February 2012 Warrior in the Spotlight - SSG Cory Remsburg

SSG Cory Remsburg

Home Town: St. Louis Mo.

Age: 28

Branch: US Army

Rank: SSG

Unit: 1st Bn, 75th Ranger Regiment                                                          

     Cory's Story:

Staff Sergeant Cory Jacob Remsburg was born in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he lived with his father and step mother, Craig and Annie Remsburg. He graduated from Ritenour High School in Overland, Missouri, June 2001. While in high school, Cory participated in marching band, orchestra, and jazz band. He also belonged to the German Club and played on the varsity volley ball team as well as highly active in the US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol program. SSG Remsburg became interested in the U.S. Army Rangers while in high school. He entered the U.S. Army from his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri July 2001.

Cory attended One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia where he has served since 2002. He has multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. SSG Remsburg was on his tenth combat rotation when he and his squad were conducting a combat operation involving multiple enemy contacts on October 1, 2009.

Cory was very seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device. At the time of the explosion, Cory was thrown into a canal. He was rescued and rendered immediate lifesaving medical care by his fellow Rangers. He was airlifted to Kandahar Air Base for triage, and then to Bagram Air Field for surgery. He was medically evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Germany where he spent two weeks receiving additional medical treatment. From there, Cory was transferred to Bethesda Naval Hospital October 16, 2009 where he was treated for acute medical injures, and he remained in a coma condition. On Nov 12, 2009, Cory was transferred to the James Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Since the initial injury, and over 3 months in a coma, Cory started to emerge into consciousness. After nearly 15 months since his injury and being hospitalized, SSG Remsburg was moved to out-patient status, getting an apartment in Tampa and continuing his daily occupational, physical, vision and speech therapies at the Tampa VA Med Center.

Cory, his therapist and Stepmother Annie (behind him with the wheelchair) at the Tampa VA Medical Center during therapy.


Today, SSG Remsburg has taken his recovery to the next level, moving from Tampa, FL to Los Angeles, CA and participating in the in-patient Casa Colina Transitional Living Center program. This program will continue providing SSG Remsburg therapy services with an emphasis on learning to become ‘independent’.


SSG Cory Remsburg with his CCRP Advocate (Hiram Ortiz) at Casa Colina (left); Preparing for intense Physical Therapy using his “BIONESS” nerve stimulation system.


Staff Sgt. Remsburg’s military education includes the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Refresher Course, Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course, Military Free Fall Parachutist Course, Jumpmaster Course, Combatives Level 1 and the Advanced Leader Course

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

He has also been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal for valor, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with combat star, Iraq Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned officer professional development ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.


SSG Cory Remsburg receives the Bronze Star Medal (BSM) and Purple Heart Medal during ceremonies held at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA.
    Career Highlights:

2002 – 2009 - 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia

   Education Highlights:

Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Refresher Course
Basic Airborne Course
Ranger Assessment and Selection Program
U.S. Army Ranger Course
Warrior Leader Course
Military Free Fall Parachutist Course
Jumpmaster Course
Combatives Level 1 and the Advanced Leader Course


   Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Comm, Army Achievement
     GWoT Expeditionary, GWoT Service, Iraq Campaign, National Defense Service

   Quotes from family/Friends/Military leaders:

"Cory is only 27 years old, He knows he has a long and hard road ahead. But he pushes on, and he's determined to get back to his fellow Rangers. And when someone at the hospital said, 'Cory, you're going to walk out of here someday,' he said, 'No, I'm going to run out of here.' - President OBAMA"

"Staff Sgt. Cory Remsburg, Disabled American Veterans -- you are the very essence of America, the values that sustain us as a people, and the virtues our nation needs most right now. - President OBAMA"

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