JAMESTOWN (KDKA) — A soldier from Mercer County who was killed last month while serving in Afghanistan was laid to rest today.
United States Army Capt. Joshua McClimans, 30, died back on April 22.
According to the Department of Defense, McClimans suffered wounds when “insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire.” He had been working as a head nurse and Medevac.
McClimans grew up in Jamestown, but had recently been living in Akron, Ohio. He was a 1998 graduate of Jamestown High School.
His funeral was held at Jamestown Presbyterian Church. McClimans was taken from the church to the cemetery in a horse-drawn carriage and just about everyone in town joined the procession.
“It’s very, very, sad that the community has lost such a wonderful person and a soldier to top it off, but he’s given all for our country,” Abby Consider, a family friend, said.
Al Marzano came to pay his respects because he lost his son in the war six years ago. He knows what the family is going through.
“I guess you get a little bit numb as the years go by, but it still doesn’t go away and it still, still hurts,” he said.
For many people here, the wars are taking a toll.
“I just wish it would end,” Consider said. “I’m really, really, sick of it. I mean, it’s only gotten worse.”