STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL ON THE DEATH OF MARINE SGT JOSHUA DESFORGES OF LUDLOW
Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Joshua D. Desforges of Ludlow, Massachusetts, who was killed in action on Wednesday in Afghanistan.
“The brave young men and women who voluntarily serve in our Armed Forces have the respect and gratitude of our entire nation. Sergeant Joshua Desforges was a courageous and charismatic native of Ludlow who joined the United States Marine Corps to defend our cherished freedom in the first line of defense. He performed his duties with honor and distinction but tragically lost his life this week supporting combat operations on the battlefields of Afghanistan. Our country can never repay the debt we owe him and his family for their extraordinary sacrifice.
The motto of the U.S. Marine Corps is Semper Fedelis or “Always Faithful.” It represents the unique dedication that Marines have to Corps and country. Sergeant Desforges was a hero who personified that loyalty and commitment through his distinguished service. May he rest in peace.”