Project Hero: SFC David Lowe, Silver Star Posted by: McQ
on Saturday, May 20, 2006
Today we honor a Special Forces soldier and team medic for action in Afghanistan for which he was awarded the Silver Star. SFC David Lowe and his A-team had served their tour in the country and were literally packed up and waiting to go home when an urgent call came in about some brother soldiers of the 82nd Airborned Division being in dire trouble near their base. Never hesitating for a moment, SFC Lowe and his team responded:
Sgt. 1st Class David Lowe and his Special Forces A-team were in their last week in Afghanistan on June 10, 2005, when their base received an urgent call: A small group of 82nd Airborne paratroopers was pinned down in a firefight near the Pakistan border and needed support.
"When you're that close to leaving the country and you've survived the whole time, you kind of stand down a little bit," said Lowe, 26, of Lancaster, Pa., recalling that much of the team's equipment was packed. "But they needed help," he said, "so we went," setting out on a mission that would prove vital and tragic.
It was midafternoon last June when Lowe's team, accompanied by Afghan forces, began climbing a steep mountainside to reach the 82nd Airborne paratroopers fighting off pockets of enemy on all sides.
Lowe's team moved through the brush without talking. The sun cast shadows on the hills, making it difficult to see. Lowe was uphill providing cover ahead of Sgt. 1st Class Victor Cervantes, who walked below through a dry streambed, when fire from a Kalashnikov broke out near Cervantes's position. Lowe turned and dashed back, catching a glimpse of a camouflage coat and a figure ducking between the trees and rocks. Lowe fired at it with his M-4 and the gunfire stopped. Then he began yelling, "Vic!" "Vic!" trying to find his teammate.
"So anyway, Vic was dead," Lowe recalled, choking up at the memory. But Lowe, the team medic, said he controlled an urge to charge blindly up the hill in revenge.
Instead, according to his medal citation, during a six-hour firefight, Lowe moved deliberately to aid the wounded — at one point dashing over 150 yards of open ground. He climbed an exposed rock pinnacle to shoot down a fighter who had a teammate pinned down, and helped kill six other attackers, including some who shot at the soldiers as they attempted to carry out Cervantes's body.
"We were a week from going home, and he's putting himself in harm's way — he's the real hero today," Lowe said of Cervantes, 27, of Stockton, Calif.
SFC Lowe and SFC Cervantes both exemplify the caliber and quality of the Soldiers we find in our military today. Never abandon a comrade in danger and never shrink from doing your duty. While we honor SFC Lowe's valor today I think we should also honor SFC Cervantes sacrifice. It is because of Soldiers like both Lowe and Cervantes that we will eventually prevail in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
PROJECT HERO is an ongoing attempt to highlight the valor of our military as they fight in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We constantly hear the negative and far to little of the positive and inspiring stories coming out of those countries. This is one small attempt to rectify that. If you know of a story of valor you'd like to see highlighted here (published on Saturday), please contact us. And we'd appreciate your link so we can spread the word.
wow....i cant get over the David Lowe story. amazing....wow. i remember how much of an outdoorsman david was. he loved to trap....was addicted to it....so addicted that one time the oldest brother, gary, touched one of his traps with his bare hands....david got so mad at him because he got his "scent" on it...what a guy. i also remember him building a "potato gun"...something that when he shot it fired potatos reeeeeeeeeeally fast at us. hahahaha we hid behind trees and tried to catch the potatoes with baseball gloves.....hahahaha....what great memories....