August 11th, 2011
01:54 PM ET

Boy's ode to fallen dad inspires tearful responses

The story of a 10-year-old who posted an iReport honoring his dad who died in the recent Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan has sparked a huge outpouring from CNN.com readers.

It was Braydon Nichols' desire, his mother, Jessica Nichols, told CNN that his dad not just be another faceless casualty in the nearly decade-long war. The boy wanted the world to see his father's face, just as news reports showed the faces of other soldiers who lost their lives in the crash. So on his iReport, Braydon posted a picture of Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, a pilot, in his jump uniform sitting next to other soldiers.

"Braydon wanted people to know that Bryan was a daddy and a good daddy," his mother told CNN.

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  1. Hans B. Pandjaitan

    Dear Braydon:
    I have always believed that God never gives cross to bear larger than we can carry. No matter what, He wants us to be happy. Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we? Look not mournfully into the past; it returns no more, wisely improve the present and go forth into the shadowy future without fear and with manly heart. God Bless You and your Mom, Braydon!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mikey

    Regardless of all the politics and all the hate and propaganda, a boy misses and grieves for his father.

    Wish I could hug him and give him comfort. Don't let cruel and mean bullies mess with your head Braydon. Those who would be especially cruel act that way only because they are at a distance and cannot be held accountable (as they should be!) for their atrocious behavior.

    You are loved, by those who really count in your life, as you loved your Dad. Nothing else matters.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Mikey – I defined this boy as a victime. Conversely you warmongers are responsible for the hate environment and rhetoric that pushed his father to die.

      August 12, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, Il

        I'M A MAN WHO HATES EVIL AND IF THAT MAKES ME A WARMONGER SO BE IT!

        August 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Respecting a son's grief IN NO WAY makes me a war monger.

      August 12, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. thomas j parker

    Get Out of Afgainstan, and take care of our on!!we give and give to other countries just to pay them off to [BE OUR FRIENDS [o'no]

    August 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrea Warner

    Dear sweet Braydon...

    Youur story has touched me deeply. Not only is your daddy a Hero but he is an inspiration to to many people around the world. He was handpicked by God to fight this special fight and his reward is eternity in heaven. Your dad has saved thousands among thousands of lives and he will never be forgotten. He lives not only in you but in the faces of those that he's saved. While were down here mourning his death he's smiling down on you at the right hand of God saluting those who continue to fight for what he believed in. The good thing is little man...you can count on seeing him again. God is so good and i'm sure your daddy is being well taken care of!! I can promise you i'll do what I can to make sure everyone I know remebers your Dad. He's my hero too 🙂 because of him, he helped this world become a better place. He is so lucky to have such a brave son! I salute to your father Bryan Nichols...a soldier, a father,a husband, and a child of God. May Bryan Nichols rest in peace, and while he's gone, he's never forgotten.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kolawole Ajao

      A very nice post and convey what is the truth of the whole matter.
      Thank you, Andrea.

      August 12, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |