Lieutenant Joshua C. Hurley, VMI Class of 2001
The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the combat death of Lieutenant Joshua Charles Hurley, United States Army Corps of Engineers, VMI Class of 2001, on Saturday 1 November 2003 in Iraq. He was serving with the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division west of Baghdad. According to official reports, the vehicle in which Lieutenant Hurley was riding was destroyed by an improvised explosive device detonated by an unknown terrorist in an ambush.
Lieutenant Hurley entered VMI from Clifton Forge, Virginia and was graduated with Distinction in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was selected as a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation.
As a Cadet, Hurley was a participant in a wide variety of intramural sports, played on the VMI Varsity Golf team as a Rat, was active with the Cadet Program Board, held Cadet rank his Second Class year, and earned status on the Dean's Academic Honor List six consecutive semesters.
Just before being deployed to Iraq, Lieutenant Hurley was married to Army Lieutenant Teresa Vaught Hurley. They were deployed to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom together.
In addition to his wife, Joshua Hurley is survived by his parents, Charles and Christine. Hurley, II of Alvin Texas, a married sister, Amanda, and his Brother Rats of the Class of 2001.
Funeral service arrangements are to be announced. The Virginia flag has flown at half-staff in his honor since notification of his death, and will continue to be flown thus until his interment.