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SGT Bradley Crose
from Orlando, Florida

SGT Crose served with: 1_75_Ranger_Bn

Born in 1979, Ranger Crose was 22 years old at the time of his death in 2002.

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SGT Bradley Crose 's Biography

At approximately 0610 hours, Razor 01, under the command of Captain Nate Self, reached the landing zone. The aircraft immediately began taking fire, and the right door minigunner, Sergeant Phillip Svitak, was killed by small arms fire. An RPG then hit the helicopter, destroying the right engine and forcing it to crash land. As the Rangers and special tactics team exited the aircraft, Private First Class Matt Commons, posthumously promoted to Corporal, Sergeant Brad Crose, and Specialist Marc Anderson were killed. The surviving crew and quick-reaction force took cover in a hillock and a fierce firefight began.

Sgt. Bradley S. Crose

SGT Bradley S. Crose, assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment was killed in action in the defense of his country during Operation Anaconda outside Gardez, Afghanistan on March 4, 2002.

Bradley was a patriot who died in the defense of his country and in the company of his fellow Army Rangers. Bradley was born on August 4, 1979 at the Naval Hospital, Orlando, FL into a Navy family and tradition.

He joined the Army in June 1998 two weeks after graduating from Orange Park High School. He attended Basic and Infantry training, Airborne School, Ranger Indoctrination training and Ranger School at Ft. Benning, GA. He was ultimately assigned to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA.

Bradley gave his life to the Lord at a young age while attending Orange Park Assembly of God and in his mid-teens became a member of Pinewood Presbyterian Church where he was active in youth activities and the study of Theology. Scheduled for discharge from the Army in October 2002, Bradley planned on attending College, restoring his 1981 Corvette and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

He held a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do where he won a Bronze Medal in the Junior Olympics, was a runner-up at both the Florida and Georgia State Championships and fought in the Mens National Tae Kwon Do Championships in Houston, TX at the age of 15.

He was an avid Gator fan and enjoyed reading classic novels. Bradley is survived by his mother, Sheila Maguhn; step-father John Maguhn; his father Ricky Crose; step-mother Diana Crose; his brother and best friend Aaron Crose; his step-sister Hannah Higginbotham; grandparents, Corrie and Wirt Avret, James H. and Rebecca Wright Sr., John and Audrey Durst, Jim and Pat Nearhoof and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Mar. 10, 2002
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