At age 17 Joseph Bovia started his senior year at Bonnabel High School in Kenner, Louisiana. He was again enrolled in Junior Air Force ROTC and told his parents he planned on joining the Marine Corps upon graduation from High School. That is exactly what he did. After completing boot camp at Paris Island, South Carolina he received extra training and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following his first tour he volunteered to return to Iraq only 6 months later. During this deployment Joseph was promoted to the rank of Sgt. At the end of his first enlistment, Joey re-enlisted and was deployed to Okinawa, Japan. There he was assigned to the 3rd Combat Assault Battalion of the 3rd Marine Division. He spent two years training ally forces in Japan and Australia as well as his own platoon. Orders soon came for a stateside job but Joey had a different idea. He had trained his platoon and others for two years and convinced the Battalion Command to allow him to deploy to Afghanistan with his platoon.
Sgt. Joseph Anthony Bovia deployed with his platoon at the beginning of August, 2010. He led his platoon on several missions including one to destroy three enemy stronghold bridges just days before he was killed. On the day of his death, Sgt. Bovia was leading from the front and exposed himself to an unprotected point to accomplish a mission. His platoon was attacked by the Taliban and he was fatally wounded.
Sgt. Bovia was a man of God who felt called to his duty as a Marine. He loved God first, his family and the Corps. He is greatly missed but will be remembered by all who knew and loved him.