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Bend soldier among 5 killed in Afghanstan bomb blast
By Everton Bailey Jr., The Oregonian
on May 06, 2013 at 9:30 PM, updated May 07, 2013 at 5:41 AM
A soldier from Bend who had just re-enlisted was among five U.S. Army troops killed Saturday in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott, 24, and his comrades were fatally injured when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province.
The others killed were: 1st Lt. Brandon J. Landrum, 26, of Lawton, Okla.; Staff Sgt. Francis G. Phillips IV, 28, of Meridian, N.Y.; Spc. Kevin Cardoza, 19, of Mercedes, Texas; and Spc. Thomas P. Murach, 22, of Meridian, Idaho.
All served in the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, based at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, said Maj. Joe Buccino, the Army post's spokesman. They were deployed in December 2012 for a nine-month assignment, and Prescott served as assistant team leader of his unit.
Prescott was the younger in the family's first set of twin boys, born in West Covina, Calif., said his older brother, Aaron. The second set of twins, Jake and Josh, now 23, arrived soon after.
Prescott grew up in Dana Point, Calif., and graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2006. Two years later, their mother moved the brothers to Bend, where he took classes at Central Oregon Community College. Their father, Joseph Prescott, lives in Montgomery, Texas; their mother, Tracey Prescott has returned to Dana Point.
She said her son volunteered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and took part in a firefighting academy before joining the Army in 2010 in Portland.
Prescott was due to return home in September. However, he signed up for another three years when he discovered he would have to leave his unit behind, Aaron Prescott said.
The older twin said he spoke to Prescott on the phone about four hours before he was killed. The soldier said he loved and missed his family He is survived by his mother, father and three brothers.
"He was a hero and an inspiration for all of us," Aaron Prescott said. "Before he left for Afghanistan, he told us that if he died, he wanted us to be proud of him and hold our heads up because we know he was doing something he loved."
Tracey Prescott described Prescott as a selfless, humble man who loved his family and the beach. She, Aaron and Jake were flying to Dover, Del., to claim his body. Service arrangements were to be announced.
"I'm a broken woman right now," Tracey Prescott said. "I'm sad and angry, but also very, very proud of my son. He definitely was a special kid."
-- Everton Bailey Jr.