It was 23 July 2003, 0730 hours, 120 degrees, Ar Ramadi, Iraq. It was just 4 months into the war.
Captain Joshua Byers, the Commander of Fox Troop in the 2nd Squadron 3rd ACR (Armored Cavalry Regiment), was leading a convoy that had just left their base camp.
On the other side of the world Josh’s parents were boarding a plane in Tokyo, Japan bound for Atlanta, Georgia. Josh’s two brothers, Milam and Jared were anticipating their arrival.
It was to be a day of celebration, not only for their mother’s 50th birthday but also for Milam and Ashley’s engagement just 2 days prior.
Without warning, a blast erupted in the Iraqi desert shaking the ground for miles. It would soon be felt by an unsuspecting family a world away.
One confirmed KIA (killed in action). 2 others critically injured.
A knock at the door, 2 men in Army Class A uniforms. They could only be there for one reason.
A phone call.
A husband, son, brother, friend, commander and soldier had been taken in the blast.
This is our story. This is a hero’s story.
This is the intro to the book that just released about my brother, Josh, titled Keep Moving Forward: My Son’s Last Words.
Part of the proceeds from this book go to benefit The Reversal.