Staff Sergeant Andrew M. Wilson, of Dayton, Ohio, commanded the three-man squad's oven-hot Bradley Fighting Vehicle as it rolled roughly down what US forces know as Route Irish, its surface pockmarked by the crude and deadly bombs aimed, almost nightly, at American troops. Tall and gregarious, Wilson won his crew's allegiance by his willingness to do himself whatever he demanded of them, and by shielding them from the foolish flak from officers above.
Staff Sergeant Andrew M. Wilson, of Dayton, Ohio, commanded the three-man squad's oven-hot Bradley Fighting Vehicle as it rolled roughly down what US forces know as Route Irish, its surface pockmarked by the crude and deadly bombs aimed, almost nightly, at American troops. Tall and gregarious, Wilson won his crew's allegiance by his willingness to do himself whatever he demanded of them, and by shielding them from the foolish flak from officers above.
(Globe Staff Photo / Dina Rudick)