Sunday, July 10, 2005
Navajo Marine Died in Afghanistan
The Associated Press
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. The family of a Marine from northeastern Arizona, missing in action since June 25, has confirmed that he died while serving in Afghanistan.
The body of Marine Lance Cpl. Kevin B. Joyce, 19, of Klagetoh, Ariz., was identified by fingerprints by the Marine Casualty Headquarters in Dover, Del.
Joyce's uncle, Emerson George of Waterflow, said Joyce's family was notified by the U.S. Marine Corps in Albuquerque.
Joyce's funeral is scheduled for Monday, and he will be buried with military honors at the Fort Defiance Veterans Cemetery, according to George.
Joyce is survived by his mother, a brother, sister and grandparents.
George described his nephew as a generous, caring and patriotic young man.
"He told his mother and family the main reason why he went into the military is that he didn't like to see fathers and mothers go to war," he said. "He told them that he would readily take their place to serve his country, that they might not have to."
On Thursday, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. ordered flags across the sprawling reservation to be flown at half-staff until July 15 in honor of Joyce and a Shiprock soldier who was killed earlier this week.
Army Cpl. Lyle Cambridge, 23, of Shiprock was killed Tuesday in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle in which he was riding.
Cambridge was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Carson, Colo.
Cambridge, a graduate of Aztec High School, left behind a wife and two young sons.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson also ordered flags across New Mexico to fly at half-staff through Saturday in honor of Cambridge.
According to the proclamation, the Navajo Nation honors all soldiers and veterans for their courage, service and commitment during war.
It also honors them for their willingness to give their lives so that there will be freedom and that the Navajo way of life will be protected.