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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Two 2nd Infantry Division soldiers received letters from South Korea’s defense minister Monday for their “selfless and compassionate actions” while rescuing three traffic accident victims.

Staff Sgt. Kimberly Veal and Pfc. Bradley Herron, of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s 1st Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment, headquarters company, spotted a bloodied man hanging out of a badly damaged vehicle near Camp Eagle on Jan. 11.

One man was already dead, but the soldiers assisted three others and Veal called a South Korean soldier to help them alert rescue workers.

“Through your valiant deeds, you and Pfc. Herron personified bravery and soldierly conduct, which have forever been etched into the memories of a grateful Korean public,” Defense Minister Kim Jang-soo wrote in his letter to Veal dated Jan. 21.

MND officials provided translated copies of both letters to Stars and Stripes on Tuesday.

Kim added that he was convinced Veal’s action will help strengthen “the foundation of friendship and trust that binds the armed forces of our two great nations.”

He wrote similar sentiments to Herron, applauding him for his “valor and sacrifice.”

In a Jan. 16 story, Veal said Herron attempted to pry off a door that was crushing one passenger’s legs.

He also coaxed a man to spit pooling blood out of his mouth so that he wouldn’t choke.

Emergency crews arrived in about 10 to 15 minutes. An online news report said the three injured passengers had survived.

Veal and Herron also received Army Commendation Medals on Saturday from their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Cory Mendenhall.

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