Monday, April 04, 2011

Army Sgt. Scott H. Burgess

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Scott H. Burgess, 32, of Franklin, Texas

Sgt Burgess was assigned to 1st Battalion, 84th Field Artillery Regiment, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Baumholder, Germany; died April 4, 2011 of wounds sustained from small-arms fire in Faryab province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Sgt. Michael S. Lammerts.

U.S. Army Sergeant Scott Burgess died after being shot while on guard duty in Afghanistan and now the community of Franklin is remembering their hometown hero.

The tight-knit community of Franklin is coping with the loss of Scott Burgess.

He served in the Army for ten years and was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

News 3 spoke with his mother-in-law and she told us he died doing a job he was committed to and loved.

"Family peaceful man you couldn't ask for a better guy," said Marsha Juhl, mother-in-law of U.S. Army Sergeant Scott Burgess.

The community of Franklin is mourning the loss of one of their own.

On Monday U.S. Army Sergeant Scott Burgess died in the line of duty in Faryab Province, Afghanistan.

Burgess was married to Marsha Juhl's daughter Jennifer.

"Scott was the gentlemen. His mom and dad must have raised him well I mean he was a very yes 'mam, no 'mam, he still opens the doors for his wife and children or any woman. He was very polite. He was quiet but funny, he was a helper, he would do anything for you," said Marsha Juhl of Franklin.

Scott's wife and two young daughters are returning to Franklin after being on base in Baumholder, Germany since January.

"His parents are taking it as well they should really hard and they live in North Texas in Mabank so they're not here at the moment. But, yes we're doing ok. Jennifer has a lot of strength and especially being overseas," Juhl said.

Burgess attended Franklin High School in the mid 90's and was a member of the Future Farmers of America.

His wife also went there.

According to media reports Burgess and another man, 26- year-old Sgt. Michael Lammerts of New York died after they were shot by a man dressed like an Afghan police officer.

While a family comes to grips with the loss, Marsha Juhl said knowing that her son-in-law died for his country offers a sense of solace.

"Very honored, very privileged yes to know that he did or that, yes... I mean we could not be more proud of him," she said.

A ceremony date has not been set yet but his wife Jennifer is returning to Texas Thursday. It's unclear when his remains will come in from Dover Air Base in Delaware.

Army Sgt. Scott H. Burgess was killed in action on 4/4/11.

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