SSG Bryan Allan Burgess

  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: Cleburne, TX
  • Date of Birth: 04-21-1981
  • Date of Death: 03-29-2011
  • Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Unit: 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
  • Port/Base: Fort Campbell, KY

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  • Although I never met Bryan, I have learned a lot about him through his Dad. Reading the stories of Bryan as told by his Dad, and seeing pictures of him as a child, has really touched my heart. I consider myself to be lucky to have a momento with Bryan's picture on it, that I carry with me every day, and every single day, I see his face, and tell him thank you. Yet, it never seems enough. But Bryan lives on through his Dad, who I believe is his biggest fan. The strength and courage he has amazes me, and no doubt, that must be where Bryan got his from. I look not only at Bryan, but his entire family as true heros, and because of the love his Dad has for him, I am sure, I will be only one in a million, who will carry Bryan in my heart for the rest of my life.

    Barbie Gardner,
  • Never met though we are, long travelled have we together. Rest well Warrior with our everlasting thanks and love.

    Carl Killian, Fellow Warrior and long distance traveller.
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    SSG Burgess will always be my hero. I'm proud to have had the chance to talk to him, however fleetingly, and I wish all his family the very best of everything. You all raised a fine Soldier, son, and father.

    Blair Anderson, Just someone who met him downrange.
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    SSG Burgess will always be a hero to me. Even though I only met him fleetingly at COP Monti, he left an indelible impression. My heart goes out to his family -- his parents, his spouse, his children, and his Army family. Thank you for raising such a fine Soldier and gentleman.

    Blair Anderson, Just a guy who met him once at Monti.
  • Today, while carrying stacks of books from the library, I thought of you and your brothers-in-arms. You help me maintain my focus as I examine topograhical maps. Many of my research searches come from lightbulb "what-ifs" that come to mind as I listen to your four amazing parents and others who remember you. My eagerness is driven, in part, by helmet-cam footage, where I met you. Tiffany and your children are additional beautiful testimonies to you as a man. And of course, your father's example: A man fully determined to fullfil "little boy Bryan" and "soldier Bryan's" vision. I wholeheartedly thank you for inspiring and teaching me. No Slack. I shall never quit. You will never be forgotten, our nation's son.

    Sara Overal, Friend of family.