BERLIN - The U.S. Army says a soldier who was deployed to Europe as part of a mission to reassure eastern European allies has been found dead in Germany.
The Atlantic Resolve mission said Tuesday that 1st Sgt. Nicholas S. Amsberry was found near a train station in the German town of Parsberg, and emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene. On Thursday Army officials confirmed the 34-year-old was hit and killed by a train. It's unclear what led up to him being hit.
Amsberry, who was originally from Mesa, Arizona, was deployed to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in nearby Hohenfels.
"We joined the army together. I was 18 he was 19, that was his life," said Kyle Amsberry, Nicholas's brother. "His daughter was mainly the driving force to keeping him in the military."
"He loved his country, loved the mission and knew the need for it."
He was with the 1st Infantry Division and was sent to Europe in September as part of Atlantic Resolve, a mission meant to reassure eastern allies after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
Amsberry was a highly decorated soldier with at least 38 awards under his belt.
"He's not out there saving the world. He doesn't want any of that recognition, doesn't want any attention. But yeah, he's just a great father and brother, and son," said Kyle. "He loved his daughter more than anything. He is the most amazing father, most selfless person out there."