8/31/2013

Staff Sergeant Joshua Bowden, 28, of Villa Rica, GA. SSG Bowden joined the Army in 2005.  He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan, having been previously deployed in 2008, when he died on August 31, 2013. His most recent assignment was to the 71st Ordnance Group, 242d Ordnance Battalion, 748th Ordnance Company, at Fort Carson, CO.  Bowden died from injuries sustained in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Purple Heart, Joint Defense Meritorious Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He is survived by his wife, April Bowden; son, Kaden Bowden; parents, Ray and Yolanda Bowden; sister, Shanda Duggar and husband Donny; brother, Dugger Camp and wife Cassie; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Sara Bowden; maternal grandparents, Morgan and Betty Williams; aunt, LaQuetta Buchanan; uncle, Chad Ponder and wife Zeta; cousins, Eric Bowden and Jake Bowden.

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