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August 07, 2006
Oregon Army National Guard Engineers Awarded for Combat Action in Iraq
Thirty-four soldiers of the former Bravo Company, 52nd Engineers were awarded the Combat Action Badge in a ceremony Saturday, for encountering combat action while deployed to Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Lee A. Carrar of Astoria was one of the soldiers involved in the Sep. 11, 2003 incident, when his four-vehicle convoy was ambushed with small arms fire in Mosul, Iraq. The lead vehicles moved away from the fire and went to base to get help for the middle two vehicles, which had been disabled. Staff Sgt. Carrar and another soldier entered the ambush area and evacuated the wounded soldiers while bullets were still flying. Carrar and the other soldier moved back to the base with the wounded. The enemy disengaged before the Quick Reactionary Force arrived.
"I'm really honored for being able to lead the guys over in Iraq. It's a great honor and I'm only representative of what my troops did," said Carrar. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have received it and the honor goes to them," he grinned, modestly.
Many of these soldiers are now a part of the 224th Engineer Company, located in Albany. The B-52 was consolidated and transformed into the 224th recently. The 224th falls under the command of the 1249th Engineer Battalion, which has been involved in numerous community projects throughout the state. This summer, the 1249th has worked on such projects as the renovation of Camp Meriwether, located 20 miles southwest of Tillamook, and the construction of a septic system at the Morrow County OHV Park in Heppner, Ore.
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Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
Sgt. Anna Nam
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