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Monday, May 26, 2008

Scott T. Modeen, Forever Young - One of Many- Memorial Day, 2008

Scott T. Modeen, 24, of Hennepin, Minnesota.

Modeen died from an improvised explosive device outside Fallujah, Iraq. He was inside an abandoned flour factory being used as a patrol base when the IED detonated. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on December 1, 2005.

Semper Fi

December 5, 2005

It has taken a few days to get the strength to write about Scott, he has been a part of our family for many years. Scott was my son Chris' best friend. Scott had accepted our Grandchildren as his niece's and nephews and they cherished him and will never forget his spirit.

We know that Scott was very proud to be a marine and believed in the cause. We may not see the difference that the troops are making, but Scott said that he could see the reason why the troops were needed and was ready to go back to Iraq to help his fellow marines.
I remember sitting with Scott in our living room the day he left Minnesota and he was talking about Iraq and his marine family. I am very thankful for that time that I was able to spend with him because it was at that time that told me that he would fight for the cause even though we have a hard time rationalizing why our boys need to be in Iraq.
Scott your sense of humor would push me to the edge sometimes, but it was another reason I loved you like my son.
I will miss your passion for life, your spirit of adventure and your poor sense of humor
Teri (MOM) Pierce (Crystal, MN)

December 5, 2005
Dear Modeen Family,

I have known Scott since kindergarden at Sacred Heart School and through high school at Cooper. He always knew how to make people laugh! He was so much fun to be around. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Scott's Family and other friends. I sure am proud of Scott, but very sad to see him takin' too soon. I will alway remember the wonderful memories that we all shared with Scott and he will be FOREVER missed. I would also like to thank Scott for being so Brave and serving for our Country. May God help Scott's Parents, Nikki, and other family members to find peace at this difficult time.
(Friend of Scott)
Brenna Murphy (Robbinsdale, MN)

December 5, 2005

Scott was my other brother, an uncle to my girls, and a friend. Words cannot describe the loss of such a wonderful man. Scott was an honorary member of the Pierce family. Holidays, Birthdays, and Sunday dinners with Mom Pierce. I'm so thankful for those memories. He will be missed tremendously by myself and my family. He's always been a hero to me and my girls!
Kathy Pierce (robbinsdale, MN)

December 5, 2005

All my sympathy goes out to the family of Scott. It is a great loss to everyone who ever came in contact with him. I met Scott at Highview. He was not the kind of person who kept to himself. He made sure you knew who he was. He had a crazy sense of humor that stayed with you. I was pretty shy and Scott had an influence on me that I could never forget or repay. He helped me to break out of my shell and not to worry what other people thought of me. He taught me how to keep it REAL. He was a great guy and will never be forgoten. He is a hero to the whole country. Your my boy, Scott. You are so loved.
Sara Lindgren (Robbinsdale, MN)


  1. Today is the day put aside so we all can recall and thank people like Scott T. Medeen. Let's not fail to do so.

  2. Breaks your heart. Their memory be blessed.

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