Shenandoah Soldier Laid to Rest
Shenandoah, IA - A soldier from Shenandoah makes the ultimate sacrifice and is honored by the entire community. Private First Class Brandon Buttry died on November 5th in Afghanistan and was laid to rest on Thursday.
Buttry was serving his first tour of duty in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. Hundreds filled the First Baptist Church, and lined the streets of Shenandoah to pay their final respects.
Brandon was adopted at the age of three and part of a family of fourteen children. He was homeschooled and completed his GED before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2011. His family says his childhood dream was to be a U.S. Soldier.
Brigadier General Billy Don Farris with the 7th Infantry Division said, “Every one of his Sergeants said he was always curious, always wanted to be a great soldier. Always asking what he needed to do to be the very best at soldiering and that really stood out.”
The entire community of Shenandoah stopped to honor Pfc. Buttry, some holding large signs to block any protestors and others making sure flags lined the roads to the cemetery.
"Words can't express the gratitude that Brandon's family feels for the love and support we've heard and felt this week from the community," Brandon’s Uncle Steve Buttry explained.
During the funeral, the pastor read words from Brandon's parents. It said, "To our baby, our forever hero. You made our live so much more full. Brandon, you were proud, you were strong, you are safe."
"Knowing that he was doing what he wanted to do, that he volunteered, that he knew what the risks were is certainly some comfort but there is just a whole lot of hurt," Steve Buttry described.
Brandon was supposed to come home soon for the holidays. He's survived by his parents Don and Pam Buttry, and thirteen brothers and sisters. He was 19 years old.