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Post office may be named to honor Marine

May 22, 2013

Residents honored the sacrifice of Marine Lance Cpl....

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Oct-08-13 1:21 AM

I agree that Congressman Johnson was/is exploiting the death....I thought I liked him, but no other perspective makes sense. I do hope that MarineDad takes the lead on this debacle and goes ahead and tells Johnson that some other means of memorializing his sons death is more apropos. Marietta has had a Post Office for 219 years, never once considered previously for enshrinement -- think about that.

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May-31-13 5:56 PM

I'm very sorry for any pain caused by any of my comments.

Mr. Johnson was wrong to do this. You will find that the parade and some of the public acknowledgment also came from his office. I believe he exploited your son's death and your grief. It's a despicable act.

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May-24-13 6:38 PM

Part Six: Finally, my family is very private. We did not give interviews to the paper or public in the past. One particulate reason is that we did not want Joshua's name to be involved in anything controversial or used for anyone's private profit. We have only allowed people involved in charitable causes to use his name. My wife has worried that allowing Joshua's name to be used on the Post Office was a mistake with some of the ridicule it has fostered. I hope that this is not the case. We are considering asking the congressman to not pursue the matter, but do not know how this would reflect on our community. I hope you all understand that we thought we were agreeing to a "good" idea. We knew there would be those who disagreed, but as long as we feel the community is supportive, we still support the congressman's gesture.

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May-24-13 6:24 PM

Part Five: The idea that naming the post office after Joshua would be an "insult" to all the others who have died is ridiculous. Honoring any serviceman individually is honoring all of them. As far as the selection of Joshua's name appearing on the post office instead of someone else is concerned, both me and my wife would not have any disagreements with anyone else. In fact, we didn't know why this has not been proposed in the past when other residents died for their country. I guess you would have to ask prior mayors or congressmen why they did not propose this idea.

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May-24-13 6:05 PM

Part Four: In respect to the Mayor's comments on whether this was too much, naming a post office after him. I like Joe, in fact, he married us, however I disagree with him on how much our community does for its fallen service members. I feel it is up to our community to recognize these men and woman who have payed the ultimate price with their lives. The post office, though a Federal Building, serves our community. Therefore, bearing the name of one of our fallen servicemen is "good" idea. Also, re-naming the Armory is a good idea as well. I'm happy to have learned that a street is named after a recent serviceman and that a portion of the highway has been proposed to be honoring another. I believe that any resident who has died serving our nation in wartime should be individually recongnized by their community, have a building or street named after him/her, a memorial with their name, something, anything.

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May-24-13 5:36 PM

Part Three: It has been suggested that Joshua was no hero, and that honor was best bestowed upon a "more" deserving resident who had died in action or did some other service for the community. Joshua was preparing for his third deployment. His first was in Afghanistan where he served with the QRF which stands for Quick Response Force. His job entailed responding to hostile aggressions. He saw his share of firefights. If he had died during one of these encounters, I guess he would have been considered a hero, so surviving was his mistake. Irrespective of his prior deployments, Joshua volunteered to endanger his life by serving our nation in the armed forces, defending our country and our rights to make comments such as these on this site. I may be biased, but I believe this act alone made him a hero. I would also extend that courtesy to PFC Joshua Martinez who died along side of our Joshua, eventhough he had yet to deploy. Both of these men sacrificed their liv

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May-24-13 5:19 PM

Part Two: We did not seek to have the post office named after our son, in fact, we did't even know it was possible. The idea was presented to us by Congressman Johnson. At first we hesitated at the thought because we too wondered if he had accomplished enough to merit such an honor and were fearful that some people would disagree with his name on the post office since other Marietta residents had died in this war, as well as others, and were not honored this in this manner. However, after careful consideration, we remembered how impressed we were by our community's turnout when Joshua was brought home fo his burial, even the Marines commented on how proud they were of our community and it was the best turnout they had ever witnessed. We also wondered why no building or road had borne the name a fallen serviceman, at least to our knowledge. Therefore, we considered congressman's suggestion an honor and gave him our blessing.

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May-24-13 4:37 PM

I am the father of Joshua Taylor, or rather the stepfather since some people would not consider me his father because I did not contribute to his birth biologically. Those would be the same people who have relegated his death to being less important since he did not die in battle. I would like to respond to some of the comments. Unfortunately, I will need to do this in a series of comments in order to address all the issues that have been presented. I hope that the people who have commented earlier and those who wish to comment in the future will read the entire series before commenting on the idea of naming the post office after him.

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May-24-13 1:54 PM

No dishonor to this fallen soldier but this is not right.There have been many fallen throughout the years and others who could be commended for their acts of loyality and bravery. This should be voted on and not decided by people who knew this youngman..

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May-23-13 9:47 AM

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines hero:

a: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability b: an illustrious warrior c: a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities d: one who shows great courage e: the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work f: the central figure in an event, period, or movement g: an object of extreme admiration and devotion h: idol

I am not diminishing Mr. Taylor's sacrifice. I am saying that we have lost sight of what a hero really is, and in so doing we diminish the meaning of hero and heroic deeds.

I'm very sorry for the Taylor family's loss of their son.

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May-23-13 12:47 AM

This whole thread is absurd. What ever happened to just trying to do a good thing to honor someone born and raised in Marietta?

Not everything has a hidden meaning or needs to be compared to another situation, or needs to be argued about.

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May-22-13 11:03 PM

First I would just like to say our community has helped Kyle hockenberry. They have contributed to a concert, a 5k race, a benefit dinners, donated money at the bank etc etc. he will be getting a smart house built soon. Also isn't the flag painting by auto zone dedicated to Kyle? He is lucky he still has his life thank god! I think his life although isn't the same he has moved forward he has even gotten married since his injuries.

I think a memorial for all soldiers lost would be amazing. As for the comment that Taylor didn't die overseas well I don't think that matters. Did you by any chance read he was preparing for his THIRD tour overseas? He is an American hero! I hope they honor him and all of our other American Heros who have given the ultimate sacrifice!

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May-22-13 8:47 PM

There were other wars and soldiers were lost in those. What makes Josh more special than the others??? Isn't Malone the owner of the building where Johnson's office is located???

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May-22-13 8:14 PM

A Veteran is someone who wrote a blank check made payable to the people of the U. S. up to and including his or her life. He paid more than I did, and I have been in Iraq. So name it after him and name the armory after Nolan. It is a small pittance for them that paid so much for so many.

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May-22-13 7:30 PM

I am retiring after 20 years in the army, multiple combat deployments, we are not heroes, just simply doing the job we swore to do.

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May-22-13 7:29 PM

who is laura hoff?

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May-22-13 2:54 PM

Allow me to try my perspective in a different way.....let's agree he's a hero, no question. Was his death somehow a unexpected tragedy such that his name and memory should be memorialized via post office naming? Is his relative circumstance so much more grievous than others (service members) that he merits a post office? How about an aircraft carrier? I think a better definition of a tragic death; one which merits consideration of post office naming; would be to memorialize Laura Hoff -- she had no expectation of dying; never subscribed to dying at the hands of others, and her life dedicated to teaching is certainly heroic. I nominate the Marietta Post Office to be renamed the Laura Hoff post office. Now cast your "disagree" votes.....

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May-22-13 12:39 PM

Tess, why are you such a downer? Nearly everything you post is an exagerated, the world is ending, Bush's fault, conspiracy theory. The Congressman is attempting to do a good thing here! The Congressman hopefully isn't overlooking the other losses our community has suffered, but looking at L/Cpl Taylor as a young man from within the city limits of Marietta. If so, then I can see why the Congressman is proposing the post office. Since I don't know, did Mr. Nolan, Hockenberry, & Rutherford come from Marietta? I like the idea of naming the building for all, & then possibly creating war plaques naming those of the county that gave all....

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May-22-13 12:22 PM

Tessie, you are the most mean spirited, nasty individual with your comments here. How dare you minimalize this young man's death. HE WAS WEARING THE UNIFORM, whether on foreign soil or not. I pray you never have to suffer the same grief this family suffers.

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May-22-13 12:15 PM

My son convoyed in Iraq 72 times...and survived- think about this. They are all heroes.

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May-22-13 11:18 AM

I am surprised at the negativity resulting from this idea. This would be a tremendous honor for LCpl Taylor, his family, and the Marine Corp. I believe that you can name the building after LCpl Taylor and it can be an honor to him AND those who have died. Anybody who understand the true values and mentality of the USMC, of all of our armed services, and is not playing politics, would know that if one is honored they are all honored. SMH

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May-22-13 11:10 AM

I agree with the Mayor that, while the idea is worthy, choosing one soldier over any other is not a good precedent. Allen Nolan is one who comes to mind that died from injuries while serving in Iraq.

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May-22-13 10:43 AM

Mr. Johnson's idea is not one of honoring young Mr. Taylor, but one of insulting numerous military people who lost their lives in battle. I also have to wonder if Mr. Johnson is using this as part of his early reelection campaign. These things work slowly,so timing it to coincide with the next election makes him look good in his demented, warped way of thinking.

We have true heroes walking among us. Men and women who have given their all to truly protect and serve our people and our country while they served in the military. While LCpl Taylor completed two tours in the Middle East, he was accidentally killed during an accident at work. It's no different than if he was killed in a car accident on his way to work. I wonder if the same community outpouring would be the same if the circumstances were the latter and not the former.

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May-22-13 10:25 AM

Hopefully Joe's logic will prevail. It is interesting that death in today's military is somehow considered extraordinary. I think about our parents and grandparents who were conscripted (not volunteered) and who faced a real prospect of dying, and many did. I question what the new generation of volunteers are being told when they go in? Is the very real prospect of death not understood? Is this just a paycheck, like going to work for Home Depot? Is that what the kids think? This is troubling in so many respects......

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May-22-13 9:46 AM

To the Taylor family...thank you for your sacrifice. I cannot imagine the immense loss you continue to feel. However, I have to agree with concerned patriot. Name it something that recognizes the sacrifice of all of the soldiers. Chad Hockenberry also made a tremendous sacrifice but do we devalue his contribution because he didn't die? Bill Johnson seems to have been a bit short sighted.

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