TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — It was with mixed emotions that Private First Class Zachery Fuller’s family members greeted Delta flight 2023 on the tarmac of Tampa International Airport. It was the flight on which Fuller’s body was returning home. Tears of sadness were mixed with tears of pride.
The body of the Palmetto soldier who was killed in an Army training accident on June 3 was flown home on Thursday afternoon. PFC Fuller was one of nine Fort Hood soldiers killed earlier this month after being swept away in Texas floodwaters.
The family of Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, was on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport when their loved one’s body arrived.
Fuller entered active duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and had been assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April of 2016. His awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Fuller’s uncle, Benjamin Grant Jr., who served in the military for more than two decades, remembers his nephew as a fine young man. “Outstanding kid. Outstanding kid.” Said Grant. “If there was a kid, a child that would be anything. He would be it.”
Lester Fuller describes his son’s heart as powerful.
“It was uniquely powerful. For his country, his neighbors, his friends, his heart was so big and powerful, that’s all he wanted to do is good for everyone,” the elder Fuller said. “I’m super proud of my son. Everything. All the people he’s helped. His lifestyle that he chose which was just helping others, always. He chose not to drink or smoke. He ate healthy, he loved America. He loved this country and all he wanted to do was serve. “
Fuller is formerly of Fayetteville, North Carolina. His funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Bible Baptist Church located at 1720 6th Ave. West in Palmetto, according to an obituary in the Bradenton Herald.SEE MORE TOP CLICKED STORIES:
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