Rappuhn Memorial Poker Run 2017
He was born 24 April 1986 in Lansing, MI, son to Cary L. Rappuhn and Roxanne K Rappuhn. Brad was a graduate of Grand Ledge High School, Class of 2004 and a former member of the Grand Ledge Bowling Team. He enlisted in the Army in January 2009 and served as an anti-armor specialist assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga. He was killed in action serving on his first deployment 8 August 2010, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was SPC Rappuhn's team leader SGT Andrew C. Nicol.
SPC Rappuhn was scheduled to return to Fort Benning at the end of July but his tour was extended 45 days. He had been wounded earlier that year and still carried around shrapnel from a Memorial Day attack- Shrapnel that doctors apparently thought couldn't be removed. According to Col. Michael Kurilla, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, SPC Rappuhn was fighting in one of the most heavily defended areas in Afghanistan and that he helped in the destruction of a complex bunker system that included heavy machine guns and mortar systems and resulted in the deaths of seven Taliban fighters. His fellow team members described him as "surgical" with the M249 Light Machine Gun.
He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He also was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.
Bradley Rappuhn Fundraiser Donation Dinner 2016
SPC Bradley D. Rappuhn
American Legion Post 48 731 N. Clinton Rd, Grand Ledge, MI 48837 ALRpost48@Gmail.com