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Col. Stephen K. Scott

November 5, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Army Col. Stephen K. Scott of New Market, Alaska.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Scott was stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overseeing the transition of security forces to the Iraqi government. The newspaper also reported that Scott was exercising in the protected Green Zone when the building was struck by mortar fire and he was killed on April 6th, 2008.

According to the Department of Defense, Scott received the Bronze Star in 2003 for his service as a battalion commander during a previous tour in Iraq.

The Birmingham News reported the following obituary upon Scott’s death:

Col. Stephen K. Scott died Sunday at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Safe now on his final tour of duty, he has entered his heavenly home, where his father welcomed him with open arms. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Scott. Survivors include his mother, Patricia Scott; brother, Mark Scott; sister, Kathleen King; daughters, Rachel Regot and Rebekah Scott; grandchildren, Zachary, Makaylah, and Dylan; uncle and aunt, Emory and Johannah Brady; nieces and nephews, Sarah Golden and husband Christopher, Jonathan Scott, Stephanie Wakley and husband Wesley, and Kenneth King; great-niece, Alyssa; and great-nephew, Andrew. A friend to everyone he met, a mentor to many, and the proud protector and defender of our country, he had many military friends and buddies. Col. Scott died doing what he believed in. Visitation will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday from the Stygar Mid Rivers Funeral Home in St. Charles, Mo., and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Harvester, Mo. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorial donations may be made to the U.S.O. or First Baptist Church of Harvester Mission Fund.

Today, Col. Scott lies in rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. The people of Iraq knew him as a friend. We will forever remember him as an American Hero.

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