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Severin W. Summers III
Sergeant First Class,  United States Army
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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 581-09
August 04, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device August 2, 2009 in Qole Gerdsar, Afghanistan.

Killed were:

Captain Ronald G. Luce Jr., 27, of Fayetteville, North Carolina

Sergeant First Class Alejandro Granado, 42, of Fairfax, Virginia

Sergeant First Class Severin W. Summers III, 43, of Bentonia, Mississippi

All three soldiers were members of the Mississippi Army National Guard, and assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Jackson, Mississippi.

For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at (910) 432-6005; after hours (910) 689-6187, or visit http://news.soc.mil.



"We once again are painfully reminded of the high cost of freedom," Maj. Gen. William L. Freeman Jr., adjutant general of Mississippi, said Tuesday in a news release. "Severin and Alejandro were two of the best soldiers in the Mississippi Army National Guard and will be greatly missed."

Summers lived in Natchez, but served in Bentonia as the Mississippi Special Forces recruiter. A message left with his family by The Associated Press was not immediately returned. He was one of three brothers serving in war zones. One brother is based in a different part of Afghanistan and another is in Iraq.

A family friend tells The Natchez Democrat that Summers left for a second tour in Afghanistan on July 2. Phyllis Beach says Summers' wife, Tammy, learned of her husband's death Sunday and was in Dover, Del., when her husband's body was returned to the U.S. The two were last in contact by e-mail Saturday.

"They were that perfect couple," Beach told the Democrat. "She met him right before he was deployed three years ago. They were soul mates."

The couple was married Jan. 17. Summers also is survived by a 13-year-old daughter and his parents, all of whom live in Louisiana, and three brothers and a sister.



Sergeant First  Class Severin W. Summers, died while conducting combat operations in the Qole Gerdsar, Afghanistan August 2, 2009, while serving as a Special Forces Engineer with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), headquartered at Jackson, Mississippi.

SW Summers III PHOTO

Summers, 43, was killed by command wired improvised explosive device struck his vehicle while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Summers, born in Lafayette, Louisiana, enlisted in 1989 as an 11B, Infantryman. He later attended the Special Forces Qualification Course, graduating in 2002. Summers then joined 2nd Battalion 20th SFG (A).

After graduating US Army Ranger School successfully, he was assigned to ODA 2065, the SCUBA team. He then volunteered for the Special Operations Combat Diver Course in Key West, Florida.

Summerís military and civilian education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Military Free Fall Parachutist Course, Ranger School, Special Operations Combat Diver Course, and Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course. He also received his Bachelors of Science from Louisiana State University.

His awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Armed Forces Medal.

Summers also earned Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Scuba Diver Badge, and Military Free Fall Badge and the Ranger and Special Forces tabs.

Summerís is survived by his wife Tammy Fraser and his daughters Jessica, Shelby & Sarah.



SW Summers III Funeral Services PHOTO 31 August 2009
An Army honor guard carries the ashes of Army Sergeant Firstt Class Severin West Summers III, 
of Bentonia, Mississippi, at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2009

SW Summers III Funeral Services PHOTO 31 August 2009
An Army honor guard carries the ashes of Army Sergeant First Class Severin West Summers III, of Bentonia, Mississippi, 
at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2009

SW Summers III Funeral Services PHOTO 31 August 2009
Reverend (CHaplain) Joseph Goudreau delivers the eulogy during the funeral of Army Sergeant First
Class Severin West Summers III, of Bentonia, Mississippi, at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2009

SW Summers III Funeral Services PHOTO 31 August 2009
The family of Army Ssergeant First Class Severin West Summers III, of Bentonia, Mississippi, look 
on during the playing of 'Taps' at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2009

SW Summers III Funeral Services PHOTO 31 August 2009
Brigadier General William Freeman, left, hands a flag to Shelby Summers, daughter of Army Sergeant First Class 
Severin West Summers III, of Bentonia, Mississippi, at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2009


SW Summers III Gravesite PHOTO October 2009
Photo By Tom Gugiluzza-Smith (Gug), October 2009

SUMMERS, SEVERIN WEST III
SFC  US ARMY
DATE OF BIRTH: 09/09/1965
DATE OF DEATH: 08/02/2009
BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 8653
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted:  1 September 2009 Updated: 24 October 2009
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