Pfc. Sarina Butcher, a Crossett native serving in the Oklahoma National Guard, died in Paktia province, Afghanistan on November 1, of wounds she sustained when enemy forces attacked her vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
The 19-year-old aspiring nurse and mother of 2-year-old daughter, Zoey, 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.
Butcher, of Cheotah, Okla., was born in Crossett. Her family lives in El Dorado.
U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, in a statement following Butcher’s death, said she was a brave and dedicated soldier who put her life on the line in service to her country.
“Another American hero was tragically taken from us in the line of duty,” Ross said. “Private First Class Sarina Butcher was a mother, daughter and a brave and dedicated solider who put her life on the line in service to her country. We will be forever grateful for her selfless sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with her mother, father, daughter and the rest of her family and friends during this very difficult time. As we approach Veterans Day, we must remember the sacrifices our troops make every day in service to this great country and thank them for what they do.”
Butcher will be promoted posthumously to the rank of Specialist.
Also killed in the attack was Army Spc. Christopher D. Gailey, of Oklahoma.