Service news

June 02, 2006

U.S. Army SSG Duane Enderle, son of Kay and Duane Enderle of Hagerstown, received the Bronze Star for exceptional valorous conduct in the face of the enemy of the United States of America as an infantry squad leader, 1st Platoon, B Company 1-125IN (M), Camp Habbiniyah, Iraq, on Oct. 27, 2005, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

During a platoon movement for an operation on MSR Michigan, the second vehicle of a six-vehicle formation was hit by an IED. A collision occurred with an M2 Bradley fighting vehicle. The vehicles came under small-arms attack and three were destroyed by the IED and collision.

Enderle exited his vehicle, which was in a kill zone, and prioritized the tasks of moving the injured soldiers, providing security, and reporting the contact and situation to his platoon sergeant. Enderle's leadership was instrumental in directing all personnel involved with treating, securing and evacuating the casualties. He maintained control of all those directly involved in the crash site.


Enderle set his squad to work extracting five seriously injured soldiers from the wreckage. The quick actions taken by Enderle and his men were instrumental to the evacuation of his injured platoon members and battle-damaged equipment.

Enderle's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, Company B 1-125 IN, TF 1-110, 2-28 BCT, MNCI and the U.S. Army.

Enderle received the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional meritorious service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from February 2005 to May 2006.

Enderle is a 1986 graduate of South Hagerstown High School.

Pfc. Brandon Michael Reid, son of Michael and Donna Reid and Angela L. and Tony Stoneberger of Clear Spring, enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2004 and completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He graduated as an infantryman.

After his graduation in October 2004, he reported to Fort Campbell, Ky., where he graduated from Air Assault School. In November 2005, he reported to his new assignment in Baghdad.

He is serving with 2nd Platoon, Company 1/506, at Camp Corregador.

Reid is a 2004 graduate of Clear Spring High School.

He is the grandson of Maurice and Gerry Reid and Cecil and Jean Jones of Hagerstown, and the great-grandson of Viola Turner of Hagerstown and Katherine Jones of Clear Spring.

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