Lance Cpl. Joshua L. Torrence
April 23, 2018
Died March 14, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
20, of Lexington, S.C.; assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died March 14 of wounds sustained in enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.
S.C. Marine dies in Iraq
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A 20-year-old Marine from Lexington has been killed in Iraq, the Defense Department said Tuesday.
Lance Cpl. Joshua L. Torrence was killed in Iraq on Monday while fighting in Anbar province, the Defense Department said. Torrence was a crewman on an amphibious assault vehicle, a lightweight tank that can go under water, said Lt. Barry Edwards, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Division.
Torrence was a leader who lived life with a purpose, his former high school football coach Mark Cagle said.
“He is a wonderful young man who exemplifies all that’s good about family, our country, God,” said Cagle, who coaches at White Knoll High School. “I can’t say enough good things about him.”
Torrence graduated from White Knoll in 2003 and joined the Marines in January 2004.
Torrence played on the first-ever White Knoll football team in 2000. He was a leader on and off the field, and always made sure to visit when he was home on leave, Cagle said.
“We were looking forward to seeing him,” he said. “He was supposed to have a leave in April.”
Cagle said Torrence was proud to serve in the Marines.
“He felt there was a purpose for him being there,” Cagle said. “I’ve got an 11-year-old son that thought Josh was unbelievable. … If my son Steven grows up to be like Josh Torrence, I’d be unbelievably proud of him.”