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Age:   29
Hometown: Sparks, NV
Date of Death: 7/23/2003
Incident Location: Near Ramadi, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Capt.
Unit: Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regime
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Capt. Josh Byers, an Army Ranger and paratrooper, was a company commander in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and was deployed to Iraq in April. Byers, 29, was killed July 23 when the convoy he was riding in hit an explosive device near the town of Ramadi, about 60 miles from Baghdad. A native of Anderson, S.C., Byers moved with his family to Sparks, Nev., in 1989, in time to start the second semester of his freshman year at Reed High School. Byers'' father, a minister, started a church in Sparks. The family moved back to South Carolina in 1995, when Josh Byers was at West Point. The death of the U.S. Military Academy graduate came on his mother''s birthday. When Josh Byers left for Iraq, he told his mother, Mary Byers, not to worry. "He kept saying, ''Mom, the worst will be over when I get there,''" she said. But she said she knew from his subsequent letters that her son was in danger. "He''d done a lot of night missions," she said. "Him being a Ranger, he got used to doing a lot of things." Mary and her husband, Lloyd Byers, are church missionaries in Guam. Reed counselor Bob White said that as a senior, Josh Byers was accepted at all three major military academies _ Army, Navy and Air Force. White said he chose West Point because he thought its rules of conduct were the strictest. "He said, ''Even though I want to go into the Navy, I''m going into the Army. Their honor code is better,''" White said. "He was the nicest, politest kid you''d ever want to meet."
Source: Associated Press
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