Friday, October 07, 2011
Remembering our fallen: Capt. Joshua McClimans

Editor’s Note: Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. We learned about Joshua McCliman’s story through Home and Away, an ongoing initiative to honor the men and women worldwide who died while serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. You can learn more about the project here.


When Joshua McClimans and his fiancée Melissa Bulebush would get a night alone together, McClimans would play the song “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield and they would slow dance together in their kitchen. The couple, who met while working as nurses at a hospital in Ohio, planned to get married and start a family of their own.


“We had a great loving relationship.  He always told me I was the love of his life,” Bulebush said.


McClimans and Bulebush had been together for three years when he was deployed to Afghanistan in March. This was McCliman’s second tour as a registered nurse in the army. His first tour was to Iraq in 2005. This deployment was expected to last a year.


“He loved taking care of soldiers,” Bulebush said. “He is a good-hearted person. He got along with anyone, and he helped anybody out.”


“While he was in Afghanistan, we talked over Skype a lot,” she added. “He made me realize how seriously dangerous it was over there and what he had to do to survive daily. He would always say to me, ‘No worries babe.’ I was scared for him.”


But McClimans never made it home. On April 22, 2011, the 30-year-old was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire in Khost province, Afghanistan.


He leaves behind his future wife and his 7-year-old son Max, whom Bulebush described as being identical to his father.


On McClimans’ birthday this year, May 12, Bulebush posted a tribute to her fallen hero on CNN’s Home and Away, an interactive memorial for the service men and women who have been killed in action in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.  “Your spirit will comfort me and give me strength,” she wrote. “You will forever be in my heart and I will always love you. You are my hero!”


Bulebush wants people to remember her fiancé for being “an amazing father” and for “loving life and living it to the fullest.”


“Josh will be one of those people who will be remembered forever,” she said. “He has touched so many lives -- a young, vibrant man taken way before his time.”

October 7, 2011
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RIP Sir. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

October 7, 2011
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RIP, noble warrior. Your sacrifice will not be in vain.


Two minutes of your life is worth millions more that any of the greedy, selfish, adulterous, empty and shameful souls that permeate the executive suites of the Fortune 500 and Banksters and insurers or Wall Street.


While you were sacrificng it all in combat on the fields of honor, the sum behind the financialization of every asset in this country supported by government of avarice and a judiciary of cowardice are sucking out the life blood of this once united country.


Rest in Peace, the 99% of the common peasants of this country will rise and honor you by taking on the evil of Financialization and the arrogance and negligence of America's elite that refuse to punish those behind that evil that hurts those you cherished.

October 8, 2011
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RIP, thank your for your service to this great country. My condolences and prayers to those left behind.


@darth, your 99% nonsense has to place attached to a story about a hero. You should be glad people like this hero exist so you have the freedom to spew your stupidity.

October 8, 2011
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Meant "no" place....

October 8, 2011
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You will always be remembered brave hero. You have died trying to save lives. you are wonderful. You will not be remembered as "the one who died" but you will be remembered as "the brave one". Everyone misses you!!!! :(

October 8, 2011
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Hey CNN, Captain in the Army is abbreviated as "CPT".


CPT McClimans, from a wounded warrior to a fallen comrade, I wish to thank you for your service, your dedication, your professionalism, your sincerity in helping wounded Soldiers and finally, for giving your life in service to this great Nation. I am a better man for having read your story for it reminds me to be thankful there are selfless people like you doing what most will not or can not. Thank you Sir! Salute


Ms. Bulebush, I am terribly saddened by your loss ma'am. From personal experience, I know it is the women in our lives that make us the Soldiers that we always aspired to be. You have my condolences and prayers!

October 8, 2011
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CPT....not CAPT

October 9, 2011
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I dont know much about this man,only what the last few comments have told me but,if he fought for our country. He should be commemorated for his bravery.

October 10, 2011
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RIP CPT McClimans..

To the McClimans family... thank you sincerely for your sacrifice and I hope his son grows up to remember his father has a hero.  He was probably killed trying to save lives of his fellow soldiers, being that he was a medic..  Our country is forever in your debt..

October 10, 2011
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Hello everyone,


Thank you for all your wonderful comments about Josh and his family. It means a lot to us and I am sure it means a lot to Josh's family.


Also thank you for bringing up the discussion about the abbreviation of Captain. We understand that it is abbreviated at CPT, but according to AP style and CNN style, we have to abbreviate it as Capt. Thanks again for bringing it up.




October 11, 2011
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Ill like to thank you for fighting for our country

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