A Humble Hero

21 05 2014
CSM Barreras was involved in one of the most daring and highly publicized events at the beginning of  conflict in Iraq. The rescue of Jessica Lynch catapulted the soldiers involved to the status of “hero”. Which nobody can deny. Ten years later, the journey of this 49 year old soldier/hero came to an end while he was fighting for his country.  Thank you, sir, for your service.
Pastor Dave
                                                                                       

Son: Slain soldier was ‘humble’ rescuer of former POW Jessica Lynch

PHOENIX — The son of a U.S. Army soldier from Tucson who died from wounds suffered in Afghanistan says his father’s role in the 2003 rescue of former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch was just one facet of what he achieved in his life.

Calvin Barreras said Sunday that Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras was instrumental in orchestrating Lynch’s rescue, but he was humble about his part in it. “It was something he took part in, and it wasn’t anything he wanted recognition for,” Calvin Barreras said.

The Department of Defense confirmed this week that Barreras died Tuesday in San Antonio Military Medical Center. Officials say the 49-year-old was injured earlier this month when his unit was attacked in Herat Province, Afghanistan.

Based on an email from an unidentified friend and fellow Ranger, Fox News on Friday reported that Barreras served in the Army battalion that conducted the rescue. According to the friend, Barreras handed Lynch to another soldier to take her to a waiting helicopter, Fox reported.

The U.S. Department of Defense has not commented on the matter.

Barreras was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss, Texas. A funeral service will be held May 24 in Tucson.

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