Former Md. man is killed in rebel attack in Afghanistan

May 19, 2004|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF

A longtime Green Beret who attended high school in Maryland died in an ambush Saturday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said yesterday.

Chief Warrant Officer Bruce E. Price was fatally wounded when his vehicle was attacked by insurgents using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, officials at the Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina announced. He was 37 and had lived in Fayetteville, N.C.

The often-decorated soldier leaves a wife, Renate, and an 8-year-old son, Aidan.

Born Sept. 11, 1966, Price was a 1985 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Montgomery County. He enlisted in the Army in 1986 and served a tour of duty in Germany before volunteering for the Special Forces and completing his training as a weapons sergeant in 1992. He later completed courses qualifying him as a jumpmaster and an Army Ranger.

He was promoted to warrant officer in 1998 and was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), now deployed in Afghanistan.

Price served in Kuwait in 2000 and was on his third deployment to Afghanistan since 2002 with the group's 1st Battalion when he died.

He received numerous decorations and commendations over his 18-year military career, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the United Nations Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

From 1997 through 2001, Price took civilian courses at the Fort Bragg campus of Campbell University.

Herman Price, the soldier's father, said in a telephone interview from his son's home in Fayetteville that Bruce Price spent his early years in Washington before moving with the family to El Paso, Texas, and California. He said his son spent his final two years of high school at Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

The elder Price said he and his wife still maintain a part-time residence in Chevy Chase.

He described Bruce Price as a man who liked to hunt, fish, ride his motorcycle and travel with his family. "He was the kind of person who didn't like a lot of glitter in life. He was not a fancy dresser. He didn't want a lot of money," Herman Price said.

He added that this son was a "very principled" man who enjoyed Army life.

"The Special Forces became his second family," he said. "We talked with members of his team, and they're very proud of him and feel that he's their brother."

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