Monday, June 18, 2007

“Golden Dragons” foil truck bomb attack on patrol base

2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. (LI)
Multi-National Division – Center PAO

PATROL BASE WARRIOR KEEP, Iraq — Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., thwarted a vehicle-borne improvised explosive attack today at Patrol Base Warrior Keep, near Sadr Al-Yusufiyah, Iraq.
Spc. Brandon Rork, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a rifleman with the 2-14th was manning a machine gun on top of PB Warrior Keep and spotted a driver in a dump truck loaded with homemade explosives attempting to break through the base’s perimeter barriers.
Rork and Spc. Charles Osgood, a native of Chesapeake, Va., a rifleman with an M-4 rifle, both fired at the truck repeatedly, until it stopped.
The driver was removed from the truck and found to be wearing a suicide vest. The vest was removed, and the driver was treated for injuries sustained in the attack.
“The Soldier in the machine gun position was very alert this afternoon and able to engage and stop a dump truck suicide bomber bent on destroying the entire patrol base,” said Lt. Col. John Valledor, a native of New York, N.Y., and the commander of the 2-14 “Golden Dragons.”

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