Air Force Combat Rescue Officer Joel Gentz was killed in action on
June 9th, 2010, along with three other members of a pararescue team,
when their helicopter was shot down by Taliban missiles
during a mission over Helmand province in Afghanistan.
Joel lived by the words "That Others May Live," putting his own life
in danger on countless rescue missions to save not only American
troops in harms way, but Afghan civilians, especially children.
Joel was a POC for The Ships Project, and at the time of his death,
had asked us for help with a special project he was planning,
which he called "kid bombs" - dropping toys to the Afghani children.
Though he didn't live to complete that mission himself,
the toys were sent to his unit in Afghanistan, and we know his
legacy will live on through the children who received them.
He was a graduate of Purdue University, and leaves behind his wife of two years, Kathryn, as well as his parents, Judy and Steve, and his brother Jared and sister Rachel.