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The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl

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But 34-year-old Andrews was a soldier to the core and the very best kind of officer. He spent that final moment pushing the sergeant and the radio man on either side of him out of the way while leaving himself directly in the deadly projectile’s path. He used his last breath to call out a warning to the five other soldiers around him.


In the next instant, Andrews took a direct hit and the brunt of the explosion. His radio man, 20-year-old Pfc. Matthew Martinek, was still so badly wounded that he died after being medevaced. But the sergeant survived, as did the soldiers who took cover on hearing Andrews’s warning.

The citation that accompanied his posthumous Silver Star correctly reported the fallen officer’s heroism:

“Second Lieutenant Andrews fatally placed himself between the incoming enemy fire and his fellow comrades. His courage under fire was essential in saving another Soldier’s life, and saving the lives of five other Soldiers who were with him.”

By the official count, Andrews had saved a total of six fellow soldiers at the expense of his own life.


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