Honolulu city council honors fallen soldier

Mary Jo Brostrom
Mary Jo Brostrom

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Honolulu city councilmembers paid their respects to the Brostrom family of Aiea. Just last month, their son Jonathan died in Afghanistan.

At Wednesday's city council meeting, they honored the University of Hawaii and Damien Memorial School graduate.

"Described as a hardworking student with good leadership qualities, he was a natural-born athlete who loved to surf and play hockey," said Charles Djou, councilmember.

Brostrom was based in Italy, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regimen Airborne, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. On July 13, the 24-year-old died of wounds suffered during combat operations.

"Jonathan died for the love of a country and especially for the love of the soldiers he was trying to save that day. We just hope that those 9 soldiers who died, on July 13, that their memory will live on forever as heroes," said David Brostrom, father.

His parents and brother, appreciate this recognition, and thank the people of Hawaii for their support. But it's still difficult for them to move on.

"I miss everything about him. He was a fun-loving young man, and we just miss him terribly," said Mary Jo Brostrom, mother.

Lt. Brostrom would've celebrated his 25th birthday on Aug. 22.