Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Friends of 28 year old Sgt. Aaron Whittman are making sure his legacy is remembered.
While pictures help to remember 28 year old, Sgt. Aaron Wittman, the Citadel graduate who died in combat in Afghanistan; for Wittman's friend and Freshman year roommate, the photos are not enough.
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"What can I say about him? He had an infectious smile that we all loved. Just a very down to Earth humble guy," said Robby Jackson. "He was the first U.S. casuality in 2013."
Robby Jackson, with the help of the help of the Citadel Foundation in Charleston, has started a scholarship in honor of the fallen soldier.
"I think to date we have roughly forty thousand dollars. Our goal is sixty two five," said Jackson. "He would probably say we're stupid, or crazy, and laugh about the whole thing. He'd probably say why me? I'm not deserving, but he is."
The scholarship will be set up to assist active caddets at the Citdel.
"Our goal is to reach a fully funded endowment which will ensure that it is a lifelong scholarship and not just a temporary thing.">
Jackson says Aaron had the option to stay in school, but decied anyway to go serve his country. Now his college roommate is making sure others remember that service.
"Being a military guy and dying in the line of duty, I think it is our duty to uphold his legacy and support it anyway we can."
This April, more than forty Citadel cadets will run in Whitman's honor.
If you would like to donate, you can visit the Citadel Foundation website.