May 1, 2003, 15:39 EST

Soldier receives award for service in Bosnia

From left to right Col. Harry Meade, Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Robert Curran, Spec. Crystal Young-Terrell, Maj. Gen. Walter Pudlowski Jr., and Maj. Gen. Claude Williams after Spec. Young-Terrell received the Army Commendation Medal at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Washington, D. C. - An award ceremony was recently held for Spec. Crystal Young-Terrell at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D. C. Young-Terrell received the Army Commendation Medal for protecting the occupants of her vehicle during a traffic accident that occurred in Bosnia-Herzegovina last November. Crystal's mother Lucille Drew, stepfather William Drew from the New Castle, Del. area and sister Geri Young-Duran of Columbia, Md. attended the ceremony recognizing Spec Young-Terrell. The Adjutant General of Virginia, Maj. Gen. General Claude Williams, the 28th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Walter Pudlowski Jr., and the 28th Engineer Brigade Commander Col. Harry Meade, were among the senior officials who also attended the ceremony.

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.

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