Skip to comments.Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras Dies From Afghanistan Action Wounds
Posted on 05/17/2014 6:33:22 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras died on May 13 at the San Antonio Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio. Barreras, 49, died from wounds he received in action in Afghanistan.
He was taken to San Antonio after he was wounded when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire on May 6 in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
Barreras, a highly decorated Ranger, was the top senior enlisted soldier for 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division since March 2013. His battalion deployed to Afghanistan in December 2013.
Barreras was originally from Tularosa, N.M., but went to high school in Tucson and he listed that city as his hometown.
Command Sgt. Maj. Barreras was my friend and battle buddy, said Lt. Col. Edward Brady, battalion commander. Ive spent more time with him than my wife since Ive taken command. I believe that I was the luckiest battalion commander in the Army to have him as my (command sergeant major).
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RIP, CSM Barreras.
May he rest in eternal peace.
Isn’t he one that took part on the rescue of Jessica Lynch?
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He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1983 and then enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in 1988.
After completing his initial military schools, he was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite infantry unit at Fort Benning, in 1988 and served for the next 22 years in various capacities in the Ranger Regiment at three different locations — Fort Benning, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., and Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. He served in virtually every enlisted duty and leadership position within the regiment and completed multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a biography provided by Fort Bliss.
He later served as the command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, also at Fort Benning, from August 2009 to August 2012.
Barreras is survived by a wife, two daughters and a son.
His medals include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with valor device, Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters and many others.
Hand, salute. Terrible loss.
Prayers up, RIP
...sounds like one awesome soldier.
What a loss!
“...sounds like one awesome soldier.”
The kind that obama wants to get rid of.
And yet another American murdered under the hand of the islamist obama.
Yes, he was part of the Lynch rescue.
I try not to read these too often, as my son is over there right now. But I have to know their names and pray for those left behind.
He will not be forgotten.
“I try not to read these too often, as my son is over there right now. But I have to know their names and pray for those left behind.”
Prayers for the safe return of your son.