Fallen Soldier: Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson
Dates: Died August 7, 2011
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Player: Lilly Thomas

Sgt. Joshua Robinson, the 29-year-old Nebraska man died August 7, 2011, after being shot twice in the left side of his chest while on patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sgt. Robinson decided to enlist in the Marines in 2003 because of the threat the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks represented to the country. He was on his first deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed but had been deployed to Iraq twice before.
Sgt Robinson was proud of his Nebraska roots, and his mother said he put skills he acquired during childhood hunting trips to use in the Marines as a sniper and tracking expert. He had taught courses in tracking, mountain survival and sniper skills to his fellow Marines.
The family moved to Colorado for a several years, where Sgt. Robinson learned to water-ski and scuba dive and competed on his high school wrestling team. The family moved back to Nebraska, and Robinson attended Metropolitan Community College for two years before enlisting.
He married his wife, Rhonda, the next year in November 2004. She said she knew he was a good guy but didn't know he touched so many people with "his big heart." He loved to hunt, was an enthusiastic biker and unlike most Marines, a heavy sleeper.
He is survived by Ronda, and two sons, Kodiak and Wyatt.