CBSNEWS.COM - To Army Sgt. Sean Reynolds, serving as an Army Ranger was a way to help people in need. Although his family was adamantly anti-war when he enlisted right after high school, they understood what drove him.
"He wanted to fight for people's justices - no matter who they were," said his older brother, Kevin. "He said, `You may not agree with me politically, but give me a chance."'
Reynolds, 25, of East Lansing, Mich., and based in Italy, died May 3 in a weapon accident in Iraq.
"He was a good man," said his sister Kathleen, 19. "We are very proud of what he was doing. He believed in protecting our country."
Staff Sgt. Chad Everett, who served with Reynolds for nearly six years, called the soldier one of the best friends he will ever have.
"He gave his all for the Rangers, was very motivated and disciplined - and cared a lot about his soldiers and his job."