22-year-old Terry Gordon of Clarke County was deployed to Afghanistan back in August, and Wednesday the Fallen Soldier’s body arrived at Meridian’s Key Field for a private ceremony with family.
"He died doing something, serving the country and something that he loved to do," says Gordon’s father, Terry.
The U.S. Army Specialist was one of five soldiers who died when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.
Gordon joined the Army after he graduated from high school and this was his first deployment.
The Gordon family says they first found out about his death through Facebook and it wasn't’t confirmed until the following day.
"Oh man I like lost my mind. I mean, that was my only son and his life was just beginning," says Terry.
Family friend, Lillian Donald describes Gordon, "He had a good spirit, no matter where you saw Terry he's smiling; like I said, he was humble, very respectable. Whatever you asked him to do; he was going to do it. "
Gordon had nine and a half months left to serve his country. Family members say he was scheduled to come home on his 23rd birthday.
The funeral for Gordon is this Saturday in Quitman. The public is invited to pay respects to Gordon along the route from the funeral home in Meridian at 9 a.m. to Quitman’s high school auditorium. The service will follow at 11 a.m.