Army CPT Kyle A. Comfort

Army CPT Kyle A. Comfort

KIA May 8, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom

Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia

Army CPT Kyle Comfort died May 8, 2010, inNow Zad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. The combat operation in which he was involved led to the discovery of a large IED factory, according to an Army news release.

“Kyle’s main purpose in life was to make a difference,” said his wife, Brooke Comfort. “He was a hero. He died for his country. He died doing what he loved. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful soldier.” The couple married in October 2005 and had a daughter, Kinleigh Ann. Kyle graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2006 with a degree in criminal justice. His father, the late Kenneth A. Comfort, retired from the Army as a First Sergeant. Brooke recalled that his mother (Ellen Comfort) said it best, “Kyle never saw the gray clouds. He saw the silver lining and the rainbow on the other side. It did not matter what the situation was, he always saw the best in it. If there was any good, he saw it even if no one else did.”

In a blog post titled Distance means nothing, Kyle wrote, “Everyday I wake up to see these men of Bravo Company take another step closer towards freedom. Not just freedom for themselves, for you or for me, but for the people of Iraq… I can stare any one of these men in the face and read the story of what it is to serve honorably. I did not KNOW honor until I served with these Soldiers. I am truly a blessed man who has been given all that I have ever asked. My reward is to have this opportunity to serve along side them… America, sleep soundly tonight. The Soldiers of Bravo Company will tuck you in with the power of freedom and all that it offers. They will ask nothing of you and it is likely they never will. When you see these few, these happy few, tell them you love them for their sacrifice and that you slept well tonight.”

CPT Kyle Comfort was 27 years old from Jacksonville, Alabama

Original portrait was presented November 16, 2014 to his family during a special event hosted by the Lead The Way Fund in New York, NY

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