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SGT Russell Andrew Kurtz

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SGT Russell Andrew Kurtz Veteran

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
11 Feb 2007 (aged 22)
Iraq
Burial
Bethel Park, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Add to Map
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Sgt. Russell Andrew Kurtz of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, was a 2003 graduate of Bethel Park High School and played on the school's football team. He was also involved with the Ruthfred Evangelical Lutheran Church and spent some time working in his family's grocery store where he often bagged groceries. He enlisted as a senior in high school, although he had been accepted at several colleges. After military service, he wanted to come back home, go to college, and pursue a career with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was 22.

Army
3rd Battalion
509th Parachute Infantry Regiment
4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division
Fort Richardson, Alaska
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Sgt. Russell Andrew Kurtz and Staff Sgt. Patrick Francis Kutschbach are buried side by side in Bethel Cemetery. They met at their Army recruiting station and hit it off well from the start. They went to boot camp together and served together. Sgt. Kurtz died in Fallujah, Iraq.

They had formed such a bond together that Patrick said, "If anything should happen to me, even through I'm not from Bethel Park, I want to be laid right next to my brother, my best friend."

On November 10, 2007, Staff Sgt. Kutschbach was killed north of the Afghan capital of Kabul. He was 25.

On December 16, 2023, following the playing of "Taps," volunteers from Wreaths Across America laid wreaths at veterans' graves in Bethel Cemetery.

Information from the January 25, 2024, TribLive Bethel Park Journal. Submitted by Angela, Member #48520699.
Sgt. Russell Andrew Kurtz of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, was a 2003 graduate of Bethel Park High School and played on the school's football team. He was also involved with the Ruthfred Evangelical Lutheran Church and spent some time working in his family's grocery store where he often bagged groceries. He enlisted as a senior in high school, although he had been accepted at several colleges. After military service, he wanted to come back home, go to college, and pursue a career with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was 22.

Army
3rd Battalion
509th Parachute Infantry Regiment
4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division
Fort Richardson, Alaska
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Sgt. Russell Andrew Kurtz and Staff Sgt. Patrick Francis Kutschbach are buried side by side in Bethel Cemetery. They met at their Army recruiting station and hit it off well from the start. They went to boot camp together and served together. Sgt. Kurtz died in Fallujah, Iraq.

They had formed such a bond together that Patrick said, "If anything should happen to me, even through I'm not from Bethel Park, I want to be laid right next to my brother, my best friend."

On November 10, 2007, Staff Sgt. Kutschbach was killed north of the Afghan capital of Kabul. He was 25.

On December 16, 2023, following the playing of "Taps," volunteers from Wreaths Across America laid wreaths at veterans' graves in Bethel Cemetery.

Information from the January 25, 2024, TribLive Bethel Park Journal. Submitted by Angela, Member #48520699.

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SGT US ARMY
BSM PH ARCOM
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
JOHN 15:13


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