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Convoy driver disregards injuries to ensure safety of his passengers

CAMP ADDER, Iraq – A Minnesota Army National Guard Soldier is being considered for a Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his actions during an attack on his convoy in Iraq last summer

Spc Gregory Brown was a convoy driver with Company B, 682nd Engineer Battalion, a unit based in Willmar, Minn On June 16, 2006, his convoy team – call sign “Earthpig 36” – was escorting a group of supply trucks across Iraq

Brown of Litchfield, Minn, was driving a 5-ton gun truck in the scout position ahead of the convoy when a roadside bomb detonated on the right side of the road, according to a written narrative of the event Shrapnel from the explosion wounded all three occupants – the gunner mortally
The ballistic glass of the passenger-side window was struck by shrapnel, spraying glass fragments inside the cab, pieces of which became embedded in Brown’s face and both eyes Brown avoided potentially mortal wounds when shrapnel from the bomb passed in front of his chest, according to the statement He was, however, struck on both forearms, making the use of his hands nearly impossible

Despite his injuries and temporary blindness, Brown managed to maintain control of his vehicle, keeping it centered on the road and bringing it from a speed of more than 40 mph to a controlled stop without further incident, according to the statement

“Spc Brown did a fantastic job maintaining control of his vehicle after being hit,” wrote Staff Sgt Brandon Kottke, who was part of the convoy and witnessed the detonation from several hundred meters behind “He fought through his injuries and the pain and focused on the safety of everyone else”

By 1/34th BCT Public Affairs
18 April, 2007






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