Army Nurse Killed in Afghanistan - page 2

An Army nurse and officer who worked in the intensive care unit at Summa Western Reserve Hospital has been killed in Afghanistan. Army Reserve Capt. Joshua McClimans, 30, died Friday. McClimans... Read More

  1. by   ckh23
    Rest In Peace brother.
  2. by   Esme12
    Quote from heather.f
    My deepest condolonces to the friends and family of this american hero... so many take for granted the freedoms afforded to us through the great sacrafices of those in service to our country.

    Well said.......godspeed......

    My prayer for his family and his children to find peace....
  3. by   deemo21
    Rest in Peace CPT McClimans, condolences to the family. From what has been posted so far, it seems that he was a wonderful family man and a fine officer. Thank you for your service
  4. by   Turd Ferguson
    Thankyou for doing what others such as myself are not brave enough to do

    It sounds like he has qualities we should all aspire to
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    All Army nurses received this sad news via email from our Army Nurse Corps Chief, Major General Patricia Horoho, via email yesterday. I was on a bus coming back from the field, looking forward to a shower and a hot meal ... and it really put things into perspective for me. Thank you CPT McClimans for your service and sacrifice. His family, friends and coworkers are in my thoughts.
  6. by   caliotter3
    I am proud to call you a colleague in arms.
  7. by   missdiorcherie
    this is saddening. Thank you Capt. McClimans for your service and bravery. Rest in peace.
  8. by   Jeepinjed
    Rest in Peace my brother in arms... Your sacrifice will always be remembered...
  9. by   greenfiremajick
    It's tragic what we have to lose, in order to gain....Gaining freedom, and reprieve from tyranny takes many lives and much sacrifice. When my husband was in Afghanistan for his 18 month deployment, we spoke almost every day via Yahoo Messenger. The time before that when he was deployed, we sent real, live, written letters and communicated about once a week....So this last deployment was so much better though not without its' own trials and tribulations. It's time for him to be deploying again, but we will be ready because really, what other choice do we have? Both as a family and as Americans.....

    Bless Capt. McClimans.

    Quote from Mr Wright
    An Army nurse and officer who worked in the intensive care unit at Summa Western Reserve Hospital has been killed in Afghanistan.

    Army Reserve Capt. Joshua McClimans, 30, died Friday.

    McClimans had worked at the Cuyahoga Falls medical facility since 2008, according to hospital President Robert Kent.

    ''We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joshua,'' Kent said. ''Serving others was a way of life for Joshua-perfectly exemplified by his roles in service as a [registered] nurse and a member of the Reserves.''

    Esther McClimans said her grandson, who lived in Bath Township, was killed by rocket fire on his way to work at an Army hospital.

    ''He was an amazing kid,'' she said.

    McClimans graduated from Jamestown High School in 1998. He attended Kent State University and later the University of Akron.

    He joined the Army ROTC program and was commissioned as an officer. After serving four years of active duty including a tour of duty in Iraq, he worked at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

    His grandmother, who is the mayor of Jamestown in Pennsylvania's Mercer County, said her grandson joined an Army Reserve unit about 18 months ago and had been in Afghanistan for six weeks.

    ''The minute he got there he knew he wasn't safe,'' she said.

    Her grandson, who grew up a few blocks away from her in Jamestown, liked to laugh and loved his country.

    ''He loved being a dad. He loved being a nurse. He loved his country and he felt honored to serve,'' she said.

    Survivors include a 7-year-old son, Max; a 13-year-old daughter, Emma; and his parents, Michael McClimans of Jamestown, Pa., and Cindy McClimans of Texas.

    Amanda McClimans, who has been in a relationship with McClimans for more than a decade, described him as ''amazing, loving, strong, compassionate, caring and the best dad in the world.''

    He would often call home three to four times a day from Afghanistan, she said.

    And before he left, he spoke to their son's first-grade class at Fort Island School in the Copley-Fairlawn school district.

    The students made a book for him to take to Afghanistan and each week he talked to the class via Skype.

    ''They looked up to him as a hero,'' said Ally Wehmann, the first-grade teacher at Fort Island.

    She said the children in her classroom learned Monday from their parents that McClimans had died. The students return to class today.

    Amanda McClimans said Joshua McClimans was planning on bringing back American flags for the kids in Max's class, as well as teachers and others at the school.

    A scholarship fund for McClimans' children has been established at North Akron Savings Bank. Donations to the McClimans Children Memorial Fund, established by Summa Western Reserve Hospital, can be made at any North Akron Savings Bank location.

    A funeral in Jamestown is being planned.

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  10. by   greenfiremajick
    Those pics got me.....

    Quote from SilentfadesRPA
    With a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes I salute you solider and wish you to rest well and in peace -
    I offer my deepest condolences and sincere thank you to Joshua's family friends and colleagues.


    Here is a picture of him with his son - what a fine nurse and clearly a great dad.
  11. by   P_RN
    God bless you Sir and THANK YOU.
  12. by   Trip_McNeelyRN2b
    Probably was hit by random mortar fire. God bless you and your family bro.
  13. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from rciantar
    probably was hit by random mortar fire. god bless you and your family bro.
    our local paper said he was hit by a sniper's bullet.