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View a eulogy for Hugh Frederick Scruggs, USMA '65, who passed away on November 29, 2016.

Hugh Frederick Scruggs

West Point, 1965

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Rafael DeJesus on December 1, 2016:

CPT Fred Scruggs was my B Company operations officer when I joined the 7th SFG(A) in Panama in 1974 as a 1LT. He sent me to HALO basic and Jump Master schools that year and later was my B-Team Commander when I commanded SFODAs-6 and 12. Under stressful times in Panama working for LTCs Bo Gritz and Roger Donlon, MAJ Scruggs kept his calm, soft-spoken Kentucky accent and led by setting the example. If things got screwed up, which sometimes they did at the ODA level, his harshest reprimand would be to say, "Ralph I wish you hadn't done that. Next, get your team to do it this way." I also served as his 7th Group XO and Deputy during Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989-90. That's about 20 years of working for and knowing him. What wonderful opportunities and experiences I had working for CPT-COL Fred Scruggs: a generous, thoughtful, kind, highly knowledgeable, professional Special Forces Officer. A true quiet-warrior with Sandee and his kids always by his side.

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