War Hero, 46, dies while changing the flat tire of a stranger after the vehicle has collapsed on top of him

Gulf War Hero, 46, dies five days after suffering serious injuries when he stopped to help a stranger change his tire and the vehicle fell on top of him

  • Col Gregory S. Townsend died Tuesday after suffering injuries from an accident
  • Townsend had stopped to help replace the flat tire of a stranded motorist Thursday
  • When he was done changing the tire, the car fell on top of him
  • Townsend, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, succumbed to injuries
  • He received 28 awards during his military service, including Bronze Star

US Army Colonel Gregory S. Townsend died on Tuesday after a car collapsed while helping a stranded motorist change a flat tire in Virginia

US Army Colonel Gregory S. Townsend died on Tuesday after a car collapsed while helping a stranded motorist change a flat tire in Virginia

A decorated American colonel who went to Iraq and Afghanistan died Tuesday after helping a stranded motorist.

Colonel Gregory S. Townsend drove to northern Virginia on April 18 when he stopped to help the driver change a tire.

When he was done, the vehicle fell on top of him, according to spokesman Dani Johnson of Fort Lee.

Townsend was taken to the VCU Critical Care Hospital in Richmond, Virginia by a rescue helicopter, where he died on Tuesday. He was 46 years old.

Townsend was the commander of the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade at the American Army Quartermaster School in Fort Lee.

The Quartermaster School shared a genuine contribution about Townsend on Facebook and called him a & # 39; serving leader & # 39; in the army and quartermaster community.

Brigadier General Douglas M. McBride Jr. said in a statement that the death of Townsend & # 39; is devastating for his family and the army & # 39 ;.

& # 39; He was a dedicated leader and the most sincere man you could meet & # 39 ;, McBride added.

Col Gregory S. Townsend

Col Gregory S. Townsend

When Townsend finished replacing the tire, the vehicle fell on top of him, according to spokesman Dani Johnson of Fort Lee

When Townsend finished replacing the tire, the vehicle fell on top of him, according to spokesman Dani Johnson of Fort Lee

When Townsend (left and right) had finished changing the tire, the vehicle fell on top of him, according to spokesman Dani Johnson of Fort Lee

& # 39; Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg & # 39; s family and friends in this very difficult time. His legacy as a serving leader will live on in the hearts and minds of all the soldiers with whom he has served and led. & # 39;

The Fort Lee Facebook page of the US Army shared their & # 39; deep condolences to the family and friends of Col. Gregory S. Townsend & # 39 ;.

And others remembered him for the work he did in the community.

Just six days before the accident, Townsend shared his military experience with various JROTC cadets at the Manchester High School in Midlothian, Virginia.

Townsend joined the army in 1996 after graduating from Auburn University and was commissioned by the ROTC for the Quartermaster Corps.

He deployed twice in Iraq and once in Afghanistan and arrived in Fort Lee in 2017 and was in charge of the brigade.

Townsend received 28 awards during his military service.

His awards and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters, a creditable service medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, Joint Staff Commendation Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

Townsend was then taken with a rescue helicopter to the VCU Critical Care Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, where he died on Tuesday. He was 46 years old

Townsend was then taken with a rescue helicopter to the VCU Critical Care Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, where he died on Tuesday. He was 46 years old

Townsend was then taken with a rescue helicopter to the VCU Critical Care Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, where he died on Tuesday. He was 46 years old

Townsend received 28 awards during his military service. His awards and honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters, meritorious service medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, and Army Medals medal.

Townsend received 28 awards during his military service. His awards and honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters, meritorious service medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, and Army Medals medal.

Townsend received 28 awards during his military service. His awards and honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters, meritorious service medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, and Army Medals medal.

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