Rembering Scott Lundell:

2nd Lt. Jeffrey Fullmer, I Corps Artillery

Utah National Guard

 

Posted December 14, 2006

       

 

2nd Lt. Jeffrey Fullmer, I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, served with 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell at Camp Shelby, Miss., and in Afghanistan.

Photo courtesy of 2nd Lt. Jeffrey Fullmer

2nd Lt. Jeffrey Fullmer, I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, served

with 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell at Camp Shelby, Miss., and in Afghanistan.

KABUL, 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 learn.

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 Soldier.

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 died. 

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 sorely missed. 

2nd Lt. Jeffrey Fullmer served with Lundell in Afghanistan.

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