Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Army Maj. Scott A. Hagerty

Remember Our Heroes

Army Maj. Scott A. Hagerty, 41, of Stillwater, Okla.

Major Hagerty was assigned to the 451st Civil Affairs Battalion, Pasadena, Texas; died June 3, 2008 in Zormat, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

STILLWATER — Maj. Scott A. Hagerty was called selfless by his family.

The 24-year veteran was killed this week doing what he loved — serving his country, his family said.

Hagerty, 41, was one of two U.S. soldiers who died Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded next to their military vehicle while they were on patrol in Zormat, Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday.

A statement released Thursday by Hagerty's family said, "Scott was very proud of his career in the Army, and we know he died doing what he loved — serving his country.

"When called up for duty, he went willingly and proudly as a duty-bound soldier does.”

Hagerty was a Reservist serving as a civil affairs officer with the 451st Civil Affairs Battalion based in Pasadena, Texas.

An Army casualty officer was with Hagerty's family Thursday morning and the family referred all comment to the officer.

Maj. Steve Wuensche said funeral arrangements are pending. The family is still waiting for Hagerty's body to be returned home.

Hagerty leaves behind a wife, Daphne, and two sons, Jonathan, 10, and Samuel, 20 months. They live in Stillwater.

Hagerty was a 1984 graduate of Stillwater High School and a 1993 graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a bachelor's degree in political science. He was employed by National Standard, an industrial wire manufacturer headquartered in Stillwater.

Hagerty enlisted in the Army in 1983 while in high school through the delayed entry program, which allows recruits to gain rank before basic training.

He served active duty enlistments as an infantryman and an air defense artilleryman, with 12 months in South Korea.

During his Reserve career, Hagerty was commissioned a field artillery officer.

He was commissioned through ROTC at Oklahoma State University and then completed the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill. He served 11 years with the 291st Regiment (Training Support) in Oklahoma before transferring to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) in 2004.

Hagerty received numerous military honors, including two Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals and a Korean Defense Service Medal.

Army Maj. Scott A. Hagerty was killed in action on 06/03/08.

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