Army Staff Sergeant Timothy B- Cole Jr. was remembered as a hero with a big heart who always looked out for others. Cole died June sixth from injuries he suffered when a bomb went off near his patrol unit in As Sadah, Iraq.
He was a cavalry scout with the 82nd Airborne Division's 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
His funeral was held yesterday in Oakdale, Louisiana.
Sergeant Brandon Carpenter is a National Guardsman who first met
Cole when he was 12. Then, they called Cole many things -- funny,
tough, wild and crazy. But now, he says, the right word is hero.
Cole's family says Cole had already survived two bomb attacks before his death. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq and had served one tour in Afghanistan.