Mother Of Decorated Local Marine Speaks Out With Pride (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33
By Jeff Neumeyer

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (NBC33) -A Huntington woman is on “Cloud 9”, thrilled that her Marine Corps son has been honored for tremendous courage displayed during a heated gun battle in Afghanistan.

It's the highlight of a military career that started on one of this nation's darkest days.

“It is the fourth highest medal of honor in the whole nation, and it's like oh my gosh, I'm so proud of him," said Gay Brodrick, who can call her son a real American hero with evidence to back it up.

On Tuesday in California, Marine Staff Sgt. Josh Brodrick received the Bronze Star for bravery on the battlefield.

In June 2012, Brodrick's platoon got caught up in intense fighting that lasted six days.

Bullet rounds killed two Marines and seriously hurt another.

Brodrick ran across 75 meters of open field to link up with the squad taking the most fire.

“He stood in peril and confidently directed their fire, forcing the enemy to withdraw," bellowed out a Marine Corps leader who was in charge of the medal ceremony.

Brodrick wasn't looking to take any credit.

“Like I've told other people I'd give it back in a heartbeat, to get the two Marines that we lost back."

Gay Brodrick said when she communicated with her son in the months following the incident, he never even mentioned what had happened.

: " Things are good, things are pretty quiet, you know, never dreamed what he was really going through," she said.

It's interesting to note, Brodrick made arrangements to sign up for the Marines September 11th, 2001.

Before the recruiter showed up at his door, terrorists rammed the Trade Center Towers in New York.

Mom asked if he wanted to reconsider.

" Doesn't this change your mind, thinking…and he was like, no, you've got to go sometime."

It's the sort of fearlessness that helped him serve his country in a way that will never be forgotten.




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