Soldier who helped rescue Lynch killed in action

By Staff reports

One of the U.S. Army Rangers who helped rescue former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch has been killed in action, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona, died Tuesday in San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. He died from wounds suffered during a May 6 attack in Harat Province, Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon statement.

Barreras, known as “Gunny,” was the top enlisted soldier for a unit based in Fort Bliss, Texas at the time of his death, according to the Army Times. He joined the Army in 1988 after serving five years in the Marine Corps. Barreras was part of a group of Army Rangers who helped rescue Lynch, a Wirt County native, from an Iraqi hospital in 2003.

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