Ensign Joshua Watson returns to the Wiregrass

Watson went on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where he was named to the Commandant's and Dean's Lists. (WTVY)
Watson went on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where he was named to the Commandant's and Dean's Lists. (WTVY)(WJHG)
Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 6:19 PM CST
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Ensign Joshua Watson will return home to the Wiregrass Friday, December 13 at 10:00 am.

The Enterprise High School graduate was killed by an active shooter on Pensacola Naval Air Station Dec. 6. Watson is being called a hero for his actions that morning when, after being shot multiple times, he was able to quickly alert responders to the whereabouts of the shooter, thus saving lives.

His body will arrive at the Dothan Airport around 10:00 am and then be taken to Searcy Funeral Home in Enterprise.

A procession is expected to leave the airport at roughly 10:30 a.m. for the trip to Enterprise.

A spokesperson for the family said the route will be Highway 84 West to Enterprise and then north on Boll Weevil Circle (Highway 92) to Searcy Funeral Home at the intersection of Highway 167. Enterprise police will escort the procession.

Anyone who would like to come out to show their support for this young man and his family and to pay tribute to his bravery and patriotism are welcome to line the highways and streets along the route.

Watson's funeral will be on Saturday, December 21st at 11:00 am. in Enterprise High School's Performing Arts Center.

Visitation will begin at 8:30 am.

Burial will be Sunday, Dec. 22, at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.


WTVY will carry Watson's return live on WTVY-TV when he arrives.

We will break into our regular scheduled coverage to show you Joshua Watson's return home beginning with his arrival at the Dothan Airport.

We will break into coverage again when he arrives in Enterprise.


Also Saturday, the Navy Football Team announced it will honor Watson at the game against the Army Black Knights.

Shipmates from 10th Company will wear red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels.

The game will be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 2:00 pm Central.

A patch will also be worn by player number 56 to honor Watson.

According to a report from Military Times, President Donald Trump will be in attendance.

UPDATE on the official Route of Return for Joshua Kaleb Watson taking place later today, per City of Enterprise and Searcy Funeral Home:
Dothan Airport to Main Exit
Right on Paramore Road
Right on Napier Field Road (CR 112) at Marathon Gas Station
Napier Field Road becomes Highway 134 West in Midland City
Highway 134 West through Midland City, Pinckard and Highway 134/123 in Newton.
Left on Highway 134 just past the Choctawhatchee River Bridge.
Left on Highway 85 (Daleville Avenue) in Daleville at Bojangles.
Right on Highway 84 West, past Level Plains to Enterprise.
Straight onto East Park Avenue across Boll Weevil Circle (Highway 192) Park Avenue changes to Main Street near City Hall.
Continue through downtown Enterprise on Main Street.
Pass the Main Street entrance/exit of the Enterprise High School campus. Right onto Boll Weevil Circle (Highway 84/192)
Left onto Highway 167 North to Searcy Funeral Home

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