SPC Jackson earns Bronze Star with V for smoking ISIS in mass casualty event

Jun 15 , 2022

SPC Jackson earns Bronze Star with V for smoking ISIS in mass casualty event

While under fire in the middle of a mass casualty event, Specialist Collin Jackson treated the wounded and performed CPR, then destroyed an ISIS position with a 60mm mortar.

On August 16th 2017, SPC Jackson supported an Army Special Forces team patrolling with Afghan Commandos. The patrol came under attack and after 8 hours of fighting, sought cover in a compound to wait out the night. An explosion rocked the compound as the team entered, wounding 30 and killing 4.

SPC Jackson dismounted his vehicle and ran toward the explosion. ISIS fighters resumed their attack with small arms and RPGs. Jackson ignored the heavy fire, consolidating the wounded in a casualty collection point and treating their wounds. At one point, he performed CPR on an American casualty in critical condition. When the wounded were staged for evacuation, Jackson ran back to his vehicle and pulled out his 60mm mortar. For over an hour, sitting in the open in front of the vehicle, Jackson fired mortars at ISIS positions surrounding the team.

He dropped 6 rounds on top of a key ISIS position pinning the team down, destroying the enemy and helping to end the ambush. Jackson’s actions enabled the successful evacuation of 13 critically wounded casualties. For his heroic initiative, SPC Jackson was awarded the Bronze Star with “V”.

Just to remind all you old timers not all of us young bucks are bad


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20 Comments

  • 15 Jun 2022 William Thomas Smith

    DSC would be proper.

  • 15 Jun 2022 William Thomas Smith

    This man deserves the silver star at least.

  • 15 Jun 2022 Austin

    A true HERO!!

  • 15 Jun 2022 Fernando

    How is this soldier only awarded a BS w/V? Why? This is the problem with the way awards are given in the Army. Action and conduct is what guides the level of award received not rank. He shouldn’t have to be a SFC or LT to get the award he deserves. This is a slap in the face of the soldier and other soldiers. I am sure he is proud of his award and that level of pride should be reciprocated in his command presenting him with the proper award.

  • 15 Jun 2022 Allan L MacManes

    These men and women are Americas true heroes



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