Visitation held for Westville Marine killed in Afghanistan

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People are saying goodbye and paying their final respects to a Westville Marine.

24-year-old Lance Corporal Joshua Birchfield was killed last week in Afghanistan. A visitation for Birchfield was on Friday at Newhard Funeral Home in Westville.

Friends remembered him for his sense of humor and his love for friends and family.

Friday, friends remembered him for his sense of humor, and his love for friends and family.

“He was like a standup comedian. He could turn anything into a joke. Didn't matter if you were 90 years old or 2 years old, he could always get a smile out of you. He was just a great guy,” said Pvt. Scott Muray.

“Obviously with the turnout here everyone was proud of him. This is a small town and he was a hero. He went there and defended his country now he's a hero,” said Jason Looney, a childhood friend.

“He was our hero. That's why we're here. If it wasn't for people like that we'd have nothing,” said David Thomas of the Patriot Guard.

His funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m., at Westville High School and a burial will follow at Pinhook Cemetery.

Joshua's parents say their son loved his country and went after things with passion. He was on his first tour of duty when he was killed.