Eden, NC -- North Carolina has had its share of fallen soldiers and Thursday, April 26 another name was added.
Staff Sgt. Brandon Eggleston, who was part of the US Army's Special Forces, made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
According to his family, Eggleston was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday morning. The US Department of Defense (DOD) said Eggleston was killed in the Ghazni, Province from injuries sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device (IED).
According to DOD, Eggleston ws assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group out of Ft. Bragg, NC. He was 29 years-old.
Eggleston grew up in Eden, NC and was a 2001 graduate of Morehead High School. He went to college at Western Carolina University.
Family members say that Eggleston has been in the Army since 2006, and that this was his third deployment. He was expected to come home later this year, between September and December.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, and two children, who live in Raeford, NC.
Eggleston's father-in-law told News 2 that he and his daughter, Eggleston's wife, are headed to Dover Air Force Base this weekend to bring his body home.
The family was not ready to talk to the media, and said one of the reasons is because that's how Eggleston lived. They said he was a humble person who didn't like a lot of attention.
Sunday, the family told WFMY News 2 via phone they are thankful for all the support they've receiving in this difficult time. They said no arrangements have been made yet for Eggleston's funeral.
US DOD said Sgt. Dick A. Lee Jr., 31 of Orange Park, FL was with Eggleston when the IED exploded killing both of them.
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