Roadside bomb survivor buried after traffic death

AP News
Posted: Mar 28, 2011 4:40 PM
Roadside bomb survivor buried after traffic death

A Michigan soldier who survived a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan but then died in a West Coast car accident has been laid to rest.

The Saginaw News reports that 21-year-old U.S. Army Spc. Roger Scherf Jr. was buried with full military honors Saturday in Bay City, Mich. Scherf died March 20 from injuries suffered in an auto accident in Spanaway, Wash., outside Tacoma.

He was driving an armored vehicle during an October 2009 patrol in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province when it rolled over a land mine. Seven members of his rifle squad and an interpreter were killed. Scherf was the only survivor.

Roger Scherf Sr. says his son suffered brain trauma, a punctured lung, and nerve damage in his back and neck from the explosion.