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Scott T Nagorski

Greenfield, Wisconsin

November 14, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Spc

1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 Killed in Kunar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire.

From Milwaukeee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel jsonline.com 11/14/10:

Spec. Scott Nagorski, 27
United States Army 
Nov. 14, 2010
By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel

It was easy for Karen Kurath to shop for her son.

"He was one of those kids who'd say, 'Don't buy me nothing, Mom. Don't spend any money,'" Kurath said of her son Scott T. Nagorski.

Kurath sent a large care package of food and gifts for her son's birthday. He died the day after he turned 27. She told Nagorski's commanders to give the treats to his Army buddies, but many of his birthday cards were returned unopened. And four days after his death, Nagorski's daughter celebrated her 1st birthday.

Nagorski was close to his maternal grandfather, an Army veteran who fought in Korea, and became a soldier because of him, telling his mom he wanted to be like his grandpa. He re-enlisted with the hope of being stationed near Washington, D.C., because he loved visiting the nation's monuments.

When he was a teenager, his big dream was to buy a 1962 Oldsmobile F-85, which he did, fixing it up, painting the hubcaps red and taking it to the Solid Gold McDonald's in Greenfield for the weekly gatherings of hot rod enthusiasts. He sold it before he deployed to Afghanistan. Nagorski planned to buy another Olds when he returned home.

Not surprising for a car nut, Nagorski loved to drive. His stateside car was a PT Cruiser convertible. In Afghanistan, he drove much bigger, heavier military vehicles and told his mom in his last letter that he loved driving off-road in the desert and along steep cliffs.

Details given on deadly attack in Kunar province

By Heidi Vogt

The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO on Nov. 18 released the first details on an insurgent attack that killed five U.S. soldiers, saying the Americans were trying to rout militants from a volatile valley in eastern Kunar province when they came under fire.

The area along Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan has continued to see heavy fighting as NATO focuses most of its efforts on a troop surge in the south aimed at breaking Taliban strongholds there.

The five American soldiers who died Nov. 14 were “conducting clearing operations” when they came under fire in Watahpur valley, said Master Sgt. Brian Sipp, a spokesman for the international military alliance.

The soldiers are 27-year-old Spc. Scott Thomas Nagorski of Greenfield, Wis.; 25-year-old Spc. Jesse Adam Snow of Fairborn, Ohio; 26-year-old Spc. Nathan Edward Lillard of Knoxville, Tenn.; 31-year-old Spc. Shane Hasan Ahmed of Chesterfield, Mich.; and 19-year-old Pfc. Christian Michael Warriner of Mills River, N.C.

Sipp did not say how many troops were involved in the fight, nor provide an estimate of the number of attackers. The fighting started about 2 p.m. and lasted at least six hours, he said, with the wounded and the killed not being evacuated until late that evening.

All six deaths occurred during a four-day push called Operation Bulldog Bite to search out militants and weapons caches near the Pech river.

The area has long been a transit route for insurgents coming over from the Pakistan border and has proved a tricky area for U.S. forces trying to secure the mountainous terrain and coax villagers away from supporting the insurgents and criminals who control much of the area.

Watahpur is just 5 miles from the Korengal valley, where U.S. troops ceased operations seven months ago, saying that it was not strategically important. Forty-two Americans died in Korengal before the troops pulled out.

Operation Bulldog Bite has killed at least five insurgents, though there have been unconfirmed reports of as many as 49 insurgents killed, said Maj. Mary Constantino, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces in the area.

In addition, the forces found weapons caches containing mortar systems with rounds, more than a dozen rocket-propelled grenades, 20 anti-aircraft rounds

“Operation Bulldog Bite has degraded the insurgents’ ability to terrorize the people of the Pech valley,” Constantino said.

Three Afghan soldiers were also killed in the operation, said Gen. Khalilullah Zaiyi, the Kunar province police chief. He said about 30 insurgents were killed.

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