(Note: CNN says that Bryan & Braydon are from Kansas state, but all other articles on the internet are saying they’re from Kansas City, MO. We’re going with the rest of the internet on this one.)

A Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan over the weekend, and everyone keeps mentioning the 22 Navy SEALs killed in the tragedy. But Braydon Nichols, a 10 year old boy in Kansas, wants people to remember his father – the U.S. Army pilot of that helicopter.

The boy’s father, 31 year old Bryan Nichols, was a a chief warrant officer with Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 155th Aviation Regiment. The boy sent a picture of his father, along with a short note, to CNN’s iReport, and within 24 hours, Braydon’s post was viewed 20,000 times.

Our condolences go out to Braydon and his family.

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Sauce: CNN