Aubreyana Anderson woke up to one of the worst texts imaginable this morning. It said her friend Josh Barron had died.
"It just hit home," she said.
Anderson met up with Adam Smith, another good friend of Barron's, Tuesday to reminisce and remember a great man.
"He was a stand up guy," Anderson said. "He was always really charismatic and had a big smile."
"It's a hard loss," Smith added. "He was just such an awesome guy."
They said from a young age they always know Barron would serve his country. They described him as a man always up for adventure who "wanted to do something that was bigger than himself."
"He's one of America's best," Smith said.