On Tuesday, Dauphin County native Sergeant Brian Keith Mowery of the 131st Transportation Company of the Pennsylvania National Guard was laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
The somber memorial began early as nearly a hundred Patriot Guards escorted the Mowery Family from his town of Halifax to Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County.
“If you didn’t get the chance to meet Brian, you’re missed out,” said Bill Christian, a friend and relative of the Mowery’s.
Mowery’s tenure in the military spanned several years, including a tour in Kosovo where he worked with Guardsman Staff Sgt. Dennis Swartz.
“It’s a sad – it’s an unfortunate reality of what we are going. But it hurts. This one is close to home,” he said.
He added, “[Mowery] Damn good friend – the kinda guy you can call in the middle of the night and come help you out.”
Pennsylvania National Guard Major General Wesley Craig said of Mowery, “Just a tremendous individual.”
He added, “The whole family of the 19 thousand guardsmen are part of the Mowery family and share their grief.”
During Tuesday’s ceremony, Mowery was awarded several posthumous medals including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times