Time of Remembrance

Joshua J. Kirk




S. Portland, ME

Date of Death:


Incident Location:

Kamsden, Afghanistan

Military Branch:

United States Army




3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Fort Carson, CO

SGT Joshua J. Kirk, 30, of South Portland, ME, died October 3, 2009 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO. He died in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his contingency outpost with small arms, rocket-propelled grenade and indirect fires.

SGT Kirk was born in Thomaston, Maine and grew up near Bonner’s Ferry Idaho. Kirk’s men saw him as being unafraid, unthreatened, and, at times, unrestrained. During firefights, he would tell them, “If you think you need to shoot something, shoot it. It doesn’t matter how much ammo you might waste. If you need to kill it, kill it.” Most of the guys at the outpost were tough, but Kirk, he was crazy brave-fearless. Absolutely.

Kirk had been born at home in Thomaston, Maine, the son of a Vietnam veteran who transformed himself from the dope-smoking head of a motorcycle gang into a born-again Christian carpenter. He was born July 19, 1979, in Thomaston, Maine, son of Bernadette Kirk Bonner and the late John Kirk. He attended Southern Maine Community College, where he met his wife, Megan.
In the spring of 2005, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served two tours in Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. His first tour of duty was for 15 months, and his second tour started in May 2009. He believed in what he was fighting for and was a highly decorated soldier. He was also a devoted husband and father.
Survivors include his mother, Bernadette Kirk Bonner of Bonners Ferry, ID; his wife of four years, Megan Gavin-Kirk of Colorado Springs, CO and their daughter, Kensington Kirk of Colorado Springs