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Mayor Jones presents Purdy with Bronze Star honor

On behalf of the President of the United States, Millington Mayor Terry Jones presented James Purdy the Bronze Star Medal in September in his office for his combat action in Afghanistan. Chief Special Warfare Operator (Sea, Air and Land) Purdy of the U.S. Navy was recognized for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as Leading Petty Officer, Special Operations Task Force-EAST, in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March to September 2011. Purdy managed the mission readiness of a 40-man element and maintained 100 percent accountability of $13 million of sensitive ordinance and equipment.
His meticulous execution of 76 combat operations projected precision engagement into a region which had been abandoned to the Taliban in 2006 as exemplified by a grueling, 24-hour operation when his element came under intense enemy fire.
Despite suffering a severe concussion when his vehicle struck an explosive charge, Purdy led in the seizure of an adjacent structure and directed an aggressive counterattack against three waves of insurgent fighters. His efforts successfully repelled and defeated the enemy attack and his sustained superior leadership throughout 57 hours of troops-in-contact contributed to 105 enemies killed and the fulfillment of international security assistance force strategic objectives by securing and holding 20 square kilometers of heavily contested enemy terrain. By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Purdy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Purdy Bronze Medal 2 Purdy Bronze Medal 10-2

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