AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Family: Meridian Soldier Wonderful,Outgoing Man
Courtesy of the Murach familyMay 6, 2013 Meridian PressSpc. Thomas Paige Murach of Meridian is among the five Fort Bliss soldiers killed by aroadside bomb in Afghanistan over the weekend.Murach, 22, was with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss.An Army statement Monday identified the dead as Murach, Spc. Kevin Cardoza of Mercedes, Texas; 1st Lt. Brandon James Landrum of Lawton, Okla.; Staff Sgt. FrancisGene Phillips IV of Meridian, N.Y.; and 24-year-old Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott of Bend, Ore.“Tom was a wonderful, outgoing man who lived his life to the fullest. He was verygregarious and kind, and was always quick with a laugh and a smile for friends andacquaintances alike. We couldn’t imagine that anybody could meet him and not likehim,” Murach's family said in a statement.