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Ten years later, family remembers fallen soldier

Aug. 3, 2013 - 01:14PM   |  
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BRATTLEBORO, VT. — The family of a Brattleboro man killed in Iraq a decade ago says they are remembering the man they consider to be a hero.

Army Pvt. Kyle Gilbert was 20 when he was killed on Aug. 3, 2003 in Baghdad when his unit was attacked.

“We all miss him, that’s for sure,” said Karen Kaiser of Brattleboro, Gilbert’s aunt. “He didn’t even have a chance to grow up.”

She remembers a child who loved Christmas, “even when he was older,” and was a bit of a wisecracker with an unmistakably good heart.

Gilbert graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in 2001 and was in the Army on 9/11, when the United States was attacked.

He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was sent to Iraq earlier in 2003.

Gilbert’s mother Regina Meckle told the Brattleboro Reformer that in her son’s last call home about two weeks before he was killed his last words were “just don’t forget me.”

He hasn’t been forgotten by the family or the community.

In 2004 Brattleboro named a bridge in his memory. A memorial at the edge of the bridge quotes those final words, “just don’t forget me.”

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