Marine Sergeant Joshua Desforges, 23, Ludlow
Desforges, 23, a Ludlow native, was killed on May 12, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Desforges's family said yesterday that Joshua had wanted to join the Marines beginning at age 11. At 13, after having tried every sport and activity around, he found his niche in the Westover Young Marines," his family said. It was his calling in life, and, like everything else, he took to it at full throttle. Josh loved being a Marine."