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Family mourns Hillsborough soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted March 9, 2010

— The family of a Fort Bragg-based soldier killed last week in Afghanistan described their loved one on Tuesday as incredibly patriotic.

Hillsborough soldier killed in Afghanistan Hillsborough soldier killed in Afghanistan

Spc. Josiah "Joe" D. Crumpler, 27, of Hillsborough, died March 1 in Bala Murghab when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Joe Crumpler was due to return home in a few weeks. His father said the tragic news came after a late night knock on the door.

“As soon as I saw uniforms coming up at that time of night, I knew it was bad news of some sort,” father Dennis Crumpler said.

Crumpler was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. His brother said Joe hoped to make the Army a lifelong career.

“He had found a chance to really be maybe what he was meant to be,” brother John Crumpler said.

“He had just a remarkable sense of right and wrong,” Dennis Crumpler said of his son.

Joe Crumpler is survived by wife Shana and two children. He will be buried Wednesday with full military honors.

“It has been tough at times ... but the support has been overwhelming,” Dennis Crumpler said.


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  • luvgodforever700 Mar 10, 2010

    I met this young man's grandmother on Monday at a service center. You could see the love on her face for her grandson as she told me about his death. It broke my heart and my prayers are with her and her family as they try to recover from this horrible loss.

  • Americanpatriot Mar 10, 2010

    Rest in our Heavenly Fathers' arms, brave Soldier. May your family find peace and comfort in God's love. Thank you for serving your country.

  • busterbluth Mar 10, 2010

    God Bless. He was a true American Hero. So sorry for the loss.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Mar 10, 2010

    Rest in peace, brave soldier.

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  • appgrad95 Mar 10, 2010

    RIP SPC Crumpler and thank you for your service to the cause of freedom. You did your duty and are never to be forgotten. A true patriot and hero. My condolences to the Crumpler family.

  • tootie Mar 10, 2010

    Thank you Spc Crumpler & may your family find comfort.
    God Bless you.

  • George Costanza Mar 10, 2010

    whenever I hear of a soldier being killed I think of the movie Saving Private Ryan when the general reads the letter from Abraham Lincoln to a mother who lost her sons in battle during the civil war.

  • Eduardo1 Mar 10, 2010

    Spc Crumpler, may you find favor at the feet of the lord and may your family fine comfort that he died as a hero.

    Isn't it time for media to get on Czar Obama and Congress to get us out of that rockpile?

  • 2early4me Mar 10, 2010

    Our heart-felt thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of this great American Hero. No sacrifice has been greater than what was given by this fine young man.