Iron Range Native Receives Second-Highest Military Combat Award

Updated: March 08, 2019 06:30 PM

A Bovey native has received the second-highest military combat award for preventing the Taliban from taking over a base in Afghanistan in 2009.

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Former U.S. Army Capt. Andrew L. Bundermann received the Distinguished Service Cross at a ceremony in Minneapolis on Thursday.  Bundermann orchestrated the defense of Combat Outpost Keating on Oct. 3, 2009, preventing it from falling into the hands of a Taliban force of more than 400 fighters.

"When we got the initial reports that enemy was in the wire...that's never a report you want to get," Bunderman said in a military interview weeks after the attack.  "But the soldiers and their leaders reacted quickly, we'd rehearsed this before, at least we had a semi-plan for it."

Bundermann had earlier received a Silver Star for his exceptional valor.

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