Pfc. Joshua Gray was a young man with a lot going for him. "High-end student ... super smart ... amazing kid" is how one of his high school teachers described him.
He was especially interested in math, science and technology and is remembered at Johnson County High School for salvaging an old IBM server, tutoring other students and scoring 34 on the ACT, according to the Daily Independent of Ashland.
He competed on the school's academic team, was prom king and was voted Most Unforgettable by his class of 2011, perhaps in part because he carried around a stuffed penguin called Mr. Waddles.
In the Army, Pfc. Gray trained to be a satellite communications system operator maintainer, a job that must have appealed to his interest in technology.
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He was part of the 10th Mountain Division, stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. and in January deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where he died on Feb. 10 from what the Army called a "non-combat related incident."
His death is still under investigation.
Last weekend, hundreds gathered at Johnson County Middle School to remember and pay their respects to the bright young man from Van Lear.
We, too, honor his service and his memory.