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BURLESON -- The lawnmower cranked on and the sweat began to pour, but it was just a small gesture to honor a great sacrifice.

It's horrible. I mean, he's over there fighting for us to be safe and stuff, Brett Bolejack said.

He is part of the lawn crew that cares for a home in Burleson; a home with a yellow ribbon wrapped around a tree and four small American flags beneath it. A lawn where three kids have no doubt played with their daddy; a daddy who gave all.

Army Specialist William Moody graduated from Burleson High School in 2002 and joined the Army in 2004. He was a married father of three. Photos he and his wife posted on Facebook show a couple deeply in love, raising a family that loved to laugh.

Two days after Father's Day, at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a rocket the Taliban claims it launched killed William Moody and three other American soldiers. Moody was on his third tour of duty.

His 13 awards included the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Driver s Badge for Wheeled Vehicles, according to a release from the Department of Defense.

Two others in his unit, the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division were also killed. Those soldiers were Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island, S.C., and Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash. They served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic and as a motor transport operator, respectively.

The additional soldier killed was Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla, assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade.

At Moody's home in Burleson, Bolejack shared a brief memory.

He seemed like a very nice guy, he said, very caring, spending time with his kids, enjoying time home when he had a chance to be here.

The two met for the first time two months ago, when the soldier was home on leave.

When Bolejack heard about Moody's death, he had to do something. So he came to the home to mow for free. And he'll keep coming back, just to give a little back to a man and a family who gave all.

We're gonna do it the rest of the year, and not charge them anything, he said. I think it's worth it.

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WFAA.com's Josh Davis contributed to this report

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