Earl R Scott III
November 8, 2009
Killed in Tikrit, Iraq, when their OH-58D helicopter crashed.
|SCOTT Earl R. Scott III, 24, passed overseas defending our country in Afghanistan November 8, 2009. He was born in Miami, FL to Earl R. Jr. and Sandra Scott December 24, 1984. Scotty always set very high goals for himself and had an adventurous spirit. He enjoyed spending his time camping, fishing, surfing, kite surfing, and had a devout passion for flying. He attended FCCJ where he received a fixed wing pilot license. After selling his landscaping business, he enlisted and was accepted to the U.S. Army where he became a helicopter pilot working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation. He mentored many friends and neighbors and was an inspiration to everyone he met. He will be truly missed and will remain in our hearts forever. Scotty was predeceased by his grandmother Norma Dean Mallinger. He has left behind to cherish his memory, devoted parents Earl R. Scott, Jr. and Sandra Scott; brother, William Dean Scott; girlfriend, Tara Reyna; grandparents, Earl R. Scott, Sr., Dolores Scott, Ret. U.S. Navy Comm. William Dean Mallinger; aunts, Debra Shopay, Pamela Friedman, Susan Abdelnor, Victoria Arnold; uncles, Bill Arnold, Michael McKee; best-friend, Nicholas Bradley; faithful companion and beloved pit-bull, Sable; and many loving neighbors and treasured friends. Family will accept friends on Friday, Nov. 13th from 6-8 p.m. at Hardage- Giddens Mandarin Chapel, 11801 San Jose Blvd. A Funeral will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14th at 2 p.m. at NAS Jax Base All Saints' Chapel Bldg., 751 Birmingham Rd. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors at www.woundedwarriorproject.org . Arrangements are entrusted to Hardage Giddens Funeral Home|
|From The Honolulu Advertiser honoluluadvertiser.com 11/11/09:
Iraq copter crash kills 2 Schofield men
The military is investigating a helicopter crash in Iraq on Sunday that killed two Schofield Barracks soldiers, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.
Killed were Chief Warrant Officer Mathew C. Heffelfinger, 29, of Kimberly, Idaho, and Chief Warrant Officer Earl R. Scott III, 24, of Jacksonville, Fla.
Heffelfinger and Scott died of injuries suffered when their OH-58D Kiowa, a small reconnaissance/attack helicopter, crashed in Tikrit, Iraq, the Army said. The military released no details.
The aviators were assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
Heffelfinger joined the Army in April 2000. He arrived at Schofield Barracks in December 2007 and served as a Kiowa helicopter pilot.
Scott joined the Army in March 2006 and came to Schofield in May 2008, also serving as a Kiowa pilot.
In May, two soldiers from the same unit were killed when their OH-58D crashed at Wheeler Army Airfield on Oahu.
|‘He loved the freedom’ of the skies
The Associated Press
Earl “Scotty” Scott, an Army helicopter pilot, always loved the freedom of flying and never feared being in the air. He didn’t want anyone else to be afraid of it, either.
Nick Bradley, one of Scott’s close friends, recalled going on a plane ride with Scott at the controls. Scott urged his friend to take over, and decided he’d have a little fun when Bradley refused.
“He let go and we started falling. I had a full-blown heart attack that time,” Bradley said.
Scott, 24, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Nov. 8 when his helicopter crashed in Tikrit, Iraq. He was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Scott had started his own lawn care business as a teen, but sold the business so he could pursue a career in aviation. He joined the Army in 2006.
The pilot loved to go camping, fishing, surfing and kite surfing. Friends and family also said he enjoyed playing drums. But he liked nothing more than being in the air.
“He loved the freedom of it, being able to fly where he wanted to,” said his father, Earl Scott Jr. “I know he was doing what he wanted to do and I know he was proud to serve his country.”
Among other survivors are his mother, Sandra; a brother, William; and his girlfriend, Tara Reyna.
|Chief Warrant Officer Earl Scott III, assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii, died when his OH-58D "Kiowa" helicopter went down in Tikrit in Salahuddin province, north of Bagdad.
Awarded and Decorated the Army Archievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Army Aviator Badge.
Scotty's remains arrived at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Friday, Nov 13th around 5pm. The flight line and roads at NAS were lined with sailors, soldiers and public servants. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville Fire-Rescue joined hundreds of military men and women at attention as the jet carrying Scotty's flag-draped casket arrived. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville, was also on hand to pay his respects.
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