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From the Star/Trib

Eagan Marine awarded the Navy Cross for valor

Lance Cpl. Brady A. Gustafson was hurt in Afghanistan during an ambush, but he helped save his comrades.

A 21-year-old man from Eagan on Friday received the Navy Cross, the highest award given by the Navy, for aiding his fellow Marines last summer as they fought their way out of an ambush in Afghanistan's Farah Province.

Lance Cpl. Brady A. Gustafson's right leg was injured during the attack after a rocket-propelled grenade hit the military vehicle carrying him and other members of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines based at Twentynine Palms, Calif.

"Despite sustaining a severe traumatic injury to his right leg, Gustafson identified the enemy positions and engaged them with machine-gun fire and thus afforded the Marines involved time to escape the 'kill zone'" said a statement released by the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms.

According to a citation issued by the Department of the Navy, Gustafson reloaded his weapon twice, firing more than 400 rounds before allowing himself to be pulled from his gun turret for medical treatment.

Marine officials said his actions allowed his comrades to escape a second heavily-armored vehicle before it was engulfed in flames. The Marine Corps News described his battalion as "the hardest-hit battalion in the Corps in 2008 with at least 20 Marines and sailors lost in combat."

Attempts to contact Rick and Kim Gustafson, his parents, his older brother Beau, 25, and other relatives after the ceremony were unsuccessful. "They're all out at Twentynine Palms," said neighbor Michael Frattalone.

Frattalone said he's lived near the Gustafsons for 10 years. He said Brady Gustafson visited Eagan recently after being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. "He's just the nicest guy you could ever meet," Frattalone said.

PATRICE RELERFORD

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Darn good thing we have people in this country like him. He and people like him are the true heroes.

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Semper Fi Marine...Bravo Zulu and a heart felt salute from this old Navy Chief to you!

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Thank you, Lance Cpl. Gustafson!

Couldn't say it any better. True American Hero.

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Originally Posted By: smartguy
Thank you, Lance Cpl. Gustafson!

Couldn't say it any better. True American Hero.

here here!

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Support our Troops! The finest military in the world!!

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Freedom is a priviledge protected by the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. For the last 6 years on Fridays, I wear a red tee shirt in support of the troops and I pray everynight that they all come home safely to enjoy what Our Lord has put on earth.

I wish Lance Cpl. Gustafson a speedy recovery and long life.

Brady if you get the chance to travel up north to fish - let me know - it would be an honor to take you out. Cast A Way - US Army Vietnam Vet.

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One would have thunk that this would have been front page news or lead news story on tv? Did I miss it? All we here is doom and gloom when some young man or woman steps up and does something like this it is widely heard about.

Thank you Mr. Gustafson.

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