U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld poses for a photo with a member of Combined Task Force Bayonet at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2005. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
MOSUL, IRAQ (December 24, 2005)- Spc. Lucas Crowe a medic with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st infantry Regiment, was awarded the Bronze Star from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in a special awards presentation today at Forward Operating Base Courage.
On Dec. 15, Crowe saved the life of an Iraqi two-year-old boy who had nearly drowned in the basement of his family home. The child had stopped breathing until Crowe administered first aid saving the boy’s life.
Rumsfeld pinned the Bronze Star on Crowe and congratulated him for a job well done.
The secretary was on a surprise Holiday visit to the troops in Iraq to show his support and appreciation.