Friends, family remember Hawaii soldier killed in Afghanistan

First Lieutenant Jonathan Brostrom
First Lieutenant Jonathan Brostrom
Ryan Subia
Ryan Subia
Mike Normand
Mike Normand

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It was the deadliest attack on American forces in Afghanistan in three years and we find out the attack also hits close to home.

Another Hawaii solider's life has been lost in the fight for freedom.

First Lieutenant Jonathan Brostrom of Aiea was one of nine soldiers killed Sunday after Afghan insurgents attacked his unit.

First Lieutenant Brostrom was the type of guy everyone loved. A natural leader, he loved his friends, family and his country.

"You always wish it's not your son or your friend or someone from your school, it just happened that way," said Brent Limos, a Damien School student.

"It's pretty shocking," said Ryan Subia, a former classmate.

The death of First Lieutenant Jonathan Brostrom has left friends and family and his former school stunned.

"He was only 24-years old," said Limos. "He just graduated from Damien a few years ago. He was starting his life. He was a lieutenant in the army. We were all proud of him."

Losing their oldest son has shattered his family.

"This is an extremely difficult time for us and we are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and Aloha," said Col. David Brostrom, Jonathan's father.

A father to his son Jase, a leader to those who followed his command. High school friends remember the cheerful soldier as the class clown.

"He used to go around lunchtime and blow out all the fuses and plugs," said Subia.

"Jonathan would sit right here in my science class," said teacher Mike Normand.

While showing sides of silliness, Brostrom's sophomore science teacher says he was respectful and responsible.

"He was one of those kids that you didn't have to explain right from wrong," said Normand.

Memories are now all that's left to tell the story of this fallen soldier. A natural leader, a dedicated friend, it's a life lost at the cost of freedom.

"He was a proud father, a loving brother and cherished son. He was our world and we will miss him more than words can express," said Col. David Brostrom.

Brostrom's funeral is tentatively scheduled for next Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Kaneohe Veterans Ceremony, where he will be buried with full military honors.

He had been serving about a year on his first tour overseas.