Hero receives Air Force Cross

October 12, 2011 11:35

When it was all over Gutierrez had taken a bullet to the upper shoulder, triceps, left chest and lateral muscle causing two broken ribs, a broken scapula, and a softball-sized hole in his back. – Business Insider

Robert Johnson at Business Insider


When U.S. Army Special Forces entered a Taliban village in western Afghanistan back in

Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez

2009, they had one man with them to coordinate the vital air support that would keep them alive.

His name is Robert Gutierrez and shortly into the fight he was hit with an armor piercing round that tore through his chest and shoulder.

With Taliban fighters firing down on his platoon from rooftops just 10 feet from their position, Gutierrez maintained radio contact with airmen overhead to keep the enemy from killing them all. His efforts earned him the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism late last month.

The four-hour firefight included sniper and small-arms fire, as well as rocket propelled grenades. Though Gutierrez lost five pints of blood and walked over a mile, he maintained constant radio contact.


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