Sunday, July 31, 2011

Army Pfc. Brice M. Scott

Remember Our Heroes

Army Pfc. Brice M. Scott, 22, of Columbus, Ga.

Pfc. Scott was assigned to 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died July 31, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

Pfc Scott and two others were working a security checkpoint when they were ambushed by eight fighters.

This was his first deployment. He deployed in March and was last stateside in May for a two-week visit with his wife and daughters in Kansas.

Pfc Scott graduated from North Eugene High School in Oregon, where he was a football player and became interested in the Job Corps (free federal education and training program that helps young people find jobs).

After training at a Job Corps site in Yachats, Scott got a degree in carpentry in 2006 through the organization. He worked as a carpenter in Newport and Albany, but
lost his job about two years ago in the economic crash. Continuing a family tradition and to support his family, he joined the military.

According to his father, Steven Scott, a former tank commander, more than a half-dozen ancestors and relatives have served overseas with distinction.

“Brice was a super soldier,” father, Steven, said. “He did what he was supposed to do. He did it in an outstanding fashion, and he lived up to the expectation of all of us who have gone before.”

“For a young man, he was the best father I’d ever seen,” his father said.

Pfc Scott spent summers in Florence with a grandfather, Tim Robins, where Scott liked to ride the sand dunes in an ATV and tool around in his sports car, a Nissan 300ZX.

Described by his grandfather as a “tall, good-looking” young man, he said Scott grew up playing paintball and other war games, and was virtually unbeatable at the simulation-shooter video game, “Halo.”and had became an excellent marksman in the Army.

Scott was the “baby doll” of the family on whom relatives doted, said his cousin, Sarah Hemple.

Sarah recalled a recent conversation she had with Scott, who In response to a comment by Scott that explosions were going off as he was typing at a computer keyboard, Sarah told him that he should have gone into the military “to be a cook.”

Scott replied, “I joined the Army first and foremost to support myself and family, but I am not someone that can sit behind a desk all day. This is the best job in the world, I don’t care what anyone says.”

Pfc Scott is survived by his mother, Carol; father, Steven; wife, Dell and their daughters, Celina, age 3, and Mia, age 1.

Army Pfc. Brice M. Scott was killed in action on 7/31/11.

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