Photo courtesy of 2nd Lt. Jeffrey
2nd Lt. Jeffrey Fullmer, I Corps
Artillery, Utah National Guard, served
with 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell at Camp
Shelby, Miss., and in Afghanistan.
— I didn’t know very much
about infantry tactics when I went to Camp Shelby. In fact,
any random civilian is probably tougher than me. But I was
deployed to be an infantry ETT mentor and I swore I would
It was as hot as hell in
Shelby. No, it was hotter. Upon arrival, we piled off the
dirty bus, and I cringed at our ramshackle barracks. I stood
in shock: Shelby was far from the Hilton.
“You coming, man?” a
towering man called out. I read his nametag: Lundell.
Scott Lundell was a second
lieutenant, an engineer officer in the 19th
Special Forces Group, out of Utah. He was a big man with a
big heart. He majored in economics and we would frequently
debate the merits of Adam Smith and Karl Marx in our muggy
barracks. He was one of few people that could put up with my
tedious rants. But most important, he taught me how to be a
Scott went out of his way
to teach me how to fire my rifle and how to draw my pistol.
He taught me how to knife fight—just in case. He was the
best infantryman that I ever knew.
Then it was time to
graduate from Shelby University. When we arrived at Kandahar
Air Field, our unit was split apart, blown to the four
winds. He became an infantry-company mentor and I did not.
Scott immediately went to
the field after arriving at Kandahar. Maj.
Lear, who was Scott’s team chief in the 3rd
Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Regional
Corps Assistance Command, said that he was, “instantly
impressed with Scott. He was dedicated entirely to the
Special Forces mission.”
A few weeks later, Scott
came back to train the Afghan National Army
(ANA) 2nd Company, 3rd Kandak. He
oversaw the refitting and training of that company with so
much skill that his training program became the standard
four-week training program for the ANA in the area.
After his company
completed its training cycle, it left for its assigned area
of operations. Scott
led them in roughly six arduous combat missions and was
involved in enemy contact several times.
In the third week of
November, in the cold of the late autumn, Scott learned that
the Taliban were preparing to set up a massive ambush. He
courageously rushed to the fight, to prevent the ambush from
becoming fully developed. Several dozen Taliban were
assembled. He heroically led the ANA into a crucial battle
that led to the destruction of the mammoth Taliban force.
Tragically, during the fierce firefight, he was shot and
Yet this is the road he
chose for himself, a path of heroism and self-sacrifice.
His noble destiny was to serve his country.
Words cannot do justice to
the kind of man that Scott was, so I won’t try. Let me just
say that he was one of the rare types who sees life as a
quest to do good. He was in the Army to help people, to be a
hero. He got his wish: He was a true American hero, and his
heroism was sealed with his own blood. He made me want to be
a better Soldier.
Scott Lundell, you will be
Jeffrey Fullmer served with Lundell in Afghanistan.
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