Details on \'Bachelorette\' Fave Luke Pell\'s Army Past, Tragic Loss
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Details on ‘Bachelorette’ Fave Luke Pell’s Army Past, Tragic Loss

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There's a lot more to Bachelorette 2016 contestant Luke Pell than being a hunky frontrunner.

The 31-year-old opened up to JoJo Fletcher during their 1-on-1 date this week, sharing more about his life before going on reality TV.

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During the date, Luke explains how he got recruited to play football at West Point for college and went into the military as a lieutenant after that. He then went to Afghanistan, where a childhood friend was tragically killed in action.

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The Nashville resident recently posted a tribute to his friend on Instagram, sharing a heartfelt photo on Memorial Day.

He wrote, "Every #MemorialDay for me is about keeping CPT Jason Holbrook's legacy alive. He gave the ultimate sacrifice Aug 2010 in Afghanistan .... Jason and I played football in the church parking lot growing up, graduated from Burnet High School, and he was like a big brother to me at#WestPoint....#alwaysrememberneversurrender #texans #legaciesalive@legaciesalive."

Everything Luke has been through has clearly made him the person he is today, which he candidly spoke about with JoJo. He explained how losing his friend made him recognize how the future isn't guaranteed.

Luke's LinkedIn profile goes into further detail about his time in the Army.

"Luke spent 5 years in the United States Army as a platoon leader, fire direction officer, fire support officer and finally as a battalion operations officer. His time in the military was spent in several different organizations and leadership cultures including units within the 101st Airborne Division and Division West First Army," the profile says.

As for the end of his time in the military, the profile says, "He spent the last two years of his military time working with senior military leaders across the country in US Army Reserve Commands and multiple National Guard units developing unique deployment plans and training programs to fit the US Army’s rapidly evolving missions around the world. He left active duty as a Captain in early 2012."

Now, Luke's occupation is labeled "entrepreneur," which we know includes pursuing a singing career.