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Actions During an Ambush Recognized
By Harold Hutchison

On 7 August, 2011, a squad of Marines was ambushed and pinned down by insurgents in the Sangin District. Two of the Marines were killed, and facing fire from multiple positions.

First Sergeant Bradley G. Simmons lead a quick reaction force to rescue the pinned down Marines. Simmons lead the force against the insurgents, cutting off their escape route and allowing close air support assets to take down the insurgents. For his actions during the ambush, he received the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device.

“Our successes should be attributed to the NCOs and Marines who put their lives in danger every day. I do not deserve any special recognition but will forever be privileged to have been a witness to such heroism. This ceremony is not for me, but for the award, the Bronze Star, and what it represents, and a tribute to those legions of warriors who have fought with valor,” Simmons said.

Simmons took part in 65 patrols, was involved in four engagements, and took part in four company-level operations during his six-month tour in Afghanistan.