Berryville grad a front-page figure in end-of-war ceremony in Iraq

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Berryville high school graduate Joseph Boley was recently depicted on the front page of many newspapers taking part in a flag ceremony marking the end of the war in Iraq. Photo submitted

BERRYVILLE -- Sgt. Joseph Boley, a 2004 Berryville High School graduate now serving in Iraq as an embassy guard with the U.S. Marine Corps, was featured on the front page of major newspapers recently.

He was unnamed in the photo, but easily recognizable, say friends and family, as he participated in a flag ceremony marking the end of the war in Iraq.

The ceremony, known as Casing the Colors, took place in Baghdad as U.S. soldiers were heading home.

Boley was seen holding the Armed Services Flag that was retired and later given to President Obama.

He is the son of Kerry and Roy Robinson of Berryville.

Roy says his son attended Arkansas Tech at Russellville before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Boley is in Iraq on a one-year tour of duty as embassy guard and will remain there until March, Roy said. At that time, his son hopes to be reassigned to Rome, Italy, again as an embassy guard.

"We're hoping he'll get that," said Roy, "so we can go and visit."

The last time they had the opportunity to spend time with their son was in late October when they traveled to Palm Springs, Calif., when Boley was there on leave.

"We had a good time with him," remembered Roy.

Their next opportunity to see their soldier son will be in August, Roy says, when they will travel to wherever he may be.

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