A soldier from Bracken County who died Thursday in Afghanistan had re-enlisted in the Army last week, his mother said.
Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers, 27, of Mount Olivet died of injuries he sustained in Paktika province "after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire" on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Defense Department.
Sgt. Summers was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team with the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell.
His mother, Laura Summers, said he had served six years in the Army, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He also was stationed in Korea for a while, she said.
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Sgt. Summers was a 2002 graduate of Bracken County High School and had earned a degree in computer engineering from Spencerian College, his mother said.
"He had tried civilian life for a little bit, and I reckon that's when he realized he was more suited for the military," she said.
Laura Summers said her husband, Mike Summers, is retired from the Army; she served four years herself. But she said they never wanted their children to feel as if they had to serve just because she and her husband did.
She said Jeremy Summers had emailed his dad recently to get his opinion about re-enlisting.
"He told him he had to do what was in his heart," Laura Summers said.
She said her son was an avid reader and movie buff who enjoyed playing games online.
"He was a homebody," she said, adding that he also had a dry sense of humor and enjoyed joking around.
Laura Summers said Saturday afternoon that she and her husband had just arrived home from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The military had arranged for them to travel there for the transfer ceremony Friday night, when Sgt. Summers' casket arrived from overseas.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
In addition to his parents, Sgt. Summers is survived by a sister, Jessica Summers; a brother; Austin Hunter Summers; and his grandmothers, Joyce Wagoner of Bracken County and Mary Fowler of Harrison County.