Coast Guard to host 4th annual Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run

PO3 Nathan Bruckenthall

PO Nathan B. (Nate) Bruckenthal July 17, 1979 - April 24, 2004

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard in the Baltimore area is scheduled to host the 4th annual Nate Bruckenthal Memorial Run at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Saturday.

The run is dedicated to Nathan Bruckenthal, a Coast Guardsman who died in Iraq April 24, 2004, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. All proceeds will go to support the Nate Bruckenthal Open Door Baby Pantry, a new and used baby goods pantry that helps young military families obtain free baby items.

The registration fee before April 19 is $25 and participants will receive a cotton T-shirt. The registration fee after April 19 is $30, and participants will not be guaranteed a T-shirt. Checks and money orders can be made payable to the Baltimore Area Chief Petty Officer Association. Cash will also be accepted from an official race representative. Credit Card payments can be made via http://www.active.com/running/baltimore-md/4th-annual-nate-bruckenthal-memorial-run-2012.

Petty Officer Bruckenthal was on a security mission in the Persian Gulf on April 24, 2004, when suicide bombers initiated a waterborne assault on the Khawr Al Amaya oil terminal. Bruckenthal was severely wounded while defending the Iraqi terminal, and later died from his injuries. He was serving aboard the USS Firebolt on his second tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bruckenthal was the first Coast Guardsman killed in combat since the Vietnam War. For his actions, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal in April 2004

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