Utah National Guard Soldier

Dies in Action in Afghanistan

 

Written by Maj. Hank McIntire

Published November 29, 2006

 

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2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell deployed with I Corps Artillery to Afghanistan in June 2006.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Greg Cullis

2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell deployed with

I Corps Artillery to Afghanistan in June 2006.

DRAPER, Utah 2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell, I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, was killed in action Nov. 25 in Afghanistan after his dismounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces.

Lundell, a West Valley City resident, deployed to Afghanistan in June 2006 with I Corps Artillery.The unit is providing training and support the Afghan National Army.

Lundell, 35, enlisted in the Utah National Guard in 2004 with the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 2005 and Engineer Officer Basic Course in 2006. Upon his return from training he volunteered for duty in Afghanistan and transferred to I Corps Artillery.

“I offer my most heartfelt condolences to 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell’s dear wife, children, parents and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and we pledge to support them during this difficult hour,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard. “This is a tragic day for the Utah National Guard and for Lt. Lundell’s fellow Soldiers. We will undertake to do all that we can to support his family and render full military honors.”

Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., also extended his sympathies to Lundell’s family.

"Mary Kaye and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Lt. Scott Lundell,” Huntsman said. “He gave the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom. I pray his family, friends and loved ones will be comforted during this holiday season. As the commander in chief of the Utah National Guard, I extend my personal appreciation and that of all Utahns for the sacrifices of this Soldier and his unit in Afghanistan."

The Utah National Guard has assigned a Casualty Assistance Officer to assist Lundell’s family during this difficult time. This officer provides support to the family in every way possible and serves as the liaison between the family and the military for as long as the family may need.

2nd Lt. Scott Lundell, right, lines up with his fellow Soldiers to board a plane June 9 on the first leg of their deployment to Afghanistan.

Photo by Sgt. Kelly Collett

2nd Lt. Scott Lundell, right, lines up with his fellow Soldiers to board

a plane June 9 on the first leg of their deployment to Afghanistan.

Lundell is the fifth casualty suffered by current members of the Utah National Guard since 9/11 in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Other members of the Utah Guard who have paid the ultimate price include:

  -  Spc. Ryan Stark, a member of the 1-145th Field Artillery, died May 27, 2003, in a military vehicle accident at Tooele Army Depot.

      Staff Sgt. Alan Rogers, a member of the1-211th Aviation, died Sept. 29, 2004, in Afghanistan.

      Sgt. Brandon Thomas, 19th Special Forces Group, died May 7, 2005, in Baghdad while working as a civilian contractor.

      Sgt. 1st Class Ronald T. Wood, a member of the 1-148th Field Artillery, died July 16, 2005, when the humvee in which he was riding was struck by a roadside bomb.

At the news briefing where Utah Guard officials announced Lundell's death, Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen, Assistant Adjutant General - Army, paid tribute to Lundell's life and service.

"He is a fellow warrior and Soldier, great citizen of the state of Utah, wonderful husband and father. He will truly be missed in our ranks."

Brig. Gen. Patrick Wilson, commander of I Corps Artillery, described Lundell as an upbeat, gung-ho Soldier and conveyed his condolences to the family.

"Our hearts go out to the Lundell family and our sympathy and love. We know what we do is dangerous and bears with it many costs. And this is a tremendous cost."

Scott Lundell in his Basic Training photo.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Scott Lundell

Scott Lundell in his Basic Training photo.

From Afghanistan, Col. Jerry Acton, commander of I Corps Artillery (Forward), and Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Stone, wrote this open letter to their Soldiers in tribute to 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell:

"We want to express our deepest sympathies at the loss of our great Soldier, 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell. Those of you who have been working with him these last few months are feeling a pain and sadness that we are sure is overwhelming at times.   

"Scott was a great officer and soldier. We will always remember him as a giant spiritually and physically. He was an example to us all. There are many in the States who question what we are doing here. For us all it is hard to explain, but we know we are doing a great work here and that our efforts are not in vain. We know that Scott felt that way too. He knew he was not only defending our freedom but helping the Afghans to secure a future that will allow their children to enjoy the benefits of freedom. 

"This is a terrible loss and yet we can be assured that Scott and his family will be eternally blessed for his service to God and country. We pray for all of you as you work through the loss of a great friend and comrade. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. May God bless you as you continue with your missions and training."