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Wounded Marine’s call home soothes family’s worries

Lance Cpl. Cronkleton due to return stateside after sustaining leg wound in firefight



A local Marine wounded Tuesday while on patrol in Afghanistan has already talked to his family via satellite phone, a welcome relief to his expecting wife and worried parents.

“Once we heard his voice, it took away the numbness,” said Robin Cronkleton of Tuesday’s call from her son Lance Cpl. Joshua Cronkleton.

“He had tried to prepare us for what could happen, saying phone calls are good. It’s better than uniforms at the door.”

Assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 5th Marine Division, Lance Cpl. Cronkleton was on foot patrol in the Helmand Province with Bravo Company of the Second Platoon when his unit came under enemy fire.

Athletic Accomplishments

• Cronkleton was a catcher on the Bellefontaine baseball team that went to the state final four his junior year in 2006. The Chieftains finished the season 26-3. He was also a member of the Bellefontaine Powerbuilt Acme baseball team that earned a state berth in the summer of 2006.

• In 2007, Cronkleton's senior year, he helped the Chieftains win the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division (21-5, 14-2).

He was hit in the leg during the firefight and has received surgical treatment in Afghanistan.

Mrs. Cronkleton said the family is waiting word on when he will return stateside. She does not know the extent of his injuries.

She, her husband Jonathan, and Joshua’s wife Amanda Rowe Cronkleton got the initial call of the Marine’s injury at the family’s Township Road 198 home and later talked with the 22-year-old marksman after his surgery.

A 2007 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, Lance Cpl. Cronkleton joined the corps in 2008.

“He just wanted to be a Marine,” his mom said. “I guess it was a higher calling for him.”

His sister, Meghan Modie, preceded him in the Armed Services and is a tech sergeant in the Air Force.

He had served with a security force in Spain, but this was his first deployment to a combat zone.

He was deployed in March and scheduled to return home in October.

It now looks like he’ll be stateside for the birth of his first child in late August.

His mother said, “The Marine Corps family and Logan County have been very supportive since we first heard.”

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