HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -
Officials have announced the death of an Army soldier from Georgia killed in Afghanistan.
Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine, of McDonough, died from injuries June 7, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
Goodine was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Channel 2's Carl Willis spoke with the family of the fallen soldier, a 20-year-old father who adored his
3-year-old daughter, Katie.
Goodine's brother said his valiant efforts even inspired him to fight for the country.
"I followed his footsteps. He joined three months before me," Christopher Goodine said. "To have a younger brother who looks up to you and you look up to him in the same way, it means a lot."
Brandon Goodine attended Henry County High School and later, a school in Greenville, and joined the Navy ROTC, showing an interest in serving early in life.
"He never quit," his brother said. "He was one of those people if you looked at him and said he couldn't do something, he went out and proved you wrong."
Loved ones said he died doing what he loved.
"Brandon knew the dangers of going (into the service), but Brandon said he wanted to make a difference. He wanted to help in any way that he could and he did," Goodine's aunt Denise Goodine Hock said.
Heartbroken family members said they will always remember the
headstrong go-getter, who could light up a room with his smile.
"Now that my brother is amongst the few that have given their
lives' all, I hope that everybody knows that he loved the United States."