(Taken from www.wfrv.com) Little Chute (WFRV) - The parents of a fallen Little Chute soldier are calling him a “giving, compassionate and loving hero.”
26 year-old Nickolas Mueller died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week.
Larry and Sharon Mueller told Channel 5’s Jenna Sachs they had spoken to their son less than 24 hours before.
“He was a soldier’s soldier,” said Larry Mueller. “He loved the service. He loved the unit he was with. He loved the guys.”
The Muellers have returned from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where they witnessed their son’s body returned, and met with President Obama.
“We never expected him to give so much attention to us individually,” said Sharon Mueller about the president. “It was emotional. There were tears in his eyes.”
The Muellers say Nick seemed destined to become a member of the Nightstalkers, his elite special operations unit. As a child, he chose wallpaper of fighter pilots.
Nick’s parents believe he will be remembered for his contagious smile, and selfless nature.
“Always put other people first,” said Larry Mueller. “He always did. We loved that he did that.”
The Muellers say they had discussed the possibility of death with their son. When asked about a burial, he told them “a soldier belongs in Arlington.”