IMO Sergeant Joel A. House


SGT Joel Amos House, KIA in Iraq, of Lee Maine

Sergeant Joel A. House, age 22, of Lee, Maine died on June 23, 2007 from wounds received in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack while on a patrol in the vicinity of Taji, Iraq.  He was a soldier in the 1st Cavalry Division of Fort Hood, Texas.  Other soldiers killed in the attack were SGT Jimmy Malone, 1LT Daniel Riordan, and SPC Derek Calhoun.

Joel House grew up in the eastern Penobscot County town of Lee, Maine.  He graduated from Lee Academy in 2003.  While in high school he played soccer, baseball, and basketball.  He enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing, swimming, hunting and other outdoor activities.

Joel joined the Army shortly after graduation from high school.  SGT House was on his second tour in Iraq.  He had suffered head and chest wounds from a suicide bomb attack in March 2007 and spent time home in the United States before returning to finish his tour in Iraq in April.

His plans were to finish his tour with the military, return to Maine, go to college and then work in the family business - the "House in the Woods Guide Service".  SGT House was one of five generations of soldiers in his family who served their country in the military.

His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Combat Action Badge.

He leaves behind his father, mother, an older brother and older sister as well as other relatives and friends.

A public viewing was held at Lee Baptist Church.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at the Lee Academy Gym.  Burial was at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Websites Honoring Sergeant Joel House.

Joel Amos House.  Legacy Guest Book.

Sgt. Joel A. House Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

Welcome to Lee Maine - Facebook

Welcome to Lee Maine.  Welcome to Lee Maine is the story of a  small close-knit community in rural Maine that comes together to deal with devastating news that it has become the smallest community in America to lose two sons, Joel House and Blair Emery,  in the Iraqi War. Lee Maine is a town with strong Christian, patriotic and traditional values that struggle to overcome the heartbreak and to mourn this loss and sacrifice.

Sgt. Joel A. House.  Patriot Guard.

Joel A. House.  Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes.

SGT Joel House.  Ft Hood Post.

Joel Amos House.  Portland Press Herald Obituary.

Sergeant Joel Amos House.  Obituary, Clay Funeral Home.

Sergeant Joel Amos House.  Guestbook, Clay Funeral Home.

Sgt. Joel A. House.  Faces of the Fallen, Washington Post.

Army Sgt. Joel A. House.  Honor the fallen, Military Times.

Sgt. Joel A. House.  Brotherhood In Arms.

News Articles About Sergeant Joel House.

June 25, 2007.  "Soldier From Maine Is Killed In Iraq".  WLBZ 2 News.

June 25, 2007.  "Maine Soldier Killed In Iraq".  WMTW 8.

June 25, 2007.  "Solider with Maine ties killed in Iraq".  MaineToday News Updates.

June 25, 2007.  "Statement on the Death of Sergeant Joel House".  Congressman Tom Allen.

June 25, 2007.  "Governor Mourns Loss of Soldier with Maine Ties".  Maine Government News.

June 25, 2007.  "Maine soldier killed in Iraq".  The Boston Globe.

June 25, 2007.  "Parents Of Slain Soldier Say He Felt A Duty To Serve His Country".  WCSH6 News Center.

June 25, 2007.  "Soldier with Maine ties dies in Iraq".  Village Soup Waldo.

June 26, 2007.  "DoD Identifies Army Casualties".  DefenseLink News Release.

June 26, 2007.  "4 more Fort Hood soldiers killed in Iraq".  News 8 Austin.

June 26, 2007.  "Four Fort Hood Soldiers Die In Roadside Bomb Explosion".  KWTX TV.

June 26, 2007.  "Iraq bomb kills St. Louisan".

June 26, 2007.  "St. Louis soldier killed in Iraq".  The Kansas City Star.

June 26, 2007.  "Maine soldier killed in Iraq".  Portland Press Herald.

June 26, 2007.  "Loved ones in Lee mourn soldier killed in Iraq".  Bangor Daily News.

June 26, 2007.  "Army sergeant from Maine killed in roadside bombing".  The Boston Globe.

June 27, 2007.  "Soldiers from Lubbock, Wills Point killed in the line of duty in Iraq"., Lubbock, Texas.

June 27, 2007.  "Wills Point Soldier Killed in Iraq".  The Tyler

June 27, 2007.  "6 Fort Hood troops killed".  Killeen Daily Herald, Central Texas News.

June 28, 2007.  "Sgt. Joel House - A hero".

June 29, 2007.  "Body of Slain Soldier To Be Returned to Maine".  WLBZ 2 News Center.

June 29, 2007.   "Governor Orders Flags to be Flown to Half-Staff on July 3".  Officer of the Governor.

June 30, 2007.  "Slain Soldier Makes Final Trip Home".  WCSH6 News Center.  Video.

June 30, 2007.  "Baldacci Orders Flags At Half-Staff In Memory Of Maine Soldier".  WMTW News 8.

June 30, 2007.  "Obituary of SGT. Joel Amos House".  Bangor Daily News.

July 3, 2007.  "Maine Soldier Killed in Iraq Laid To Rest".  WCSH6 News Center.

July 3, 2007.  "Soldier Killed In Iraq To Be Laid To Rest".  WMTW 8 TV.

July 3, 2007.  "Soldier Killed in Iraq is laid to rest day before Fourth of July".  MaineToday News Updates.

July 3, 2007.   "Funeral Held For Slain Soldier From Lee".  WCSH6 News Center.

July 3, 2007.  "Soldier Killed In Iraq Laid To Rest".  WMTW Portland.

July 3, 2007.  "Funeral Held For Slain Soldier From Lee".  WLBZ 2 News Center.

July 4, 2007.  "Soldier honored for life, sacrifice".

July 4, 2007.  "Soldier remembered for quiet dedication".  The Boston Globe.

July 4, 2007.  "550 mourn Lee soldier killed in Iraq".  Bangor Daily News.

July 4, 2007.  "Family, officials offer soldier final salute".  Portland Press Herald.

January 24, 2008.  "A small town mourns its big sacrifice in Iraq".  USA Today.

March 15, 2008.  "Lee families share grief of losing sons to war".  Bangor Daily News.

September 6, 2008.  "Village in Maine suffers losses from Iraq".  Video from NECN.


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