I recently ordered and received my bracelet with the name SGT Roderic Soloman name inscribed on it. During OIF 1, I was SGT Soloman's Platoon Sergeant. On 28 March 2003 at approximately 0230 hrs, My platoon was moving from a checkpoint to a screenline mission, when the bradley fighting vehicle that SGT Soloman was riding in drove into a 45 foot deep hole. I watched in horror through my night vision as A21 disappeared from sight. I was the first one to reach the hole, the bradley was vertical, standing on its front end. Of the 12 men on board, only 2 were uninjured. After we got everyone out of the vehicle, our medics had arrived and began to render first aid to my injured men. I cradled SGT Soloman's head in my lap as I held a oxygen mask over his face while the medic's did everything in their power to revive him. He was pronounced dead as soon as he was medavac'd to a field hospital. There hasn't been a day that has gone by since then that I haven't relived that night.
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