Brandon A. Meyer, 20
That was my moment knowing he was not that little boy anymore and he was a man. He knew in life what he wanted to do and that was to go be in arms with his brothers. I just cried like it was the last time I was going to see him, not knowing it actually was.
— Genia Meyer, mother, on the last time she saw her son
His family called Meyer a faithful Lutheran and a patriot. He married his wife shortly before they went to basic training. They had decided to enlist together.