(WINFIELD, Kan.) — Bringing Osama bin Laden to justice was the mission of every U.S. soldier fighting in Afghanistan, including 23 year-old Sergeant Tyler Juden.
The Army sniper was killed in action before he could see the mission completed.
"He would have been proud," said Reatha Juden.
As she flipped through the pages of a photo album of her son's funeral, Mrs. Juden reflected on all he learned during two tours in Afghanistan.
"They (young soldiers) go in wanting to kill as many Al Qaedas as they can, but as they go through that they realize this killing is not as much fun as I thought it would be," she said.
Sgt. Juden died September 12, 2009, after his vehicle was struck by a rocket propelled grenade during a long and intense firefight with the enemy.