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Former soldier dies in Kuwait

Thursday, November 2, 2006

A former Oxford man who served a tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom was killed in a motorcycle crash Oct. 18 in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Brandon Spencer Koch, 27, was riding his Italian style motorcycle to work when he crashed into another vehicle, said Koch's mother, Dolly Koch.

"This is bad, really bad," Dolly Koch said. "He was a great kid. He was my boy."

Honorably discharged from the Army as a staff sergeant in 2004, Koch was working as a senior communications technician for General Dynamics, based in Tampa Bay, Fla., his mother said.

General Dynamics provides technology information for the Defense Department, intelligence agencies, The Department of Homeland Security, and private industry, according to its Web site.

Koch, a 1997 graduate of Izard County Consolidated High School, lived in Kuwait City after being discharged from the Army, Dolly Koch said.

While attending high school, Koch was a member of the 1995 ICC quiz bowl team that won a state championship in their classification.

ICC Superintendent Fred Walker, who coached the team, said Koch was a natural leader.

"He was a good student and it's a tragedy what happened to him," Walker said.

Following his graduation from high school, Koch joined the Army.

A published author, Koch served as a member of the Joint Communications Support Element and the Iraqi Provisional Government Communications Task Force, Dolly Koch said. She said her son was a certified scuba diver and even worked as a paratrooper while in the Army.

"He was adventurous," Dolly Koch said. "He liked to try all sorts of new things. He did a lot of things in his life that he could boast about, but he never did. That wasn't Brandon."

"I'm going to miss his way of life, his actions," said Brian Thomas, a friend of Koch's. "I loved his willingness to live as free as he wanted too."

Dolly Koch said her mother, a sister and aunt have all died within the last two years, which makes the loss of her son even more painful.

"I'm in a fog right now and I don't know if I will ever come out of it," Dolly Koch said.

In 1986 Koch's father, Curtis Eugene Koch, died from a brain tumor. He was 49.

"They're together now," Dolly Koch said of her son and late husband. "If he can't be with me then I'm glad he's with him."

The funeral service for Koch will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Calico Rock.

Koch will be buried in the Wideman Cemetery following his funeral service.

Details of Koch's crash were unavailable as of press time.

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