Beanery Online Literary Magazine

September 25, 2010

For Josh: In Memory of LCpl. Joshua T. Twigg



In Memory of LCpl. Joshua T. Twigg

Diana Reh Hunt

LCpl. Joshua T. Twigg

Lance Cpl. Joshua T. Twigg, 21, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, died September 2, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Joshua was a friend of Diana’s son, who is also serving in Afganistan…


Two high school boys meet head to head,

Year after year as adversaries

On the football field.


High school and boyhood are soon memories…


The yellow foot-printed path is their goal and the gauntlet is the prize.

Parris Island, South Carolina is a place where boys’ dreams are realized.


Soon, these young recruits meet once again in the same Platoon.

Friendships form, brotherhoods are born

Where once stood childish opposition.

Another graduation comes at the end of thirteen weeks

to prove to each recruit that this is what he seeks.

In a darkened hall, as if at a surprise party,

we families sit and wait

to behold those who were once children.

Throughout the silence, our pride does radiate.


 Just thirteen weeks before

boys and girls walked separately down the yellow path.

Now, as a unit they march in to greet us as protectors

of the carefully woven tapestry of laws and promises of our forefathers.

Our sons and daughters with Red, White, and Blue dreams.


The two new Marines go off to war,

one’s heart still beats,

the other no more.



The following statement was released by the family on September 2, 2010: “The U.S. Marine Corps contacted Mr. and Mrs. Twigg early Thursday morning to inform them that their son, Joshua T. Twigg, was killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan. Josh was proud to serve his country as a Marine, having served previously in Iraq two years ago, and volunteering to be deployed to Afghanistan. Josh’s family asks for your prayers as they grieve the loss of this fine young man who was loved by his parents, longtime girlfriend, brothers, sister, nieces and nephew, as well as his extended family and community of friends who knew and loved him. Please respect their privacy as they mourn.” The release was read by LCpl Twigg’s uncle.

The Defense Department reported that Twigg was a fire team leader assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2007 and was promoted to lance corporal May 1, 2010.

Twigg previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2008 to April 2009 and, most recently, to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2010, according to the DOD.

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.


LCpl Twigg attended schools in Clymer, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penns Manor High School in 2007, prior to entering the United States Marines. He loved spending time with his brothers and his family. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was proud to be a Marine and serve his country.

Friends were received at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., in Northern Cambria. Funeral service will be held at 11 AM Friday, September 10, 2010, at St. Nicholas Community Center, in Nicktown, with full military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps.   —Godspeed LCpl Twigg.


CAMP LeJEUNE — TWIGG – LCpl Joshua T., 21, Camp Lejeune, formerly of Northern Cambria and Clymer, entered eternal life while defending his country in Afghanistan. Born Oct. 1, 1988, in Indiana, son of Randy B. Sr. and Terri (Foister) Twigg. Preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Donn Sr. and Norma (Lockard) Twigg and Caroline “Ann” (Pearce) Foister; three uncles and two aunts. Survived by his parents, Northern Cambria; brothers, Randy Jr. (Danielle), Clymer; and Aaron (Lauren), Revloc; sister, Carolyn Twigg, Northern Cambria; high school sweetheart and longtime girlfriend, Christina “Chrissy” Young, Clymer; nephew, Joshua Ryan Twigg; and nieces, Emmy Marie Twigg, Nina Marie Twigg and Alaina Renee Twigg. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Josh graduated from Penns Manor High School in 2007, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and stationed at Camp Lejeune, Unit 29. Josh loved spending time with his brothers and his family. His hobbies were fishing and hunting. Josh was proud to be a Marine and serve his country.

September 11, 2010



Cathi Rhodes posted the following poem in the comments box at the end of FLIGHT 93 CRASH SITE MEMORIAL posted on . I took the liberty of posting it in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine.  Carolyn

You have to understand that at the time, I lived in the peaceful country in Stahlstown, not far from Shanksville. I quite often admired the open sky and used my telescope frequently. On this particular night, I was so moved that I HAD to write, as a catharsis, to help me deal with this tragedy. This is my poem.


Cathi Rhodes

The sky is quiet…and eerie…and still.

Only the stars give their light

For the innocent and uncounted souls

That ascended to Heaven before night.

A world in shock of a nation’s attack

Finds it so hard to believe

That evil (more…)

September 10, 2010

The Twin Towers



M. I. Marcum

     The World Trade Center, from its earliest conception, held a unique place in the heart of New Yorkers. There were many opposed to the project because it would diminish their cherished landmark, the Empire State Building. Others were excited by the challenge of building, not one but two monuments of such unknown scale.

     The Twin Towers, as they became known, slowly rose higher and higher until they overshadowed the skyline of Manhattan. They could be seen for miles. It was difficult to encompass the scale of their massiveness as you stood looking up from ground level.

     Still, many were reluctant to embrace them as part of the New York City, which they knew and loved. Others streamed to take the ride to the very heights. My sister was one of those people. She described to me an adventure, an experience of incomparable wonder. She insisted I visit the restaurant located on the very top floor to enjoy what she had seen. I promised I would one day.

     The years went by. The Towers became not just tourist attractions but an important piece of New York’s business and commerce, employing thousands of people that streamed to its offices from surrounding states and boroughs and Long Island. People you saw on the Long Island Railroad, on the expressway, in the restaurants, at the hot dog stands, shopping at Macy’s.

     Then on that beautiful September day, the Towers (more…)