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Bradley D. Larson

Home of record: Chambers Nebraska


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Sergeant Bradley D. Larson, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force while serving with Troop B, 361st Cavalry, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan on 3 October 2009. Sergeant Bradley Larson's heroic actions led to the safe withdrawal of three Soldiers from an endangered position, and enabled the recovery of a wounded Soldier. On that date, his unit was stationed at Combat Outpost (COP) Keating. He had just taken over a guard post when an estimated 400 insurgents launched an organized, well-armed attack. Sergeant Larson took cover in a Humvee with immediate enemy fire ahead. Four other soldiers came to help him and bring ammunition. As they began to pull back to the main compound, Sergeant Larson provided cover fire and was struck in the head and arm by a sniper. Another rocket propelled grenade (RPG) hit near one soldier and two others were shot. Larson and the other soldier in the Humvee realized the soldier who had suffered the RPG strike was still alive, but was in an open area with no cover. Sergeant Larson provided cover fire using their remaining ammo as the other soldier quickly got their injured comrade back to the Humvee. Inside the Humvee, the two soldiers provided first aid as best they could. After six hours since the beginning of the attack, the soldiers acquired a working radio and immediately provided a situation report and proposed a course of action. After carrying the casualty back to the aid station, Sergeant Larson returned to this section, where he was a critical member of the assault team that recovered two American heroes. Sergeant Larson's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

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Action Date: October 3, 2009

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Troop B

Regiment: 361st Cavalry Regiment

Division: 4th Infantry Division