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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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May-22-13 5:16 AM

Agree with Joe...and I bet Joshua would too...those guys knew it was always a team effort and never about one person.

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May-22-13 5:48 AM

Agree with Mayor Joe!! Josh was killed in a training exercise not in battle. I appreciate that Josh was serving his country.

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May-22-13 7:27 AM

It is a wonderful & noble cause to rename a federal facility after a military member. I applaud the Congressman for that motion. It must also give comfort to the family that their great loss didn't go unnoticed. With that said, the Mayor nailed it on the head.. How do you do this for LCpl Josh, but overlook our City's other sons who sacrificed their life for our country?

Again, a great gesture, but is it appropriate with other loss around us?

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May-22-13 8:05 AM

"truth'...doesn't matter if he was 'in battle' or on a training mission. He died while wearing the uniform! Have to agree with the mayor here, where does it start/end? Very noble idea but maybe a road or street could carry Josh's name. Not sure honoring one (with federal building) is the appropriate thing here.

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May-22-13 9:14 AM

Why not just rename the building, "The Veteran's Memorial Post Office Building", instead of singling out just one casualty?

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 12:39 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 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 7:29 PM

who is laura hoff?

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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 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 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 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-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-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-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-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 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 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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