Marine From Danville Killed in Afghanistan

Death of Joshua Corral was announced at Friday night football game.

Bay City News Service

A 19-year-old Marine from Danville was killed in Afghanistan Friday, according to a Danville city councilman.

Joshua Corral, a 2010 graduate of , was killed in Afghanistan Friday afternoon, according to Councilman Mike Doyle. The Department of Defense had not released notification of Corral's death as of Saturday afternoon.

According to a iCasualties.org, two members of international security forces died in southern Afghanistan on Friday; one died following an attack by insurgents; the other was killed by a roadside bomb. 

Corral played freshman football at the high school, and his death was announced to the crowd attending against Castro Valley.

"Everybody's devastated here because he was a nice, nice, nice, nice boy," Doyle said Saturday morning when reached by phone.

According to a story in the San Jose Mercury News, Corral's family was headed to Delaware Saturday to pick up his body.

He has three brothers, one of whom is a student at San Ramon Valley High, and was remembered as a great kid who got along with everyone, according to the article.

Corral was one of seven Danville service people honored at an Operation Welcome Home event last December, but he was unable to attend.

According to a U.S. Marines newsletter, Corral was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines division based in Southern California and had been promoted to Lance Corporal in June.

His death represents the second Bay Area war casualty in as many days. Sean Walsh, a 21-year-old California National Guard soldier from San Jose, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan's Khost Province, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Walsh died from injuries suffered when he encountered indirect fire during combat operations. He is the second California National Guardsman to be killed in action in Afghanistan.

RWCook November 20, 2011 at 01:15 AM
We are honored to have young men like this in our midst. A nation's and community's gratitude, I am sure, cannot begin to compensate for the unimaginable grief...
Lifestyles of the Destitute and Obscure November 20, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Sad, sad, sad. Cliche, but it seems that it's always the good who die young. My heart goes out to the family, esp. Josh's brothers. It seems there are often support groups for grieving parents, but so many times siblings are left to figure it out on their own, and that pain never goes away. Many thoughts and prayers for them.
Ralph Hoffmann November 20, 2011 at 11:25 PM
I share the tears of Councilman Robert Storer. I was in Advanced Army ROTC, while at Georgia Tech, hoping to get my 2nd Lt. Commission and go to Viet Nam. My full Col. PMS suggested I could better serve my country working in the Oil Industry. I may owe my long life to that Army Col.
Bridgett OConnor November 23, 2011 at 08:00 PM
I did not know Josh, but as a mother of 15 years old twins, my heart is broken and I am angry. Why are we sending kids into battle? Why wasn't there more options and choices for this kid? And, yes, he was a kid. The brain isn't fully developed until the early twenties. I could say a lot more but what's the point, other then, there is no way any of my children are going into the armed services.
Pacman November 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Angry?!? Did you think that freedom is free? Do you witness a crime or even see a person fall in the street and believe that it is someone else's responsibility to render aid? Believe it or not, our populus does have heroes and patriots in our midst...of all ages. They believe that it is an honor and calling to protect people like you as well as others of other nationalities, races, and creeds throughout the world that cannot protect themselves. I have no doubt that Lance Corporal Corral and others like him, made a deliberate decision in concert with their family and people they respect, to put themselves in harm's way to protect others. He and those like him did this without knowing who you were or your opinion of their chosen path in life. I find your opinion offensive, ignorant, and selfish, particularly in a thread honoring a true hero who gave his life protecting you. It had nothing to do with his "options and choices."


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