Funeral services set for Sherman soldier

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN -- Friends say Spc. Braden J. Long was doing exactly what he dreamed of doing since high school-- fighting for the country he loved in Iraq.

Friends of Braden remember memories of growing up together at Piner Middle School in Sherman.

Friend Aaron Gregory remembered Braden’s toughness.

"I remember when we we're younger, and we wrestled on the trampoline, and he was smaller but he beat me and taught me it's not the dog in the fight in the dog but the size of the fight in the dog."

Friend Josh Nail says Braden was determined to follow his heart when he asked what his plans were after graduation.

“He said ‘I want to go into the military and serve my country."

Upon graduation, Braden signed up and started training in Fort Riley, Kansas, and then was sent to Baghdad in February on Mountain Patrol.

"There’s no doubt in my mind if he was given a task he'd get the job done," added Gregory.

But news that Braden's Humvee was hit by a grenade attack on Saturday is hard for everyone to bare including his friends.

The memories though will remain with those who knew him well.

"I never saw him saying a mean thing to anyone. He was always friendly and nice," Gregory said.

"He always had something funny to say. He was always outgoing with people."

Braden's friends say his brother is also serving in the Air Force. They say their prayers are with his family.

Funeral services are now set for Sherman soldier Braden Long, 19, who was killed in Iraq on Saturday.

Family members say funeral services for long are set for August 19th at the Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman.

Long will be escorted back to the states by his brother, who is also serving in the Air Force in Germany.

They will fly into the Grayson County Airport sometime next week.

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  • by Jeff and Kathy Location: Florida on Aug 16, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    We are Braden's Grand Uncle and Aunt. We visited him in Fl. before he Joined the Army and are so proud of him. His Uncle also a Vet. was teasing him about not joining the Navy. We will always remember that beautiful Red Hair and bright smile. Our hearts go out to the whole family especially his Wife and Mother and Father ... He will always remain a Hero in our family ... It is so nice to read all the wonderful comments from everyone.
  • by Russ and Kathy Location: Ohio on Aug 13, 2007 at 05:49 PM
    We had the honor of meeting Braden and his wife briefly at a family Christmas get together last year in Ohio. Our hearts and prays go out to his wife and all his family and friends. Being a veteran myself I would like to say thank you for serving your country and giving the ultimate sacriface. YOU ARE A HERO!!!!!!!!!
  • by ML Location: Portsmouth Virginia on Aug 12, 2007 at 12:24 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the Long family this weekend
  • by citizen Location: texoma on Aug 11, 2007 at 05:29 PM
    I am pleased to read so many letters of support to the family and in memory of Braden. Sadly, I hear that the protesters are coming to act like idiots and protest the funeral of this brave soldier. I hope many of you will keep this family in your prayers and hopefully they will be shielded from these idiots who have nothing to do but desecrate the memory of our fallen soldiers. The same soldiers who gave their life fighting for these idiots to live in a country that allows them the right to protest. Shame on them. To Braden, thank you giving the ultimate sacrifice to your country. May God Bless You!
  • by BETH Location: POTTSBORO on Aug 11, 2007 at 10:17 AM
  • by johnny Location: olney,tx. on Aug 11, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    too the braden family our prayers, and thoughts are with you, our church in olney,tx, will pray over your family. sincerly the harrison family, from texas. god bless america.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2007 at 03:15 PM
    thank you mr long
  • by Denise Location: Sherman on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:52 PM
    Thank you Spc. Braden J. Long for your ultimate sacrifice so that we may live one more day as free Americans. My prayers are with your family, my gratitude is forever with you, soldier. Now go to the special place that Hero's gather and know your sacrifice was not in vain.
  • by Kyle Location: Langley, Va on Aug 8, 2007 at 03:51 PM
    Braden was a great friend. I can honestly say that he has always been there for me. Even though he was in Iraq he still somehow always made sure that things were good for myself and my wife. Braden will be missed and will not be forgotten. We love you Braden.
  • by Allison Location: Newport News on Aug 8, 2007 at 03:44 PM
    I knew Braden from middle school through high school. Everytime I think of him I see this boy I met 6 years ago, but the memory that is stuck in my head is the last time I saw him. The last time I saw him was the first time I met his wife, Teresa. I know my friend was happy before he died. He was doing what he set out to do after high school and had found the love of his life. My prayers go out to his family and they will be in my thoughts. To Braden, we miss you here. I'm thankful to have had such a wonderful person come into my life. You will always have a place in our hearts. I hope to see you again my friend.
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