CBSNEWS.com - When Army Pvt. Johnny Brown, 21, of Troy, Ala., last e-mailed his family, it was to comfort them.
"He told us he was doing what he loved and not to worry about him and should anything happen to just know he was doing what he loved," said Jessica Brown-Tatum, Brown's sister.
Brown, a 21-year-old private from Alabama, was killed April 14 in Baghdad while serving with the 101st Army Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
"He was a big teddy bear and would do anything for you," Brown-Tatum said. "He had a heart of gold. He was brave and we're very proud of him."
Brown decided last fall to enlist in the Army after serving in the reserves, his sister said. His last e-mail arrived less than a week before his death.
"He just e-mailed to let us know he was OK and that they were winding down and he hoped to be home soon," she said.