Hey guys, I don't know if this guy was ever here, but this was printed in todays local paper (the Orange County Register) and I thought he deserved some recognition. Maybe someone knew him?
Friends and family say goodbye to Army Spec. Brandon Meyer
Hundreds mourn at ceremonies in Orange, Corona del Mar.
By ELLYN PAK
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
ORANGE – He had it all planned out.
Army Spec. Brandon Meyer wanted “Amazing Grace” to be played at his funeral. He envisioned a service with full military honors and a 21-gun salute. He wanted mourners to wear baby blue.
He told his wife, Caitlin, that if he died, he wanted to be buried by his beloved ocean.
On Monday, a few hundred of Meyer's friends and family members honored him at a somber funeral at St. John's Lutheran Church in Orange and buried him in Corona del Mar with a view of the water.
The Rev. Terry Meyer, Brandon's father, spoke of his son's love for sports, music and his Bronco nicknamed “T-Shot” – short for tetanus shot because of the rust on the car.
He also said that his son felt compelled to serve his country after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, despite his family's reservations.
“He died doing what he desperately wanted to do,” said Meyer, a Lutheran pastor in Texas.
The service took place in the same church sanctuary where Meyer and his wife exchanged vows in September. St. John's Rev. Chris Singer, the pastor who married the couple, recalled asking Meyer why he wanted to marry Caitlin.
“She's the one,” Brandon replied. “She makes me happy. I like the same things she likes.”
Caitlin Meyer told the pastor that Brandon gave her a sense of security. He reminded her of what her brother and father were like. She felt safe with him.
Meyer was described by his father as a “courageous, fun-loving and God-fearing” guy.
Pallbearers carried out the soldier's flag-draped coffin while a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.” Dozens of Patriot Guard members held up American flags as Meyer's body was escorted outside.
Twenty-year-old Meyer and four other soldiers were killed last month during an ambush in Mosul, Iraq. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment Team, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson in Colorado.
Meyer – born in Beatrice, Neb. – had moved to Orange County after graduating from high school in Texas. He attended Concordia University in Irvine before enlisting in the service in January 2007 (At the time of his death, he listed his home as Orange).
He was sent to Iraq – his first deployment – in December. Private first class Meyer was posthumously promoted to specialist.