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April 18, 2005
Three Soldiers from TF 3-116 AR receive Bronze Star medals
 
FOB WARRIOR, Iraq- Three 116th Brigade Combat Team Soldiers from received Bronze Star Medals for heroic achievement April 1.
 
Spc. Josiah Jurich of Astoria, Ore., Sgt. Charles Jordan of Pendleton, Ore., and Staff Sgt. Marvin Albert II of Union, Ore. were presented the Bronze Star by Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart, commander of the 116th BCT. All three soldiers are from Task Force 3-116 Armor headquarters company.
 
On the morning of 13 January, all three rendered life saving treatment to a soldier who was badly injured when his vehicle struck a land mine. According to the award recommendation letters, their quick thinking saved not only his arm, but his life as well.
 
According to reports, Staff Sgt. Albert was instrumental in getting the wounded soldier out of the truck so he could initiate intravenous fluids and continue treating for shock. Staff Sgt Albert reportedly spot checked the soldier for other injuries and adjusted the security perimeter set up around the scene, so that it was evenly covered on all sides.
 
Sgt. Jordan and Spc. Jurich controlled the bleeding from a severed artery, working together to stem the bleeding within 10 minutes with numerous pressure dressings.
 
The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Army of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
 
The reverse side of the medal has the inscription "HEROIC OR MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT" and a space for the name of the recipient to be engraved.
 
“[Their] decisive actions cut the ‘golden hour' of life-saving care in half and saved [the Soldier's] life,” wrote TF 3-116 Platoon Leader 1st LT. Max Arvidson in the citation for the awards.
 
The 116 BCT was mobilized in support of the global war on terrorism in June 2004. The unit's multi-faceted mission in Iraq includes security training and operations, aiding the Iraqi government, supporting economic and infrastructure development, and facilitating communications.
 
The 116 BCT includes headquarters and staff sections, two armor battalions, a mechanized infantry battalion, a support battalion, a field artillery battalion, an engineer battalion, and various intelligence, signal, and specialized units. The 116 BCT is one of several Army National Guard units deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
 
Photos:
 
Awaiting Award.jpg ~ Staff Sergeant Marvin Albert II, Sergeant Charles L. Jordan and Specialist Josiah Daniel Jurich receive the Bronze Star Medal from Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart at Forward Operation Base Warrior, Iraq, April 1. (Photo by Spc. Cathy Alberto, 116th BCT Public Affairs)
 
General Talking.jpg ~ Brig. Gen. Gayhart addresses soldiers from Headquarters Company, Task Force 3-116 Armor at Forward Operation Base Warrior, Iraq, April 1. (Photo by Spc. Cathy Alberto, 116th BCT Public Affairs)
 
Three Bronze Starred soldiers.jpg ~ Spc. Josiah Jurich, Sgt. Charles Jordan and Staff Sgt. Marvin Albert II stand in front of formation at Forward Operation Base Warrior, Iraq, April 1 as they are commended on a superb quick reaction on saving another soldiers life. (Photo by Spc. Cathy Alberto, 116th BCT Public Affairs)
 
Contact:

Capt Mike Braibish
Oregon National Guard
503-584-3886, cell 503-932-5805
or
Kay Fristad
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Oregon National Guard
503-584-3917, cell 503-931-5179
 
For information from Iraq, contact
Capt. Monte Hibbert,
116th BCT Public Affairs
 at monte.hibbert@us.army.mil