Friday, January 15, 2010

Fallen soldier had ties to Carey

Sgt. Joshua Lengstorf among first war casualties of 2010

Express Staff Writer

Carey residents Larraine and Lloyd Davis hold a photograph of the family of their granddaughter, Jesse Lengstorf, who lost her husband, Sgt. Joshua Lengstorf, in fighting in Afghanistan over the New Year’s weekend. Photo by David N. Seelig

The first U.S. military deaths in 2010 brought personal tragedy to longtime Carey residents Larraine and Lloyd Davis.

The couple's granddaughter, Jesse Lengstorf, of Roseburg, Idaho, lost her husband, 24-year-old Sgt. Joshua A. Lengstorf, over New Year's weekend, when his unit was attacked by improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire in the village of Ashoque in Afghanistan.

"He was excited to get back to Afghanistan and fulfill his duties," said Larraine Davis, who spent time with Lengstorf during Thanksgiving. "He missed his fellow troops, his buddies. He was patriotic and such a leader."

Davis was told by a military spokesperson that Sgt. Lengstorf was among a unit of 13 soldiers on foot patrol who were leaving the apparently deserted village of Ashoque when two explosions went off, killing three soldiers and blinding a medic.

Also killed in the attack were 24-year-old Spc. Brian R. Bowman of Crawfordsville, Ind., and 19-year-old Pvt. John P. Dion of Shattuck, Okla.

"The guys who come back from fighting say that if we bring our military home, the terrorists or the Taliban will just have more terrible things happen in our country," Davis said.

She said Lengstorf had plans to become a veterinarian when he left the military.

"He would have been out of Afghanistan in April," she said.

As well as his widow, Jesse Lengstorf, Lengstorf is survived by his daughter, Kadence.

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