22, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, where he was a Harrier jet mechanic with Marine Logistics Squadron 13 of Standish, Maine was found dead on March 21, 2011.
Here is a family picture of Josh with his sister, Sarah Yeo of Standish.
Joshua grew up in Standish and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School in 2007. He excelled in football and wrestling. He also learned karate. Throughout school, he always had his sights set on joining the Marines.
To honor his son, Mr. Dean Barron unearthed this memorial stone from Watchic Pond in Standish, Maine. He gave it to TSP over Veteran’s Day weekend 2014. Josh loved Watchic Pond. He grew up there since childhood and lived in a colonial house along the lake.
Dean Barron described the his son’s character as one of protector and guardian. He would set traps to catch imaginary dragons, demons and other threats to his friends and family. he was a martial artist and ready to defend the weak and protect the innocent. He was also a jokester though. He liked to play fun pranks on his sister but only out of love and good humor. He was always full of energy and he always has an upbeat attitude.
Dean said that his son had a very positive experience in Marine Corps bootcamp. Josh was grateful to the USMC Captain who helped him improve his pull-up performance so he could succeed in basic training. Josh loved the US Marines. He made lasting friends, learned discipline and teamwork and esprit de corps. He appreciated and treasured the sense of belonging and family. He valued the camaraderie above almost anything else.
Josh’s goal was to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He loved working with computers and his ultimate goal was to work for the CIA and help solve problems by knowing how to find answers to tough puzzles. Josh’s dad said he was a great Marine, caring, helpful and kind to others. Always willing to help and ready to be the first to volunteer for the tough job.
Finally, it must be noted that Josh’s dad, Dean, has been extremely helpful and supportive to organizations in Maine that honor our fallen heroes. Dean stated “I am trying to tear a page from my son’s book” and help others when they need it. He wants to ensure Josh’s memory stays alive and Dean has done just that. He is a board member for the RFTF and has hiked with TSP already. He stepped up, just like Josh would have done, when leadership was needed.
Thank you Dean. Thank you Josh for your inspiring example. Maine Heroes are NOT Forgotten.