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Young soldier from Stryker, Ohio killed in action

BRYAN, Oh. (WPTA21) – He gave his life for country, doing the job he always wanted to do.

Williams County Ohio is mourning the loss of Army paratrooper Brandon Kreischer, one of two U.S. service members killed Monday in Afghanistan.

Private First Class Kreischer was shot in what amounted to a sneak attack.

About 14 months ago, 20-year old Brandon Kreischer was getting his high school diploma from Bryan High School.

On July 31st, flags were flying half staff outside the school, to pay tribute to the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country.

“It is with much sadness that we report that on July 29th, the Bryan community and Williams County communities lost a dedicated soldier due to an ambush in Afghanistan,” said Carrie Schlade, the mayor of Bryan.


City and school leaders in Bryan met with reporters, remembering the soldier with the 82nd Airborne Division, who lost his life when he and Specialist Michael Nance of Chicago were shot and killed by an Afghan soldier at a military base in southern Kandahar Province.

On Wednesday, a transfer case containing the remains of Specialist Nance was moved by soldiers at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

In school, Kreischer played football, was on the wrestling team, and ran track.

He was also very active in various music programs.

In a chapter of a senior memory book that Kreischer wrote in, he said, “Throughout my life, I have had one huge goal. That one was to enlist in the Army as an infantryman, and I achieved that goal on April 25, 2017. It was without a doubt the proudest day of my life.”

He went on to write, “I believe that whatever cause America believes in, I have an obligation to believe in, because I am a patriot. If I die in the combat zone for America, I do not call it a tragedy, I call it a glory.”

“There was never any fear that I detected from him, it was always like, I get to do this, I don’t have to do this, I get to do this,” said Amy Johnson, Kreischer’s Social Studies teacher at Bryan High School.

He is one of 14 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan just this year.

Kreischer attended Bryan High School from 2014 to 2018 and was newly married. He and his wife tied the knot only six months ago.

As the Army Times first reported, Kreischer, along with Specialist Michael Nance of Chicago, were deployed with Company B., 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division when they were killed by small arms fire during an “insider” attack.


Brien McElhatten

Brien McElhatten anchors the evening weekday newscasts at ABC21.

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