Welcome home Spc. Branden Limprich
BRANDEN ALEXANDER LIMPRICH is a Specialist in the United States Army. He’s currently stationed in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, but in his heart, he’ll always be a Miami boy!
Branden didn’t always want to be a soldier. Growing up, he always had a dream of becoming a professional athlete. He’s always loved sports, and as a boy, he played just about every team sport imaginable. But Branden has always looked up to his older brother, Fred, as a role model and mentor. When Fred joined the Army, Branden’s views of the military changed. Although he didn’t really see himself as a military person, he also didn’t dismiss the thought.
Branden grew up in Miami. He attended neighboring schools as Cutler Ridge Elementary, Ammons Middle and in 2009 graduated from Coral Reef High School. After graduation, Branden decided that college life was not for him. He contemplated a few career choices, including firefighter and police, but in his mind, he knew he wanted to serve his Country, just as his brother did; so Branden joined the US Army in 2011. He did his basic training in Ft. Benning, Georgia and immediately after graduation went on to airborne school. Upon graduation, he was selected to be part of the elite 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Within a short period of time, Company A, 2D Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82D Airborne Division found themselves preparing for combat. In March, 2012 they were deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. This soldier grew up very quickly during those months in the Middle East. He turned 21 that year and while most kids celebrate their “Big Day” by partying and drinking, his mission was to stay safe and keep focused. He endured a lot of suffering during the mission, but none greater than the loss of one of his brothers in arms, PFC. Michael Metcalf, and his own encounter with an IED. On July 4th, 2012, while most Americans were celebrating our independence, his truck was hit by an IED and, as a result, he was diagnosed with TBD (traumatic brain disorder). Branden was presented the Purple Heart for his wounds received in action. That was a scary time for all, but on September 03, 2012, our fears came to rest when our heroes returned home!
Spc. Branden Limprich is a very special young man. He has experienced things in his 22 years that most of us won’t even come close to experiencing in our lifetime. Although his term as an active duty soldier will come to an end in April, 2014, this soldier has decided to continue his military service. Branden will now be part of the Army Reserve in the Civil Affairs unit in Miami, Florida.