Sailor Awarded the Bronze Star
The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in or with the military of the United States, distinguishes him or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician 2nd Class (Diver) Taylor J. Morris was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” in a ceremony last month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his valorous conduct during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Morris was cited for exceptionally valorous conduct May 3 while serving with the Special Operations Task Force-South at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Morris was struck by an improvised explosive device while engaged in lead clearing for a combat reconnaissance patrol in an abandoned compound. He persisted and continued reporting details of the procedures he conducted to his EOD team leader, as well as potential other hazards, even though he had sustained catastrophic injuries to all four limbs.
His injuries required the amputation of both legs, his left arm and his right hand. A Purple Heart recipient, Morris is currently in recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is enrolled in Navy Safe Harbor, the Navy’s wounded warrior program.
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