SSG Bryan A Burgess, 29, of Cleburne, TX entered the Army in March 2003 and arrived at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in Sept, 2009. Burgess was an Infantryman assigned to the 101st Airborne – 1st Brigade Combat Team – 2nd Battalion – 327th Infantry Regiment – No Slack – Charlie Company.

His Awards include: Bronze Star Medal; Bronze Star of Valor Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Good Conduct Medal with Double-Knotted Rope Clasp; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with One Bronze Campaign Star; Iraq Campaign Medal with One Bronze Campaign Star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral “4” device; NATO ISAF Medal; Two Certificates of Achievenment; Combat Infantryman Badge and Air Assault Badge.

Bryan is survived by his wife Tiffany, daughter Makya, and son Zander; Father Terry Burgess of Fort Worth; Mother Linda Pearce and Sister Brandi Burgess of Rainbow, Texas.

Bryan Burgess


A hero

Bryan entered the U.S. Army in 2003 at age 22. He graduated from Fort Benning Boot Camp as Infantry and was assigned to Fort Lewis Washington where he met Tiffany Kasinger. They have two children, Makya and Zander.

The last New Year Bryan and Tiffany celebrated together, 2010.

This picture was taken by Paul in Germany after Bryan returned for a leadership school that required he live away from his family for a time. This is one of my favorite pictures of Bryan as it reflects the deep love he has for his children. He was a wonderful father and a perfect love for Tiffany as he adored her as much as she adored him. Their love will never end, I have no doubt.” Deborah Rangel – Photo by Paul Rangel

Bryan laughing out loud as he tried to teach us the proper way to salute. We did it so very wrong. Bryan was home on leave from his first tour of duty in Iraq visiting his family in our new house in Fort Worth in 2005.

Football was Bryan’s introduction to teamwork and physical endurance which he carried with him and perfected in the U.S. Army.

Bryan’s daughter, Makya, was born in Amberg, Germany on Oct. 1, 2006 while Bryan and Tiffany were stationed at the U.S. Army Garrison in Grafenwöhr.

Bryan loved to play poker, but he usually lost. His first big win, even though it was in Iraqi currency, won his trademark smile!


This website When Our Blue Star Turned Gold tells SSG Bryan Burgess’ story and to honor his sacrifice while helping other Gold Star families navigate their own journeys and inspire them to tell their stories so others will understand and appreciate the true cost of freedom. 

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