JOSHUA MCDANIELS - FALLEN HERO
 

July 28, 2011 - From Janice McDaniels

Dear Moms...

I thought it was time to contact all of you and let you know
how things are going for me since the passing of my
son, Josh.

First, I want to thatk you all for your messages and cards
and the beautiful windchimes. Since I found this group,
just before Josh went to boot camp, and was only ten
Moms strong, it has been such a blessing and comfort
to be a part of this forever growing group of amazing
Marine Moms.

I want to share with you my journey and how Josh has
been "presenting" himself to me since his passing. He
was an amazing young man and I am so blessed to
have been chosen by our great God to be his Mother.

It was Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 am when the knock on
the door came.

I am usually not up that early on a Sunday morning, but
earlier, around 3:00 am, I had the wosrt pain in my right
leg and couldn't sleep. My husband was leaving to go
do a job and left about 10 minutes before.

I was sitting at my kitchen table having a cup of coffee
and reading the paper when the knock came.  I thought
to myself, who is at my door this early on a Sunday
morning??
I got up to go to the door and saw the men
in uniform through the windows and my heart just
dropped to my stomach.  I knew.

I opened the door and four marines were standing there. 
I started screaming for my son Jacob, who was the only
one home at the time. I can't even put into words how I
was feeling, knowing that my baby, Josh, was gone. I
pray that none of you ever get the knock.

The four marines wouldn't tell me anything until my
husband returned home.  When he arrived, they told
us what they knew so far and all I could think was, did
he suffer? My worst nightmare had begun and all I
wanted to do  was wake up!! PLEASE, someone wake
me up!

The next morning we are in route to the airport to go to
Dover and see Josh, finally back on American soil. I had
never been on an airplane before and I have to say it
was a beautiful day. The sky was as blue as Josh's eyes
and the clouds were so amazingly beautiful.

Continued next page...

JOSHUA MCDANIELS LOST HIS LIFE IN
COURAGEOUS SERVICE TO OUR
COUNTRY ON JUNE 11, 2011

Joshua with Mom, Janice

JOSHUA & ADRIANA
September 4, 2010