Joseph J. Anzack Jr. was born February 4, 1987 at Women's Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, CA. K.I.A. in Iraq May 23, 2007. Joseph served in Iraq with the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, Second Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division as a PFC, promoted posthumously to Corporal. Joseph was raised in Torrance, CA, graduated South High, Class of 2005. Joseph played noseguard and other positions for the South High Spartans all four years. Joseph is survived by his loving parents Joseph and Theresa and sister Casey, Grandmother Betty, Aunts Cheryl, Pam, Joyce, Dawn, Debbie, Denise, Uncles Greg, Roland, Bob, Richard, Doug, Steve, cousins Jack, Betty, Robert, Jessica, Jillian, Rachelle, Michelle, Richard, Dustyn, Dylan, Nichelle, Shirlee, Riley, Chandra, Nicholas, Nicole. Joseph you touched all our hearts and lives in so many special ways. We love you and miss you so. Now it's time to be with your loving family in heaven. Public Visitation will be held Thursday, May 31st at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. At 4:00 PM Friday, Corporal Anzack will be transported by Horse Drawn Carriage in procession from the mortuary to South High for services. The procession will travel from the mortuary east on Torrance Blvd., turn right at Anza Avenue, then turn right at Pacific Coast Highway until entering the high school. Funeral Services will be at the South High football field, Friday, June 1st, commencing at 5:30 PM. Donation Information Checks may be made payable to: South High School Scholarship Fund 4801 Pacific Coast Highway Torrance, CA 90505 Memo on check: Joseph Anzack Or To assist Joseph Jr.’s former unit, The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division A nonprofit organization that helps wounded soldiers and their families Send donations to: Friends of the Commandos Attn: 1SGByrd Bldg. M475A, Fourth St. Fort Drum, NY 13602

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  1. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you and to all of your family. I don’t know any of you, but it is possible that my daughter, Michella Matasso, may have known your son. She was a Varsiy Cheerleader. She graduated from South High in 2004. She was killed by a drunk driver last year. I am proud of your hero son. He was honored by the community in a memorable way. We won’t forget him.

  2. Thank you for Joseph. There is no greater love than what he gave all of us in this country. May we all strive to be worthy of such sacrifice. You are all in my prayers. Respectfully, Robert L. Gunn

  3. I didn’t know joseph but my husband is a fellow, 10th mountain soldier. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. He was a true hero! god bless!!!!

  4. There are no words to describe the loss that I feel. How grateful Iam to have been a part of Joseph’s life. He was a great kid! He is my forever HERO! My heart is broken and the pieces go out to the Anzack family. Deepest love, Toni, Nichele, Christina, and family….

  5. To the Anzack family: I was saddened to learn of the loss of your son to an enemy attack. Memorial Day gives up an opportunity to show our patriotic gratitude to soldiers, from those long ago to the soldiers of today, who have sacrificed, died, for what we and our country believe is right. We proudly, and patriotically, will continue to fly the American flag. We will continue to support our troops 365 days a year. No soldier should go without. With deep sympathy, and thanks, to your family

  6. I remember Joe as a great young man when I worked at South High. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.

  7. I knew Joe from Elemantary – High School. He was a really sweet, caring and very respectful young man.He was an unbelievable football player and friend. I remember giving him rides home from South to his house when it rained. And he never wanted a ride, he just wanted to walk and think about life. But healways managed to jumpin the car with a cheerful face and greatly appreciate it. Joe Im going to miss you so much. You will never be forgotten, i still feel ur spirit and i will cherish the memories we had . I love you buddy.

  8. To the Family of Joe Anzazk Jr, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Joe made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country against terrorist and is now, sadly, one of our Fallen Heroes. I know words can not ease your pain. My thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s Family and Friends. God Bless

  9. We are so sorry for the loss of your son. The pain of losing a child is hard. Even though the pain never leaves we hope it helps knowing that Joe is a hero. Our children are in the Army. One son in Iraq another son on his way to Iraq, a daughter at FT Bragg another daughter leaving for Basic next month. We know all too well of the sacrifices. None more powerful than the one you are suffering. Your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

  10. Joseph and I used to talk almost everytime I get a chance when I was in Iraq. He used to ask me a lot of questions about the military and how it’s like. I kept telling him to stay in school but he really wanted to serve his country and join the Military so I told him follow where your heart takes you but think real well that it is what you want to do that way you won’t have any regrets. I knew right then that he will become a great soldier and I wasn’t wrong. All he wanted was to serve his country and get a better life. He served his country so damn well that I am very proud of him. Because of him, others will have a better life and I am very thankful. Joseph, I will never forget you and that I will think of you every single day for the rest of my life. Myself and your fellow soldiers will continue on this fight for you so don’t worry. I love and miss you my little brother. Rest in Peace my friend!

  11. I want to say THANK YOU for having an awesome son! If it was not for people like your son we (our country)would not be here the way we are today! I am so very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  12. I bow my head and stand proud of my brother who stood for what is right. The lord says there is no greater love of a man than he lay down his life for another. I wish you all the best from the Lord to comfort you and to my fallen comrad…Thank you.

  13. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have a son in Iraq and I know how scared and worried we stay every moment they are there. I can not say I know how you feel, because I don’t, but I can imagine and I wish you were not going through it. Your son was and always will be a true HERO. Through all the pain, just remember that and that he died doing what he believed in. God bless you all.

  14. To all of the Anzack Family, I didn’t know Joe, but am thankful for his bravery and love for all of us and this great country. He died doing what he wanted and that was to continue keeping us all safe. Im so sorry for your loss, and I wish I was as blessed as you all are for knowing him. Joe, I thank you son for all that you did and am greatfull for you. You are and will forever be all of our HERO, I love you and thank you again. Love Susan Tunget and Family

  15. Dear Anzack Family, Peace be with you.I did not know Joe, but he certainly touched my heart & soul.I started praying for him when I learned he was MIA. For some reason his spirit has just stuck with me. There are no words to express the sadness & pain I feel in my heart for your loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers everyday. God bless you always. Peace & Love,

  16. I didn’t know Joe but he is a hero to all of us. I’ll keep you and all of your family in my prayers.

  17. From the family of a 10th Mountain, 1-87 Soldier, Our deepest sympathies go out to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Dear Anzack Family, I cannot imagine your pain, my heart breaks for you. Your son is a true hero, your community and your country hold him in high esteem. He has been in my prayers and heart since I heard he was MIA. I will never forget his commitment and ultimate sacrifice. Be proud, you raised a good son and a true American.

  19. How my heart aches for you while there are no words to bring you any comfort. I can only pray that God will touch your lives with a healing spirit that you, in time, will know some peace in your souls.

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. My son is stationed at Fort Drum. Joe’s death was very close to home for us. Just remember he is serving proudly in God’s army now. May you find some comfort in that. God Bless your family.

  21. I am so sorry for your loss, for all of our loss, because Joseph is a hero and a great loss for our country and this world as a whole. I did not have the fortune of knowing him, but know that there are so many people that do appreciate what he has done. Sincerely, Kristen Perry, Army Wife

  22. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers daily since hearing of Joseph’s capture. There are no words to describe the sorrow that you must feel. Please know that we, as a nation, are mourning your loss, too. Thank God for men like Joseph, who truly want to make a difference in the lives of every American. With his passing, we are once again reminded that “freedom is certainly not free.” May God grant you peace.

  23. My heart filled condolences reach out to the Anzack family. Joe touched the lives and hearts of many. We are all blessed to have known him. I am proud to have called him my friend and will always have unforgettable memories of our friendship. Joe had the strength to follow his beliefs, for the many, for America, and for peace and freedom, but his time was cut short. Joe, we will meet again. Thank you for everything. I will miss you.

  24. Talofa Anzack Family, U.S. Army PFC David T. Toomalatai, 19, of Long Beach, Calif., of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Jan. 27, 2007 of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his vehicle during convoy operations in Taji, Iraq. He was our nephew to us and cousin to our children. The Anzack family is in our prayers. We experienced our first military service member loss in January. Every day we tell the story of David to others in his honor and his service to the United States of America. Please continue to tell the story of your son CPL Joseph John Anzack, Jr to others in his honor the same way. From our home to your home, our warmest and heartfelt condolences for the Anzack family. God has Blessed you all at his birth, and will be Blessed at his final hour. Salute to a Hero! Your memory lives always and forever.

  25. I just want you to know that people you you’ve never met are thinking of you, your great loss and your wonderful son. You have been in my thoughts and prayers daily and my heart breaks for you. God bless. . .

  26. To The Anzack Family I am sorry for your loss. Please know that God will ease your grief and only the best memories will hold the first place in your hearts. Love Always, Patty Torres

  27. For the precious family of Joseph John Anzack, Jr., a grateful nation stands in salute of his unselfish sacrifices. Our Hero gave all that we may be free and we’ll always remember him. As the Mom of a deceased son, I know your pain. There are no words that will comfort you now. Look back on these condolences in the days to come and may God cradle your heart in His Hands. PAM OF PFC JUSTIN PM OF ROSS, OUR ANGEL

  28. To The Anzack Family, Your son has paid the ultimate price for our freedom and future peace as a nation. Our heart goes to you and yours. Our son Chris is a varsity football player at South and so very interested in becoming a Marine and to serve our country as well. He looks up to Joe as his hero and as we all pray for peace, we also pray for Joe’s eternal life in heaven and for strength and courage to each of you as his surviving family. He will not be forgotten and may God bless you always.

  29. Casey, Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your brother, Joe. I am so proud of your strength during this trying time for your family! Theresa & Joe, Sr.: My son, Alex, is a friend of Casey’s. I have never met you or young Joe but I know that you both have succeeded in raising wonderful children! Please know that I will continue to keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. We’d like to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Joseph. We can only begin to imagine the sorrow that comes with losing someone so precious and dear to the heart as a son. May cherished memories bring you comfort in your time of sadness. Please know that our hearts ache in unison with yours for the loss of this fine young man, a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for the values we hold so dear in America. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

  31. I wish to say how deeply sorry I am about the death of your son. My son is also stationed at Drum, returning to Iraq in Sept., and the fears we all share have been realized for you. Your son was a brave soldier whos’ sacrifice will always be remembered. May God be with you all during this time and bring you much peace. Pam Ruddell Proud Army Mom of Spc.Ryan Baldwin, 2-22, 10th MTN Division, Ft.Drum, NY.

  32. I did not have the privilege of getting to know your son. Jim,who taught at South knew him, and he has spoken of the fine young man he knew who as a freshman could grow a beard,and was a delight to all who had the opportunity to interact with him.(except the South rivals he delighted in mowing down.)I have had the opportunity interact with Casey in my class. She is funny, bright and wonderful. Words of comfort are so hard to find. We love the young man and woman you have raised. We can not begin to fathom your loss. Jim and Carol Porter

  33. Please accept my condolences on the loss of Joseph Anzack Jr. May God be with you at this sad time. Lynn Stahlberger

  34. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Anzack family. Joe was a respected and caring gentleman who fought to serve and protect our country…We must not forget the troops out there need our support from home; it is crucial. Thank you Joe for your loyalty and God Bless You <3

  35. Our members and families join with your family in grieving for the loss of Joe. Many of us have relatives who are South Grads like Joe. He is a splendid example that others should emulate for his patriotism and devotion to duty. His loss is a tremendous one for his leadership and talents that will be missed in the coming years. We are the Vietnam Veterans of America, South Bay Chapter 53 in Redondo Beach. We are here for all of our brothers and sisters who are serving around the world to protect our nation and citizens. Jerry Yamamoto, President of Ch 53 and VVA National At-Large Director.

  36. To The Anzack Family Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your son Joe. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  37. Following your son’s story through the Daily Breeze and also through the national news has definitely touched me. My deepest sympathy to your entire family.

  38. My deepest sympathy for your family. As a Marine mom, I know the ups and downs you have had, but no one can feel the heartache you must be going through. My prayers are for your son, the family, and all our children still in harm’s way. God Bless.

  39. We are so very sorry for your loss that we are unable to put it into words. We want you to know that we are very thankful for your son and his ultimate sacrafice doing what he felt was right. Joseph is a HERO and we will always remember him as that. God Bless you and your family and thank you for giving him life. With Deepest Simpathy, Denise & William Butler Torrance Blvd. Torrance, 90503

  40. “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” (From an Eskimo legend) May the stars shine brightly upon your family during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy.

  41. we just want to offer our deepest sympathy to your family, we prayed so hard when he was missing,, & was so sad after he was found, god bless..

  42. Dear family of Joseph, May the peace of Christ dwell richly in your hearts as you grieve the loss of your precious son. His sacrifice for our country will never be forgotten! He is an AMERICAN HERO! He is now with the Lord and singing with the angels!

  43. I will always remember what a polite little boy he was. Ryan and I lived across the street from you on 159th St. Ryan had ADD and was a little different from the other boys. Some of the other boys would tease Ryan, but not little Joe. Even though he could tell that Ryan was different, he was always nice to Ryan. I also remember his determination. Whenever the neighborhood boys would gather to play Nintendo, little Joe was always the smallest. But that didn’t keep him from playing the game. The older boys would hog the game at first, but littl Joe would stand between the boys and the TV, look up at them and say “can I play? can I play? can I play, when’s it gonna be my turn?” He made sure that he got his turn to play before he left, one way or another ! My heart is so heavy with grief and symapthy for you. It would be nice to see you again and share memories of our past. I lived in that house for 10 years, that’s a big chunk of my life and many memories, mostly good. My love to you, Joe and Theresa Cindy

  44. To the Anzack Family: Plese accept our sincere condolences. As parents of current, active military children, we have shared a bond together. We cannot feel the pain in your heart right now, but hope to offer our support in any way that we can. Joseph Jr. will always be a hero to us.

  45. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joe. Although I have never met Joe, I will be attending tomorrow night’s service. I would not miss it. I was born and raised in Torrance and attended South High. I was also in the military as was my daughter and as is her husband, my son-in-law. Thanks to his friends on Joe’s MySpace who forwarded this website to me. It sounds like you have put together an absolutely beautiful service for Joe. My heart goes out to all of you and from the bottom of my heart, thank you, and thank you to Joe. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers, as will you. Sincerely, Kathy Chance

  46. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your son, CPL Joseph John Anzack, Jr & words cannot express the ache in my heart. I prayed for the three missing men, I cried when I learned of your son’s fate and I continue to pray for all of our troops.. Joseph entered eternal peace by doing what he believed was right and he truly is a hero. My son went to South, Geoff Armstrong, class of 1997, recently his class lost one of their own. I can’t imagine the loss of a child, my prayers go out to you as parents, Joseph’s sister, all relatives and friends. May God be with you, as our whole country is….

  47. Dear Joe, and Casey and family, It was a privaledge knowing your son, and i share many great memories with him. I’ll always remember his kindness, and his way of making people laugh, and that infectious grin he had.It was hard for me to believe he was gone until i attended the memorial service, and my prayers are with the family, and if you need anything at all dont hesitate to ask i am only one call away. Love and God Bless!

  48. To the Anzack Family, It is soo hard to put my feelings into words but I send my sincerest condolences to the entire Anzack family. I have prayed for your son and now for you all. Joseph is a true American hero. Carol, PAM of Chris 4-31, 10th Mtn Div.

  49. Dear Anzack Family, We would like to thank your son for being an American Hero. Our family greatly appreciates him for his service to our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. God Bless you! Jennifer, Bobby and Krista

  50. Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your lovely son. We want to thank Joe for his bravery to serve our country. The ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. He is our true hero, South High’s true hero! We will never forget him, his sweet smile. We will never forget his devotion and patriotism. May he rest in peace now that he is home.

  51. I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you. There are no words that can truly say how sorry I am for your loss. While I never knew Joseph, I know what a hero is and he was a hero. May God comfort you and give you strength. Joseph will never be forgotton.

  52. I never knew you Joseph, but you are a true hero. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Ingrid E Hayes, Newport News, VA, Army wife and Army Mom

  53. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I didn’t know Joseph but he was hero and my God Bless you

  54. Please accept our condolences for the loss of your loved one. He was a true hero. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his community. Our prayers are with you.

  55. My heart goes out to you at this moment, and my prayers for each of you, i am a mother of a soldier in Iraq, and stationed out of Ft Drum. I know Joseph is and will always be a hero, and for men and women like him, who fight to keep us safe, there is no words to descibe how much they mean to our freedom and life, I shall remember you in my prayers, and always thank God for young men such as him. I wish i had the perfect words to say to ease the pain some, but i dont, all i can say is i shall remember this day, and learning so much of a hero and his family with love and blessings….. the video was wonderful

  56. To the Anzack family, thank you for acknowledging and respecting Joe’s decision to serve his country. To Joe Jr., thank you for your unselfish willingness to give your life for our freedom. To me you are all heros and I honor you. My God give you peace of mind and strength in your time of grieving. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends.

  57. I want to thank joseph for being a true american. He gave up his own life so that we all can be free and to fight terrorists that are bent to destroy this couuntry. I will forever be greatfull to him and his family. God bless joseph and his family.

  58. I am very sorry for your loss. You r son was a true hero. My son also named Joseph is in Afghanastan he is also 20 so this is very close to home for me..I am very proud of your son for what he has done..Thank you for sharing him with us all..May God give you peace and bless your family. I will rememebr you in my prayers..God Bless Love Penny Hicks

  59. My prayers will be with you in the days ahead. Your son is a true hero. Thank you for raising such a wonderful son that he would give his life for others. As said in a Bryan Adams song ” We say goodbye, but Never let go.”


  61. My heart and prayers go out to your family. May god bless you. Your son was a hero to us all and served his country with honor, thank you for supporting him while he chose to protect our freedom. Tiffani Arnold Army wife.

  62. There most times are no words to show how you feel when someone you love is taken away and im not even sure what i say can help My husband is deployed in Iraq with the 10th mountain Div I will pray for your family that you all make it through this some how some way If you could let your son be reminded each day in Prayer that we are Proud of him for his Courage and we will never forget

  63. I was so sorry to hear about Joseph. I’m a military wife and this has always been my biggest fear. I’m so sorry it had to happen to you.

  64. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your lives. I am the wife of a retired 10th Mountain soldier and the Mom of a current 10th Mountain soldier, both who have served in the desert. I am the sister of a Marine on his way home from the Persian Gulf. There are just no words that I can say to bring comfort to your family. I have lost a brother who I loved dearly and that was one of the hardest things I ever went through so I know what Casey is going through. We live about a 1/2 mile from Ft. Drum. We feel and see the effects of these wars everyday in the faces of our soldiers and families. We cheer every time a plane goes over our house bringing our soldiers home, that truly is the sound of freedom. We mourn every time we hear of one of our soldiers not making that trip home again. I think only other military families can understand the sacrifices we make when we have a loved one serving. You are not alone in your grief and your son is one of our true American heroes. He will never be forgotten in our hearts and we do understand the ultimate sacrifice that he and you gave.

  65. My prayers are with you and your family during this trying time. I am a military wife and losing my husband is one of my biggest fears. We have lost friends over in afghanistan in the past yr and no matter whether i knew the soldier or not it hits close to home. You are all in my prayers. God bless

  66. I just wanted you guys to know that you are in my prayers. I salute Joseph for the sacrifies and the ultimate sacrifice he made for all of us. I have the utmost respect for our military and there families. My son also graduated from South High and is currently serving in Iraq. He is in the Marines, Blake Kemp. If you guys need anything please do not hesitate to call. 310-415-3232. Take Care and GOD Bless. Liz McCloskey

  67. At this time in your life, military supporters get harder and harder to find, but please know that we are here, and you are in a family bigger than anything, the family of military dependants. There are always people here for you.

  68. My name is Jessica Oddi, a 26 year old Torrance Resident. I did not know you Joseph but my heart and thoughts are still with you and your family. You were incredilbly brave to have made the descision to serve for your country and you will be forever known as a hero in our community. To Josephs family and friends: my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones during this hard time and will continue even when they get easier. you never expect that something like this can happen…and it even more unbelieveable when it does. Thinking of you…….. BIG HUGS and lots of positive thoughts xoxoxo Jessica Oddi

  69. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Joseph will never be forgotten. He is a hero to us all! May God bless you with peace and comfort.

  70. Dear Joe, my heart and prayers go out to your family. I am in northern Cal, and your son made front page news! That just tells you, that he is remembered and he was fighting for our Freedom! Our Country! There is internal flame in Lodi for all to be remembered! In our Hearts Sue Scheible

  71. God bless you, Joseph, for your full, and complete sacrifice for freedom and love of country. I keep you and your family in all of my heartfelt prayers.

  72. You will truly be missed by all there won’t be a day that goes by with out you in our thoughts you will never be forgotten.

  73. I’m truly sorry for your loss. I know it’s hard at these trying times. But remember he’s with the Lord now and he is safe from harm. He may not be here physically but he will always live within your hearts. With much love, and God Bless your family in these times.

  74. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow Soldiers of Corporal Anzack Jr. I am the brother in law and uncle of two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers of Fort Drum NY. I too have lost fellow Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and understand your pain and sorrow. Corporal Anzack Jr. was a true American hero, who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. May he rest in peace.

  75. I am so sorry for your loss. I would like to say Thank You for your sons service to our country. My husband is also deployed and fighting for this country and I support our troops 100%. Again, I am so sorry for your lose may God be with you forever and always.

  76. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, very sorry for your loss. I appreciate everything Joseph John Anzack Jr. did for our country! He is a very courageous, commendable man!

  77. I am very sorry for your loss. Know that he will never be forgotten, he will never be just another soldier. My husband is currently at Ft Rucker, AL and I can only imagine the pain you are all experiencing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  78. To the Anzack Family, I am greatly saddened to here of the loss of Joe. I am the mother of Ben Jarett, who played football with Joe and called him a friend. I remember Joe riding his bike to our house, running and sliding in his socks to grab for pizza, and talking so lovingly about his family, and expecially his caring and loving words for his sister. Joe was a good man.

  79. I never met Joseph, but I just wanted to say that what he did is appreciated my many many people. And he will never be forgotten. I will keep all of his family in my prayers. God Bless.

  80. You loved him as a son and brother. Torrance and American thank him. May God wrap his loving arms around you and all those who loved him. With Sincerest Sympathy, Ron and Carol Sampson

  81. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Anzack and Casey You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but I am a 7 year old, 2nd grader at Walteria Elementary School in Torrance. I did my current event on Joseph a few weeks ago when he was missing. I was praying that he would come back safely, and I was so sad to hear that he didn’t. I am so sad for you and am so sorry. I know you will miss him so much, but I want you to know that we are all proud of him and appreciate that he was helping to defend our country. I hope that you will be ok, and know that many, many people cared about him. May God bless Joseph Gabrielle Straton and her family, Asher, mom Michelle and dad, Capt. John Straton.

  82. To the family of Joseph Anzack, What you have experienced is absolutely heartbreaking. I was just at Rice Mortuary a week and a half ago for the funeral of a friend. I’ve been watching the funeral procession on the Internet, and look at all the people on the streets! It must be of some small comfort to know that so many people’s thoughts and prayers are with you now. He was a wonderful and special person, and he will live in many people’s hearts forever. Our service men and women are the real heroes of our time.

  83. We are so sorry for your loss. We too have young service men in our family and can only imagine what you are going through. Our hearts ache for your entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers, now and forever.

  84. my thoughts & condolences are with the family and friends of joe. i’m really sorry for your terrible loss. <3

  85. May God wrap his arms around you during your time of mourning. Thank you for supporting your son in his service to our country. WO1 & Mrs. Sean Hennessy


  87. Father we entrust our brother Joseph to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. May God hold Joseph in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathies.

  88. My sympathy to your family. He was the ultimate sacrifice. Romans 6:5 speaks on our reunion with Jesus in heaven If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly be united with him in his resurrection.

  89. To the Anzack family I was too very touched by your story. What a special young man he was and a great example of what a real hero was I too watched the start of percession on the web. and was so touched I went outside to watch the carriage pass I will never forget it. God Bless you all and what a special family you are . My heart goes out to you all.

  90. Thomas Paine stated “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” The loss of Joe is a tragedy to your family, but also to our country in these times of crisis. Words cannot express the gratitude I have to Joe for his courage in serving us and our country. I cannot express my deep sorrow for your families loss. God bless Joe and god bless each member of your family during this time.

  91. I didn’t know Joseph or any of you in his family or community. However, like so many others around this great nation of ours, I have heard the story of what happened. My heart & deepest sympathy goes out to each & every one of you. My prayers are with all of you. I know that Joe was a remarkable young man and he died with honor fighting for his country so that we can all enjoy our freedoms every single day; that is the ultimate sacrifice and I am truly grateful for his service. Thank you for raising that type of human being. May he rest in peace as an angel in paradise now, until you are all reunited with him someday. God bless & take care.

  92. I do not know you but as the mother of a young son and a Torrance resident, I was so very touched by Joe’s story . I had the privliage of attending the services at South High and I will always treasure the experiance. I wanted to attend just to say THANK YOU for allowing non-family and friends participate. It was truly moving. God bless you all and you and Joe will always be im my prayers.

  93. I did not know your son, but I am very thankful that your son servied our county to keep it safe. I will never now the pain of lossing a child because I never had any children. You and your family will be in our prayers daily. God Bless You for giving you such a wonderful son. Carol Pumphrey

  94. Joe Sr. & Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you, your young and beautiful son/brother Joseph Jr., and your family. The horse drawn procession through Torrance and the memorial at South High for Joe Jr. was beautiful! My young daughters and I will never forget that day – of the people that lined the streets holding American Flags, the Patriots following the procession riding motorcycles and carrying American Flags, the people that were sitting in the stands or standing outside the South High football field to pay their respects to Joseph Jr. and your family. The scene was breath taking! My heart goes out to you and your family. From an ole friend (from Susana Ave) and classmate (of Joe Sr.).

  95. Our hearts break along with yours over the loss of your precious son Joe. We thank god for his service to our country but know in the end that these words most likely ring hollow at this time. Our freedom truly is costly. We keep you close in thought and prayer. John, Cathi, Adam & Evan Spindler Torrance, CA

  96. My deepest condolences to the Anzack family. Unfortunately…I did not know Joseph Jr., but I did know Joseph Sr. and his sister Debbie (we grew up in generally the same neighborhood and attended the same schools). Joe…it was great seeing and talking with you again – after all those years. I am certain that Joseph Jr. was an amazing person because I always remember you and Debbie being incredibly kind to everyone. Joseph Jr’s. selfless heroism will be appreciated and remembered forever. My heartfelt prayers are with your family at this trying time…

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