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SRV High grad killed in Afghanistan

A 19-year-old Marine from Danville was killed in Afghanistan Friday afternoon, according to Councilmember Mike Doyle. Joshua Corral was a 2010 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School and enlisted with several of his friends.

"This tragedy will touch everyone who lives in our community. The strong graduates that come from our schools and enroll in the military give every moment of their young lives to fight for freedom for us and for those who need our leadership to reach for those values," wrote Mayor Karen Stepper.

Corral played freshman football at the high school, and his death was announced to the crowd attending Friday night's home game against Castro Valley as well as at a tree lighting ceremony for Hospice of the East Bay.

"We have no way to express in words the vacuum that has been left in Danville by the early death of such a brave warrior," Stepper continued.

Corral is the first SRVHS grad to die in combat during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and his death has devastated the town, Doyle told reporters.

Corral's death represents the second Bay Area war casualty in as many days. Sean Walsh, a 21-year-old California National Guard soldier from San Jose, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan's Khost Province, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Walsh died from injuries suffered when he encountered indirect fire during combat operations. He is the second California National Guardsman to be killed in action in Afghanistan.

The Express will have more on this story, including information on services, as it develops.

Bay City News Service contributed to this story.

Comments

Posted by American, a resident of Danville
on Nov 21, 2011 at 7:09 am

May God bless him and his family.


Posted by Alyson, a resident of Danville
on Nov 21, 2011 at 7:19 am

Very sad time for our close knit community. There will be a Candlelight Prayer Vigil this Tuesday evening at Oak Hill Park by the Veteran's Memorial in Danville (next to Monte Vista) at 6:00 PM ...
Please join us in putting our arms around Josh' family and honoring our fallen hero.


Posted by A community member, a resident of Danville
on Nov 21, 2011 at 7:55 am

Our flag is out in honor and memory of Chachi Corral. Please join us in honoring him by flying your flag.


Posted by scrump, a resident of Danville
on Nov 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

My Marine Corps flag and my US Flag (that flew over us US 7th Fleet) is out in Honor of my fellow Marine, Lcpl Corral, USMC.
Please attend the vigil and bring your school age children. All must understand what war is all about, and what the ultimate sacrifice really means, and its toll.


Posted by Tracy riggs, a resident of Danville
on Nov 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

He was one of a kind the one the moms wanted around. He had a smile that light the room and eyes so honest. Chachi I love you and will miss u more then anyone knows. God bless all of you! Let's make chachi proud and be strong forever in my heart you will be chachi.

Tracy Riggs


Posted by Tracy riggs, a resident of Danville
on Nov 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

He was one of a kind the one the moms wanted around. He had a smile that light the room and eyes so honest. Chachi I love you and will miss u more then anyone knows. God bless all of you! Let's make chachi proud and be strong forever in my heart you will be chachi.

Tracy Riggs


Posted by Christian Valenti, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Nov 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I am a SRVHS graduate from class of 02 and an Army Veteran. I want to go to the vigil on Tuesday night but I have never been to one. Do you bring your own candle? What do you wear?


Posted by Alyson, a resident of Danville
on Nov 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

500 candles have been purchased, you can bring your own if you wish ... and you can wear anything you wish to.


Posted by jake, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm

As a Marine dad my heart goes to his family. May God bless him and his family.


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