Deceased Fort Polk soldier honored on Leesville's 'Wall of Heroes'
"This was the love of my life, and I don't know how to explain the feeling that I feel not having him here," said Erin Joseph, the wife of a U.S. Army soldier, Major (Maj.) Trevor Joseph.
It's been nearly four months since Erin lost her husband in a helicopter crash during a training session at Fort Polk.
The Sept. 26 accident changed Erin's life forever.
"I feel numb and lost," Erin explained. "I feel like I am missing a part of myself."
The pain of that day was felt not just in the Joseph family, but in the entire Leesville community, and the city wanted to do something to remember him. As a result, Leesville Mayor Rick Allen unveiled the newest plaque that will hang on the city's "Wall of Heroes."
"It is an absolute honor that the mayor, the city council, and the entire City of Leesville have decided to honor one of our own on the city's wall of heroes," said Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, the Commanding General of JRTC and Fort Polk.
Maj. Joseph was a company commander with the 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment also known as Cajun Dust-Off.
"Obviously, this is very emotional for us," said Maj. Ralph Salazar, a longtime friend of Maj. Joseph. "Trevor meant so much to so many people, not only in this community but literally around the world."
Several speakers took turns at the podium, speaking about Maj. Joseph and his service to the nation. Speakers and soldiers also made it a point to let Maj. Joseph's family know they are in their thoughts and prayers.
"I pray that they know just how big of an impact that he had on the men and women I work with every day," said Maj. Ralph Salazar while fighting back tears.
"I know the person that he was and what he meant to me," Erin said. "He was humbled and generous, and how he had such a huge heart for people that didn't even know. It's really amazing to hear that."