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In honor of Private First Class Joshua Anderson, Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom                                      Hometown: Jordan                                                                                        (Submitted October 26, 2010 by Mathias Baden)

Joshua Anderson, died Jan. 3, 2008, an active duty U.S. Army combat medic who grew up in Jordan, Minn.’s Brentwood neighborhood.

He was killed in the line of duty by an improvised explosive device. He was reportedly the 68th person with strong ties to Minnesota and the fifth from Scott County to die in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On patrol in Kamasia, Iraq, Anderson was riding in the passenger seat of a fully armored humvee when the bomb went off on his side of the vehicle.

Anderson had arrived in Iraq two months prior to the incident, with the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, based in Fort Stewart, Ga.

His parents are Keven and Lynn Anderson of Jordan. A 2002 graduate of Jordan High School, Anderson leaves behind his wife, Hannah, and 3-year-old daughter, Savannah.
He is remembered as a good and happy-go-lucky son, husband, father, former student, teammate on the football field, and dear friend.

He always wanted to help people, his friends and family kept saying during interviews. His ambition to help turned him toward the medical field – he sought training as an emergency medical technician tactical and even took home a medal of honor. Anderson was quickly nicknamed Doc by the others in his platoon, whom he was always looking after.

“He was kind and considerate, and he was a good son,” said his mother, Lynn. “He was a good father.”

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