Honoring a Fallen Hero

Petty Officer Nathan (Nate) Bruckenthal July 17, 1979 - April 24, 2004

On Saturday, April 24, 2004, Petty Officer Third Class Nathan Bruckenthal of the U.S. Coast Guard was killed by a suicide bomber while conducting a security patrol in the northern Persian Gulf.

In this video, Petty Officer First Class Joe Ruggiero, who was with Bruckenthal during the attack, describes what happened that day.

Coast Guard TACLET South Commanding Officer Cmdr. Timothy Espinoza speaks about Bruckenthal’s service and sacrifice during a five-year memorial observance held April 24, 2009, at Coast Guard Air Station Miami.

Coast Guard multimedia presentation/Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen

This article was originally published on Jul 30, 2009. Petty Officer First Class Joe Ruggiero is now a Chief Petty Officer and his actions that day have become part of the Wounded Warrior Diaries.

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