Friday, February 01, 2008

PFC Brandon A Meyer ~ Farewell and Walk with God

PFC Brandon A Meyer
Killed January 28, 2008
Mosul, Iraq

PFC Brandon A Meyer, 20, of Orange, California, was one of five soldiers killed on January 28, 2008, in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

Meyer, who joined the Army in January 2007, was due to celebrate his 21st birthday Saturday.

Though he was born a Nebraskan, he was a 2005 graduate of Canyon (Texas) High School, according to the O.C. Register. You can see him in his Canyon H.S. baseball uniform here; #19, standing tall and proud. He attended Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. for a time and enlisted in the Army on Jan. 18, 2007, according to the Greater Orange News Service. He was married to Catlin Meyer or Orange, California. He and his wife moved to Colorado, where he was stationed. He joined the 3rd Brigade Combat Team last June.

Preliminary Service Itinerary from the Patriot Guard Riders:

On 09 Feb the PGR has been asked to be present when Pfc. Meyer arrives home. We will meet his Air Craft and escort him to Pacific View Memorial Park & Mortuary 3500 Pacific View Dr. Corona Del Mar California 92625

On 11 Feb 2008 we will escort Pfc. Meyer from Pacific View to Saint John’s Lutheran Church 154 S Shaffer St Orange Ca.92866. Following the services the PGR will escort Pfc. Meyer back to Pacific View for Military Honors.


Michelle said...

I have known Brandon since he was a baby, my son, now a United States Marine, was born 7 months after Brandon. I saw him learn to walk, we celebrated birthdays together as families, the passing of seasons, church services and lots of fun. We have shared memories in Wisconsin, New York, Missouri, and Tennessee. My David is still in Iraq, serving not far from where Brandon fought his last battle.
I pray God guards the hearts of Brandon's family as they work through this un-bearable grief, this un-fathomable tragedy.
But in the midst of our grief we salute Brandon and the work he and his comrades do.
Brandon is now safe in the arms of Jesus and worshipping Him in heaven. We love you Brandon, Terry, Genia and Desiree. May God give you the Peace that passes all understanding.

Dad said...

Brandon, this is dad.
I love you. I miss you. It is so very hard to look at your picture and know that it will sometime before I am able to shake that strong, tough hand of yours. You were so very committed and faithful as a young man growing up in a Christian home. You were so goofy when you thought someone was watching you. It does not surprise me that so many people honor you for your sacrifice for this great country, because it was just natural for you to be a brave and honorable soldier.
Mom is sad, but she will hug you again. Desiree will finish her school and continue to honor our beloved family. Your dog Koda misses you, but is enjoying the other members of the pack (I am sorry she has put on so much weight). Everyone here is very saddened that you were hurt so badly, but we are sustained by the truth of what the Bible says - that the Lord Jesus is coming back and He's bringin one great young soldier with Him! Until then my dear Son...I love you and am so proud of you...Rest easy until I get there Bud. Dad

Missy Q. said...

Brandon... Thank you for the memories... We love you!

Terry, Genia and Desiree,
All of St. Louis is praying for you!

~Missy Q.

Lola Hanson said...

This is from the family of James Craig. Jim served with Brandon in Iraq. I'm sorry for your loss. Were are very sad for the loss of our loved one, also. These men are heroes and deserve to be honored for thier service and sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family!
Sincere Regards,
~Lola Hanson
Sister of James Craig

Anonymous said...

I saw Brandon's name listed this morning on the Memoriam section of This Week on ABC. I noticed he was listed from Orange. I see his wife lives there.

I searched on Brandon Meyer here on the Net and found the Governor's message and a couple other listings of his death in Iraq.

I was moved deeply when I read he had served one year and that yesterday he would have turned 21. It is hard to hear of what is happening in Mosul and to see the loss of a beautiful young man to another explosive device.

It was so lovely to read Brandon was from a Christian home. Thank you for sharing your posts. As a result I shed a few tears here for a boy I never met and for his family and our loss as a country.

God bless you all during this time of mourning. May He especially comfort Caitlin as she has lost her other half. Praise God you will see him again.

Geri Mitchell
West Covina, California

jclausier said...

Dear Family & Friends of Brandon Meyer: It is my hope that the comments posted here for Brandon will help you now as you await his "return" -- and sustain you later as you mourn and remember him. I am a good friend of your friends, the Tessaro's -- and though I have not met Brandon or any of you -- I cannot tell you how saddened I was when Michelle called me with this heart-breaking news. I immediately sent prayers up to our Loving Father for all of you -- and (2) of my Bible Study Classes at Immanuel Lutheran Church here in Memphis, TN, did the same as well. When I received Michelle's email with this Webpage Link and Brandon's picture, it REALLY made it a reality -- such a tragedy for one SO young. Brandon looks SO proud in his uniform and it is my hope that he knew how much we Americans appreciated him and all the others willing to sacrifice their lives for our freedom. Two scriptures keep running through my mind with regard to Brandon -- and I paraphrase them: John 15:13 "Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends (us!)" and 1Thess. 4:13 "For we do not grieve like those who have no hope. We BELIEVE that Jesus died and rose again and that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him." Brandon, you have received your "highest calling" as a Christian and I look forward to meeting you one day when my own journey here on earth is over. I pray that you feel God's peace and praise Him for "lending" Brandon to all of you.

Renee said...

I am so sorry to hear about Brandon. I am praying for your family and that God continues to give you strength. Brandon truned out to be a wonderful young man. You are wonderful parents and great people. My heart aches for you. Keep your faith and take it one day at a time. I wish I could be with you right now to give you a hug. If you ever need to talk I am a phone call away. May God bless you!!!! Love, Renee

Anonymous said...

Dear Brandon,
I miss you greatly and wish i could see you just one more time..It is so hard to know that you are so far from us but yet so's comforting to know that you are finally "home". You were such a wonderful friend to me and you have taught me so much through the years.Your faith is what keeps that light inside of me burning. Your spirit was so strong,and your faith was even stronger. I love you brandon and even though i didn't get a chance to tell you, I am so proud of you! You are such a hero....watching you grow over the last nine years was such a wonderful time and i'm so thankful that i had those years to be with you.You were the little brother i never had.. Rest in peace my dear friend!
All my love;
Crystal Tirre (Leslie, MO)

Carissa said...

Terry, Genia and Desiree~
My heart is hurting so deeply for you guys during this tragic time of loss. I was so blessed to have you guys in my life throughout college and knew that I had a place I could call my "home away from home." As me and Abbie have looked back at those days over this last week, we smiled and laughed as we remembered Brandon getting his driver's license and driving up each Monday to pick Genia up from work. Brandon was full of life and God was shaping him into a man even then. I am honored to have known a brave soldier who was willing to give his life to protect our country. May God continue to sustain you during these coming, days, weeks, and months. I love you guys and am lifting up to our God who can offer true peace and comfort.
Carissa Wingate

Anonymous said...

Dear Terry, Genia & Desiree,
There are no words to express how very saddened we all are for your loss of Brandon. We did not know Brandon very well, I wish we could have known him better. The times we were together he was always polite and we found him to be a wonderful young man.
We had a wonderful time at his wedding and it was really beautiful to see such a happy in love young couple about to start their lives together.
I know that your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ will give you strength to get through this difficult tiame. Please know that you are in our family's thoughts and prayers.
God Bless, Michael, Carol, Miles and Logan.

aemarsha said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Brandon Meyer as well as the other families of the soldiers killed along side my brother, Evan Marshall. I take some small comfort in knowing that Evan was with his comrades, true Heroes, in his last moments. I know the unimagineably pain-I will continue to pray for peace and strength through your long journey ahead.
Alice Marshall

MIssy Q said...

You will be celebrating Christmas with Jesus this year... it will be hard for your Mom and Dad...

I think of you often... as the little boy who picked on us youth kids...

Tell Jesus Happy Birthday...
See you soon!