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  1LT Joshua Deese    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"



Charlie Company
35th Infantry Regiment


"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"



The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, 1LT Joshua Deese, who died in the service of his country on October 15th, 2006 in Kirkuk, Iraq. The cause of death was listed as Improvised Explosive Device. At the time of his death Joshua was 25 years of age. He was from Rowland, North Carolina.

The decorations earned by 1LT Joshua Deese include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart,


Joshua is buried in Royland, NC

(From Active Cacti Will O.Brien)


Last night we had the visitation for LT Deese. It started at 3pm and
Ended up going to 11pm. There were well over 1,000 people that attended, to
include among many others a Congressman, the Lieutenant Governor, and
the Chancellor from the University he attended. The church could only hold
350 people, so the majority of these people stood outside in the cold rain for hours,
lined up across the parking lot and down a country road for about a 1/4
of a mile. The Congressman stood in line like everybody else (that stood out
to me). Some Cacti family and soldiers drove through the night to attend as
well and I know that their presence was greatly appreciated by the family. It was
very evident by the people in attendance that LT Josh Deese touched a
lot of lives for the better and his presence will be sorely missed.
I did find out last night that a fund has been established for his 2
Year old son, Jacob, at a local bank.

Army First Lt. Joshua Deese of Robeson County was on his second deployment
when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle
in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Sunday. Deese died in Balad from injuries caused by the
explosion, the Defense Department said
Tuesday. Sgt. Jonathan E. Lootens, a 25-year-old from Lyons, N.Y., also died
from the blast. Two other soldiers were
injured.Deese, who was 25, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry
Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division,
which is based at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Deese entered the Army in October 2003 and reported to Schofield Barracks in
August 2004, according to a spokeswoman at
the Army post.Deese graduated from the University of North Carolina at
Pembroke in 2004 with a degree in American Studies,
said his sister, Myra Deese. She said Josh was the youngest of four children
and their mother’s hands-down favorite.Josh
talked to Mom every single day,” Myra Deese said. “Definitely, a mama’s
boy.”

Myra Deese said her brother graduated from South Robeson High School in
1999. Their uncle, a career soldier, was his hero
and because of him, Josh joined the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Program
in high school and college. Josh always said
he wanted to be a soldier,” Myra Deese said. “He wanted Ranger, Airborne ...
and that’s what he did.” Myra Deese said the
Army commissioned Josh after college, and he moved to Hawaii. He loved the
beach, she said, and loved being on the island,
but missed his family and hated being away from his son, Jacob Anderson, who
is 2.He returned from Afghanistan, his first
deployment, in February and had been in Iraq since August, Myra Deese said.
He had been talking about marrying his high
school sweetheart — Jacob’s mother — when he returned.

When Josh came home to Rowland, Myra Deese said, she would cook him dinner —
manicotti and lasagna were his favorites —
and then the family would rent movies and lounge around together. He went
fishing with the men in his family every spring
and loved to camp, she said. Still, the playful Josh in North Carolina was a
serious officer when he returned to his
soldiers.Myra said she begged Josh to avoid the infantry and find a safer
job in the Army.“I kind of fussed at him,” she
said. “He was an officer, and it was like, ‘You don’t need to do that,
you’re in the most dangerous spot.’”But her brother
said he wanted to serve in a war zone, that was what he was trained for. “He
thought he would make a whole lot better
officer if he was actually out there with the other troops,” Myra said.
“That way he would know what it was they were
going through and it would make him a better leader.”

Memorial plans are being handled by Richard Boles Funeral Service in
Laurinburg. Joshua Deese is survived by his son,
Jacob, his parents, Rogena and Ronnie Deese, his sisters, Myra Deese and
Ronnean Collins, and his brother Ronnie Dwayne
Allen



Robeson soldier killed in Iraq


By Laura Arenschield

Army First Lt. Joshua Deese of Robeson County was on his second deployment
when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle
in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Sunday.

Deese died in Balad from injuries caused by the explosion, the Defense
Department said Tuesday. Sgt. Jonathan E. Lootens,
a 25-year-old from Lyons, N.Y., also died from the blast. Two other soldiers
were injured.

Deese, who was 25, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry
Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, which
is based at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Deese entered the Army in October 2003 and reported to Schofield Barracks in
August 2004, according to a spokeswoman at
the Army post.

Deese graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2004
with a degree in American Studies, said his
sister, Myra Deese.

She said Josh was the youngest of four children and their mother’s
hands-down favorite.

Josh talked to Mom every single day Myra Deese said. Definitely, a
Mama’s boy.

Myra Deese said her brother graduated from South Robeson High School in
1999. Their uncle, a career soldier, was his hero
and because of him, Josh joined the Army’s Reserve Officer Training
Program in high school and college.

Josh always said he wanted to be a soldier, Myra Deese said. He
wanted Ranger, Airborne ... and that’s what he
did.

Myra Deese said the Army commissioned Josh after college, and he moved to
Hawaii. He loved the beach, she said, and loved
being on the island, but missed his family and hated being away from his
son, Jacob Anderson, who is 2.

He returned from Afghanistan, his first deployment, in February and had been
in Iraq since August, Myra Deese said. He had
been talking about marrying his high school sweetheart, Jacob’s mother,
when he returned.

When Josh came home to Rowland, Myra Deese said, she would cook him dinner,
manicotti and lasagna were his favorites,
and then the family would rent movies and lounge around together.

He went fishing with the men in his family every spring and loved to camp,
she said. Still, the playful Josh in North
Carolina was a serious officer when he returned to his soldiers.

Myra said she begged Josh to avoid the infantry and find a safer job in the
Army.

I kind of fussed at him,she said. He was an officer, and it was
like, “You don’t need to do that, you’re
in the most dangerous spot.”

But her brother said he wanted to serve in a war zone, that was what he was
trained for.

He thought he would make a whole lot better officer if he was actually
out there with the other troops, Myra said.
That way he would know what it was they were going through and it would
make him a better leader.

Memorial plans are being handled by Richard Boles Funeral Service in
Laurinburg.

Joshua Deese is survived by his son, Jacob, his parents, Rogena and Ronnie
Deese, his sisters, Myra Deese and Ronnean
Collins, and his brother Ronnie Dwayne Allen.

Staff writer Laura Arenschield can be reached at
arenschieldl@fayettevillenc.com or 486-3572.





(From The Associated Press)

Sgt. Jonathan Lootens had been a troubled youth. Though he had frequently
walked on the wrong side of the law, he found
purpose and direction in the Army, wanted to go to college and loved
reading.

First Lt. Joshua Deese, 25, was a "true Southern gentleman," wanted to make
the Army a career and had a young son with his
high school sweetheart in North Carolina.

The two soldiers had already survived a deployment to Afghanistan. But
neither could survive a roadside bomb explosion
that ripped through their vehicle Sunday in Iraq.

"Just a difficult time; just taking it one minute at a time," Rogena Deese,
Joshua's mother, said yesterday from Rowland,
N.C.

The two Schofield Barracks soldiers were killed in Kirkuk in northern Iraq
during combat operations, the Pentagon said
yesterday. They were with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment.

Lootens, 25, from Lyons, N.Y., and Deese are the sixth and seventh
Hawai'i-based soldiers to be killed during a yearlong
deployment to Iraq by more than 7,000 Schofield soldiers that began about
two months ago.

At least 58 Americans have been killed in Iraq in the first two weeks of
October, a pace that if continued would make the
month the worst for coalition forces since January 2005 when 107 U.S.
soldiers and Marines died.

The spike in casualties has paralleled an upward spiral in ethnic violence.
Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S.
commander in Iraq, last week said "the levels of violence over the last few
weeks are as high as they have been."

Casey also said that violence and progress coexist in Iraq, and that 90
percent of the violence takes place in five
provinces that account for a little less than half the country's population.

Family of both slain soldiers yesterday said the men believed in what they
were doing in Iraq, a war that continues to
become increasingly unpopular back home.

"Iraq was more difficult than Afghanistan for Jon personally," said Lootens'
sister, Andrea Ralyea, 26. "But there were
just different challenges that they were facing there. He felt that what
they are doing is right — that we have to help
people around the world find freedom and find their way, and Jon was helping
to do that."

Rogena Deese said that her son also was proud of what he was doing.

"He believed that there had to be sacrifices made for America's freedom,"
she said, adding that he was discouraged at how
the media had represented the soldiers in the war.

"All of the soldiers want to be represented as trying to do something
honorable — trying to protect the freedom of
America," Rogena Deese said.

Deese was commissioned in August 2003 after graduating from Pembroke State
University. He came to Schofield Barracks in
August 2004. His uncle was his Junior ROTC instructor in high school.

"He just really got into it. He followed in his (uncle's) footsteps," Rogena
Deese said. Her son wanted to make the Army a
career. She described him as outgoing, "a true southern gentleman, real
well-mannered. Just an ideal son."

He was his company's executive officer.

"He wanted to be there for his men, take care of them, make sure things were
done right for them," his mother said. Joshua
Deese was planning on marrying his high school sweetheart after the
deployment and captain's school. The couple has a 2-
year-old son.

"Josh, myself and most of my family are real strong believers in having
eternal hope in Jesus ... and I know that I'll see
him one day, and that's how I'm getting through this," Rogena Deese said.

Andrea Ralyea said her brother was looking for some direction in life and
joined the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001
attacks.

"I think it's important for everyone to know how much the Army changed Jon's
life — that he saw the Army as a springboard
to other opportunities," she said.

He loved the outdoors — fishing was a passion — and was fixing up a 1964
Ford. He was looking forward to going to college.

"He thought for a while that he might want to go into law enforcement or do
things to help kids," his sister said. He was
reading George Orwell's "1984," and had asked the family to send him some of
the "classics."

Her brother was expected to come home on rest and recuperation leave next
month, and the family was adjusting their
schedules to be with him.

Jon didn't tell his family where he was in Iraq, his sister said. He did say
it was harder than being in Afghanistan.

"Because of what Jon was and wasn't allowed to tell us, he never really got
into (why)," she said.

Two other soldiers were hurt in the roadside bomb blast in Kirkuk, which is
where the headquarters is located for
Schofield's 3rd Brigade Combat Team.