Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Whitaker
Special Forces Engineer Sergeant
7th Special Forces Group
Fort Bragg, NC
15 May 2007 during a firefight near Qalat, Afghanistan
A native of Long Beach, Calif
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He is survived by his mother, Catherine Whitaker of Long Beach, Calif., his uncle, Robb Whitaker of Signal Hill, Calif. and his father, Frank Dougherty of El Monte, Calif. His aunt, Debra Whitaker and his cousins Rachel and Laura Whitaker, all from Signal Hill, Calif., also survive him.
He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March, 2007.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Whitaker enlisted in the Army Sept. 24, 2003 as a Special Forces candidate. After completing basic combat training, advanced individual training and airborne school at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C. for Special Forces training. Upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2006, he earned the coveted Green Beret and was assigned to 7th SFG (A).
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