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Fallen Marine honored as a hero at afternoon memorial service

Original post made on Nov 30, 2011

It was standing room only at East Bay Fellowship Church in Danville as over 1,200 family, friends, teachers, veterans and strangers gathered at the memorial service for Lance Cpl. Joshua "Chachi" Corral, the San Ramon Valley High grad who died during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan on Nov. 18. The heartfelt and often tearful service on Wednesday afternoon focused on the 19-year-old's zest for life and devotion to God.

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Posted by [removed]
a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Dear Editor,

I will hope that we all honor the service, skills and life of each of our people engaged in military service for our country. I will hope that families of those lost can have understanding in the sacrifice of lives that occur. I wish all of us to commit to a celebration of the best use of such service and commit to the effort to eliminate the creation of veterans and those we lose each year in our violence around our world.

As a veteran, I pain for this loss and focus efforts toward the elimination of such loss for the families that are our neighbors and the young adults that must try to understand the loss.

At ease to all of us and celebrate those that came to rest in service to our country's too willing need for global violence.

Most importantly, celebrate this life lost too early and honor his willingness to give.

Veteran, USArmy Viet Nam

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Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I didn't go to this memorial, but I attended the memorial at SRVHS with my son who knew Chachi. I was so impressed by the community of young people that are giving their support to this amazing family. It's such a tragedy, and yet this family is asking for prayers for all families that have faced losses. This heroic young man clearly lived his life out loud and drew others in to his circle. His parents are to be commended for raising four fine boys - they are truly exceptional. I'll pray for the family, and I thank Chachi not only for his service, but for being kind to my son who really struggled to fit in.

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Posted by Kerri
a resident of Danville
on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Thank you for your service.

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Posted by bz
a resident of Blackhawk
on Dec 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Godspeed, indeed!

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Posted by Candy Hogan
a resident of Blackhawk
on Dec 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I just want to say "God Speed" to everyone and to across the hills into Oakland and ask why doesn't that community get together and save their kids in the war that they have been fighting right in our back yard. I just have to say what Chachi has done for our Country, let others understand him and do the right thing! Just saying. God Speed Correl family and thank you so much for lettings us into your life of knowing Chachi, Josh.. Correl.

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Posted by scrump
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

Semper Fidelis Lcpl Corral.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

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