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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:50pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — It was a somber day at Fort Bliss. Grieving family members and friends gathered to remember five soldiers killed earlier this month in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan.
A sea of camouflage uniforms and tearful family members filled the chapel to respectfully say goodbye.
"These men are heroes. Their legacies will continue through our memories, our actions and our families," said Captain Nesom, a company commander at Fort Bliss.
A slideshow of the fallen soldiers played during the ceremony.
It showed First Lieutenant Brandon J. Landrum. His friends and family say he believed in the future of the Afghan people and would give the children candy.
Staff Sergeant Francis G.Philips IV always set his standards high. Specialist Kevin Cardoza, always wore his cowboys boots and cowboy hat. Specialist Thomas P. Murach was a devout Christian.
And lastly specialist Brandon J. Prescott, was remembered fondly by his family.
"You can't even imagine and I don't want anyone to imagine. It's a piece of you that's gone forever. He was very very close to my sons. My ex-wife, we were married for 20 years and we raised the best sons ever, said Joseph Prescott, SPC Brandon Prescott's folder.
Prescott said even as a little kid, Brandon put everybody first.
"My brother went over there doing what he loved and what he believed in. He died doing what he loved. There's no greater honor than that," said Jacob Prescott, brother of Brandon Prescott.
The Prescott family takes pride and solace in the fact that their son's memory will always live on.
"And it's a piece of my life that I will never get back. But I will be with him one day. I have hope and faith. He has his faith, and I will be with him again," said Joesph Prescott. "He's truly in a better place, he's god's warrior now up there and i can be proud that he's my son forever."