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WILLIS FAMILY AWAITS RETURN OF SON KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

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Cpl. Joseph D. Logan, 22, of Willis has been identified as one of the six Marines lost in Afghanistan Thursday evening.

According to the Department of Defense, six Marines from the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 were killed during combat operations. The squadron, known as the Lucky Red Lions is based in Kanoehe Bay, Hawaii.

Marine Lt. Col. Mark Revor posted a statement on the squadrons official Facebook page.

“With deep sorrow I have to confirm the news stories that you probably have already heard. Last night we lost six members of the squadron during a combat operations. Official notification has been made to all the next of kin. I will be able to release the names of the crewmembers in 24 hours. I ask that if you already know, through personal contacts, the names of those crewmembers, please respect the 24 hours of privacy afforded to those families.”It is reported that there was no enemy fire in the area when the Sikorsky CH-53 went down.

Logans father spoke with his son Thursday afternoon approximately 2 p.m.. They were discussing their upcoming trout fishing trip to the White River in Arkansas. Both loved to hunt and fish. After Joey graduated from Willis High School he and his father spent the next several months in the trout streams and lakes of the Rocky Mountains and up through British Columbia. Joseph is referred to as GI Joey by his father.

Joey is not the only one serving his country. His oldest brother Thomas is in the Navy stationed in Spain. His youngest sister Andrea wanted to follow in Joey’s footsteps and also joined the Marines. She is currently in Tech School on the east coast.

Very early Saturday morning the military arranged a trip for the family to Dover Air Force Base to await the arrival of the six hero’s as they return from Afghanistan.

HMH 363 (Lucky Red Lions)As of Saturday afternoon, Thomas Logan believes the funeral will be Thursday at the Smith Memorial Park Funeral Home on FM 1097 just west of Interstate 45.

The others lost in the crash are:

                   Capt. Daniel B. Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, Wash.

Capt. Nathan R. McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill.

MSgt. Travis W. Riddick, 40, of Centerville, Iowa.

Cpl. Jesse W. Stites, 23, of North Beach, Md.

Cpl. Kevin J. Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, N.J.

 

Montgomery County Police Reporter will keep you updated on the arrival of Cpl. Joseph Logan and the route the procession will take as he returns to Willis. We are in hopes with some notice many Montgomery County residents will come out and show their patriotism to this fallen hero.

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