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Father of fallen soldier - "I call him a hero's hero"


POSTED: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 5:50pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 9:50pm

Families remember three fallen soldiers in Memorial Ceremony

With heavy hearts family, friends and fellow soldiers said goodbye on Friday to three men who died in Afghanistan.

Silence filled the room as the names of three fallen soldiers echoed against the walls. A harsh reminder that Specialists' Mitchell Daehling, William Gilbert, and Cody Towse will not be coming home.

"It's pretty hard. Pretty hard. They were outstanding young men," SFC Marcus Moore said. They lost their lives in Afghanistan after a bomb exploded in May. "Alpha Company always had a slogan, we called it, there's always sacrifice and these men lived up to it," Moore said.

SPC Cody Towse's family remembers him and recalls why he joined the Army. "I call him a hero's hero. He just, he loved what he did," Jim Towse, Cody's father told us.

"When he was young he used to serve people that came to the house. He threw a towel over his arm and served water or whatever," Jamie Towse, Cody's mother explained.

SPC Towse was a combat medic. He dedicated all of his life to serving others but a week before he died, his father said he posted a disheartening message on Facebook. "Afghanistan is a forgotten war and nobody will ever know, nobody will ever care," Jim Towse explained, "it just kills me that, that's the way he felt."

Towse's parents said even though their son has died, they want to prove to him that people care.

'Hundreds of letters and everybody is remembering Cody and we want to make sure we can continue that," Jim Towse said. And that his community in Utah and Fort Bliss will remember him and the others who have died.

"Every body always steps up for one another, always," SFC Moore said.

The other two families were present but did not feel comfortable talking on camera. SPC William Gilbert is survived by his newborn daughter, his wife, and his mother and sister.

SPC Mitchell Daehling is survived by his wife, his parents, and his siblings.

SPC Cody Towse is survived by his parents and siblings. Towse's family have set up a scholarship fund in his memory. You can find that information here:

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