Veteran’s Day, 2008 has been designated as the rededication day for the Pflugerville Fallen Warrior Memorial commemorating the addition of PFC Ron J Joshua’s name. PFC Joshua died in service to our country in Baghdad Iraq on July 17, 2007. The ceremony will take place Tuesday, November 11, at 11:00 am at the monument site in Pfluger Park, 700 Railroad Avenue, Pflugerville, TX. Friends, family, neighbors and the community are invited to attend and honor this fallen hero.
PFC Joshua was a 2006 graduate of Hendrickson High School. Ron and his two sisters grew up with parents in the military. His father, Ron Joshua, Sr. is a master sergeant who has also served in the Iraq war. Ron’s mother, Ursula Joshua also served in the US Army. Joshua was born in Germany and saw lots of the world with his military family. He was described, by his godmother, as a quiet child growing up, playing football in high school and always minding his manners around adults. Joshua was assigned to the 401st Military Police Company, 92nd Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade in Fort Hood. He was deployed to Iraq just two months prior to the incident. PFC Joshua died July 17, 2007 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
The Fallen Warrior Monument was a community project and idea conceived by a group of concerned citizens after the death of Sgt. Byron Norwood in Falujah, Iraq in 2004. The Fallen Warrior Memorial Project quickly became a grassroots movement to locate and honor Pflugerville’s military men and women who gave all for our freedom. It now stands stately on a small rise on the bank of Gilleland Creek. Erected to memorialize Pflugerville’s fallen sons from all the wars, the memorial was originally dedicated on November 11, 2005. Beginning in WWI, Pflugerville’s memorial remembers twelve fallen warriors: Corporal William Wieland, Staff Sergeant Jose Riojas, Lieutenant Kermit Fuchs, Corporal Alfred Kerlin, PFC Roman Correa, Corporal Elias Lopez, Machinist's Mate Third Class Edmund Vorwerk, Lance Corporal Gaylon Douglas Smith, Sergeant Byron W. Norwood, Cpl Yari Mokri, Captain Sean Lyerly and PFC Ron Joshua, Jr.