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Army 1st Lt. Joshua C. Hurley

Died November 1, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


24, of Clifton Forge, Va.; assigned to the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed Nov. 1 when his Humvee was hit with an improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq.

Soldier from Virginia killed in attack

Associated Press

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — A lieutenant from Virginia was identified as one of two soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division killed Saturday in northern Iraq in a roadside bombing.

1st Lt. Joshua C. Hurley, 24, of Clifton Forge, Va., and Spc. Maurice Johnson, 21, of Levittown, Penn., were both killed in Mosul when the Humvee they were riding in was hit by an improvised explosive device. Hurley was assigned to the 101st’s 326th Engineer Battalion and Johnson to the 501st Signal Battalion.

The 101st is based at Fort Campbell, Ky., on the Tennessee border about 50 miles northwest of Nashville.

In Clifton Forge, Hurley was remembered as a dedicated man who loved his family and his country.

His wife, Teresa, is also a soldier assigned to the 101st in Iraq, and is on her way back to the U.S. He had no children.

“He really believed in what he was doing,” his younger sister and only sibling, Amanda Hurley, told The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville, Tenn. “The last letter I got from him, he was ready to come home and go hunting and fishing. He loved being an engineer officer.”

“We were pretty close. We’re a real close family,” she added. “We’re just pulling together and trying to get through it.”

Hurley joined the Army in 2001 as a 2nd lieutenant after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute. His sister said VMI was the only school he ever wanted to attend.

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