Area Soldier Laid to Rest

Maureen Wurtz

SHENANDOAH,IA (KPTM)- An area soldier, killed in Afghanistan, is laid to rest. Private First Class Brandon Buttry died November 5th. Hundreds came out to honor the fallen soldier in his hometown of Shenandoah, Iowa.

"We will have more deaths and more funerals, and that people take their efforts here and do the same," said Cathy Suhr, a blue star mother of her two sons that have been deployed overseas 10 different times.

One is currently in Afghanistan.

"Blue star moms are here-unfortunately they now deserve the gold star," she says.

Suhr, along with hundreds of other people, came to honor Buttry. He was 19-years-old.

"The things they're going through, they're going to go through, uh-I just wish this didn't happen for any family," said Suhr.

A tragedy that's never far from Suhr's mind.

"I think about it every day, every waking moment, I think that's why you don't sleep a lot either," she says.

As Buttry makes the journey to his final resting place, Suhr says she'll go wherever she is needed.

"I'll go to any one that I can hear about and find-and find my way too," she says.

Private First Class Buttry has many names: brother, uncle, soldier, and now, to many, hero.

82 Nebraskans have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan