Sunday, November 14, 2010

Army Spc. Scott T. Nagorski

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Scott T. Nagorski, 27, of Greenfield, Wis.

Spc Nagorski was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Nov. 14, 2010 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

The family of Army Specialist Scott Nagorski is talking for the first time since hearing of their son's death in Afghanistan. Nagorski turned 27 years old on November 13th. 24 hours later, enemy fighters shot and killed him and four other soldiers.

Scott Kurath says a visitor to his Franklin home Sunday at 11:10 a.m. could only mean one thing. "I knew before I opened the door. When you have a son in Afghanistan and you have the military standing outside your door in class-A uniforms it's not going to be good," said Kurath.

Nicole Jasinki says through Nagorski's good nature, he was an older brother who kept her safe long before he became a soldier. "We were very close growing up. Even as a kid he was my hero. Yep it's hard I do miss him. When he was over there it's going to be hard," said Jasinski.

Ironically, as the Kurath family spoke Friday, it was the first birthday of Nagorski's only child, Melody. Nagorski's wife Nadine is still in Clarksville, TN for the short term. She has plans to relocate in southeast Wisconsin.

Franklin High School is remembering a student who grew up, and became a soldier. He was known as a giving man, and in Afghanistan he gave his all.

Enemy fighters opened fire on a US Army unit in Afghanistan Sunday. The small arms attack killed five, Army Specialist Scott Nagorski was among the five killed in this attack.

Nagorski's High School Counselor Keith Decker says the 2002 graduate had an interest in horticulture and cooking, but became an army infantry man in July 2006. Decker says, "I would certainly hold him up as an example to our students and say hey this is a person that you would be honored to be like him."

Long time Franklin teacher Andrew Misorski remembers how Nagorski reached out and related to everyone. Misorski said, "Kids who were struggling and having a hard time, Scott just had a way of working with these students and settling them down, and making them feel comfortable, and Scott had a real gift for that."

From Franklin to Afghanistan, Nagorski's war time death is shocking, but not his enduring work ethic and drive. Misorski says, "There's a lot of value in what Scott represented as a young man. He made a choice to serve and protect us there's a lot of valor i that choice alone."

Nagorksi is survived by his family in Wisconsin, as well as his wife Nadine and one year old daughter Melody in Clarksville, TN.

Army Spc. Scott T. Nagorski was killed in action on 11/14/10.

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