Thursday, July 14, 2011

Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers, 27, of Mount Olivet, Ky.

Sgt Summers was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 14, 2011 in Paktia province, Afghanistan, after enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire on July 13.

Sgt Summers graduated from Bracken County High School in 2002. He attended college before joining the Army in 2005.

Sgt Summers had previously been deployed to Iraq and had served in Korea. He was due to come home in one week when he was killed.

Great aunt, Rita Salaimeh, said Jeremy has been doing what he wanted to do, serving in the military. "He was a good boy", she said.

"I cannot say it in words of how appreciative, how thankful, and how proud of Jeremy that I am," said his father, Mike Summers, who retired from the Army. "I am so honored that he followed in our footsteps and went into the military," said his father.

"You can't really prepare yourself for something like this, but we are doing the best we can," said mother, Laura Jo, who had served four years. "I've always been proud of him, he's always worked hard at everything he's ever wanted to do," his mother said.

Sgt Summers' awards and decorations include:

Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Army Good conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Combat Action Badge

Sgt Summers is survived by his parents, Laura and Mike; brother, Austin and sister, Jessica.

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