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Citadel News Service
13 Jan 2009

1997 Citadel graduate killed in Afghanistan

Updated 22 January 2009

U.S. Army Maj. Brian Michael Mescall, Citadel Class of 1997, died Jan. 9 in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announced on Jan. 12 his death along with that of two others who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Brian Michael Mescall. Source: 1997 editon of The Sphinx yearbook.

Mescall and the other two soldiers died in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Jaldak. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany.

Mescall, 33, is the 14th Citadel graduate to pay the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country during the war on terror. Mescall is from Hopkinton, Mass., and was a graduate of Exeter High School. At The Citadel, he was a member of the company F-Troop and graduated in 1997 with a BA in history.

“Brian was an aggressive warfighter and a magnificent trainer. He never backed down from a mission,” said Army Maj. Kevin Poole, ’99, who worked with Mescall at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. “Having already served two tours in Iraq, one as a tank company commander and the other as a military transition team chief, Brian truly exemplified the Citadel spirit.

“Brian was truly dedicated to the Army and his family and it showed in everything that he did, “ Poole said. “As a soldier/leader and a friend he was someone that we all should aspire to be. Brian Mescall is an American hero who will be sorely missed.”

Mescall is survived by his parents, John and Peggy Mescall of Lowell, Mass.; an older brother, John; two younger sisters Jamie and Stacey and his wife, Chi-un, and son, Nathan, 6.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Wake: 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. The phone number is 703-920-4800. 

Church service: Noon, Monday, Jan. 26 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1914 N Randolph St., Arlington, Va. Phone: (703) 525-1166.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at Arlington National Cemetery. Attendees are asked to arrive by 1:30 p.m.

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