Lancaster Ohio Soldier Killed in Combat

  Home life

Joseph Collette, known as “Joey” graduated from Lancaster High School in 2007, and he served in the US Army for eight years and four months. Back home, Collette had a wife, two children and two step children. He and his wife were  married soon before he was deployed, and were supposed to be having a ceremony shortly after he returned..

Body of Lancaster Ohio soldier Joseph Collette returned home last wednesday morning.

    In Combat

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Collette died on March 22 due to injuries from enemy fire in combat mission. The mission took place in Afghanistan’s Kunduz Province. him and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, were both based in Fort Carson, Colorado.


He died alongside another soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado. Collette was an explosive ordinance technician, he was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group. He was on his first overseas deployment.


The Columbus Dispatch

He told me that as soon as 9/11 happened, when we were kids, he knew right then that he wanted to join the Army.””

— Josephs Wife

    Honoring A Fallen Soldier

His visitation was to be Thursday at Faith Memorial Church in Lancaster. Then a military honors at Maple Grove Cemetery. locals and businesses planned on lining the streets to honor him for his return. The funeral was held on Friday, at 10:30 A.M. at Faith Memorial Chapel.