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Army Sgt Brent Hernandez

On April 9, 2010, Army Sergeant Brent Hernandez of the 75th Ranger Regiment, a Special Operations light infantry elite unit, was severely wounded just 13 days into his unit's deployment in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan when his aircraft, an Air Force CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, crashed.

Upon impact, the landing gear collapsed and the aircraft flipped over before coming to a halt about 500 meters away.  The aircraft caught fire and its wings broke off.  The pilot, flight engineer, an Army Ranger, and a civilian contract employee were killed, and 16 were wounded.  Hernandez was unconscious for a period of time.  When he regained consciousness, the aircraft was upside down and Sgt. Hernandez was suspended by his safety line.  His sniper partner cut him down and carried Hernandez approximately 100 meters away from the aircraft where he received medical attention while awaiting the medevac.

Due to the severity of his injuries, doctors didn’t believe Hernandez would survive.  He was told by doctors that someone was looking out for him, because they had never seen someone survive with the severity of internal injuries that he sustained.  Hernandez had his intestines ripped through his abdominal wall, three small bowel resections, two traumatic hernias, oblique muscles ripped in half and separated from spine, three fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, two fractured vertebras, TBI  and PTSD.

Sgt. Hernandez, who completed both Ranger and Sniper school, and was deployed as a sniper at the time of the incident, earned the Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2x), National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Army Parachutist Badge.

Sgt. Hernandez, his wife Katy, and daughters Makennah and Annastyn were gifted a home in Naples, Florida.


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