Sarina Butcher: Teen soldier mom killed by Taliban bomb in Afghanistan

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Private First Class Sarina Butcher, 19, of Checotah. she was assigned to the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Tulsa.yes she had a child when she was 16 and she was well adjusted. Age of consent in OK is 16. Ms. Butcher had a 2 yo daughter, and was 19 when she died. With 9 mo gestation, and pre-existing relationship, that would make her under 16 when impregnated. Age of Consent laws are such a travesty! our disgust with young moms in the US of A is backwards. many women become more stable after giving birth to children. our feminist arrogance is wearing thin. this girl is a hero. I mean that proportionately. no one is saying to rape 12 year old girls either. I'm just saying that we really don't understand women when we criticize young girls for childbirth. This girl was responsible and motivated... and we should honor her!

(dailymail.co.uk) Tragic loss: 19-year-old mother Sarina Butcher is the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier to be killed during wartime and the youngest Oklahoma citizen-soldier to die in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan A 19-year-old mother serving with the National Guard has been killed in Afghanistan after the vehicle she was traveling in was hit by a Taliban roadside bomb.

Private First Class Sarina Butcher of the Oklahoma National Guard was off supporting her three-year-old daughter and career dreams when killed on Tuesday during a resupply mission in the country's Paktia province.
A second soldier, Specialist Sergeant Christopher Gailey, 26, a father to a three-year-old girl, was also killed in the explosion.
The bodies of the two soldiers were flown back to Dover Air Force base, Delaware yesterday.
An aspiring nurse, Ms Butcher joined the national guard to help finance and pursue her career dreams while also helping to support her young daughter Zoey.
Her grandmother, Martha Wills, described her as a much-loved daughter, sister, granddaughter and mother.
'My husband is so proud of her, actually we all are,' Mrs Wills told Tulsa World of her husband who was also in the military.
'My son, he’s so torn right now,' she described the 19-year-old's father.
In her mere 18 months of service with the Guard, Ms Butcher stood decorated with several ribbons and awards.
Sarina Butcher with her daughter and husband Timmy Butcher
Family left behind: Sarina Butcher is seen holding her daughter Zoey, now two, and former-husband Timmy Butcher
19-year-old mother Sarina Butcher was killed this week while serving in Afghanistan
Posthumously honored: Ms Butcher (left) will be promoted to the rank of specialist after serving as an automated logistical specialist since 2010 Posthumously she will be promoted to the rank of specialist.
'She was very proud to be in the military,' family friend Patty Brown told Tulsa World of Ms Butcher's service as an automated logistical specialist after joining the Guard in April of 2010.
'She joined the military to follow in her grandfather's and brother's footsteps,' Ms Brown said.

Close to Ms Butcher, Ms Brown said she took care of Zoey when her mother was away from home.
She says the last time she spoke with her daughter was on Sunday, asking her how she was doing after hearing news that her grandfather had died recently.
'She was very thoughtful, someone you could always count on,' Brown said.
Self portrait: Private Butcher takes a photograph of herself in the mirror during her tour in Afghanistan
Self portrait: Private Butcher takes a photograph of herself in the mirror during her tour in Afghanistan


Private First Class Sarina Butcher, 19, of Checotah was assigned to the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Tulsa but was tragically killed in November Entering Jami Butcher's life after marrying her brother Timmy after a first date where she pushed him in a wheelchair through a local mall, she said, 'she always said she didn't want to be forgotten,' to the Tulsa World, before reminiscing on her strong Southern accent she'll miss.
'It wasn't forgotten, it was forgot ten. Her little accent,' she recalled of her former sister-in-law.
'I just loved it. Grew on you real hard,' her former father-in-law added.
Her daughter has since gone to Arkansas to be with her grandmother which is where Ms Butcher will be buried.
Fourth District U.S. Representative Mike Ross, D-Ar., on hearing Ms Butcher's death remarked, 'Another American hero was tragically taken from us in the line of duty.
'Private First Class Sarina Butcher was a mother, daughter, and a brave and dedicated soldier who put her life on the line in service to her country.
'We will be forever grateful for her selfless sacrifice,' he said.
Ms Butcher is the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier to be killed during wartime and is also the youngest Oklahoma citizen-soldier to die in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to a release.
'My thoughts and prayers are with her mother, father, daughter and the rest of her family and friends during this very difficult time,' Mr Ross adds.
Homecoming: The body of 19-year-old mother Sarina Butcher, a National Guard Private killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, arrives at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware yesterday
Hero's return: The body of the young National Guard Private who was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan, arrives at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware
Solemn duty: Chaplain Col. Scott Jensen, left, leads a prayer over the cases containing the bodies of private Butcher and her colleague Specialist Christopher Gailey. The pair were killed by a road side bomb in Afghanistan's Pakita province
Solemn duty: Chaplain Col. Scott Jensen, left, leads a prayer over the cases containing the bodies of private Butcher and her colleague Specialist Christopher Gailey. The pair were killed in the attack in Afghanistan's Paktia province
Salute: A senior officer shows his respect for the young private, a mother of a two-year-old daughter as her body is carried from the plane at the start of her final journey to her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma
Salute: A senior officer shows his respect for the young private, a mother of a two-year-old daughter, as her body is carried from the plane at the start of its final journey to her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma

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