KIA August, 8, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia
Army SPC Bradley Rappuhn died August 8, 2010, of wounds sustained during combat operations when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Army SGT Andrew C. Nicol. “Nicol and Rappuhn were involved in fighting one of the most heavily defended areas in Afghanistan. Their actions resulted in the destruction of a complex bunker system that included heavy machine guns, mortar systems and the death of seven Taliban,” said COL Michael E. Kurilla. “They are heroes to the nation, the Army and their families.”
Bradley Rappuhn was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School, Class of 2004, and a former member of the Grand Ledge Bowling Team. He was a master at disc golf; enjoyed BMX riding, fishing, playing the drums, riding his Harley, spending time with his many friends; and loved his dog, Bill.
Rappuhn enlisted in the Army in January 2009 and served as an anti-armor specialist. Friends said he wasn’t a complainer, even when he had to repeat grueling training exercises or when shrapnel in a grenade blast hit him. “I liked to call him B-Rad,” his squad leader, Staff Sgt. Michael Wagner, said. “He was the only guy you would see at the gym or at work on his off time.”
His mother, Roxanne Rappuhn, said of her son’s service, “I’m absolutely proud. He knew what could ultimately happen and it didn’t matter to him.” SPC Rappuhn selflessly lived his life for others and in every instance he fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.
SPC Bradley Rappuhn was 24 years old from Grand Ledge, Michigan
Original portrait was presented November 24, 2013, to his family during a special event held in New York City and hosted by the Lead the Way Fund.org.