Joshua R. Whitaker

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Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Whitaker

Special Forces Engineer Sergeant

1st Battalion 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Fort Bragg, NC

KIA Tuesday 15 May 2007 during a firefight near Qalat, Afghanistan

Age 23, A native of Long Beach, Calif

Special Forces Condolences Book

Awards and Decorations

Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

NCO Professional Development Ribbon

Army Service Ribbon

Parachutist Badge

Special Forces Tab. 

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). 

**Information from SFAHQ.com, The Department of Defense, USASOC used in this Article.

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