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05-30-2010, 23:11

FORT BENNING, GA (USASOC News Service, May 30, 2010) – A U.S. Army Ranger assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment died as a result of complications due to a spontaneous brain aneurysm on May 29.

Staff Sgt. Pedro Brandao Lacerda, a Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) instructor with the Regimental Special Troops Battalion (RSTB) at Fort Benning was leading a squad size element of RASP students through physical training on May 28 when he collapsed. He was taken immediately to Martin Army Community Hospital, placed on life support and transferred to Columbus Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

Lacerda was born Aug. 11, 1979, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 2005 from Knoxville, Tenn. He completed One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Training, the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. There he served as an assistant machine gunner, machine gunner, squad automatic weapon gunner, gun team leader and team leader. In October 2008, Lacerda moved to RSTB to serve as an instructor for new Rangers to the 75th Ranger Regiment.

He has deployed three times in support of the Global War on Terror; twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

“Staff Sgt. Lacerda was loved by all and considered the most lethal man in the Regiment with his hands. As an instructor in our Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, he was instrumental in developing Rangers,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “He was instrumental in the 75th Ranger Regiment’s and Army’s Combatives program. His contributions and legacy to the 75th Ranger Regiment will live on in the hundreds of Rangers he trained.”

Lacerda was part of the first U.S. Army team to compete in the Pan American Jiu Jitsu Championships in Irvine, Calif., last month where he won his first-round match. Prior to joining the Army, Lacerda competed in the games and won the gold in 1998, 1999 and 2002. He also captured the welterweight title at the 2009 All-Army Combatives Championship on Fort Benning and was instrumental to the development of the 75th Ranger Regiment and Army combatives programs.

“Staff Sergeant Lacerda was a hard core Ranger and an All – Army combatives champion, yet also was the nicest guy you ever met,” said Lt. Col. Brian Eifler, Regimental Special Troops Battalion Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “We are all going to miss him.”
Lacerda’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Training, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course and Combatives—Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Lacerda’s awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist’s Badge. He has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan campaign Medal with combat star, Iraq Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. He will be posthumously awarded with the Army Meritorious Service Medal.

Lacerda, a native of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is survived by his wife Marina B. Lacerda, his children Yasmin and Pepe, his father Pedro Lacerda, his brother Marcelo Lacerda and his sister Tatina Lacerda; all of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

05-30-2010, 23:23
Rest In Peace and Thank You

wet dog
05-30-2010, 23:28
God seems to take the best for himself, to stand watch and prepare for another mission. Rest well Ranger, you will not be forgotten.

05-30-2010, 23:45
RIP Ranger.....RLTW!!!!

05-31-2010, 06:54
Rest in Peace Ranger Buddy.

Red Flag 1
05-31-2010, 07:03
Rest In Peace Ranger.

05-31-2010, 07:19
RIP Ranger Lacerda

05-31-2010, 12:48
God Bless,Rest in Peace,Warrior.....................:(

Big Teddy

05-31-2010, 14:09
RIP Ranger, Vaya con Dios..

05-31-2010, 16:20
Rest in Peace, SSG. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You will always be missed and NEVER forgotten.

molon labe

05-31-2010, 16:21
Rest in Peace RANGER..................

05-31-2010, 16:47
A terrible loss of such a high caliber individual. Rest in peace warrior.

05-31-2010, 18:32
RIP Ranger

05-31-2010, 18:49
Rest In Peace RANGER.

05-31-2010, 19:09

05-31-2010, 19:17
RIP Ranger

Goggles Pizano
06-01-2010, 10:50
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti Amen.
In pace requiescat Ranger.
Dominus vobiscum.

06-01-2010, 12:46
RIP Ranger. See you on the other side.

06-01-2010, 20:59
Rest on Peace

06-02-2010, 16:22
Rest in peace Ranger.