Monday, August 06, 2007

Braden J. Long dies 'of injuries sustained when his vehicle came under grenade attack'

The War on Terror has a whole new meaning tonight, for one Sherman family who lost their son Saturday. KTEN's Kristi Branam spoke with the family of 19 year-old Army Specialist Braden Long. She has his story.

Army Specialist Braden Long was a member of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry division out of Fort Riley, Kansas. He died when the humvee he was riding in was hit by a grenade on Saturday.

Melanie Thrasher, Long's mother describes who Braden Long was.

"He was just all army. He changed from high school to there. He turned into my little army man. He's been wanting to be in the military since he was in the third grade, and he signed up when he was 17, but he went to all the different braches you could choose from, and he chose the army. He said he liked the different jobs that you could choose from, and he chose a calvary scout. He called me the day he was leaving for Iraq, then a few days later. He said he was fine. He emailed me in May, and said he was fine, but he didn't have much time to call because they were so busy, and then they needed to sleep. I knew he chose a great job. It was something he always wanted. He was just a really great person."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been scheduled.

From KTEN 10