A member of a carry team stands by at Dover Air Force Base, Del., as two American Flag draped transfer cases containing the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ray A. Spencer of Los Angeles, and U.S. Army Private First Class Richard A. Dewater of Topeka, Kan., are lowered to the tarmac, Saturday, April 18, 2009. Spencer and Dewater died in Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Private First Class Richard Dewater's friends and family knew him as Rick, a strong 21 year-old who was convinced that he could change the world.
"I was in love with that boy from the day they put him in my arms. I'll never forget, I can't," said Bob Dewater, Richard's father.
Those close to Rick describe him as the guy you could always count on. At 20 Rick told his father he wanted to join the army. Dewater had his reservations but did not want to hold his son back from his dream. On June sixth Rick graduated. His life moved quickly as he was married on June 17th and then deployed to Afghanistan on July 27th.
On April 15th, PFC Richard Dewater was killed in a coordinated attack by the Taliban in Afghanistan. His sacrifice helped save the lives of every other member of his platoon.
Final funeral arrangements are still in the works but Dewater says it will be Thursday or Friday in Oregon, one of Rick's favorite places.
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