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Marine Cpl. Joshua J. Ware
Died November 16, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
20, of Apache, Okla.; assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Nov. 16 by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces during Operation Steel Curtain in Ubaydi, Iraq.
Hundreds attend funeral of fallen Marine corporal
The Associated Press
APACHE, Okla. — More than 350 family members and friends bid farewell to a Marine corporal who was the sunshine of his mother’s life and a source of pride for his father.
“On the darkest day, he made the sun come out and shine upon her,” the Rev. Kim Mammedaty said of Cpl. Joshua J. Ware to those gathered at Comanche Community Center on Nov. 26.
Ware and three other Marines, including another Oklahoman, were killed in a Nov. 16 ambush in Ubaydi, Iraq.
He was born at the U.S. Public Health Service Indian Hospital in Lawton and attended school at Apache as a child. He graduated from Roland High School in eastern Oklahoma, where he played football and baseball, ran track and was in the FFA.
A year before Ware, 20, graduated from high school, he signed up to be a Marine.
Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Lanny Asepermy, a friend of the family, recalled that Ware’s father, Randy Mammedaty, would keep him informed about Ware’s career and travels when Asepermy visited the Apache Farmers Co-op.
“It would take us 30 minutes to load up two bags of feed,” Asepermy said.
Ware’s pastor, the Rev. Sharon Gomez, remembered when Ware asked her to pray for him. But more often he would ask for prayer for the sick mother of another Marine or another Marine’s sister who had just had a baby.
“He was always thinking about the others in his unit,” Gomez said. “He would never let people worry about him.”
Ware, an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe who was of Kiowa and Comanche descent, was the first Comanche or Kiowa to die in combat since 1968 during the Vietnam War.
He was laid to rest at Rainy Mountain Cemetery near Mountain View. A Marine Corps Reserve detachment from Oklahoma City provided military honors.
“Josh will always be 20 years old,” said Asepermy. “To him I say ‘Semper Fidelis and, most importantly, ‘Mission Accomplished.’
“He will go down in Kiowa and Comanche history as a fallen warrior. I hope we don’t forget who he was and what he did.”
Tributes to Joshua Ware
On November 16th 2011 the State of Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma House of Senators Voted to Dedicate a portion of Hwy 64 from the City of Roland OK to the Oklahoma-Arkansas State Line, In honor of Cpl. Joshua Jerald Ware for his dedication and ultimate sacrifice to all Americans.
The Fort Sill Marine Corps League Detachment created the Cpl. Joshua J Ware Marine Corps Riding Club.
The Marine Detachment in Fort Sill OK named its Marine of the Quarter in Honor of Cpl. Joshua J. Ware.
On October 13 2012 There will be a Naming Ceremony of the Cpl. Joshua Jerald Sequoyah County Marine Corps League Detachment # 1403.
At the Roland High School in Roland OK at 2 PM. The New Detachment is providing the Main course of a Potluck Sides and Desserts Dinner. They ask any and all who wish to attend to do so. There will also be Special guests from Joshua Wares Family and Friends. Also The Kiowa Black Leggin warrior Society, Comanche Indian veterans Association, Native American Marine Corps Association, Southern Division MCL Officers, State of Oklahoma MCL Officers, Detachment Members form MCL’s from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas,
We have received Donations from all over the State of Oklahoma including our forums Host Sgt, Grit! These Items will be Auctioned off as a fund raiser for the New Detachment. We are also holding a Shot Gun Raffle The 12 gauge pretender Pump Protector from H&R will be raffled off at the end of the Auction. Tickets will be sold at the event or you can contact me to make arrangements for ticket purchase. Tickets are $5 for one ticket or $20 for 5 tickets.