LCpl. Joshua E. Lucero graduated from Sunnyside High School Tucson, AZ in June 2003. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was killed Nov. 27 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.
Joshua went to boot camp within a month of graduation in May 2003, and his father said when he first saw Joshua in uniform, he knew his son “had found what he wanted to do, because he had a great big huge smile on his face.”
“I’m proud of my son. I’m proud of him because he did what he believed in,” Michael Lucero said.
Joshua arrived June 26 in Iraq. His father said he wants his son to be remembered for being a Marine because that’s what he loved, but also that “under his uniform he was a human being, and he did what he did because he cared. He cared more about everybody else than he did about himself.”