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Jeffrey Chul Soon Sherer
Sergeant,  United States Army
 U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 471-11
June 04, 2011

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sergeant Jeffrey C. S. Sherer, 29, of Four Oaks, North Carolina, died June 2, 2011, in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

For more information, the media may contact the U.S. Army Alaska public affairs office at 907-384-2072 or 907-384-1542.


16 June 2011:

FAIRBANKS — Sergeant Jeffrey Chul Soon Sherer was remembered Thursday morning as both a professional soldier who took his leadership role in the Army seriously and a good friend who loved his pickup truck and high-octane energy drinks.

JS Sherer US Army PHOTO

Among the soldiers who came to a memorial service at Fort Wainwright to speak about their fallen comrade, who was killed June 2 in Afghanistan, was Spc. Evan Walker, a younger soldier who said Sherer befriended him in January when they were both newly assigned to Fairbanks.

The two used to go to the post Exchange or Barnes & Noble to read magazines, and Sherer, 29, was always talking about things he planned to do with his truck, Walker said.

Sherer came to call Walker’s family his “Alaskan family.” He called himself their “man nanny,” because he sometimes washed dishes or cooked for them, Walker said. Their friendship continued this past spring when both men deployed to Afghanistan.

“Just a few short weeks ago I was sitting around the FOB (forward operating base, in Afghanistan) talking to him about all the things he wanted to get done to his truck when he got back to Alaska,” he said.

Sgt. Daniel McCaffrey, who read the 23rd Psalm during the memorial service, also met Sherer in Alaska.

“He always tried to come off as a tough personality, but he was really there for everyone,” he said of Sherer after the ceremony.

Like most other speakers at the memorial, McCaffrey associated Sherer with the bright green energy drink Monster. Sherer sometimes carried a 24-pack of it in his eight-wheeled Stryker vehicle when he was in the field, he said.

Originally from South Korea, Sherer joined the Army in 2005 and was previously stationed at Fort Irwin, California, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He had deployed to Afghanistan once before, where he served on the personal security detail of the eastern Afghanistan regional commander.

As a squad commander on his second deployment, Sherer oversaw a group of six to 10 soldiers.

Sherer was killed in the area of the town of Shah Joy, near the regional capital of Kandahar, when his Stryker vehicle hit a roadside bomb. He was a member of the 4,000 member 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, which left for a yearlong deployment to southern Afghanistan this spring.

At his memorial, the commander of his company quoted a soldier who once told him that, no matter how many gunshots and explosions were coming from a building, he would always be right behind Sherer if Sherer was going in.

Sherer was survived by his wife, father, an aunt and cousins. He married a few months before leaving for his deployment.


JS Sherer Funeral Services, Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
A caisson carris the remains of Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sherer, during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, June 23, 2011. 

JS Sherer Funeral Services, Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
Honor guard members carry the remains of Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sherer, during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery

JS Sherer Funeral Services, Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
Honor guard members prepare to lift the flag from the casket of Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sherer, during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery, Thursday, June 23, 2011

JS Sherer Funeral Services, Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
Members of the honor guard stand at the casket of Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sherer, during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Thursday, June 23, 2011. 

JS Sherer Funeral Services, Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
5 Lyndi Koutz holds her daughter Annaleise Koutz during the burial service for their husband and 
step-father Seregeant Jeffrey Sherer at Arlington National Cemetery June 23, 2011 

JS Sherer Funeral Services, Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
Chaplain Mark Worrell (lef) of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment, also called "The Old Guard," 
presides over the burial of Sergeant Jeffrey Sherer at Arlington National Cemetery June 23, 2011 

JS Sherer Funeral Services, Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
Lyndi Koutz, the widow of Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sherer, is presented a flag as she holds her 
daughter, Annaleise Koutz, during services at Arlington National Cemetery device

JS Sherer Funeral Services, Arlington National Cemetery PHOTO
Friends and family grieve for Sergeant Jeffrey Sherer during his burial service at Arlington National Cemetery June 23, 2011
 

SHERER, JEFFREY C S   
SGT   US ARMY 
AFGHANISTAN 
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/10/1982 
DATE OF DEATH: 06/02/2011 
BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 9775 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted:  2 August 2011 Updated: 12 September 2011
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JCS Sherer Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan September 2011

JCS Sherer Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan September 2011

JCS Sherer Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan September 2011
JCS Sherer Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan September 2011

JS Sherer Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan July 2011
Photo By Eileen Horan, July 2011