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Team Sergeant
02-22-2009, 15:55
U.S. Army Special Forces Command Public Affairs Office
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Feb. 22, 2009) — Two Army Special Forces Soldiers were killed Feb. 20 while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Khordi, Oruzgan province, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Jeremy E. Bessa, 26 and Master Sgt. David L. Hurt, 36, were killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while conducting a mounted combat reconnaissance patrol. Bessa died at the scene while Hurt succumbed to his wounds after being medically evacuated to Kandahar Airfield for treatment.

Both Soldiers are assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), here. Hurt was a Special Forces operations sergeant and Bessa was a Special Forces communications sergeant.

Staff Sgt. Jeremy E. Bessa
Hurt, a native of Oak Park, Ill., is survived by his wife Kelly, daughter Avery and son Wyatt, all of Grays Creek, N.C.; mother Bonnie Hurt of Hope Mills, N.C. and father Joe Hurt of Memphis, Tenn.

Bessa, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, is survived by his wife Lindsey and their son Carson, both of Fayetteville, N.C.; parents Ted and Julie Bessa of Whispering Pines, N.C.and brother Christopher L. Bessa, Fort Carson, Colo.

For further information, media should contact the Special Forces Command Public Affairs Office during duty hours at 910-432-4587 or after duty hours at 910-689-6187.


Staff Sgt. Jeremy E. Bessa, 26, was killed by an improvised
explosive device while conducting a mounted combat reconnaissance patrol. He was a Special Forces Operational DetachmentAlpha team communications sergeant assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2009 as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan. This was his second deployment in support of the Global War on Terror and first deployment to Afghanistan.

Bessa, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, volunteered for military
service and entered the Army in April 2002 as a combat medic
trainee. After basic and advanced individual training and Airborne School he was assigned to the 1 st Battalion, 319 th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82 nd Airborne
Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., in January 2003. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom September 2003. Bessa attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection prior to being assigned to John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C., in May 2005 for Special Forces training. He earned the coveted “Green Beret” in March 2007 and was assigned to 1st Bn., 3rd SFG(A) at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a Special Forces communications sergeant.

Bessa’s military education includes the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Basic Airborne Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrior Leaders Course, and Special Forces Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include the Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Medal,
Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Combat Medics
Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

Bessa is survived by his wife Lindsey and their son Carson of Fayetteville, N.C.; parents Ted and Julie Bessa of Whispering Pines, N.C and brother Christopher L. Bess, Fort Carson, Colo.
DE OPPRESSO LIBER –

http://news.soc.mil/releases/News%20Archive/2009/February/090222-01.html

ABN_FO
02-22-2009, 16:01
God Speed Dave and SSG Bessa.
Dave, your friends and family here will miss you dearly.

Saoirse
02-22-2009, 16:04
May you Rest in Peace, Brave Warrior. Thank you for your service. :(

MeC86
02-22-2009, 16:07
RIP soldiers

HQ6
02-22-2009, 16:17
I couldn't believe it when I got the call. Jeremy was a good kid and will be missed.

azmg
02-22-2009, 16:19
RIP SSG thank you for your service. Prayers out to the family.

Rogue
02-22-2009, 16:23
Rest in Peace.

mcarey
02-22-2009, 16:24
All the best to these fine soldiers family and friends. These men were a fine example for all.

JJ_BPK
02-22-2009, 16:49
Vaya con Dios..

Penn
02-22-2009, 17:09
Rest In Peace and may God bless your family.

longrange1947
02-22-2009, 18:29
Rest in Peace.

Goggles Pizano
02-22-2009, 20:05
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.
In pace requiescat SSG Bessa. God bless you.

SF_BHT
02-22-2009, 20:17
Rest in Peace Brother........

You will always be in our thoughts.

The Reaper
02-22-2009, 20:54
RIP, brother.

Thanks, you will not be forgotten.

TR

Gypsy
02-22-2009, 21:35
Rest in Peace SSG Bessa, prayers out to your family and Brothers.

Patriot007
02-22-2009, 22:08
Rest in peace Warrior, you will not be forgotten.

jbour13
02-23-2009, 03:54
RIP Jeremy......you were one hell of a man, Soldier and Patriot.

Kingfisher
02-23-2009, 06:28
RIP.

dennisw
02-23-2009, 07:10
RIP SSG Bessa.

Red Flag 1
02-23-2009, 07:16
Rest In Peace SSG Bessa.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Surgicalcric
02-23-2009, 07:50
Thank you for the sacrifice you made Brother. You will be missed.

Crip

HMass18Z
02-23-2009, 08:27
Rest in Peace

ZonieDiver
02-23-2009, 09:57
Rest in Peace.

SpetsnaZ
02-23-2009, 10:26
Rest in Peace Brother

greenberetTFS
02-23-2009, 10:38
RIP, Warrior..............:(

GB TFS

Pete
02-23-2009, 11:10
RIP Brother

From the local paper

http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=319341

csquare
02-23-2009, 13:12
Rest in Peace Warrior

Nonna
02-24-2009, 03:35
RIP, my heart breaks for your family.

Ambush Master
02-25-2009, 21:19
Rest In Peace Brother!!

I'll do my best to make this Ride, this is from the North Texas Patriot Guard:


"Ladies and Gentlemen,

The family of Staff Sergeant Jeremy E. Bessa, United States Army Special Forces (Green Beret), Killed in Action in Afghanistan on February 20, 2009 during Operation Enduring Freedom, has asked that the Patriot Guard be involved in the final services for him. Staff Sergeant Bessa is currently scheduled to arrive at Addison Airport on March 9, 2009 with services and interment on March 10, 2009. Staff Sergeant Bessa is survived by a wife and young son. His father and brother are also in the United States Army.

Details are being worked out at this time between the family and the military and a final itinerary will be posted as soon as possible.

Please prepare to stand tall and silent for this young man who gave his life for his country.

Thank you.

S. L.

Deputy State Captain

North Texas PGR"

Later.
Martin

LongWire
02-26-2009, 14:55
RIP Brother......

austinsf
02-26-2009, 21:53
RIP, and God bless.

BadMuther
03-06-2009, 01:10
I went to the memorial today, Jeremy's parents are friends of ours. I served with his dad.

Last time I saw Jeremy he was just a little guy.

No way to console friends over the loss of a child.



Jim

uplink5
03-06-2009, 21:27
You and MSG Hurt and the families are in our prayers. De Oppresso Libre....jd

trapper
03-08-2009, 16:00
RIP brother, you will not be forgotten. You will be in my prayers.

Frenchie
03-09-2009, 19:31
Rest in Peace

Ambush Master
03-09-2009, 21:16
Rest In Peace Brother!!

I'll do my best to make this Ride, this is from the North Texas Patriot Guard:


"Ladies and Gentlemen,

The family of Staff Sergeant Jeremy E. Bessa, United States Army Special Forces (Green Beret), Killed in Action in Afghanistan on February 20, 2009 during Operation Enduring Freedom, has asked that the Patriot Guard be involved in the final services for him. Staff Sergeant Bessa is currently scheduled to arrive at Addison Airport on March 9, 2009 with services and interment on March 10, 2009. Staff Sergeant Bessa is survived by a wife and young son. His father and brother are also in the United States Army.

Details are being worked out at this time between the family and the military and a final itinerary will be posted as soon as possible.

Please prepare to stand tall and silent for this young man who gave his life for his country.

Thank you.

S. L.

Deputy State Captain

North Texas PGR"

Later.
Martin


A friend of mine rode the escort from Addison Airport to the Funeral Home today. He said that it was the LARGEST turnout for an initial escort that he has seen!! 70+ Bikes.

I'll be riding with the procession tomorrow, but also plan on mixing with our Brothers.

Will take some pics and report tomorrow evening.

Later.
Martin

albeham
03-10-2009, 06:53
RIP,

He walks with heroes .


AL

Ambush Master
03-10-2009, 23:04
A friend of mine rode the escort from Addison Airport to the Funeral Home today. He said that it was the LARGEST turnout for an initial escort that he has seen!! 70+ Bikes.

I'll be riding with the procession tomorrow, but also plan on mixing with our Brothers.

Will take some pics and report tomorrow evening.

Later.
Martin

I made the Ride today. There were 80-100 Bikes, and it was unreal. This was my first run with The Patriot Guard, and they are a CLASS ACT!!! I spent some time with the SF guys that were there, the SF guys sorta collected/gathered in one area. BG Repass, his Command and the 3rd Group folks, came over to the "Collection" of FOGs that were present from Chapter 31 here, along with some AD folks that attended, and were most hospitable......I felt like I knew them all!!

So, until I see'ya on that FINAL DZ,..........Jeremy...Hang Tough and we'll see'ya on the other side!!!!!

Martin

trent
03-12-2009, 00:06
Rest in peace, brothers.

Richard
03-12-2009, 00:25
FYI - pics of the SSG Bessa funeral at DFW National Cemetery and presentation of SFA plaque/knife to the family of MSG Kelly Hornbeck (10SFGA KIA OIF) are at:

http://samwylie.shutterfly.com/

The FOGs in the green jackets are from SFA CHXXXl - North Texas.

RIP.

Richard's $.02 :munchin

Ambush Master
03-12-2009, 08:43
I made the Ride today. There were 80-100 Bikes, and it was unreal. This was my first run with The Patriot Guard, and they are a CLASS ACT!!! I spent some time with the SF guys that were there, the SF guys sorta collected/gathered in one area. BG Repass, his Command and the 3rd Group folks, came over to the "Collection" of FOGs that were present from Chapter 31 here, along with some AD folks that attended, and were most hospitable......I felt like I knew them all!!

So, until I see'ya on that FINAL DZ,..........Jeremy...Hang Tough and we'll see'ya on the other side!!!!!

Martin

The PGR have posted a Slide Show of both the escort from Addison Airport to the Funeral Home on the 9th, and the Ceremonies on the 10th. It was a rather damp ride, but the rain quit just before we got to the Cemetary.

http://txpgr.org/

Later
Martin

HQ6
03-12-2009, 19:45
Thank you for posting the pictures. I am glad my home town did us proud. I wish I could have come to the services.

AxeMan
03-14-2009, 13:26
Jeremy was with my team last year in Mazzar-e-Sharrif Afghanistan. He was originally sent there to work for and maintain commo links for a Major who was our LNO in the north. They ended up living on my little firebase and I was able to steal Jeremy away from the Major and incorporate him into my team. As far as I was concerned, Jeremy was a member of the team until we all went back to the States.
Jeremy was a great troop! He quickly became one of us and it wasn't until his sudden early departure when he broke his ankle that we all realized that we may not get to work with him again.
I will always be proud to say that I was his first Team Sergeant and his good friend.
RIP Jeremy! God Speed!

rab97
03-20-2009, 19:04
Rest in Peace and God Bless you and your family.

Ambush Master
04-11-2009, 16:46
The PGR have posted a Slide Show of both the escort from Addison Airport to the Funeral Home on the 9th, and the Ceremonies on the 10th. It was a rather damp ride, but the rain quit just before we got to the Cemetary.

http://txpgr.org/

Later
Martin

This Slide Show was just released with the Family's permission. The Photagraphers, Gary and Theresa, did a remarkable job of documenting this somber occasion. They would ride ahead and get on top of the overpasses to get some of the shots.

The uniformed folks in the first, and several other, shots are Firemen in Dress Uniform from some of the local cities.

There are over 500 slides, you can speed it up to 3 sec. rotation. (Toolbar at the bottom of the pic.)

http://news.webshots.com/slideshow/570595982yDQCGE

Take care.
Martin

sefryak
02-20-2015, 20:50
6 years

RIP brother

Stobey
02-21-2015, 13:54
My prayers and thanks for your honorable service and your sacrifice Staff Sgt. Jeremy E. Bessa. May Almighty God grant you rest, and comfort to your loved ones.

MtnGoat
02-22-2015, 10:12
RIP brother, you will not be forgotten. DOL