Brothers Noah and Joseph Boye of Grand Island, NE, both served in Iraq in the early days of the war – in the early invasion. Noah served in the Marine Corps and Joseph in the Army. Noah was killed in Fallujah on his second tour; Joseph took his life 5 years after. Joseph was an avid skateboarder and played guitar. Both brothers loved their guitars and music. Brothers Forever… Never Forgotten.
From Joseph’s memorial page:
“I miss you brother. I remember singing songs through the CVC on the road to Baghdad and jamming in hotel hell. You kept my spirits up and made the deployment so much easier. I will never forget you.” (Robert)
“You’re my brother from another mother. We were inseparable, till our parents made us separate. Even then we tried to run away, unsuccessfully…..and our paths never crossed again. I miss you man, your smile, your laugh, your incredible imagination. We didn’t need anything but each other to have the time of our lives. I’m who I am today because of you. Thank you, and rest in peace.” (Joshua)
Memorial ride on Saturday to honor Noah and Joseph Boye
From The Grand Island Independent
Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 8:53 am
By Sarah Schulz
A memorial ride in honor of two Iraq War veterans from Grand Island is set for tomorrow.
U.S. Marine Noah Boye was killed in combat in Iraq on April 13, 2004. His older brother, Joseph Boye, served in Iraq in 2003 with the U.S. Army.
Kim Schaefer, the men’s aunt, said Joseph Boye suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. He died on Feb. 7, 2009.
The ride in their memory will begin with registration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Grand Island Veterans Home, 2300 W. Capital Ave. The ride, which will include a poker run, will start at noon. Motorcycles and passenger vehicles are welcome. The entry fee is $15 with an additional $10 fee per passenger. There will be stops in St. Paul, Cairo, Alda and Doniphan, Schaefer said.
Before leaving town, the riders will stop at the Grand Island City Cemetery on Stolley Park Road to lay wreaths on the brothers’ graves, she said.
The proceeds from the event will go to the Walnut Middle School music department. The brothers both attended Walnut Middle School, she said.
“They were both really into guitars and music,” she said. “The money can be used to support the department and to help kids get instruments if they can’t afford them.”