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Spc Brandon Keith Steffey

October 25th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


Born Oct. 6, 1986 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Died October 25, 2009 in Laghman Province Afghanistan


Specialist Brandon K. Steffey was from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. He came into to this world a rather large baby, so big the doctor thought that he'd just walk home with his mother. Growing up he played all kinds of sports, his favorites being baseball and hockey. He also enjoyed wrestling and over the years, as he grew, could never take down his father.  Brandon was well mannered, polite, and tough with a contagious laugh that lit up those around him. In 2005 he graduated from Brimley High School and in 2006 enlisted in the United States Army, following a tradition of family military service. After basic training Brandon was able to take his dad down in wrestling; Brandon had grew into a 6' 3" and 200+ pound soldier; every inch and pound of him was soldier, so very proud of his service to his country. He was truly a "gentle giant."  In 2007 he married his wife Andrea and together they had a daughter. Brandon doted on her. He served in Iraq as a gunner from May 2007 until July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009, assigned to the 178th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, III Corps, out of Fort Hood, Texas. Brandon was a canine tracker handler for Forward operating Base Fenty Kennel in the Laghman Province while there. He and his K-9 dog Maci were inseparable, working on tracking terrorists; Maci specialized in tracking the scents of IED making materials. She could pick this smell up on terrorists who were nowhere near bomb-making materials, it was on their bodies. Brandon died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. His decorations and awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal-Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. His wife, daughter, parents and sister survive him. He is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Sault Ste. Marie. Brandon made people laugh and he made them cry. There was not one dry eye at his funeral, from every day townsfolk, to big construction workers to police officers; they all recalled Brandon, this "Gentle Giant." They want everyone to know that if you never knew Brandon, then you really missed out.

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  1. bilmol1996
    October 30th, 2009 at 04:13 | #1

    If someone had told me that knowing a person that was a hero would be the saddest day of my life I would have never believed them. Today I know a hero and I am sad. I am sad mainly because I can not tell him how proud of him I am and how much I love him anymore. I have an emptiness in me that no amount of patriotism can fill. Today I know a hero, he would tell you he is not one, that he was doing his job something that he loved, him and his dog. As I sit paralyzed in my daily life I think back upon the days when he was just a boy with a smile as big as his heart willing to do anything to help anybody and I think about how that quality that simple act of human compassion grew with him into manhood. I have no child of my own, he is the son I dreamed of having, good, kind, funny all the things that are good about us. He is my brother in arms a bond that can not be broken even in death, it is a bond shared by all those who have served their country. We have all joined that reluctant group of the gold star families, no one ever wishes to be a member of this family but once we are we are bound together by two things, the loss of our loved one and we all know a hero. Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will forever know a hero and I am sad.

    Brandon I love you and miss you so much


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