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  Justin M. Whitmire
Name: Army Pfc. Justin M. Whitmire

Age: 20

From: Easley, SC

Assigned to 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas

Incident: Army Pfc. Justin M. Whitmire died Dec. 27 in Paktya, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Army Sgt. Noah M. Korte and Army Spc. Kurt W. Kern.


&lsquoA loving young man with a good heart&rsquo

By Katie Jones
The Greenville (S.C.) News

Justin Whitmire&rsquos family is doing as well as can be expected after learning he was killed while serving his country, said Terry Rogers, pastor of Faith Renewed Outreach Center, the family&rsquos church in Mauldin, S.C.

Whitmire, 20, an Army medic from Simpsonville, S.C., was killed Dec. 27 while serving in Afghanistan.

Whitmire had been in Afghanistan for about 19 days and in the military for a little over a year, Rogers said. The vehicle he was in hit an improvised explosive device, killing him and two other soldiers, Rogers said.

Whitmire graduated from Hillcrest High in 2010, Rogers said, and immediately joined the military.

&ldquoThe reason he went there was just because he wanted to help people, and he felt like he was doing that,&rdquo he said.

Rogers said the family received a call at about 8 p.m. Dec. 27 that Whitmire had been killed. He said he had received a call from a chaplain to come to the family&rsquos home.

Whitmire had expressed a desire to stay in the medical field after the military, Rogers said, but that from childhood, Whitmire knew he wanted to serve in the military.

&ldquoAs a young boy, he knew that&rsquos what he wanted to do,&rdquo Rogers said. &ldquoJust for him, the decision became which one it would be. He tossed around which branch of service he would be in and then decided with the Army.&rdquo

Rogers said he was Whitmire&rsquos youth pastor for several years as well as his senior pastor.

Rogers said the last time he spoke with Whitmire was over Skype on Christmas Eve. Whitmire talked about how he felt he was making a difference, he said.

&ldquoHe was excited about what he was doing there,&rdquo Rogers said.

Whitmire was the middle child of three, Rogers said. His 21-year-old brother, 16-year-old sister and his parents live in Simpsonville, he said.

Rogers said Whitmire was a big brother to a lot of younger guys at church, including Rogers&rsquo 14-year-old son. During that last Skype session, Whitmire talked about fishing with Rogers&rsquo son when he returned, Rogers said.

&ldquoHe was one of those guys, just a big brother to everybody,&rdquo he said.

Whitmire was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, before going to Afghanistan. He was scheduled to return in February on leave, Rogers said.

One day before his death, Whitmire wrote on his Facebook page that he &ldquohad a great Christmas talking to the family and the love of my life on Skype. Can&rsquot wait to be home with everyone again soon.&rdquo

Whitmire&rsquos Facebook page has filled with those remembering him and thanking him for his service. His grandmother requested prayers for the Whitmire family on her page.

&ldquoPlease remember our family in your prayer. Our grandson, Justin Whitmire, was killed in Afghanistan today,&rdquo she wrote.

&ldquoHe was supposed to be in a safe location. But it appears that it is not safe anywhere over there. He was only 20 years old and had been over there for three weeks. Thank you for your prayers.&rdquo

Rogers said he and the family have received emails, texts and tweets about Whitmire, even from people who only met him once.

&ldquoIf you met him, you&rsquod remember him being a good guy with a good heart,&rdquo Rogers said. &ldquoHe&rsquod drop what he was doing to come help you. He&rsquod drop anything to come help you.&rdquo

Whitmire had a heart of gold, loved to help people and had a smile that would light up a room, Rogers said.

&ldquoJustin&rsquos a good boy, never any trouble,&rdquo he said. &ldquoWanted to help people and that&rsquos why he became a medic.&rdquo

Rogers said that&rsquos how he will remember Whitmire &mdash as &ldquoa loving young man with a good heart, who knew Jesus.&rdquo


Died: December 27, 2011


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Prayers & Condolences For:
Justin M. Whitmire
BY Anonymous on Jan 07, 2012
  It was truly an honor to stay guard at your funeral today. It was anvery humbling experience. It was with great pleasure that I stood to protect you in a flag line today as paid the ultimate price for mine. Thank you, PFC Whitmire for your service. I pray for comfort for your family. We were there for them today and we will be there for them anytime they need us.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Justin M. Whitmire
BY Anonymous on Jan 06, 2012
  GOD BLESS JUSTIN AND THE WHITMIRE FAMILY. PRAYERS ARE BEING SAID FOR YOUR HEART TO FIND COMFORT AND BE HELD UP BY GOD'S GRACE! MY HUSBAND AND I PLAN TO BE ON THE STREET HOLDING FLAGS THAT HAVE FLOWN OVER MY FATHER'S GRAVE AND A FAMILY FRIENDS GRAVE, BOTH FOUGHT IN WW II. I KNOW THAT THEY WILL LOOK FRAYED BUT IT WILL ADD DIGNITY THAT I KNOW MY FATHER WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD TO HAVE HIS LIFE REPRESENTED WITH YOUR LOVING SON!
 


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Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother


Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.


Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.


Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.


John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.


Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.


Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff


John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen


Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.


Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you


Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise


Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.


Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.


Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.


Deora Bodley

rest in peace


James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.


Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family


John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!


Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V


Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.


Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.


Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.


Clayton L. Adamkavicius

He was a good guy...

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