BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Master Sergeant Coater Debose, a Mississippi Army Reserve Soldier and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, was buried with full military honors Tuesday in Biloxi. His family would describe him as a small town man with big dreams and an even bigger heart.
"We're all suffering a great loss because of our brother," Jesse DeBose said. "We loved our brother. He was one that stood out tall among all of us and let us know his military strength. How proud he was of his country, and also his family."
The Mississippi Army Reserve Soldier died last month during security force assistance operation. It was only his second deployment.
While he may be gone, friends say the impression he left on the many lives he touched throughout his 55 years on this earth will live on.
"He is one of those soldiers where you get one in 10 like him. I know all of our soldiers are great, don't get me wrong. But Master Sergeant Coater Debose was a cut above the rest and I will cherish my experience with him always. I will attempt for the rest of my life to honor him through my service," 158th Infantry Brigade Commander, Colonel Christopher Forbes said.
"This is someone who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedom. He went beyond the final measure to ensure that families can enjoy themselves in this country. It is our utmost responsibility, duty and honor to give him the honor he so richly deserves," 1st Army Division East, Public Affairs Officer, Amanda Glenn said.
Though his family will forever mourn this loss, they find comfort in knowing he fought a good fight and died protecting and serving his country.
"We should all leave a legacy like that for someone to want to follow after us. It's great to know that we have such a person from little old Stateline Mississippi, a place that has only two four-way stop signs," Jesse said.
There will be a military memorial service for Master Sergeant Debose Friday at 2 PM. That ceremony will take place at Camp Shelby's Joint Forces Training Center.
The funeral was originally set to take place last week, but was pushed back by Hurricane Isaac.