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Brandon Smith

Brandon was a young man of great strength and character and always willing to help others. He never cared for seeing someone down or left out, and would go out of his way to put a smile on their face. He loved the outdoors, kids, dogs and fixing things. He had the craziest laugh, the most beautiful eyes and an infectious smile.

Brandon joined the Army after graduating high school. He completed his basic training at Ft. Benning, GA., then off to Redstone Arsenal, AL. where he completed his AIT in which he graduated at the top of his class, then back to Ft. Benning, GA. where he completed Airborne school, where his “Pop” proudly pinned his wings on him at graduation. He was then assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC. with the 82nd Airborne. The following year he deployed to Afghanistan and returned one year later. He came home on a month long leave, his pop had asked him if he was okay and he said he was, and for the remainder of the leave he was the Brandon we knew. He reported back to Ft. Bragg and less than five months he was gone from our earthly lives. He left behind a bright future, a life worth living. He left a family whom he loved and loved him, who could not have been more proud of him, still are and always will be. For it was not how he left this earth, but how he lived his life and served his country. I quote his Lt Col. Jones: “Brandon wasn’t a good soldier, he was a great soldier”. Some say they never met a hero, but we raised ours. He is deeply missed by his family and friends. We do our best to carry on, as it is our wish to live for him and to make him proud. We love you Brandon, till we meet again….

“A life so young, released to heaven, left on earth we wonder why. But some are sent among us briefly, some have spirits meant to fly.”
You will live on Brandon, in our hearts.
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