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Mountain Man Memorial March

Sat April 20, 2024 Gatlinburg, TN 37738 US Directions

Sergeant Joshua James Rimer


Joshua died at the age of 24 years old on the morning of July 22, 2009 in Afghanistan, proudly serving his country.

He was born on April 18, 1985, in Beaver, PA, to James H. and Donna J. Rimer. Joshua graduated from Freedom Area High School in 2003. During high school, he was part of the Marching and Concert Bands, playing the trumpet. He was also actively involved in the Drama Club, where he had many lead roles in plays. Joshua loved sports and played them well, soccer and baseball being his favorites. He attended New Sewickley Presbyterian Church and was very active in the Youth Ministry there.

Josh enlisted in teh Army after graduating from high school in August 2003. Joshua enlisted in the Army. He went to Ft Leonardwood, MO for his Basic Training exercise, graduating in November 2003. His first assignment was in Bamberg, Germany, starting in January 2004. He was then deployed to Iraq in February 2004, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. Joshua returned to Germany and completed his tour as a Colonel’s driver until August 2006. Upon reenlistment, he was stationed at Ft Carson, CO, and was promoted to Sergeant October 2008. He was then redeployed to Iraq in February 2009.  On his birthday he was moved to Afghanistan.  There he worked in construction of the Military Installation of their base.  Josh volunteered to run clearance with the personal security detachment. There, he gave the ultimate sacrifice and was awarded another Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

He was a TRUE HERO!

Joshua married his beautiful wife, Annalisa, in September 2007.  They loved life together and were best friends and partners.  They loved to take long rides through the mountains, especially if it were snowing.  He enjoyed hiking, biking, walking, rock climbing and loved to swim and jet ski. His plans were to buy a Harley Davidson upon returning home so he and Annalisa could ride together. Josh always appreciated and respected life.  He felt content and appreciated at work and this meant a lot to him.  He was a Very Proud Soldier, Husband, Son, Brother, Grandson, Nephew and Cousin.  

He was very much Loved and will be very much missed! 

He will never be Forgotten, but Always Missed and will remain in our hearts Forever.  We Love you, Josh! 

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