Army SPC Brynn Naylor
KIA December 13, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado
SPC Brynn Naylor died December 13, 2007 when he was struck by small-arms fire during routine guard duty in Baghdad, Iraq. Brynn had served 15 months in Iraq on security patrol when he was killed three days before he was scheduled to return home.
Brynn graduated from high school in 2005 before enlisting in the Army. He loved baseball and snowboarding, and played tennis through high school, turning down several scholarships to join the Army. He felt he was called to serve his country, which he did with passion. Those who served with him said he was an outstanding friend and a great soldier. In an autobiography he had written in seventh grade, Brynn said, “I’d like to be known as a good person. My best characteristics are that I’m polite and trustworthy.”
To his Army family, Brynn was a constant source of encouragement and strength. Even in hard times, he would challenge them to “do what we came here to do.” SPC Naylor had a strong sense of his faith, and wanted to make the transition from ‘green-to-gold’, often telling those that asked why he was never scared “I’m not afraid to do this because if something happens to me, I know where I’m going.” He never shied from sharing his faith, and on the night before he died, he re-enlisted to begin the process of becoming an Army Chaplain.
Family and friends referred to him as a “gentle giant,” who genuinely cared for all people and always made time for loved ones. “It’s amazing how much life he packed into those 21 years,” said Bernarr Treat, a friend of the family. “Death has taken a very special young man, but death will never steal our special memories of him.”
SPC Brynn J. Naylor 21 years old from Shallowater, Texas
Original portrait was presented May 15, 2009 to Brynn’s mother and immediate family during a special event honoring Gold Star families in Amarillo, Texas.
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