PFC Bryan Richard Thomas

PFC Bryan Richard Thomas

Birth
Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
Death 4 Sep 2008 (aged 22)
Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Burial Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 9 Site 18
Memorial ID 29662490 · View Source
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Pfc. Bryan R. Thomas, 22, of Battle Creek, Michigan. A 2004 Lakeview High School graduate, where he played and lettered in football and wrestling. Bryan was commited to team work, and worked well in that capacity, never seeking the limelight. He was quiet and reserved. An animal-lover from his youth, he did volunteer work with the Michigan Humane Society, and was also a skilled photographer. He studied photography at Western Michigan University and Kellogg Community College before enlisting in the Army in September 2007. He joined to feel a sense of duty, put structure into his life and see the world. Bryan often sent amazing photos home from Iraq and was the unofficial photographer for his unit. His documentation of his experiences in Iraq covered everything from stray dogs, to roaming water buffalo to visits from heads of state. He was stationed in Iraq for the past three months, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas. He came home last month for a two-week leave. He died in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Bryan is survived by his mother, Pam Sikora of Battle Creek; grandfather, Richard Sikora of Battle Creek; step-grandmother Barbara Sikora of The Villages, Florida and his aunt, Judy (Jeff) Brookshire and nieces, Taylor and Ashlee Brookshire of Aledo, Texas. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Elaine Sikora. Bio by: Sue


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  • Created by: Sue
  • Added: 8 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29662490
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Bryan Richard Thomas (4 Oct 1985–4 Sep 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29662490, citing Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 46778782) .