Birth: June 13, 1975 in Bakersfield, California
Death: January 20, 2007 in Karbala, Iraq
Capt Brian S. Freeman of Temecula, California was a 1993 graduate of Torrey Pines High School and a 1999 graduate of West Point then joined the active-duty Army for a five-year stint. After serving as an armor officer in Fort Knox, Ky., Freeman entered the United States Army’s World Class Athlete Program based in Fort Carson, Colorado. He was a national-caliber bobsled and skeleton racer and competed in bobsled, earning a bronze medal in four-man bobsled at an America’s Cup race in December of 2002, one month after finishing fifth and sixth in a two-man America’s Cup competition. During his bobsled days, he became acquainted with Park City’s Steve Holcomb, a 2006 Winter Olympian and the current leader on the World Cup circuit. His awards include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He also earned Combat Action, Air Assault, Parachutist and Marksmanship Qualification badges, said a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina He was killed in action during an insurgent ambush in Karbala, Iraq at age 31. Four other’s died in the same attack. They are, Sgt Jonathan Chism , Pfc. Shawn Falter , Pfc. Johnathon Millican and Lieut. Jacob Fritz. Cremated, to be interred Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery.