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First Name: Bruce

Last Name: Price

Birthplace: Washington, DC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Chevy Chase, MD
Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 11 September 1966

Date of Death: 15 May 2004

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 2

Years Served:
Bruce E. Price

•  Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) (2001 - present)


Bruce E. Price
Chief Warrant Officer 2, U.S. Army

On 15 May 2004, then-Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bruce E. Price was serving as the Assistant Detachment Commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 313 (ODA-313), 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On that date, during an armed reconnaissance mission near Musa Qalay, Afghanistan, CW2 Price and his detachment were part of a combined patrol consisting of U.S. Special Forces and soldiers from the 1st Kandak, 3rd Brigade of the Afghan National Army. The purpose of the mission was to disrupt anti-coalition militia (ACM) activity in this known enemy sanctuary. CW2 Price commanded the lead vehicle in a convoy composed of 2 ground mobility vehicles (GMV) and 2 non-tactical vehicles. While moving through a small, restricted village, the patrol was ambushed at extremely close range from multiple prepared positions. CW2 Price's GMV was immediately struck head-on by 2 rocket propelled grenades (RPG) and machine gun fire, disabling the vehicle. Within seconds of the ambush, all personnel in CW2 Price's vehicle were wounded or unable to return fire. The determined enemy swept the vehicle with repeated volleys of machine gun and RPG fire. CW2 Price immediately rallied his men and tried to gain fire superiority in order to break the enemy attack. CW2 Price quickly realized that the enemy force was concentrating its fire on the lead and trail vehicles of the patrol in an effort to trap the friendly forces inside a prepared kill zone. With his vehicle in flames and under a mounting volume of fire, CW2 Price gave the order to dismount and seek cover. CW2 Price then exited the vehicle and began engaging enemy directly to his front from the exposed door machine gun position on his vehicle. The ACM force immediately began concentrating its fire on CW2 Price. With total disregard for his own life, CW2 Price continued to man the machine gun until he was mortally wounded by small arms fire. CW2 Price's courageous efforts to destroy the enemy enabled his teammates to reach cover and continue to fight. CW2 Price's valorous leadership and spirited actions served as the call to action that inspired the entire patrol to drive the entrenched enemy from the field. CW2 Price's conspicuous personal heroism saved a number of his detachment members from certain injury and possible death. CW2 Price’s selfless, courageous actions that day earned him, at the cost of his life, the U.S. Army's third highest award for valor, the Silver Star Medal.

Medals, Awards, Badges and Tabs

Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal with Silver and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Star
Humanitarian Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Superior Unit Award
Combat Infantryman Badge
Senior Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
Special Forces Tab
Ranger Tab

Silver Star Medal Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Chief Warrant Officer Two Bruce E. Price, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the assistant detachment commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 313 (ODA-313), 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during an armed reconnaissance mission near Musa Qalay, Afghanistan on 15 May 2004. Chief Warrant Officer Price's personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bruce E. Price is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Arlington County, VA, In Section 60, Site 7982.


Honoree ID: 8360   Created by: MHOH




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