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Austin Anderson, a 27-year-old former marine who completed two tours in Iraq, had just graduated from Oral Roberts University with Luce on May 5. Anderson reportedly pulled Luce out of the burning plane, and the two were able to walk to a nearby road for help.

Anderson later died in the hospital, suffering burns over 90 percent of his body.

“It would totally be like Austin’s character,” friend Lauren Rocket told ABC News. “He was such a tough guy, but once you got to know him he was so much a teddy bear.”

Source: Sharde Miller and Kevin Dolak for Good Morning America.

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