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SPC Sarina Butcher

August 17, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Army Specialist Sarina Butcher of Checotah, Oklahoma.

Sarina was not only an American Soldier. She was also a sister and a daughter. Most importantly, she was a mother to a beautiful baby girl named Zoey.

After attending Checotah High School, Sarina enlisted in the Army. Her priority in life was her daughter. Her goal was to become a nurse. By all accounts, Sarina was very proud of and inspired by her brother and her grandfather, both of whom have served in the military. She wanted to follow their footstep.

Sarina was assigned to the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard. Her job as an Automated Logistics Specialist was something she chose and something she loved. Sadly, she was killed November 1st, 2011,  in Paktia province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Fourth District U.S. Representative Mike Ross of Arkansas  stated:

Another American hero was tragically taken from us in the line of duty.  Sarina Butcher was a mother, daughter, and a brave and dedicated soldier who put her life on the line in service to her country. We will be forever grateful for her selfless sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with her mother, father, daughter and the rest of her family and friends during this very difficult time

According to an unidentified press release around the time of her death, Sarina is the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier to be killed during wartime and is also the youngest Oklahoma citizen-soldier to die in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Today, the vessel which carried Sarina through this life lies in rest at a quiet Friendship Cemetery in McCaskill, Arkansas. The family who survive her remember her for her strong, southern accent, her beautiful smile and her unmovable determination. We remember her for her service, her sacrifice and the fact that she’ll forever be an American Hero.

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