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January 31, 2012

Marine Cpl. Joseph “Joey” Logan comes home

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:04 am





Marine Cpl. Joseph “Joey” Logan,

may God shower his grace on your family.


Thanks Cat for the photos


Memorable fishing trip with father helps pave way for fallen Willis hero

Staff photo by Eric S. Swist

By Carrie Thornton

Conroe Courier

If you asked them five years ago, Tom and Debi Logan wouldn’t have believed their son would become a hero.

And, Marine Cpl. Joseph “Joey” Logan, 22, who died Jan. 19 in a military helicopter crash in Helmand province, Afghanistan, along with five other Marines, almost didn’t.

After graduating from Willis High School and then enlisting, Logan severed the tendons, nerves and ligaments in all of the fingers of one hand in an accident in June 2008, just after he graduated from Willis High School. Although surgery repaired the damage, he lost complete feeling in his fingers.

Falling into depression, Joseph saw his life as a Marine slowly fade from view, but his father was determined to prevent the accident from severing his son’s future. The remedy? A four-month fishing trip from Montana to British Colombia, Canada.

“It helped him because he wasn’t thinking about it anymore,” Debi Logan said. “He was just thinking about having fun with Dad.”

During the trip, Joseph Logan unintentionally maintained his physical therapy, Tom Logan said. By repeatedly using a fishing rod and casually squeezing stress balls, Joseph Logan did not need additional therapy when the trip ended, and he was set for deployment and ready to serve his country.

Before the Marine Corps

At Willis High School, Joseph Logan spent most of his time hanging out with friends. Tom Logan said he was a “tough kid,” with a personality built for the Marines, although it wasn’t a childhood dream of his.

Because he got into trouble in school at times, his parents — both retired from the Houston Police Department — pushed a military future for him, and one day he came home and told his mother, “I want to be in the military.” And after researching other branches, Logan knew the Marines was for him, specifically piloting helicopters.

Becoming One of the Few

Joseph Logan served two deployments in Afghanistan, and Debi Logan said he volunteered for his second tour.

“’Are you crazy?’ is what we thought,” Debi Logan said with a laugh. “But we were still so proud of him.”

She said her son excelled in training, earning first in his class in technical training. Awards received during years served include an Air Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO ISAF Medal.

“He absolutely loved it,” Tom Logan said. “He got to go to so many places, and I’m pretty sure he’s circled the world two or three times.”

Military in His Veins

The Logan family is in the business of protecting the United States. Tom and Debi Logan served in the Air Force and retired from the Houston Police Department, and three of their five children now serve in the U.S. military, including Joseph Logan. Third Class Petty Officer Tommy Logan, 32, serves in the Navy, and sister Andrea Logan, 20, serves as a First Class Private in the Marines.

“She said, ‘If Joey could do it, I can do it,’” Debi Logan said.

Joseph Logan is survived by his wife Melissa Rushing Logan, who lives in Montgomery County; his other two siblings Tricia Nickel and Robert Logan; grandparents Carol and Gene Miehlke; grandmother Sylvia Logan; nephews Shane Logan, Austin Logan and Daniel Nickel; niece Rebecca Nickel, as well as several other relatives.

Joseph Logan’s casket will arrive in Houston at 10 a.m. Monday at Bush Intercontinental Airport. It will be escorted up Interstate 45, then the caravan will go west on FM 1097 and turn right on Longstreet Road. Then it will turn left onto Dairyland Drive, circling Midway Drive before returning to the funeral home.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 6-8 p.m. at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Willis.

The funeral will be Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. at the North Montgomery County Community Center, 600 Gerald St. in Willis. Memorial donations can be made in Joseph Logan’s honor to the Friends of the Fallen, P.O. Box 2081, Dover Air Force Base, DE 19902.

(This story was close to us as we lived in Willis for several years and have a daughter that still lives there with her family.  Our home was within a few miles of the Logan’s.)


  1. Although I couldn’t get away from work today, I’ve heard the community showed their respect 100% more for his service today. I think pretty much the entire town closed down. Schools had students with flags lined up all over town! I’ll send you some pics from today. Since he hasn’t been gone from the High School too long, many students (& staff members) at school were still close to him. It’s been a tough few days for them.

    Comment by catCindy — February 1, 2012 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  2. When we lose one of our own defending our country it makes the story close to all of us. May God bless his family.

    Comment by Becky Lannon — January 31, 2012 @ 9:34 am | Reply

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