Command Sgt. Maj. Barreras honored, laid to rest

BARRAAS-LONGMemorial and funeral services for Command Sgt. Martin Barreras were held on Saturday in Tucson. The memorial service took place at Christ Community Church and Command Sgt. Maj. Barreras was interred at South Lawn Mortuary.

Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment provided honors and, a chaplain from 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, Command Sgt. Maj. Barreras’ unit, presided over the ceremony.

A friend and fellow Ranger told FOX News in an email that Command Sgt. Maj Barreras was a member of the Army battalion that conducted the successful rescue of Lynch from an Iraqi hospital. FOX reported that “the friend said Barreras personally handed Lynch to another soldier to transfer her to the helicopter that evacuated her from the area. Barreras, according to the friend, then fended off multiple attacks in order to retrieve all 9 of the bodies of the other U.S. soldiers missing in action to bring them home.”

“Marty never even asked for a thank you,” the friend told FOX News.

Command Sgt. Barreras, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, graduated from Sunnyside High School.

SGM Barreras entered the Army in 1988 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. After completing Advanced Individual Training, Airborne School, and 75th Ranger Regimental Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington.

He was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regimental Training Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2000. He has served every position including squad leader, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, Regimental Reconnaissance Company sergeant major, and Joint Special Operation Task Force sergeant major. He served multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and also deployed in support of Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.

Award and Decorations:

Bronze Star Medal w/ V Device, three Bronze Star Medals, Purple Heart, three Meritorious Service Medals. Two Joint Service Commendation Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, six good Conduct Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, Two Iraqi Campaign Medals with gold Star, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Humanitarian Service Medals, four Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Medals, Ranger Tab, two Combat Infantryman’s Badges, Expert Infantryman’s badge, Master Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star, Pathfinder Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, and German, Chilean, Guatemalan, Peruvian, and Brazilian Parachutist Badges.

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