An Army Ranger from Lake County has been killed in Afghanistan.


Spc. Joseph Whiting Dimock II, 21, Wildwood was killed during in an explosion at an ammunition holding facility during a check of the inventory.


The explosion also injured another Ranger.


Dimock enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2007, according to a release from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. For nearly three years, he served as a rifleman in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.


"Ranger Dimock represented everything right with America. He was an incredibly talented young man, who volunteered to serve his nation in a time of war and ultimately gave his life in support of her cause," said Lt. Col. Mike Foster, the 1st Ranger Battalion Commander.


"His loss is felt across the entire battalion and our thoughts and prayers are with the Dimock family."


He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan.  He'd previously served in Iraq.


"Spc. Dimock was a warrior who chose a higher calling and deployed three times in support of the Nation. Joseph remains a hero to our Nation, the Army, and his family, said Col. Michael Kurilla, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.


Dimock is survived by his parents, Joseph and Ellen Dimock, and two younger brothers.










A north suburban U.S. Army Ranger serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan was killed in an explosion at an ammunition depot.


Specialist Joseph Dimock, 21, was taking inventory at the ammunition depot Saturday when the explosion occurred. He was killed and another soldier was injured.


Just a few weeks ago, Dimock visited his neighborhood in the small town of Wildwood before beginning what would be his third overseas deployment. He had previously served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Dimock graduated in 2007 from Warren Township High School in Gurnee. He was an Eagle Scout and an active member of his church. The pastor there knew him since he was 2 years old.


"Everybody loves Joey," said Pastor Kathy Bostrom, Wildwood Presbyterian Church. "He was wonderful, energetic, a man of integrity and fun and joy. He's going to be greatly missed. He is like a son to our church."


Specialist Dimock's parents released a statement:


"Our son, US Army Ranger Joseph W. Dimock II, gave his life in the service of our country on Saturday, July 10, in Afghanistan. Together with Joey's brothers, our sons Louis and Michael, our hearts are heavy with grief, yet at the same time filled with love for Joey and with pride in Joey's service to our nation. We are grateful for the support of our family and friends in this difficult time."


The family's pastor said Dimock had a strong heart for service. She said she believes that was why he chose, right out of high school, to serve his country.


Dimock enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2007 and served as a rifleman. He was assigned to Company E, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.


Dimock was awarded several medals during his military career.






















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Illinois Patriot Guard

Spc. Joseph W. Dimock II

Wildwood, IL

17 JUL 10


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The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.


Spc. Joseph W. Dimock II, 21, of Wildwood, IL died July 10 at Camp Salerno, Afghanistan of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident when an explosion occurred in an ammunition holding facility during an inventory. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA.


The family of Spc. Joseph Dimock has invited the Patriot Guard to pay honor to our hero as we meet the plane that will bring him back to Wildwood, Illinois for services. Please join us as we gather at the airport to show honor and respect for this young man and escort him back to Wildwood.


DATE: Saturday, July 17, 2010

Waukegan Airport

3500 N. McAree Rd.

Waukegan, IL 

Stage at 0800



Monday, 19 Jul 10

Wildwood Presbyterian Church

18630 West Old Gages Lake Road

Grayslake, IL



flagline will follow

wake times 1400 - 2100




Tuesday, 20 Jul 10

Wildwood Presbyterian Church

18630 West Old Gages Lake Road

Grayslake, IL

STAGING : 0845


At the conclusion of the funeral we will escort Joseph to his final resting place a few miles away.



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