Sgt. Martin Anthony Lugo - Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

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http://news.soc.mil/releases/News Archive/2010/August/100820-02.html

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 20, 2010) – A U.S. Army Ranger was killed on Aug. 19 during combat operations while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Ranger was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Sgt. Martin Anthony Lugo, 24, a native of Tucson, Ariz., was seriously wounded during a fire fight with the enemy in Logar Province. He was treated immediately by unit medical personnel and was quickly evacuated to the nearest treatment facility where he later died of his wounds.

Lugo enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2004. He served as an ammunition handler, automatic rifleman, team leader and most recently as a squad leader in Company C, 1st Battalion.

“Sgt. Lugo was a true warrior who died leading his Rangers in a fierce fire fight that killed a Taliban commander and 13 other Taliban fighters in Logar Province," said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander of the 75th Rgr. Regt. "He is a hero to our Nation, the Army and his family."

Lugo was on his sixth combat deployment. He previously deployed three times to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq.

“Sgt. Lugo was a phenomenal warrior who was universally respected by every member of this command,” said Lt. Col. Mike Foster, the 1st Ranger Battalion commander. “He died while protecting our nation from her enemies and we will not forget his sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Lugo family.”

He is survived by his father, Martin Lugo; his mother Maria Marin; and, his sister Leslie Lugo, all of Tucson, Ariz.

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RIP ranger buddy. Condolences to friends and family and especially his brothers. You 1st batt guys keep your fucking heads down and kick some fucking ass.

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Last night was the 2 year anniversary of SGT. Lugo and SPC. Wright being KIA. They were both outstanding Rangers. SGT. Lugo ended up recieving the silver star for his actions that night:

On Aug. 19, 2010 – Sgt. Martin A. Lugo, was a squad leader assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was seriously wounded in a fire fight with the enemy during a combat operation in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He was treated immediately by unit medical personnel and quickly evacuated to the nearest treatment facility ...
where he died of his wounds. He was on his sixth deployment in support of the War on Terror with two deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan.

“Sgt. Lugo was a true warrior who died leading his Rangers in a fierce fire fight that killed a Taliban commander and 13 other Taliban fighters in Logar Province,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, then commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment. “He is a hero to our Nation, the Army and his family.”

Sgt. Lugo was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions on Aug. 19, 2010.

Sgt. Lugo and his team were tasked with isolating the northern side of the tree line and suppressing the enemy to allow another team to assault from the south to the north. However, the assault force came under effective enemy fire. Lugo and his team immediately laid down suppressive fire, but realizing that the assault force was pinned down and the entrenched enemy had superior cover, Lugo led his team toward the northernmost side of the trench. This enabled the assault force to move to cover. As Sgt. Lugo moved toward the enemy position, he identified two enemy fighters with automatic weapons. With no regard for his own safety, Lugo moved up until he was just meters away from the enemy. He exposed himself to engage and eliminate the enemy, but was mortally wounded in the process. His actions are credited with saving the lives of at least five of his teammates.

He was a helluva leader, avid skydiver, and loved the Ranger mission. I remember prior to my first deployment, they were getting ready to send him to RS, as he was the most senior private in our squad, and probably the platoon. He tried getting out of it because he didn't want to miss a deployment. Anyone who has been a Ranger private knows how badly you cannot wait to get to school, but Lugo wasn't phased by it at all.
 
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