Rodgers, Joshua P., SGT

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B20-Infantry Team Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2014-2017, 11B20, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment/C Company
Service Years
2013 - 2017
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom


Ranger
Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1995
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bloomington
Last Address
Fort Benning, GA

Casualty Date
Apr 26, 2017
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)/Operation Noble Lance
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 3rd Ranger Battalion


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Global War on Terrorism Fallen75th Ranger Regiment Association
  2017, Global War on Terrorism Fallen4
  2017, 75th Ranger Regiment Association

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)
Rifle
Machine Gun

 
 Unit Assignments
198th Infantry Brigade3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
  2013-2014, 11B10, 198th Infantry Brigade
  2014-2017, 11B20, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2002 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2013-2016 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2017-2017 Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) /Transition II (Jan. 1, 2015 to TBD)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are investigating whether the two Army Rangers killed this week battling Islamic State loyalists in Afghanistan were victims of a friendly fire incident, the Pentagon said Friday. 

Sgt. Joshua Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron Thomas, 23, were hit by small-arms fire during a high-stakes raid on the headquarters of Abdul Hasib, whom U.S. officials identified as ISIS Khorasan's emir. The hellish, hours-long firefight occurred in Achin, a restive district along the Pakistan border where in recent weeks American and Afghan forces have dramatically escalated their campaign to crush the terror group. 

"This was a dangerous mission. We knew this going in," said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. "This was the leader of ISIS in Afghanistan. We knew he would be heavily protected." 

Comprising approximately 100 Army Rangers and Afghan commandos, the raid force was flown into the Mohmand Valley around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to accounts provided by U.S. officials in the Pentagon and in Kabul. Within minutes, a close-quarters gun battle ensued, with the Americans and Afghans taking heavy fire from multiple compounds and "well-prepared fighting positions," officials said. 

A variety of American attack aircraft — including AC-130 gunships, Apache helicopters, F-16 fighters and drones — were called in to defend the team, Davis said. By 3:30 a.m. Thursday, more than three dozen ISIS operatives were dead, including an unspecified number of ISIS-K leaders. It's unclear whether Hasib, the emir, was among them. Officials are working to determine his fate, Davis added. 

The military's investigation aims to learn whether Rodgers and Thomas were killed by errant Afghan or American gunfire, officials said. But several soldiers who fought in the battle vehemently dispute that's what happened, according to Task & Purpose. More than a dozen witnesses contacted the news site claiming their comrades were gunned down by ISIS militants. 

Source: Army Times
   
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Joshua is buried at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois.
   
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