Sgt. Cory Taylor, a combat engineer with 3rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, received the Bronze Star Medal with a “V” device April 8 for combat actions during a 2007 deployment.
“With disregard for his own safety and still under effective enemy fire, Taylor demonstrated remarkable discipline as he and I began to bound into the enemy ambush, toward the IED trigger man and three enemy fire-team fighting positions,” said Staff Sgt. Lincoln Dockery, Taylor’s former squad leader with Alpha Company, Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, as they were attached to Task Force Rock in Asadabad, Afghanistan.
On Nov. 16, 2007, the Task Force Rock route clearance platoon received the mission to clear the Korengal Road from the village of Kandegal to the village of Omar.
“We were told there was a 100 percent chance we would get hit,” Taylor said. “We were always ready, so we were already prepared.”
Taylor was a part of the light platoon that was composed of Humvees and a Husky. Elements of a heavy platoon were mixed into the convoy due to the intelligence of a probable attack.
The route clearance platoon departed Camp Wright and traveled towards Korengal Road.
Just past the village of Omar, the Husky was hit by a roadside bomb, which led to an exchange of fire with enemy forces.
“I took shrapnel down my leg from the initial blast,” Taylor said. “I didn’t notice it. My adrenaline was going. We got ourselves together and fired back.”
After returning to camp and seeking medical attention, Taylor returned to duty 48 hours later. “I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was call my family,” he said.