US Army Specialist Brandon M. Kirton, aged 25, from Centennial, Colorado, died on 18th May 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and mortar rounds.
Spc. Kirton served with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Since joining the Army in January 2008, Spc. Kirton has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for bravery, a Purple Heart for injuries in combat and numerous other medals and ribbons for his service, the Army said.
He leaves his daughter, Heaven Kirton and his parents, Robert and Kathleen Kirton.