Let the memory of Capt. Joshua be with us forever
  • 29 years old
  • Born on April 15, 1974 .
  • Passed away on July 23, 2003 .
29, of Sparks, Nev.; assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, in Fort Carson, Co.; killed July 23 when his convoy hit an explosive device. Carson remembers fallen colleague Associated Press FORT CARSON, Colo. — A captain killed in Iraq was remembered July 30 as an impeccable soldier and leader who loved his command and put his troops’ welfare above all else. Capt. Josh Byers was killed July 23 when a homemade bomb was placed under his Humvee outside Ramadi, Iraq. “We lost one of our best and brightest last week and the world is now a darker place,” Lt. Dan Lawrence, who served with Byers, said at a memorial service at Fort Carson. Byers, 29, is the 13th Fort Carson soldier to die in Iraq. The funeral and burial tentatively were planned for Aug.2, at Lisbon Presbyterian Church in Mountville, S.C. About 600 soldiers — some back because of combat injuries — wives of troops still in Iraq and others crammed Soldier’s Memorial Chapel. They told stories about how he could make people laugh in the toughest times. How he once pulled on red, white and blue boxer shorts and wrapped a Kuwaiti flag around his shoulders like a cape and struck a pose. “He proceeded to stand by for photos,” said Staff Sgt. Sean Watson, who witnessed the morale-boosting antics. Others recalled heroic acts, including his tiptoeing into a minefield to rescue children who had ventured there in search of firewood and pushing a fellow captain behind a wall as shrapnel poured down on them. “Afterward, he said he didn’t remember doing it,” said Capt. Jesse Sellars, Byers’ best friend. “He was the finest among all of us.” Byers, a 1996 West Point graduate, commanded Fox Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He was married to Kim Byers and was the son of Baptist missionaries Lloyd and Mary Byers and himself was a Southern Baptist lay leader. His parents are director of missions for the Guam Baptist Association. Lloyd Byers earlier served as a pastor in Sparks, Nev., Mountville, S.C., and Mt. Airy, Ga. Byers attended high school in Sparks, Nev. — Associated Press In Joshua T. Byers’ last letter to his wife, he talked about the chicken races his unit held to celebrate July 4. “It was a good Fourth of July, a good time for soldiers. It was as good as it could be for them,” Kim Byers said. “He mentioned God’s plan is always perfect. He said, ‘There is a reason we are going through what we are going through now. We will know that plan later.”’ Byers, 29, died July 23 when his convoy was attacked in Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Carson. Byers was the son of Baptist missionaries, and was a Southern Baptist lay leader himself. He also was the older brother of Milam and Jared Byers, lead guitarist and drummer, respectively, for the Christian rock band Bleach. “His whole life, this was all he wanted to do,” Milam said of his brother’s military career. “He worked hard to get into West Point, and when he was at West Point he worked hard to be the best there.” — Associated Press Former Nevada man killed in Iraq SPARKS, Nev. — A graduate of Reed High School in Sparks is among the latest casualties of the war in Iraq. Capt. Josh Byers, 29, was killed July 23 when the convoy he was riding in was ambushed near the town of Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, family members said. Seven others were injured. The Army ranger and paratrooper was a company commander in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and was most recently based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was deployed to Iraq in April.
Posted by Zachary Doser on 23rd July 2018
Joshua, It is a beautiful Summer day today. Looking down on all of us I know you are aware of this. My granddaughter turns 15 today. She is a typical teenager, but does mourn your death with me each year; this year being no different. The world would certainly be a better place if you were among us earthly souls. We are all better for knowing you, or in my case knowing of you and the wonderful person you are. BG Zachary Doser U.S. Army
Posted by Zachary Doser on 15th April 2018
Joshua, I know you're celebrating your birthday in a better place. Your family, friends and a grateful nation mourn your untimely death. The impact you left on this earthly world in your short time in it, and lives you touched will ensure the memory of your time with us will live on. I think of you often. The JROTC commemoration at Reed High School will allow your legacy to live on for generations to come. I look forward to meeting you some day. Brigadier General Zachary Doser Reed High School Class of 1982, UNR ROTC grad class of 86, career Reno Police Officer and proud serving member of the Nevada National Guard.
Posted by Zachary Doser on 23rd July 2017
Joshua, Another year has passed since your untimely death in the service to your grateful nation. My grand daughter celebrates her 14th birthday today. Where it is a joyous occasion for me, I do mourn your loss as well. It was a wonderful memorial tribute to you a couple of months ago at your former high school. You'll be remembered for years to come. It is a fitting tribute to you and the positive impact you had and continue to have on so many people. Rest in peace, BG Zachary Doser U.S. Army
Posted by CHARLES ZIEGENFUSS on 29th May 2017
I will never forget Josh, he was a good friend and mentor. He taught me that when regulations clash with compassion, choose compassion. He is sorely missed. Speed and Power. Chuck Ziegenfuss
Posted by Zachary Doser on 16th April 2017
Joshua, It is with a heavy heart that I remember your birthday knowing you cannot celebrate it with us earthly souls. At least your memory shines bright in all of those you've touched in so many ways,
Posted by Zachary Doser on 25th May 2016
To the Byers family, It is with great honor I pay tribute to your son. Memorial Day has a special meaning for him and others like him who fell in battle in defense of our great Nation. His picture, along with 62 others having ties to Nevada, is on display in each Armory in the Nevada Army National Guard. Life left you Joshua before honor did. On this Memorial Day and others to follow, I'll always remember a bible verse stating, "God sees all sparrows that fall." Brigadier General Zachary F. Doser
Posted by Katie Haxby on 19th December 2013
I just saw your gold star on HGTV Christmas in the white house. I google your name and show my children who you were and the sacrifice you made for our freedom of our country. Thank you and my prayers to your family during the holidays. God bless the Haxby's

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