Mourners Say Final Goodbye To Mercer Co. Soldier

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.”

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  • Eyes Wide Open

    God bless the soldiers, and my heart goes out to his family.

  • Joan

    God Bless Our Soldiers – and Thank You God if you can keep the Westboro Baptist Church away. Their threats to be at Capt McClimans memorial are bad enough – although it was a heads up for local support to make their protective presence known. Thats the wrong corner of West Pennsyltucky to come marching in looking for attention, especially when a 2nd Jamestown son has died serving his country during this War on Terror.

  • Joan
  • storm

    Goodnight Joshua thank you for serving our country and making us safe. I think that we need to respect and honor our Soldiers and Veterans alittlle more.

  • Kathy

    Thank you Joshua for your ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. God Bless you and your family. My prayers are with each of you. God Bless ALL of our service men and woman who fight for our freedeom.

  • V

    God Bless this fine young man….Thank You for serving our Country….

  • Fred

    Capt. McClimans was a warrior that can never be replaced. The sacrifice he made to his fellow man should never be forgotten and his family should be proud of the young man that stood for something larger than we’ll ever understand. To his family, I say thank you for selflessness and sacrifice your son has displayed in his life’s calling and my thoughts and prayers will always be with you.

    In valor
    There is hope

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