regard for those who were, and I consider it an honor to know he was a LaPortean who has fought his last fight, and already heard the last roll call.

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  2. ollie mccartney

    Mar 04. 2010

    I’m outraged that this Marine was killed by opium-fueled private contractors. Why won’t Obama stop this senseless waste of lives by outsourcing our Defense?

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  3. dear friends of lance cpl. joshua birchfield, please tell every one that he will never be forgotten. joshua and 172 hoosier heroes are remembered in a state memorial in westfield, indiana. the fallen hoosier heroes memorial for endruing freedom is a memorial that honor’s the men and women from indiana who have paid the supreme sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

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