U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers loved reading and movies and joking around, his mother said. "He was a homebody."
Sgt. Summers, who died July 14 in Afghanistan from wounds received the day before, made his final trip home this week.
Sgt. Summers, 27, was born in Cynthiana, where he'll be buried Friday at Battle Grove Cemetery. He grew up in Bracken County and graduated from Bracken County High School in 2002. He joined the military right out of high school. Both she and her husband had served in the Army, Laura Summers said, but they didn't want their children to feel obligated to follow their path.
Sgt. Summers left the Army after his first tour of duty and earned a degree in computer engineering, but he soon re-enlisted. "He had tried civilian life for a little bit, and I reckon that's when he realized he was more suited for the military," said his mother.
Sgt. Summers, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team with the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, had served six years in the Army, including tours in Iraq and Korea. He had just re-enlisted and was on duty as a forward scout observer in Paktika province when his unit was attacked by enemy forces July 13.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Mike Summers, a sister, Jessica Summers; a brother; Austin Hunter Summers; and his grandmothers, Joyce Wagoner of Bracken County and Mary Fowler of Harrison County.
We offer our sympathy to Sgt. Summers' family and friends and honor his service and sacrifice.