BRYAN, Ohio. (WFFT) - Family and friends are honoring the selfless service and courage of Private First Class Brandon Kreischer.
The Bryan, Ohio native was killed in Afghanistan.
"Being a patriot, being an infantry man for one, he was really excited for that. Going airborne being airborne. He was just the most motivating guy I have ever met," PFC Seth Brown said.
Being enlisted into the army was a goal of his and it happened, making it one of the proudest moments in his life.
He just turned 20 last month.
"He was the one trying to motivate everyone there to be loud and excited too," PFC Issac Andrews said.
Kreischer's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Service Ribbon, and The Afghanistan Campaign Medal, but among all these accomplishments are the lives he's touched during his lifetime.
"He inspired me to do a lot of things like join the army, workout more, get better at PT, and he was one of the reasons I joined the army," Andrews added.
One of the last messages he left for family and friends reads:
"I am proud to be an American. I believe that whatever cause America believes in, I have an obligation to believe it, because I am a patriot. If I die in the combat zone for America, I do not call it a tragedy, I call it glory."
Kreischer died July 29th, but he'll never be forgotten.