Soldier who rescued Jessica Lynch in Iraq in 2003 killed in Afghanistan combat
A veteran Army soldier who helped rescue Pfc. Jessica Lynch at the beginning of the Iraq War was killed in action in Afghanistan as the U.S. effort there winds down.
Command Sergeant Major Martin R. Barreras, 49, of Tuscon, Ariz., died May 13 after being wounded by small arms fire a week earlier in Herat province in western Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. He was the top enlisted soldier of 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas.
Barreras had already been wounded in combat several times over multiple tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Read the full account of CSM Barrera's actions during the rescue of Jessica Lynch and the recovery of her platoon mates bodies HERE
I only just became aware of this brave soldier's sacrifice. Sadly, this did not make national news.