Community Honors Shenandoah Solider Killed in Afghanistan at Funeral

A 19-year-old Army soldier from Iowa has died in Afghanistan. Pfc. Brandon Buttry, 19, of Shenandoah, Iowa, was killed while manning a watch tower, according to his uncle Steve Buttry. Steve Buttry says it’s unclear when his nephew was killed, but Brandon’s parents, Don and Pam Buttry, of Shenandoah, were informed Monday morning. Steve Buttry says they were told there were “multiple casualties.” Brandon Buttry was one of 14 children. His uncle says he enlisted in the Army. He graduated from basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and was transferred to Fort Lewis in Washington state. He was deployed to Afghanistan in August. The Department of Defense has not confirmed Brandon Buttry’s death.


By Liz Blood

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier from Shenandoah who was killed in Afghanistan is being remembered for his infectious smile and his dream of being a soldier.

Nineteen-year-old Pfc. Brandon Buttry died Nov. 5 while serving in the Kandahar province.

Hundreds of flags lined the streets of Shenandoah for his funeral on Thursday while the community honored Buttry and supported his family.

Buttry was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. He was deployed to Afghanistan in August. He was one of Don and Pam Buttry's 14 children.

Among the mourners were Darian Slater and Ashley Hummel, students in nearby Sidney. One of their teacher's is Buttry's older brother. The girls say it's important to show the family they care and "honor the sacrifice" that Brandon made.

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