Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed in 2006 when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad -- leaving behind a wife and five children.
Now, 10 years later, a meaningful belonging of Gilbert's has been returned to his family: His third-generation pickup truck, which the 12-year Air Force veteran had sold just before his deployment to Iraq.
With the help of the Folds of Honor foundation -- which provides educational scholarships to the families of the fallen -- and country music singer Lee Brice, Gilbert's 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500 was found, restored and given back to his family in an emotional reunion on Memorial Day.
"This story really hits close to home for me as an F-16 fighter pilot myself," Maj. Dan Rooney, the organization's founder, told Fox News.
Rooney and Brice presented the truck Monday morning to Gilbert's wife, Ginger, and teenage sons on "Fox & Friends."
Brice was approached last year by Gilbert's wife who told him that his song, "I Drive Your Truck," was especially meaningful to her because her husband was forced to sell his third generation family-owned truck before his final deployment.
Brice and Rooney later teamed up to find the truck and return it to Gilbert's sons, one of whom just got his driver's license.
"When we got this truck it was barely driveable," said Rooney.
"It will ultimately end up being the oldest thing in America because this thing will be around for 100 years," he said.
The polished, maroon truck has Gilbert's squadron on the front and his sillouette on the back.
Gilbert's sons, Greyson and Boston, were overcome with emotion as they recalled the memories spent with their father behind the wheel.
"It's his legacy," Rooney said of Gilbert's truck. "And these guys are going to be able to have a piece of Troy."