South-Central Kentucky Soldier To Be Buried

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) - A funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon for a south-central Kentucky soldier who died last week from wounds suffered in Afghanistan.

Pfc. Brian L. Gorham of Woodburn died Jan. 1 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, of wounds suffered when the Humvee he was riding in rolled over a bomb in December.

The 21-year-old Woodburn native was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Italy.

Funeral services will be held at Crafton Funeral Home in Franklin at 2 p.m. CST with burial at Hillsdale Cemetery.

On Saturday, fellow Army soldiers transported his flag-draped casket through Woodburn into Franklin ahead of the visitation.

Gorham's father, Toney Gorham, was surprised by the turnout at visitation over the weekend, during which hundreds signed a guestbook.

"It's hard to believe that so many people, a lot of them I don't know, walk up to you and shake your hand or pat you on the back and say, 'We're proud that your son fought for us and sacrificed for us,"' Toney Gorham said.

Brian Gorham's uncle, Charles Rigsby, said he had not talked with Brian once he shipped out to Afghanistan, but remembered his nephew being proud to be in the military. Gorham could have been promoted to Ranger because he was such a fast learner, Rigsby said.

"He was moving up in the ranks in the ROTC and I was told he was one of the fastest learners," said Rigsby, who lives near Richardsville. "He took pride in what he was doing."

Information from: Daily News,

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