KIA January 22, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to the 46th Military Police Company, 210th Military Police Battalion, Army National Guard, Kingsford, Michigan
Army SPC Brandon Lee Stout died January 22, 2007, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. He died two weeks before his tour in Iraq was to have ended.
Brandon was raised in Kent City, Michigan. He was a 2002 graduate of Kent City High School, about 20 miles north of Grand Rapids. He met his future wife, Audrey, while attending Great Lakes Christian College from August 2002 to May 2003. They married in May of 2005. His mother-in-law, Laura Hinken, said she regarded Brandon as her own son. “If I had given birth to him, I couldn’t love him any more,” she said. “When you met him, you liked him right away. He was the most wonderful husband that I could ask a daughter to have.”
Brandon’s faith was an important part of his life, and he hoped to pursue a vocation in ministry. He felt called to serve his country and joined the Army National Guard in June 2003. In 2005 he was deployed to Louisiana for nearly two months as part of the Hurricane Katrina response. Brandon trained at Fort Dix, New Jersey beginning in July 2006 and was deployed to Baghdad on October 1, 2006. He earned his promotion to Specialist in December of 2006.
Brandon’s mother, Tracy Anderson, 39, of Kent City, said she was comforted by the fact that her son believed in what he was doing in Iraq. “He knew it was his job and he was proud to serve,” Tracy said. “He didn’t complain. He didn’t try to get out of it. He was very proud to want to go and serve.” Brandon’s family considers him a role model and a hero. He was dedicated to serving his country, was steadfast in his faith and deeply loved his wife and family.
SPC Brandon Stout was 23 years old from Kent City, Michigan
Original portrait was presented June 28, 2014 during a special concert at the Freedom Cruise Rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.