Brothers in life and in arms

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - David and Carol Best are as proud of their three solider sons as parents can be.

"I think they must have took after their mama," said David Best. "I'm more apt to get into mischief."

"The main thing that they can tell me is, 'I'm doing fine mama, I'm doing good,'" said Carol Best. "Even if it's two o'clock in the morning or midnight it doesn't matter, as long as I hear their voice on the other end...that's well worth getting up for."

The sons are honoring their country, by serving it.

"Joe is the one that started it all," said Carol. "When he was growing up him and his brothers and cousins would got down here on the creek bank and they would play army and Joe was always the medic. So, he grew up joined the Army and became a medic. That was the hardest thing to when he left to go to basic training...was to see that airplane leave in the sky with him...that was hard cause he was the first one to leave the nest."

And then, there was the youngest Best. Kirk decided to follow his big brother and become a mechanic in Iraq. Little did he know, older brother James would follow him, and become a petroleum supply specialist.

"Then in 2006, the oldest son decided you know, 'I think I'll go join my brothers,'" said Carol. "So, he joined the Army."

The Bests say they want Americans to remember the sacrifices their sons make every moment of their lives.

"I don't think most people really have a clue as to the cost of freedom," said David, choking up a little. "They really don't. We're just proud that they made men, that you can count on."

Men who come from a strong military history whose two grandfathers served with pride. It's no wonder why these East Texas brothers are the best of America's best.

David and Carol say they can't wait to get to see their sons again. They plan on seeing all three of them at least once before the end of this year.

©2009 KLTV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.