Fallen Logan County Soldier Laid to Rest

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It was an emotional day in Logan County on Monday for both those that knew Cpl. Josh Moore and even those that didn't.

Cpl. Joshua Moore died on May 30th in Baghdad of wounds suffered when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device.

The Russellville native was assigned to the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

Hundred of people attended Josh's visitation and burial and more lined the streets from Lewisburg to Russellville waving flags in honor of the fallen soldier.

It was certainly a day that will not be forgotten in Logan County, especially for Josh's parents.

"It's so hard to believe that you're gone. There's so many things I'm going to miss", one of Josh's friends said at the funeral.

The death of 20-year old Cpl. Josh Moore came as a shock to everyone that knew him, especially to those that knew him best...his family.

"He was a good guy. He did what he believed in", says Josh's dad, Jeff Moore.

"He wanted to make a difference and he just didn't' do it for him or me, but he did it for you, for the next guy, and I'm so very proud of him, so very proud", says Josh's mom, Carolyn Moore.

To show their support for Josh, hundreds turned up to remember the soldier one last time. From his last ride past his home in the back of his truck, to even the gravesite, they were there to remember their fallen friend and hero.

"That's what means so much. The whole community wants to pay their last respects", says Carolyn Moore.

"We thank you for the life of Cpl. Josh Moore. We thank you for his supreme sacrifice", said Reverend Ronnie Forrest.

A sacrifice, and a hero, that will never be forgotten in Logan County.

"I can see Josh's face with that big smile and his head cocked saying yes...this is the way that I wanted to go out. Because of so many people and the things people have done, he would've been so honored", says Carolyn Moore.

At Josh's funeral, his parents were presented with three medals on behalf of Josh. They received the Purple Heart, The Bronze Star, and a Good Conduct Medal. They were also presented with an American flag at Josh's burial.

Meanwhile, a scholarship has been set up in Josh's honor and a soccer field is being planned for Josh's old elementary school that will be named after him.

His family says they appreciate all the support from the community during this hard time and wanted to thank everyone who helped remember their fallen son and soldier.


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