Brennan, Joshua, SGT

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Infantry (Enlisted)
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2007-2007, 11B10, HHC, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
Service Years
2003 - 2007


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One Overseas Service Bar

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Home Town
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Korengal Valley, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 2007
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
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 Official Badges 

173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Infantry Shoulder Cord French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Order of Saint Michael (Gold)

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Military Order of the Purple HeartIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)173d Airborne Brigade Association173D Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation
GeneralN/AIn the Line of Duty
  2007, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, 173d Airborne Brigade Association [Verified]17
  2007, 173D Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation [Verified]
  2007, National Infantry Association (NIA), General (Member) [Verified]
  2007, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]
  2007, In the Line of Duty

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  2004-2007, 11B10, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  2004-2007, 11B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
  2007-2007, 11B10, HHC, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2007-2007 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  2007-2007 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

SGT Joshua C Brennan ~ Farewell and Walk with God


Oregon has lost another son. SGT Joshua C Brennan, 22, of Ontario, Oregon was killed in an ambush during combat operations on October 25, in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. SGT Brennan died from his wounds on October 26. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.

Josh graduated from Ontario High School in 2003. He grew up in Oregon with his mother and spent parts of his summers with his father in Wisconsin. He worked part-time during high school and still maintained good grades and participated in sports.

On Josh's My Space Page he writes:
About me: I'm a Sergeant in the Army and I've been in about 3 and a half years now. I am based out of Vicenza, Italy and am getting ready to go back to Afghanistan. I'm originally from Eastern Oregon. I like football, baseball, and weightlifting. Some other hobbies of mine are listening to music, traveling, and meeting new people. I like people with a sense of humor and are really down to earth.
Who I'd like to meet: Anyone who has a real personality and is down to Earth. I hate snobs and assholes so if either apply don't bother. Oh yeah, and I hate talking about the war.

Josh and his mother communicated through their My Space Pages. Earlier in the week, SSG Larry Rougle lost his life and Josh's mom played "Heaven Was Needing a Hero" on her page. "Never in my wildest dreams did I know heaven was needing him, too," she said. She has written on her My Space Page: Rest in peace my Son, Rest in peace.......... This site will be under construction for the next several weeks in memory of our beloved Son, Joshua Charles Brennan, killed in action in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan on October 26, 2007........................................I cannot find the words at the present time to describe the anguish, the loss, the void in my life now...... there are so very many people who loved him, looked up to him and considered him to be their personal hero. For the men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade who served by his side in battle ........I know you are hurting also. I know you loved Joshua. You are all in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers for your continued safety and return home to your loved ones.................................May God bless each and every one of you and shield you with his Armor...

Josh was shot in the leg in August. In a firefight with the Taliban, Josh was shot in the leg.
He continued to fight for several hours, then made his way down the mountain for help.

Last week, Josh was shot again. This time he was shot in the chest. The Taliban fighters tried to carry him off, but the medic in his unit, SPC Hugo Mendoza, threw grenades at them to prevent it. SPC Mendoza lost his life trying to save Josh. Josh died from his wounds the next day.

Josh had already received a Bronze Star during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. He also recieved the soldier of the year award for the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
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2ND BAttalion, 503RD PIR. 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE. Chosen Company. Another Hero from Vicenza Italy, SGT Brennan was in the firefight where the Taliban ""TRIED""to over run his unit. The taliban failed. Hooah SGT, Rest In Peace. You and the other 8 Paratroopers who gave their all that day will never be forgotten..

Tribute rendered by SGT P.M HannersAt Large

SGT Joshua C Brennan 

Living Afghan War Vet to Receive Medal of Honor

Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

WASHINGTON -- Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, a Soldier who risked his life to stop Taliban fighters from kidnapping a fallen comrade, will be the first living U.S. servicemember from either Iraq or Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor, White House officials announced Friday.

President Barack Obama spoke with Giunta on Thursday to inform him of the award and thank him for "his service and extraordinary bravery in battle."

Giunta, whose story was featured in the recently published Sebastian Junger book "War," was serving as a rifle team leader with Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment during combat operations in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley in 2007.

On Oct. 25 that year, then-Spc. Giunta's squad was ambushed by insurgents and two Soldiers were cut off from the rest. White House officials said in the initial moments of the firefight Giunta ventured out into enemy fire to pull a comrade back to cover.


"Everything kind of slowed down and I did everything I thought I could do, nothing more and nothing less," Giunta, now 25, told Junger.


Giunta and two other Soldiers assaulted the enemy position with grenades to move forward and link up with the two seperated Soldiers, one of whom was Sgt. Joshua Brennan. When Giunta sprinted to where to he thought Brennan would be, he saw two enemy fighters dragging him down the hill. Giunta fired his M4 and ran after them, killing one insurgent and forcing the other to drop Brennan and run away.  

Army officials say Giunta provided medical aid to his comrade while the rest of his squad caught up and provided security. Brennan later died, but Giunta's actions prevented his body and equipment from falling into enemy hands.

One other Soldier died that day, and five were wounded.

"I didn't' run through fire to save a buddy," Giunta told Junger. "I ran through fire to see what was going on with him and maybe we could hide behind the same rock and shoot together. I didn't run through fire to do anything heroic or brave. I did what I believe anyone would have done."

Brennan's father told his hometown newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal, that Giunta has expressed hesitation about receiving such an honor.

"Not only did he save Josh, so that we were able to have him back and have an open coffin at the funeral, he really saved half of the platoon," he said.

No date has been set for his award ceremony.

The news comes a day after the White House announced that Staff Sgt. Robert Miller would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan in 2007.


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Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment

SGT Joshua Charles Brennan was born on 30 May 1985 in El Paso, Texas.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 25 September 2003.

During his time in service SGT Joshua Brennan completed Basic Infantry Training, Advanced Individual Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  On 15 March 2004, he reported to Vicenza, Italy where he became a Paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Brigade.  Assigned to Battle Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry – The ROCK – SGT  Brennan was first a rifleman and then an Assistant M240 Machine Gunner in 1st Platoon.  Promoted to Team Leader, SGT Brennan deployed and served with distinction during bothVI and VIII.  SGT Brennan was undoubtely one of the finest Noncommissioned Officers in Battle Company.  He always led from the front. 

SGT Brennan’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart(2), Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.  Prior to his death, SGT Brennan was submitted for the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for his actions on 07 August 2007.  For his service during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII, SGT Brennan has been submitted for the Bronze Star Medal for Service.


Died of wounds sustained when they came in contact with enemy forces using RPG, machine gun and small arms fire during combat operations on Oct 25, in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan.

Welcoming Home Our Hero. Click photo below.

November 2, 2007

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November 2, 2007

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