Private First Class Joshua M. Martino, 19 of Clearfield, Pennsylvana, died March 19th. He and six other Marines were killed during a training accident at Hawthorne Army Depot, in Nevada.
Joshua had joined the Marines in July of 2012 and was set to marry his fiancee. Martino was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Martino’s mother, Karen Perry, said community members have gone above and beyond in offering their condolences and prayers. Since learning of her son’s death Tuesday morning, Perry said not only family and friends, but also complete strangers have offered their sympathies, which have made all the difference in the world.
Martino’s fiancée, Anna has also been struggling with the tragedy. She and Martino had started dating when they were 16 years old and have been inseparable ever since.
Anna said they got engaged this past October. The couple’s high school friends have offered their condolences to her, which she greatly appreciates.
Perry said the night Martino was killed was actually one of his last nights in Nevada. He was going to return to North Carolina, where he was stationed. He was planning on returning to his hometown of DuBois this weekend.
She said she first heard a radio news report about the Monday accident, then three Marines arrived at her workplace to say her son was among the seven dead.
Services for Private First Class Joshua M. Martino have yet to announced.