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Virtus Hero - April of 2009


Lance Cpl. Brady A. Gustafson


U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Brady A. Gustafson received the Navy Cross on March 27, 2009 for helping his comrades fight their way out of an ambush in Afghanistan despite sustaining a traumatic injury to his right leg.  Lance Corporal Gustafson, a machine gunner from Eagan, Minn., "enabled his fellow Marines to fight their way out of a complex ambush" July 21, 2008 while deployed to the town of Shewan in Farah province, Marine officials said in a statement.  Marine officials said Lance Corporal Gustafson was wounded after a rocket-propelled grenade hit his mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, piercing the armor.  A second MRAP also was hit, but Gustafson scrambled to his turret, firing several hundred rounds at the enemy to allow the burning MRAP to escape.

"Gustafson identified the enemy positions and engaged them with machine gun fire, and thus afforded the Marines involved time to escape the 'kill zone,'" said a statement released by the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center.  The Navy Cross is the the second-highest award in the nation and the highest award given by the Navy.  

The Virtus Apparel team thanks Brady for his service to our country and for the heroic actions he took last summer helping his fellow Marines. 

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