Sgt. Brett M. Hershey of State College, Pennsylvania was a 2000 graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis, He was just seven credits shy of graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington, when he left for Afghanistan. Friends and teachers recount that at North Central, Brett was a model student with an ever-present smile, who was involved in religious groups, varsity lacrosse and student government. He was funny, witty and passionate about just sucking the marrow out of life. He always wanted people to know they were loved. Brett was killed while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom. He leaves behind his mother Roxanne; his father Roger; his sister Abby; his brother Nathan and his sister Nicole. He was killed when a mine detonated near his military vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan at age 23.
Army National Guard 76th Infantry Brigade Indianapolis, Indiana