Coral Springs Resident Dies During Fourth Deployment in Afghanistan

Joseph L. Schiro with his mother Holly

A Coral Springs Resident has just died serving his fourth deployment to Afghanistan according to the Defense Department.

Special Force soldier and Warrent Officer, Joseph L. Schiro, 27, from the Shadow Wood area of Coral Springs, died along with Staff Sgt. Justin C. Marquez, 25, of Aberdeen, North Carolina when they were both shot while on patrol in the Chak district of Wardak province.  They were both assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group’s 1st Special Forces Battalion.

Shiro was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan. He also served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in 2006.

Shiro’s military awards and decorations include: two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

He is survived by his wife Diana, their three children, and his parents.

Marquez was on his first overseas deployment. His military awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Medal, the Parachutist Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

He is survived by his father, mother and brother.



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  • Patti Lynn

    It’s time to end this senseless war. Our “allies,” whom we are training to take over, are shooting at US !!! Rest in Peace Mr. Schiro and Mr. Marquez. You will be well remembered.

  • jerry

    The soldier in the lower photo is wearing a nametag that identifies him as “Marquez”.

    • Jerry, thank you for the sharp eyes there. You are correct and I have removed the wrong photo there.