May 1, 2003, 15:39 ESTSoldier receives award for service in Bosnia
Spec. Young-Terrell, a member of Headquarters Detachment, Engineer Brigade 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Virginia Army National Guard, was deployed with the 28th Infantry Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina when she was involved in a serious traffic accident. Spec. Young-Terrell was driving up a mountainous road when a vehicle pulled out from behind an oncoming truck in an attempt to pass the truck. Spec. Young-Terrell tried to maneuver her vehicle between the oncoming vehicle and truck and a sheer cliff. Her vehicle was clipped by the oncoming vehicle and knocked into the path of the truck. The truck hit the driver's side of Young-Terrell's vehicle. Young-Terrell's quick reaction to the situation was credited with protecting those riding in her vehicle from more serious injury.
Although Spec. Young-Terrell's quick thinking and actions prevented more severe injuries to the people in her vehicle she, unfortunately, was severely injured. The accident crushed both of her legs and broke vertebrae in her neck. She also suffered internal injuries. She spent several weeks in Germany undergoing medical treatment to prepare her for the trip back to the States. She has been at Walter Reed Army Medical Center since early December and will be there for several more months recuperating and performing physical therapy to regain flexibility in her legs. The good news is that Spec. Young-Terrell is making great progress. She continues to display the strong will and determination needed for recovery.
In addition to the Army Commendation Medal, Spec. Young-Terrell was presented with several awards during the ceremony including the NATO medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Merit Device.