Brandon  D.  Gordon  
  Rank, Service
Specialist E-4,  U.S. Army
  Veteran of:
U.S. Army 2003-2007
War on Terrorism 2003-2007
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan 2006-2007

Brandon Gordon was born on February 2, 1986, in St. Paul, Florida. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 7, 2003, and graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in December 2003. After attending CH-47 Chinook Heavy Helicopter Repairer training at Fort Eustis, Virginia, SPC Gordon served with Company C of the 52nd Aviation Regiment at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, from May 2004 to May 2005, followed by service as an MH-47 crew member with Company B, 2nd Battalion of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from May 2005 until he was killed in the crash of an MH-47 in Afghanistan on February 18, 2007. Brandon Gordon was buried at the Naples Memorial Gardens Cemetery in North Naples, Florida.

His Meritorious Service Medal Citation reads:

For exceptionally meritorious service as a MH-47E Crew Chief, Bravo Company, 2d Battalion. Specialist Gordon's unparalleled expertise, exemplary devotion to duty, and tireless work ethic contributed immeasurably to the unit's overwhelming success both in peace and in war. His outstanding support is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), the United States Army Special Operations Command, and the United States Army.

Soldier's Creed:

I am an American Soldier.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.




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