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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 5:19pm
Fort Bliss, TX (KDBC) — SPC. Kyle Stoeckli was killed in action in Afghanistan early June after a roadside bomb exploded. He was an Assistant Gunner and Vehicle Commander with the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regimen Combat team, 1st Armored Division with the Army.
Family and fellow soldiers attended the event and remembered the always smiling soldier who could lift anyone's spirit. Friends said SPC Stoeckli always had a smile on his face and jokes to liven up the room. "If somebody was having a bad day he would always come up to you and cheer you up. He was really funny always had good jokes," SPC Augustus Pennock said.
The good natured soldier also wore his sense of humor on his elbow. "He was kind of a hippy sometimes," SPC Pennock explained, "He had a peace sign tattooed on his elbow."
Stoeckli's mother and sister attended the memorial at Fort Bliss but did not want to speak on camera. However, his friend SPC Augustus Pennock who also served in the same company, shared fond memories of the late soldier with us.
"He was the kind of person that would give you the shirt off his back even if it was his last shirt," Pennock said.
SPC Stoeckli is originally from Richmond, VA. He will always be remembered as a decorated soldier. Awarded with 11 honors, including The Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medal.
"He was a really good guy. We're going to miss him. Everybody, everybody is going to miss him," Pennock explained. But Pennock and the rest of Stoeckli's fellow soldiers are keeping his legacy alive in a very permanent way. "A lot of us are actually going to go out and get the same probably peace sign tattoo that he had on his elbow. Just to bring [sic] him alive."