Governor Rick Scott has ordered all National and State flags flown at half-staff at the County Courthouse of Broward County, Florida, and at the City Hall of Coral Springs, Florida, on Monday, October 15, in honor of Warrant Officer Joseph L. Schiro.
Special Force soldier and Warrant 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 on October 6 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.
Schiro 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.
Schiro’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. Schiro is also a graduate of JP Taravella high school in Coral Springs.
A Facebook tribute page has been set up at https://www.facebook.com/RememberingJosephSchiro?fref=ts
The details of his funeral are as follows:
October 15th, 2012Visitation 9:00 am – 12 pm Palms West Funeral Home & Crematory 110 Business Park Way Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 561-753-6004 Service 2:00 pm Christ Fellowship Royal Palm Beach Campus 9905 Southern Boulevard Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 Cemetery Details South Florida National Cemetery 6501 S State Rd 7 Lake Worth, FL 33449