TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA (WANE) – A Huntington North High School graduate was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in Twentynine Palms, California Tuesday afternoon for his heroic actions while deployed in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick received a Bronze Star Medal with a “V” Device for his actions during a six-day battle in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. The battle began June 22, 2012. Brodrick, the platoon sergeant at the time, left cover and ran across 75 meters of an open field that was being attacked with grenades and machine guns to help out his squad members taking the most fire. He also aided in a counter attack on the enemy.
“I’ll wear it proudly and understand that it’s not for me,” Staff Sgt. Brodrick said. “It’s for the marines that we didn’t bring back with us.”
A Bronze Star Medal is the fourth-highest individual military award. It began in 1944 as a morale booster after Pearl Harbor and can be awarded to Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard of the United States. It recognizes acts of merit, heroism, or meritorious service in a combat zone. A soldier receives a “V” Device for acts of heroism.
Brodrick’s family who was there Tuesday said they didn’t know the details of why he was getting the award before the ceremony. However, they said they weren’t surprised. His father, John Brodrick, said the marines have been in his son’s heart since he was 17. They began the process of signing him up on September 11, 2001.
His family said they know the danger of the job but know it’s what he loves.
“He doesn’t need ribbons and awards for me to know he’s an American hero,” John Brodrick said. “He’s always been an American hero since he joined the Marine Corps.”
Staff Sgt. Brodrick is stationed in California right now, but his family said he will be deploying back to Afghanistan in the next few weeks.