Sergeant William Bowling died Sunday when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb. Bowling is from Beattyville in Lee County.
Wednesday night his family speaks out about the soldier who died protecting his country. He was a father, brother, son and husband and now the 24 year-old from the small eastern Kentucky town is remembered as a hero.
"He always held his head up and had a smile on face and love in his heart," said Stanley Terry, Bowling's step-father.
Stanley says," I'm so proud and I know God is watching over him now."
Bowling was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when his convoy came across some roadside bombs. But Bowling's vehicle also hit one of the bombs, it killed him and four others. The accident came just a few weeks before Bowling was to come home to visit his pregnant wife and 19 month-old baby.
As the family grieves Terry says there's peace knowing Bowling died doing something he believed in.
Bowling joined the army in 2003. The governor has ordered flags to be lowered at all state building at half staff in his honor.
Those flags will remain at half-staff until Bowling's burial which has not yet been set.