Danville Marine, 19, killed in Afghanistan

Second Bay Area casualty of the war in week

A 19-year-old Marine from Danville was killed in Afghanistan

Friday, the second Bay Area casualty of the war in the week.

Joshua Corral, a 2010 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School,

was killed in Afghanistan Friday afternoon, according to Councilman Mike Doyle. The Department of Defense has not yet released notification of Corral's death.

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.

"Everybody's devastated here because he was a nice, nice, nice,

nice boy," Doyle said Saturday when reached by phone.

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.

Added Mayor Karen Stepper: "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.

"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."

Another Bay Area soldier was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Sean Walsh, a 21-year-old California National Guard soldier from

San Jose, was killed 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.

Bay City News Service contributed to this story.


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Posted by Marine Mom
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

My condolences and prayers for Lcpl Corral's family, friends and fellow Marines. May God grant you comfort and peace at this very difficult time. Joshua was and will forever be an American Hero. He will not be forgotten.

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Posted by shadowbozo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm

shadowbozo is a registered user.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Corral family. Having lost our son in March, I know these are very trying times. Reach out to the various organizations to help you through these tough times. Gold Star Mom's has really helped my wife.

I know no words can replace your son. I think of our son we lost every moment of everyday. Keep him in your heart. He will never really be gone.

God Bless.

Matthew Walker

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Posted by Toni Hume
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Nov 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

Our condolonces and prayers for Lcpl Corral's family. May you rest in peace and know that my family and are grateful to you. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice to our country. I pray that your family is surrounded by family and friends and comforted by your valor and unique character of integrity, bravery and strength. God Bless.

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