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Army Sgt. Joseph A. Richard III

Grand Prairie native honored by Rep. Johnson on House floor

U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Benton, delivered a speech on the House floor Nov. 22 honoring the life and service of Army Sgt. Joseph A. Richard III and highlighting the sacrifices of Gold Star families. Richard, a Grand Prairie native, was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 14, 2008.
“Sgt. Richard was deeply devoted to his family and his country. He was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle who dedicated much of his life to ensuring his loved ones – and every single one of us – are able to enjoy the many freedoms we too often take for granted,” Johnson said.
“To Mr. and Mrs. Richard, thank you for raising a hero. We will always work hard here in Congress to honor your sacrifice and the sacrifices all of our soldiers make.”
According to the Fallen Heroes Project website, “Joe pursued a degree in public relations at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette after finishing high school in 1999. He surprised some by opting for the Army in 2003, because they thought he was well suited for the priesthood. But he felt the need to help “save his country,” and that he did. He became a combat engineer non-commissioned officer. Well respected by his seniors and comrades alike, he brought his unique skills and devotion to duty, and dedication to getting it done right.
“‘Little Joe’ was serving his third tour in Iraq when the wounds from an improvised explosive device took his life, at the age of 27. His decorations include the Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal.”

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