Oklahoma soldier dies in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 5th 2008, 8:25 am
By: News 9

Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- The Department of Defense has confirmed that a 41-year-old Oklahoma soldier from Stillwater who died while serving in Afghanistan was one of two men killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

He was identified as Maj. Scott A. Hagerty, who was assigned to the 451st Civil Affairs Battalion, Pasadena, Texas.

The other soldier who died in the June 3 explosion in Zormat, Afghanistan, was identified as Pfc. Derek D. Holland, 20, of Wind Gap, Pa., who was assigned to the 228th Brigade Support Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Bethlehem, Pa.

Hagerty had lived in Stillwater since 1976 when his family moved to Oklahoma. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1984 and joined the Army in 1986.

His first deployment was to Iraq from October 2004 to August 2005.

Hagerty earned a bachelor's degree in 1993 in political science, pre-law and international relations from Oklahoma State University.

He is survived by his wife, Daphne, and two young sons, Jonathan and Samuel.