Army Reservist, Spc Joshua Lee Hill, 24, Fowlerton, Indiana

    Hill, a member of the 391st Engineering Battalion was clearing a route in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated Sunday, March 12, 2006, killing him and three others.
    "He was 30 days, 12 hours and 20 minutes from home,'' said his father, Terry Lee Hill of
Fairmount, recalling a telephone conversation the two had shared on Saturday, the day before the
explosion. "He had it all figured out exactly.''
    Hill, a 2002 graduate of Madison-Grant High School in Fairmount, had joined the Army
Reserve when his wife, Alexis, was expecting their first child, Jalin, who's now 6, the soldier's
father said. The couple also have a 1-year-old daughter, Ariana.
    "He thought it was the best thing to do because he was having a baby,'' Terry Lee Hill said.
Joshua Hill also had completed a military tour in Iraq, his father said. He was studying nursing at Indiana Business College, and his interests included auto racing.
    "He loved NASCAR. He was a Dale Earnhardt (Jr.) fan,'' his father said.
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