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 To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:
This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918
Has Awarded


THE SILVER STAR
TO

 

*MAHOLIC, THOMAS D. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas D. Maholic, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the Detachment Operations Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha 765 (ODA-765), Company A, 2d Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 24 June 2006, at Pashmul, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Master Sergeant Maholicsís heroic actions defeated a Taliban attack, saved the lives of his comrades, and prevented the destruction of his team. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, Special Operations Command Central, and the United States Army.

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD
Master Sergeant Thomas D. Maholic, United States Army, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry in action as the Detachment Operations Sergeant for Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 765, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On 24 June 2006, while conducting a cordon and search mission to capture or kill Taliban leadership in Panjawi District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Sergeant Maholic and his detachment commander identified a small compound west of their perimeter on a knoll that would threaten their position if occupied by the enemy. Shortly after, they observed several individuals run toward, and then enter the compound. Sergeant Maholic volunteered to lead a patrol of three other detachment members, 20 Afghan Soldiers, and two interpreters to assault and secure the compound. He assigned two detachment members, along with four Afghan Soldiers and one interpreter, to a support-by-fire position. Sergeant Maholic took the other detachment member, one interpreter, and the remainder of the Afghan Soldiers to form the assault force. As he prepared to assault the compound, both of his elements came under heavy enemy fire from concealed enemy positions around the area. Sergeant Maholic immediately initiated the assault and his small element rapidly entered and cleared the compound. Once inside, he learned that his two detachment members at the support-by-fire position had been critically wounded, and that their position was in danger of being overrun. As he established a defensive position from which he could control his forces, a large Taliban Force counter-attacked and occupied positions on all sides, effectively surrounding and isolating Sergeant Maholicís force and the support-by-fire position from each other as well as other friendly elements. From all directions, the numerically superior enemy initiated an uninterrupted barrage of machinegun, rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fires on both elements. From intercepted radio transmissions, Sergeant Maholic learned that the enemy commanderís intent was to capture the combined force alive. An eight-man quick reaction force, dispatched by Team Leader and led by the detachment Medical Sergeant, fought its way to the compound to assist in the fight and the medical evacuation of the two wounded Soldiers. Sergeant Maholic immediately ordered them to reinforce the support-by-fire position and render aid to the two wounded Soldiers, leaving himself, one other detachment member, and 15 Afghan Soldiers to hold the compound. For 40 minutes, Sergeant Maholic moved throughout the compound from position to position in the more than 100 degree heat. Moving across rooftops, on ladders, and behind mud walls, he coordinated his unitís fires and adjusted his perimeter as required, while repeatedly exposed to an extraordinary volume of fire by an estimated 50 well-armed and determined Taliban fighters. The enemy element quickly maneuvered to as near as 15 meters from the outside walls of the compound, brought forward machineguns, and began to place effective fire on the defenders. As the volume of enemy fire reached an unbearable level, and with Taliban fighters shouting insults and threats at the Afghan Soldiers less than 25 meters away, the compound defense began to falter. Sergeant Maholic sprinted from one position to the next, without regard for his own personal safety, ignoring bullet and rocket-propelled grenade impacts all around him, as he rallied and motivated the defenders to hold and regain the initiative. He repositioned weapon systems, identified targets, directed fires, and shouted encouragement while continuing to engage enemy fighters with his personal weapon and simultaneously coordinating the relief effort for his two wounded Soldiers. His determination, resolve, and personal example inspired the defenders and they began to eliminate enemy forces maneuvering ever closer to the compound. Slowly and methodically, Sergeant Maholicís defenders gained fire superiority and drove the Taliban back. When Sergeant Maholic learned that the previously dispatched reaction force was engaged by heavy Taliban fire, he ordered the one remaining detachment member to depart the compound, maneuver to the support-by-fire position, and assist his wounded comrades. As the only remaining American Soldier in the compound, Sergeant Maholic continued to direct the defense of the compound against several determined and well coordinated attacks. While attempting to engage one enemy fighter maneuvering in an alley, Sergeant Maholic emerged from behind cover to fire his weapon and was mortally wounded; however, inspired by his personal example, the remaining Afghan National Army Soldiers continued the defense. The attackers eventually withdrew in the face of the determined defense by the remaining Afghan Soldiers. Sergeant Maholicís courageous actions not only rallied the defenders to deny the enemyís attempt to overrun and capture the force, but successfully eliminated enemy forces that would have certainly enveloped the detachmentís more vulnerable positions. His gallantry, dedication to duty, and selfless sacrifice exemplified the warrior ethos and directly resulted in the detachment seizing the initiative, denying the enemy use of key terrain, and forcing the Taliban retreat. The heroic accomplishments of Sergeant Maholic reflect great credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, Special Operations Command Central, and the United States Army.
Born: at Bradford, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Bradford, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), 2@ Bronze Stars w/v, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart



MAHON, KELLY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kelly Mahon, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 583 (ODA- 585), 5th Special Forces Group Airborne, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in Iraq, on 11 September 2003. On that date, Master Sergeant Mahon and his teammates were on a mission to remove terrorists barricaded in a house. Two Special Forces soldiers were killed in the raid, and Master Sergeant Mahon risked his life to retrieve a third, who had been mortally wounded. By using hand grenades and other firearms, he led the remaining team through the house, receiving heavy fire from enemy insurgents. Three of the A-Team soldiers were hit, but Mahon remained calm and ordered a soldier manning a .50-caliber machine gun outside to fire on the house. The gunfire allowed Mahon to toss a fragmentary grenade to overcome an armed fighter fortified in a stairwell. Master Sergeant Mahon's leadership during the battle gave inspiration to those who fought with him and was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service, reflecting credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Virgil, Kansas
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MAITRE, BENJAMIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Benjamin Maitre, Captain, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in while serving as Pilot of an MC-130H Combat Tallon II aircraft, attached to Air Force Special Operations Command, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, during the height of war in Afghanistan, on 21 February 2002. On that date, Captain Maitre flew a re-supply mission and encountered heavy resistance from the enemy and although his aircraft was hit by intense anti-aircraft fire 10 minutes before his crew was to drop supplies.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts
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MALMBERG, CHAD A. 
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Chad A. Malmberg, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Convoy Escort Team Commander, assigned to Company A, 2d Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment (AASLT), assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, near Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq on 27 January 2007 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. Staff Sergeant Malmberg's personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 34th Infantry Division, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Staff Sergeant Chad A. Malmberg distinguished himself by his gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United States as a Convoy Escort Team Commander, while assigned to Company A, 2d Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment (AASLT), assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, near Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq on 27 January 2007 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. Staff Sergeant Malmberg was the Commander of a Convoy Escort Team that departed Baghdad International Airport on 27 January 2007, with five gun trucks and 20 logistical vehicles. At 2232 hours, as Staff Sergeant Malmberg's convoy was traveling south on MSR Tampa near Checkpoint 30A, a convoy driving in front of them was struck by an improvised explosive device, requiring him to stop his convoy. A cordon of the area was established by the local route security team and Staff Sergeant Malmberg moved his convoy into a defensive posture to await clear passage of the route. Unbeknownst to Staff Sergeant Malmberg, an Anti-Iraqi Force of 30-40 fighters had established an ambush to the southwest of the IED cordon site. The area selected by the insurgents consisted of a well defined kill zone with berms running parallel to MSR Tampa at 100-200 meter intervals and canals running perpendicular to the MSR to allow for covered movement up to the MSR. Additionally median rails prevented any vehicles from crossing the MSR and exiting the kill zone. The enemy had established support by fire positions and were well drilled in fire and maneuver tactics. The warm dry night aided the enemy in concealing their ambush. The enemy initiated their ambush by firing RPGs and small arms at the Route Security Team's cordon directly to the front of Staff Sergeant Malmberg. Staff Sergeant Malmberg immediately directed his truck forward to support the route security element, engaging four to five enemy support by fire positions. Staff Sergeant Malmberg, while under enemy small arms fire, dismounted his truck to attempt to clear the road and allow his convoy to exit the kill zone. When unsuccessful in clearing the road, Staff Sergeant Malmberg coordinated fires, situational reports, and communications between the three units on the ground, air support, and sheriff net. Shortly after the execution of the ambush, Staff Sergeant Malmberg learned that the enemy had begun to mass fires at the rear of his convoy. He immediately directed his truck and an additional gun truck to the rear to support and safeguard his element. After several minutes exchanging gunfire, and unable to gain fire superiority, Staff Sergeant Malmberg identified the largest concentration of enemy fire and while under direct enemy fire, he dismounted his vehicle and engaged that position with an AT-4, eliminating any additional enemy fire from that location. Staff Sergeant Malmberg coordinated AH-64 Apache air support, directing his elements to mark enemy positions with infra-red lasers; however when they arrived on scene the enemy fire was so heavy that they were unable to remain on station. Over the next 35 minutes, Staff Sergeant Malmberg directed the actions of his five gun trucks and continually moved his truck to the area of heaviest fighting. On three separate occasions he dismounted his vehicle, under heavy and direct enemy small arms and RPG fire, in an attempt to coordinate passage of his convoy through the cordon element. Almost 40 minutes into the fierce battle and with his trucks low on ammunition, the enemy had closed to within 20 meters of the rear gun truck. The gunner was unable to depress his crew served weapon to engage at the close range. Staff Sergeant Malmberg immediately responded to the call for help and again, under direct and heavy enemy fire, selflessly exposed himself to deploy a hand grenade, engaging six enemy fighters positioned in a ditch and preparing to assault the convoy. His actions killed estimated 7-9 Anti-Iraqi Forces fighters and eliminated the threat of his convoy being overrun. Staff Sergeant Malmberg's gallant actions and determined leadership allowed his convoy, trapped in an enemy ambush for nearly 50 minutes, to dominate a numerically superior enemy fighting from prepared positions, without a single member of the convoy being wounded or killed in action, or loss of a single vehicle. His actions undoubtedly saved lives, at great risk to his own.
Born: at St. Paul, Minnesota
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


MANGELS, JOHN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John E. Mangels, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combat Company, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 6 October 2006, in Afghanistan. First Sergeant Mangels was at vehicle patrol base Combat Main in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, when it came under fire on both sides of the Pech River the night of 6 October 2006. He directed return fire from a machine gun mounted on his vehicle. In an ensuing conflict, he was wounded in the head with shrapnel and lost consciousness. Regaining consciousness, he moved between fighting positions to rally his men and provide guidance. Only when the last wounded Soldier was evacuated from the fight did Mangels allow himself to be treated and eventually evacuated.
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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*MARSHALL, JOHN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John W. Marshall, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 3d Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, when his fuel and ammunition convoy that was resupplying soldiers during the second 'thunder run' south of Baghdad, Iraq, was attacked on 8 April 2003. Sergeant First Class Marshall defended his convoy, firing a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher on an armored personnel vehicle until a rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, blew his body out of the vehicle. His comrades found him several days later, buried by the enemy in a shallow grave. By exposing himself to danger and continuing to fire, he helped to save the convoy from being overrun.
Born: September 9, 1952 at Los Angeles, California
Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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MARTIN, JOSEPH
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph Martin, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 29 December, 2004, near Combat Outpost Tampa, in Iraq. Following a massive truck bomb attack that left one American dying and many others wounded, Sergeant Martin's Stryker was ambushed while racing to reinforce Combat Outpost Tampa when it too was attacked from ambush about a half mile from the Outpost. Sergeant Martin and a comrade prepared charges under the cover of the Strykers, then ran out to un-detonated and highly-unstable bombs previously placed by the insurgents. While enemy fire struck around them, the two men prepared their charges, detonating the IEDs and clearing the road.
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*MATTESON, JAMES (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James Matteson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 11 November 2004, in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Matteson was a scout in the vanguard of the drive to capture Fallujah. On 11 November, 2004, under the cover of darkness, three of Sergeant Matteson's fellow scouts attacked an insurgent-held structure at a site called Objective Lion. Upon entering the building, all three scouts were hit by gunfire. Sergeant Matteson immediately threw a smoke grenade to provide concealment as he directed the evacuation of the scouts for medical treatment. He then supplied suppression fire allowing his men to launch a counter-attack on the building. The attack collapsed the structure, killing all of the insurgents inside. The next morning Sergeant Matteson was riding atop his MRK-19 grenade launcher, leading his task force, when insurgents ambushed the unit. Matteson jumped from his vehicle and again provided suppression fire, allowing the Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Abrams tanks to take positions and engage the enemy. From his exposed position, Sergeant Matteson continued firing his machine gun until an insurgent rocket cut him down.
Born: November 22, 1980 at Jamestown, New York
Home Town: Celorn, New York
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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MAYFIELD, KIRK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kirk Mayfield, Captain, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding Troop F, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, in combat against enemy forces in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in November 2004, in Iraq. At the beginning of the attack on Fallujah, Captain Mayfield occupied an attack-by-fire position on the northeast edge of the city. From there he spent eight hours directing artillery, mortar and direct fire against an entrenched enemy platoon while himself under constant small-arms, grenade, sniper and mortar attack. His unit ultimately destroyed the enemy position, killing 30 insurgents just before the main attack. Once the assault began, he maintained his position ahead of the force and continued to direct fire against the enemy. His unit killed 75 insurgents during the first 30 hours of battle. Early in the battle, his unit opened a key highway and cut off the line of retreat for the insurgents. On the fourth day, he volunteered his troops in an 18-hour effort to clear 60 houses, battle enemy fighters literally room-to-room, killing 25 insurgents.
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McCARTY, MICHAEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael McCarty, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion, 153d Infantry Regiment, 39th Brigade Combat Team, in combat against enemy forces in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 20 November 2004, near Adhamiya, Iraq. First Lieutenant McCarty's platoon was patrolling in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad when his platoon was attacked by a numerically superior enemy force. Facing rocket propelled grenades, medium machine guns and small arms fire, Lieutenant McCarty continually exposed himself in order to acquire targets and direct fire, at one point single-handedly charging and destroying an enemy machine gun. In all, his team stopped an enemy three-man machine-gun team and a force of about 75 insurgents. Lieutenant McCarty's actions were responsible for saving American lives, destroying enemy forces, and preventing capture of an Iraqi Police Station.
Home Town: Bald Knob, Arkansas
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McGUIRE, SHAWN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Shawn McGuire, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 18th Engineer Company, 3d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 16 March 2007, in Baquba, Iraq. On that date, Staff Sergeant McGuire's engineer platoon was attacked with a complex ambush. Despite being injured twice due to an Improvised Explosive Device and Rocket Propelled Grenade attack, Staff Sergeant McGuire assumed the duties as Platoon Sergeant, organized a counter attack against insurgent forces, and coordinated casualty evacuation which saved the lives of several wounded Soldiers.
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McINERNEY, MICHAEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael J. McInerney, Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 2d Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in action in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 25 August to 4 September 2003. While participating in Operation MOUNTAIN VIPER, Chief Warrant Officer McInerney was told by local Afghans that hundreds of Taliban fighters were holed up in nearby villages and in the mountains above them. Warrant Officer McInerney led his detachment of 12 Special Forces soldiers into the jagged hills in pursuit. With about 200 Afghan militiamen, they tracked the Taliban on foot up the hot, dusty valleys that crease the 9,000-foot peaks north of Dai Chupan, in southern Zabul province. Chief Warrant Officer McInerney and his team fought three battles and called in airstrikes to dislodge the enemy from the high ground. Scores of Taliban fighters were killed, with only one American soldier of the team wounded. Chief Warrant Officer McInerney's bravery, tactical proficiency, professionalism and complete fearlessness in the face of the enemy reflect the highest credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Springfield, Virginia
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*McLAUGHLIN, MICHAEL E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael E. McLaughlin, Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the Brigade Effects Coordinator, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Camp Ar Ramadi, Iraq, from 4 December 2005 to 5 January 2006, in action against enemy forces during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin's gallant leadership, personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Lieutenant Colonel Michael E. McLaughlin, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as the Brigade Effects Coordinator, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Camp Ar Ramadi, Iraq, from 4 December 2005 to 5 January 2006. Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin demonstrated outstanding professional skill, knowledge and leadership both prior to and during the Iraqi Police recruiting events during the week of 2 January 2006. As the Brigade Effects Coordinator, Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin was instrumental in conducting key leader engagements. He personally met on numerous occasions with the Sheiks and the Governor of Al Anbar province in order to foster the participation of the local populace in economic and political progress, and further the transition of Al Anbar province into a unified Iraqi nation. As a result, he was a major contributing factor to the overwhelming turnout of Iraqi Police (IP) recruits at the "Glass Factory" in western Ar Ramadi during the 2 to 5 January 2006 IP recruiting drive. During this period, 750 recruits were screened, in comparison to "0" at the previous event. Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin was not content with orchestrating and planning behind the scenes, but was an officer that led from the front. On 5 January 2006 he was personally present with his team at the Glass Factory in order to interact with the potential recruits and ensure that the Brigade Information Operations themes and messages were personally delivered to the IP recruits. Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin arrived at the scene at approximately 0800 on 5 January, and immediately assessed the situation and the unusually high number of IP recruits. At great personal risk and courage, he team commingled in a crowd of over 300 civilian recruits, in spite of known intelligence reports indicating the possibility of both grenade and SVBIED attacks. He immediately took charge of the situation, instructing his Soldiers to be on the lookout for civilians capable of concealing weapons or explosive devices. Through his interpreter, he orchestrated with his charismatic leadership and organizational abilities the abnormally large crowd into a semblance of order. He further directed Iraqi Security Forces to treat the IP recruits with dignity and respect, in order to instill a semblance of unity and purpose among the Iraqi people in the immediate area. Subsequently, a suicide bomber infiltrated the crowd and detonated an explosive device, killing and wounding numerous Iraqi civilians, and ISF/CF Soldiers. At this time, Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin was struck in the head by shrapnel. One of his Soldiers, Specialist Gibson, himself wounded in the shoulder by shrapnel, immediately checked Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin for wounds, who in turn, in an act of extreme selflessness, stated that he was okay, but to concentrate on saving the lives of his men. Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin succumbed shortly thereafter to his wounds. Throughout the period, Lieutenant Colonel McLaughlin displayed extreme personal courage, selfless service and dedication to duty. He was a charismatic leader that always led from the front, and was the consummate professional, fully committed in word and deed to empowering the Iraqi people to pursue political and economic progress and to end the insurgency in the Al Anbar Province. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, this Command, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Mercer, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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*McMULLEN, MICHAEL J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael J. McMullen, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a M915 Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Operator of the 243d Engineer Company, 143d Transportation Command, during a combat convoy in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 24 December 2005, in Iraq. Staff Sergeant McMullen's bravery in response to an IED attack saved the life of Sergeant Divel by moving him away from a burning vehicle, extinguishing the flames on his body and protecting him when a second IED went off. Staff Sergeant McMullen received wounds which ultimately cost him his life. His sacrifice and commitment reflect great credit upon himself, the 243rd Engineer Company and the United States Army.
Born: May 27, 1980 at Pennsylvania Home Town: Salisbury, Maryland
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


McQUADE, SEAN P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sean P. McQuade, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combat Company, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 22 April 2007, near Shudergay Village, Afghanistan. Captain McQuade's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 10th Mountain Division, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Captain Sean P. McQuade distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combat Company, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 22 April 2007, near Shudergay Village, Afghanistan. On the morning of 22 April 2007, 2d Platoon, Combat Company was conducting a cordon and search of Shudergay village when the platoon became engaged by 30-40 enemy personnel. The enemy used 15 - 20 fighting positions and engaged the element for over 17 hours using AK-47s, PKMs, sniper rifles, RPKs and RPGs. The platoon initially took fire from an enemy OP approximately 200 meters west of the village. Captain McQuade ordered Sergeant Mayes to engage the enemy position with his 60-mm. mortars and personally moved forward under small arms fire to assess the situation. While moving forward a Soldier had a weapons malfunction; Captain McQuade moved next to the Soldier and provided covering fire so the Soldier could correct his malfunction. After the enemy OP was destroyed Captain McQuade ordered the Platoon to secure the village. While moving towards the first house the Platoon was again engaged by the enemy. Under enemy fire Captain McQuade moved forward for a quick assessment, radioed it to his Commander and requested CAS and moved his Platoon forward and cleared the village, occupying a house to use as a CP. Captain McQuade requested the scheduled re-supply and as the helicopter was making its approach, the enemy opened fire on the helicopter and the patrol base, resulting in one helicopter crew member and ANA Soldier receiving gunshot wounds. Captain McQuade ordered his medic to attend to the wounded Soldier and left the house to get a better assessment as enemy rounds impacted in and around the CP. Captain McQuade realized that every one of his positions was receiving heavy enemy small arms fire. The enemy held the high ground and his entire element was pinned down, to include his CASEVAC element. Captain McQuade's CP then began to receive heavy accurate small arms fire preventing his headquarters element from moving to a different location. Despite the enemy engaging his CP with accurate small arms and sniper fire that was piercing through the windows and ricocheting throughout the room, with complete disregard for his personal safety Captain McQuade positioned himself to gain better observation on the battlefield and called for fire from the 81-mm. and 120-mm. mortars and 155 artillery. Once the AH-64's arrived he immediately began vectoring them in onto the enemy positions and destroying them. Due to Captain McQuade's accurate calls for fire, the Apaches had to rearm six separate times to support his element. As the A-10's arrived on station he directed the CAS onto the ridgeline where there were multiple bunkers, caves and fighting positions. Once again, despite heavy enemy fire, Captain McQuade quickly verified the location of all of his troops, and ordered the A-10 to drop ordnance on the enemy fighting positions. The fighting continued throughout the day. Around dusk the sniper, along with a heavy volume of small arms fire, began to accurately reengage the platoon. Captain McQuade then vectored a B-1 onto the new enemy targets. After dark an AC-l30 arrived, Captain McQuade identified enemy locations for the AC-l30 and with his Commander's approval engaged the enemy positions and personnel that were attempting to exfil. Captain McQuade's element soon gained fire superiority over the fleeting enemy forces. His ability to remain calm under fire and direct the CAS onto targets eliminated over 80 percent of the contact the platoon was taking during the 17-hour fight. Captain McQuade's total disregard for his own personal safety, in order to suppress enemy fighting positions with the use of multiple CAS platforms, exemplifies what it means to be a combat leader. His valorous actions under intense enemy fire display his personal courage, his dedication to duty and his men. Captain McQuade's actions were directly responsible for killing a key ACM Sub commander Habib Jan, whom Coalition Forces had been targeting for three years and had been responsible for multiple Coalition Force casualties. His actions also led to the destruction of Habib Jan's ACM cell killing over 20 ACM fighters.
Home Town: York, Maine


*MEYER, HARRISON J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harrison J. Meyer, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman in Company D, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 26 November 2004, in Iraq. Around noon on that date, Private First Class Meyer and the rest of 3d Platoon, Company D were in the 20th hour of a patrol extended by clashes with insurgents. They'd just taken up post in an abandoned building in the Mula'ab district when a soldier was hit by sniper fire. Private First Class Meyer rushed up the stairs and treated a gunshot wound to the chest of Private Brian Grant. Though Private Grant later died in a hospital, Private First Class Meyer treated and comforted him until he was evacuated to an aid station. The platoon moved out of the building to find the sniper, but as they sprinted across a street toward the sniper's perch, heavy machine-gun fire raked the patrol. Four soldiers were hit in the legs and were stuck wounded in the open street. Private First Class Meyer himself had been shot in the calf and lower abdomen, but was able to move back to cover. The platoon couldn't suppress the incoming fire. Ignoring his own wounds, and without orders, Private First Class Meyer ran out to try to move his wounded colleagues to safety. Placing himself between the wounded soldiers and the enemy, he was struck by machine gun rounds multiple times and mortally wounded.
Home Town: Worthington, Ohio
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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MIKE, JASON L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jason L. Mike, Specialist, U.S. Army, for exceptionally valorous achievement during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Specialist Mike's heroic actions on 20 March 2005, during combat operations in Iraq, contributed to the overwhelming success of the Multi National Corps-Iraq mission. While serving as the Medic for RAVEN 42, in the 617th Military Police Company, 503d Military Police Battalion (Airborne), the 18th Military Police Brigade, Specialist Mike supported a counterattack of anti-Iraq forces (AIF) who were ambushing a convoy with heavy AK-47 assault rifle fire, RPK machine gun fire, and rocket propelled grenades. He engaged the AIF with his M-9 until his fellow soldiers fell injured. Specialist Mike immediately pulled the wounded soldiers out of the line of direct fire and returned fire with the injured soldiers' weapons. When the threat was eliminated he provided medical aid to his critically wounded comrades. His actions saved the lives of the three wounded soldiers and numerous convoy members. Specialist Mike's bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of the 503d Military Police Battalion (Airborne), the 18th Military Police Brigade, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


MILES, DAVID
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David Miles, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 583 (ODA- 583) 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq, on 7 April 2003. During the invasion of Baghdad, Master Sergeant Miles and his team were ambushed by enemy fighters at a bridge overpass in southern Baghdad. Outnumbered 20-to-1, three members of Master Sergeant Miles' group got pinned down under the intense firefight and were unable to escape. Master Sergeant Miles organized the recovery mission as the enemies continued to attack. He performed first aid on two of his team members, one of whom would have bled to death without treatment. He was able to carry both of them to safety. In all, Master Sergeant Miles killed or directed the killing of up to 20 Saddam loyalists.
Home Town: Powellton, West Virginia
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MILLER, JOSHUA
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joshua Miller, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at Mosul, Iraq. Specialist Miller voluntarily placed himself in peril to save the life of a fellow soldier when his foot-patrol squad was ambushed by insurgents. He single- handedly fended off a 20-man assault on his squad's position. Then, under heavy fire, he managed to rescue his vehicle commander, who was trapped in debris.
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MILLER, PATRICK (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Patrick Miller, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Mechanic with the 507th Maintenance Company, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near An Nasiriya, Iraq, on 23 March 2003. On that date a huge American convoy headed from Kuwait to Baghdad. A dozen heavy trucks and other maintenance vehicles fell behind the rest and got lost. At sunrise, Iraqi troops ambushed the lost soldiers, firing from both sides of the highway. The Americans sped up to escape the attack, but one Humvee smashed into the back of a jack-knifed American tractor-trailer. Less than a mile behind that accident, Private Miller was driving the last truck in the convoy. During the attack, he floored the accelerator, trying to steer and duck bullets at the same time. During the ensuing battle he single- handedly stopped a mortar attack aimed at trapped soldiers.
Home Town: Wichita, Kansas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
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*MILLICAN, JONATHAN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jonathan Millican, Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, in combat action in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 20 January 2007, at Karbala, Iraq. Private Millican was one of four soldiers who was killed after militants abducted them from the governor's office in Karbala, Iraq, in a sophisticated sneak attack. The attackers posed as an American security team -- speaking English, wearing U.S. military combat fatigues and traveling in the type of sport utility vehicles U.S. government convoys use. Private Millican was off duty in a communications room exchanging e-mails with his wife when the attack started. The attackers fired several rounds into the room with an AK47 and one of them tossed a grenade. Private Millican covered the grenade with his own body to shield his comrades.
Home Town: Locust Fork, Alabama
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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MILTENBERGER, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Miltenberger, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 April 2004. Staff Sergeant Miltenberger distinguished himself during fierce urban combat on Route Delta, in Sadr City, Iraq, during Operation LANCER FURY, after his platoon encountered a deliberate ambush set by the militia near the slum's Sadr Bureau. During the ambush he organized a hasty defense while exposed to enemy fire and personally engaged enemy positions for more than five minutes of sustained contact. When his platoon made the call to abandon their Humvees and set up hasty fighting positions, Staff Sergeant Swope remained with the vehicles so he could maintain radio contact with his battalion headquarters and request reinforcements. He remained in the vehicle by himself for more than two hours, under enemy fire while the rest of his platoon took cover in nearby hasty-fighting positions. He was able to maintain radio contact with the battalion during this time, which allowed his platoon to be located by aerial assets, and their eventual extraction by a group of armored vehicles. After engaging the enemy in Sadr City, he directed his squad in precise and lethal fire against Muqtada militia attackers, performing critical medical care on wounded Soldiers in his squad.
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MOLINO, CHRISTOPHER A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher A. Molino, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Ground Combat Commander with the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, during combat actions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in Iraq in 2005. Captain Molino was conducting combat operations when his element came under direct small arms and hand grenade fire from a determined enemy. His personal courage, tactical expertise and professional competence contributed to saving the lives of wounded Rangers and the success of the task force.
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*MOORE, WILLIAM CLINT (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William Clint Moore, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for exceptionally valorous conduct as a reconnaissance Troop Section Leader, in Troop B, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division on April 23, 2007 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near Baqubah, Iraq. Staff Sergeant Moore's distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Task Force Headhunter, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Staff Sergeant William C. Moore, United States Army, distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct as a reconnaissance troop section leader, B Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division on April 23, 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sergeant Moore's platoon had been engaged in combat operations for three consecutive days approximately four kilometers northeast of Baqubah, Iraq, near As Sadah, conducting patrol base operations and patrols through the villages in order to identify and kill or capture Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQIZ) forces operating in the area. On April 23, 2007, at approximately 1500 hours, Staff Sergeant Moore was preparing his section to conduct a patrol when a rooftop position opened fire on a dump truck filled with explosives attacking the patrol base through the defensive barriers. Staff Sergeant Moore was immediately struck by an explosion as the vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated, causing him to be thrown from the building. Staff Sergeant Moore quickly regained his footing and ignored his own wounds, as well as the enemy fire now impacting around him, and took of charge of several Paratroopers at his location. Staff Sergeant Moore, without regard for his own safety, exposed himself to enemy fire that was now coming from three separate directions on the rooftops surrounding the patrol base, rapidly organized his ad-hoc element, moved them to a covered position, established security from that location and then physically directed their fires in order to suppress the enemy. As soon as Staff Sergeant Moore established his position he realized that several Paratroopers from his platoon were still in jeopardy, occupying the ground floor of the building that had been struck. Again, disregarding his own safety a second time, he left a covered position with continuous accurate enemy small arms and RPG fire striking all around him, still refusing medical treatment, and knowingly exposed himself to the enemy as he rushed from his position to reenter the building in order to rally his Paratroopers and move them to a safe location. As soon as Staff Sergeant Moore entered the room, the building was struck by a second vehicle borne improvised explosive device causing the whole building to collapse upon the Paratroopers that remained inside. As the rest of the Troop rushed forward to free the trapped Paratroopers, Staff Sergeant Moore, though mortally wounded, was able to alert the rescuers to his and another Paratroopers location by calling out and fighting to push the rubble off himself and his buried Paratroopers. Staff Sergeant Moore's heroic actions were directly responsible for preventing further casualties to his platoon, safeguarding his wounded Paratroopers and rallying his section until he was mortally wounded. His courage under fire is in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflects distinct credit upon himself, Task Force Headhunter, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Benson, North Carolina
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


MORALES, FRANCISCO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Francisco Morales, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a well equipped enemy force while acting as the Platoon Leader/Convoy Commander for 3d Platoon, Alpha Company, 2d Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, 26 August 2006. Sergeant First Class Morales' gallant leadership, personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Brigade Combat Team, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales distinguished himself by gallantry in action against a well equipped enemy force on 26 August 2006, while acting as the Platoon Leader/Convoy Commander for 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2d Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales personally risked his life by exposing himself multiple times to RPG and small arms fire in the kill zone of a linear ambush to save the lives of wounded US Soldiers and gain fire superiority and defeat the enemy force. His dynamic leadership and disregard for his personal safety allowed him directing an overwhelming response to a platoon sized enemy ambush as well as personally moving to aid fellow US Soldiers pinned down and wounded in the kill zone. His expertise as a Pathfinder aided in the quick evacuation of all four American casualties. While assigned to Camp Tillman, Lawara, Afghanistan, Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales, Platoon Sergeant and acting Platoon Leader of a mounted patrol was en route to hilltop 2911 when, at approximately 0610Z, the patrol was ambushed by heavy and accurate machine gun and RPG fire. Upon initial contact, Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales quickly provided guidance to his gunner to engage at a distance and direction of the contact in relation to the patrol. During the relay of information, the lead vehicle of the combat patrol suffered critical hits by four RPG's, inflicting serious wounds to the vehicle commander and Gunner. Sergeant First Class Morales quickly assessed the situation and reacted ordering the element to extract the disabled vehicle and establish a base of fire outside the engagement area. Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales, with complete disregard for enemy fire, exited his vehicle to hook up the vehicle to tow the damaged vehicle out of the kill zone while still receiving heavy and accurate machinegun fire. Upon hooking the damaged vehicle up, the lead vehicle became stuck in the river bed. Sergeant First Class Morales immediately ordered his gunner and the gunner of the damaged vehicle to provide suppressive fire against enemy positions while, disregarding his own personal safety, he ran back into the exposed side of the kill zone to extract the vehicle commander, initially wounded during the beginning of the ambush. Once he placed the casualties in a covered location, Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales then identified all three gunners' weapons systems were out of ammunition. Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales, in order to cover the gunners as they reloaded, exposed himself to enemy fire again running to the lead vehicle and manned a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, providing immediate suppression into the ambush line allowing the gunners an opportunity to reload their weapons and allow the medics to render first aid to the two casualties. Sergeant First Class Morales then again exposed himself to small arms fire and ran from the lead vehicle to the disabled vehicle 20 meters away to help suppress the area in front of the Mortar section vehicle since their weapons systems also malfunctioned. Once the gunners had reloaded or corrected the malfunctions Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales issued critical fire commands that quickly regained fire superiority. Once Fire superiority was established Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales issued orders to immediately establish security covering all directions and began treating the casualties and preparing them for evacuation. Sergeant First Class Morales assisted the medics in performing first aid to a gunner who had been wounded by small arms fire to the right bicep and the lead vehicle commander who received shrapnel from his thigh to his foot. Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales then led a two vehicle MEDEVAC element approximately 500 meters through the riverbed to a suitable landing zone location and Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales immediately establish security covering all directions and used his skills as Company Senior Pathfinder to successfully mark and guide the medivac helicopter to the LZ. His quick actions and experienced judgment in a limited amount of time enabled the casualties to be evacuated rapidly, thus saving their lives. Sergeant First Class Morales' actions were pivotal in gaining fire superiority over an enemy that had the element of surprise. His ability to quickly employ his limited resources while under direct fire was instrumental in preserving the lives of his fellow comrades in a situation that could have resulted in extensive US casualties and loss of equipment. Sergeant First Class Francisco Morales training and experience were indispensable assets that contributed to the survival of the patrol. His actions allowed the patrol to defeat enemy actions north of Camp Tillman and limit their influence in Lawara and thus degrading their ability to move freely along the Afghanistan/Pakistan boarder. Sergeant First Class Morales' gallantry in action is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon him, Alpha Company, Task Force Catamount, Combined Task Force Spartan, Combined Joint Task Force 76, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Palm Desert, California


MULLIGAN, TERRY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry Mulligan, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM at Baghdad, Iraq, on 3 March 2003. On that date, Sergeant First Class Mulligan was serving as a scout, operating as the forward eyes and ears of the division as they moved to take Baghdad. While securing his area near the airport, Sergeant First Class Mulligan received word that about 100 Fedayeen soldiers from Saddam Hussein's army were advancing on another section. He and four of his Soldiers moved to that area to help fend off the enemy advancement. With Sergeant First Class Paul Smith, Sergeant First Class Mulligan bravely defended the area with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons. His efforts led to the defense of the American position, as well as the protection of U.S. Soldiers in the area.
Born: at Beaufort, South Carolina
Home Town: Beaufort, South Carolina
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NETHERY, BRIAN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Brian Nethery, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the Scout Platoon, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, in action against enemy forces on the night of 30 June and 1 July 2007, during the Battle of Donkey Island in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Staff Sergeant Nethery was a section sergeant with a quick reaction force (QRF) that was dispatched to support a platoon that was in direct fire contact with 50 to 75 armed insurgents. Attempting a maneuver to pull watch over the on-scene commander's fight, Staff sergeant Nethery's vehicle came under intense direct fire, which wounded his gunner. He immediately administered life saving first aid to his wounded gunner and pulled his gunner down into an open seat, before training his sights on and eliminating several insurgent fighters. He returned to a nearby canal with the sole intention of rescuing a wounded comrade who could not extract himself from the battle. Despite closing fire from the enemy, Staff Sergeant Nethery low-crawled from his truck 10 meters to the Soldier's position and dragged him back to his vehicle. Although outnumbered and under heavy fire, he never hesitated in rescuing his fallen comrade.
Home Town: Ann Arbor, Michigan
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NEWELL, PETER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter Newell, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding the 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry division, during combat action against enemy forces in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in November 2004, at Fallujah, Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Newell deployed a 550-soldier mechanized task force on 72 hours' notice to Fallujah in November 2004, leading a continuous 12-day attack in the heavily fortified Askari district. His forces overwhelmed resistance in the first 14 hours, ultimately killing 330 enemy fighters, capturing 48 others, destroying 38 weapons caches, two roadside- bomb factories and one car-bomb factory while becoming the first battalion in the division to achieve its objective. On 12 November Lieutenant Colonel Newell was caught in an ambush following an 11-hour night attack. Narrowly escaping enemy fire, he left his tracked vehicle and personally assisted in the evacuation of a mortally wounded officer.
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NEWLIN, MARK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mark Newlin, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at Hit, Iraq, on 24 September 2006. Sergeant First Class Newlin's exceptionally valorous serviced during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM contributed to the overwhelming success of the Command's mission. His bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Ready First Combat Team, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Sergeant First Class Mark A. Newlin distinguished himself by his gallantry in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the country of Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On 27 September 2006, Company A, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment was attacked by mortar fire and small arms fire at Combat Outpost THREE (COP 3) in Hit, Iraq, in Al Anbar Province. An element from A-1-36INF responded to the attack pursuing the enemy into the city. While in a "Troops in Contact" (TIC) condition, air on station spotted two insurgents preparing for a mortar attack at the intersection of Plaintain and Eucalyptus streets. The insurgents conducted a successful mortar attack on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle from A/1-36, resulting in one wounded Soldier. Aircraft followed the mortarmen's vehicle to a house in the local area. The patrol from A/1-36 was then dispatched to the suspected mortarmen's vehicle to a house to detain the individuals. Once they arrived on site, the patrol came under sporadic small arms fire, but was able to gain entry into the house and detain the suspected individuals. During this action Sergeant First Class Newlin was attending a required briefing with his Company Commander, Captain Eric Stainbrook and Company First Sergeant, First Sergeant Sapp. The Company Commander and First Sergeant departed the briefing en rout to the objective area to assume command of the situation on the ground. A section of Bradley Fighting Vehicles from A/1-36 under the leadership of First Lieutenant Buchanan and Sergeant First Class Newlin was also dispatched to provide additional combat power. Upon arrival at the scene, First Lieutenant Buchanan dismounted the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and accompanied a dismounted squad to clear some houses and provide additional security to the element. Sergeant First Class Newlin took command of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle mounted element. Once on the scene, the company leadership directed the patrol to complete the detention of the suspected individuals, resulting in three detainees. The patrol placed the detainees in the BFVs and prepared to egress from the location. Captain Stainbrook, First Sergeant Sapp, and Second Lieutenant Jackson entered Captain Stainbrook's HMMWV and proceeded to return to their Company Firm Base. While maneuvering in the streets, their HMMWV became mired in much. Captain Stainbrook directed Sergeant First Class Newlin to move his Bradley Fighting Vehicle to his location to assist with recovery operations. Additionally, one of the Bradley Fighting Vehicles from the other patrol was also dispatched to assist with security. Captain Stainbrook, First Sergeant Sapp, and Second Lieutenant Jackson dismounted the HMMWV and assumed security positions while the driver, Private First Class Walker, and Sergeant First Class Newlin proceeded to hook up a tow cable to pull the HMMWV free. As the HMMWV was freed from the mud, Private First Class Walker and Sergeant First Class Newlin moved to unhook the HMMWV. At that time, the entire element came under heavy machine gun fire from two enemy machine guns located in a building approximately 150 meters to their southeast. Captain Stainbrook, First Sergeant Sapp, Second Lieutenant Jackson, Sergeant First Class Newlin, and Private First Class Walker immediately returned fire. First Sergeant Sapp and Captain Stainbrook were hit and severely wounded with debilitating wounds. Captain Stainbrook was hit in the lower right leg and the upper right leg. A Soldier moved to administer first aid to First Sergeant Sapp. Sergeant First Class Newlin identified the source of fire and moved into his Bradley to direct his gunner to return fire. He then exited the Bradley and moved under heavy machine gun fire for 50 meters to Captain Stainbrook. Sergeant First Class Newlin immediately began providing first aid and then with the help of Specialist Walker, carried Captain Stainbrook into the back of his BFV. He directed his BFV to move to the Battalion Aid Station while Specialist Walker administered a tourniquet to Captain Stainbrook, slowing the blood and saving his life. Once in the aid station, Sergeant First Class Newlin helped move Captain Stainbrook from his BFV into the aid station. Once he was assured that Captain Stainbrook was safe, he then remounted his BFV and moved back to the fight. Upon arrival at the objective, Sergeant First Class Newlin assumed a security position with his BFV and began to direct the fight on the ground. In the absence of his Company Commander, Sergeant First Class Newlin took control of the company net, identifying enemy forces in the area and directing mounted and dismounted elements from different units to points of contact. Sergeant First Class Newlin's BFV came under multiple mortar and small arms fire and was hit with an RPG. Despite the danger, he continued to direct the fight and deliver devastating fire on the enemy throughout the next 8 hours. Upon defeating the enemy, Sergeant First Class Newlin linked up with his dismounted squad and only after ensuring that all friendly elements were no longer in contact, he proceeded to return to his Company Firm Base. The enemy suffered tremendously from this action, resulting in 59 detainees (including 2 identified HVTs) and an unknown number of killed in action. Sergeant First Class Newlin's courage under heavy enemy fire was directly responsible for saving the life of Captain Stainbrook. He continued to demonstrate his courage by returning to the fight and directing the elements of the company throughout the entire 8-hour battle. Sergeant First Class Newlin's courageous actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Army and bring great credit upon himself and his unit.
Home Town: Hephzibah, Georgia


NEWTON, CASEY H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Casey H. Newton, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 22d Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 19 March 2004, in Afghanistan. On that date, while participating in Operation MOUNTAIN STORM in the town of Miam Do, Afghanistan. First Lieutenant Newton's unit was tasked to breech a compound held by enemy fighters. During that mission his unit became temporarily isolated in a position against the exterior wall of the compound. While under constant rifle and machine gun fire, Lieutenant Newton used an improvised ladder to scale the compound's 15-foot wall to the roof ahead of his troops. Once there, he directed fire against the opposition forces and assisted in the evacuation of a fellow Soldier. First Lieutenant Newton's gallant actions and complete fearlessness in the face of the enemy reflect the highest credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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NUNEZ, OCTAVIO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Octavio Nunez, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in combat action against enemy forces in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 14 May 2007, in Iraq. On that date, Staff Sergeant Nunez was part of truck convoy in a combat patrol in the Adhamiyah neighborhood of northeast Baghdad. Although the convoy was struck by one improvised explosive device, the damage was slight and the patrol continued. Later in the day a second IED struck the second truck in the convoy, causing severe damage, halting the convoy, and wounding the soldiers in that vehicle. Riding in the lead vehicle in the convoy, and despite a hail of enemy fire on the entire convoy, Staff Sergeant Nunez ran toward the flaming vehicle where he encountered one of his comrades who was engulfed in flames. He tackled the burning soldier to the ground and extinguished the flames and then, ignoring the enemy small arms fire he dragged him to the relative cover of a nearby vehicle. Returning to the burning vehicle, Staff Sergeant Nunez began to evacuate another wounded soldier whose shattered legs and burns made moving him difficult. Under attack from all sides, including the ammunition exploding inside the burning vehicle, Staff Sergeant Nunez not only pulled him to cover but lifted the much heavier man into the truck. Yet a third time Staff Sergeant Nunez attempted to race to the truck to search for any other wounded, but by now the flames were too intense and he was restrained by his lieutenant. Staff Sergeant Nunez' gallant actions, courageous leadership, and willful risk of his own life saved the lives of two severely wounded Soldiers.
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OLSEN, JEREMIAH C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jeremiah C. Olsen, Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, during Operation ANACONDA, in Afghanistan, on 4 March 2002.
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PALUMBO, CHRISTOPHER
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher Palumbo, Chief Warrant Officer 3, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot with Company A, 3d Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 11 April 2005. Chief Warrant Officer Three Palumbo, the pilot-in-command, and his crew responded to an Afghan national army convoy that had been attacked by insurgents. He and another aircraft, carrying a Special Forces team, entered the area. The enemies fled into the mountains when the first responders, two AH-64 Apaches, came into view. Chief Warrant Officer Three Palumbo dropped off the ground forces' team leader who confirmed that none of the Afghan soldiers had been injured. The ground commander got back on board and said they needed an Aerial Reconnaissance Force and put shooters in the doors. The AH-64s flew to the area and saw three suspected militants and Chief Warrant Officer Three Palumbo inserted the Special Forces team to neutralize the threat. The Soldiers were successful, but they didn't realize that most of the insurgents were embedded in the caves. Two of the ground troops were hit and when the Apaches had to leave to refuel, the Black Hawks were left to provide support and protection for their comrades on the ground. Chief Warrant Officer Three Palumbo tried to land near the two wounded troops to evacuate them, but the rocky, steep cliff the Soldiers were on made it too dangerous for the Black Hawk to land, so he decided to fly figure-eight patterns and try to keep the aircraft between the wounded and the enemies running at them. While providing security, the aircraft was heavily damaged by small-arms fire and RPG explosions and the crew chief was wounded by shrapnel. Still the crew kept the enemy on the ground busy while a medic rushed toward the wounded Soldiers. During the action Chief Warrant Officer Three Palumbo's aircraft sustained more than 50 gun shots; the fuel cell was damaged and was leaking gas. Finally he flew the heavily-damaged aircraft to a hospital so the wounded crew chief could receive medical care. Chief Warrant Officer Three Palumbo and the remaining crew members intended to rejoin the fight but when the aircraft was repositioned to refuel and rearm, fuel began spraying out. He performed an emergency shutdown and everyone vacated the area. A medivac helicopter in the area responded to the area and safely evacuated the two wounded Soldiers.
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PAYNE, WILLIAM THOMAS
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Thomas Payne, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in Baghdad, Iraq, on 12 September 2004. During the late morning hours of 12 September 2004, Staff Sergeant Payne's battalion was wrapping up an operation on Haifa Street in Baghdad, Iraq. As Bradley fighting vehicles patrolled the streets, soldiers on the ground set up defensive positions in order to pick up other soldiers that had been manning observation posts in high-rise buildings throughout the night. Sergeant Payne and his dismounted squad were in their position along the side of the street when a car laden with explosives sped onto the street and detonated into the rear of a Bradley. A split second later the blasts powerful concussion hit his squad knocking one soldier to the ground. The force of the blast disabled the 33 ton Bradley bringing it to a halt. It's rear ramp was engulfed in flames and the upper cargo hatch was blown off. Small arms fire began to rain onto the street, so Sergeant Payne had his driver shift the squad into a new position so they could provide cover fire while he and Specialist Chase Ash went to help the soldiers in the Bradley. The two men ran 50 meters to the burning vehicle while insurgents fired on them. At the Bradley, Sergeant Payne climbed up on top and helped two of the crewman out of the turret. He then turned his attention to the infantrymen still inside the crew compartment. One by one he pulled them up through the damaged cargo hatch. Within seconds of retrieving the wounded soldiers from the Bradley the vehicle's load of ammunition began to cook off from the heat and fire. Once back in a safe position on the south side of the street Payne's squad teamed together again to further protect the rescued soldiers as the medic treated them. Sergeant Payne's men began giving them whatever piece of protective gear they could spare and, when it was safe enough, he and his soldiers put the wounded into another Bradley for evacuation to the combat support hospital in the International Zone.
Home Town: Benford, Oklahoma
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*PERKINS, ANDREW (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Andrew Perkins, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 5 March 2007, near Samarra, Iraq. Sergeant Perkins' instinctual actions and personal courage undoubtedly prevented a future attack on Coalition Forces, Iraqi Security Forces or innocent civilians at the cost of his own grievous injuries. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflects distinct credit upon him, Task Force 2-505 PIR, Task Force Lightning, and the United States Army. 

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Sergeant Andrew Perkins distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifle Team Leader in 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, during a complex improvised explosive device attack in the city of Samarra, Iraq, on 5 March 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 4 March 2007, 1st Platoon, Charlie Company was tasked with conducting reconnaissance of the berm on the eastern side of the volatile city of Samarra in order to prevent the flow of insurgent forces into the city. As the patrol moved towards a reported hole in the berm, the lead vehicle of the patrol was catastrophically struck by a large subsurface IED that engulfed it in flames, sending flying debris cart wheeling into the air. Five Paratroopers were injured in the blast, two of whom were thrown from the truck; they were still alive, but were on fire and among the burning debris. Watching helplessly as several of his closest comrades in the platoon were severely injured, Sergeant Perkins, although he was the Platoon Leader's driver and could have stayed with his vehicle, grabbed the fire extinguisher from inside his vehicle and sprinted through the flames and secondary explosions from the destroyed vehicle in an attempt to suppress the fire and provide first aid to the burning Paratroopers. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, and with ammunition from the destroyed vehicle exploding all around him, Sergeant Perkins stood in the intense heat of the inferno, expending all the contents of the fire extinguisher in a desperate attempt to douse the fire. Once the fire extinguisher was expended, Sergeant Perkins charged back to the third vehicle to retrieve a fire blanket to continue to fight the flames. By this time the flames were so intense that his equipment was melting from the heat. Nevertheless, Sergeant Perkins was willing to be burned himself and brave the threat of further attacks or explosions if it meant he could put out the fire that was threatening the lives of his comrades. After putting out the flames for a third time, to continue to assist his comrades, Sergeant Perkins disappeared into the cloud of smoke as a large secondary IED detonated directly underneath his feet, killing him instantly. Despite the great risk to his life from exploding ammunition, intense flames, and the threat of a secondary IED which ultimately cost him his life, Sergeant Perkins made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to save the lives of his fellow Paratroopers. In an ultimate act of bravery and selfless service to his fellow Paratroopers in which he gave his own life, Sergeant Perkins attempted to save the lives of five of his comrades. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Sergeant Perkins gallantly gave his life for his country, upholding the highest traditions of military heroism and reflecting distinct credit upon himself, Task Force Two Panther, Task Force Lightning, and the United States Army.
Born: at Lubbock, Texas
Home Town: Amarillo, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


PERKINS, DAVID G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David G. Perkins, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding the 2d Brigade, 3d Infantry Division, during combat actions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 7 April 2003, in Iraq.
Born: at Keene, New Hampshire
Home Town: Keene, New Hampshire
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PETERS, STEVEN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Steven Peters, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 3d Platoon, Company A, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 6 May 2007 in Iraq. Without regard for his personal safety, Sergeant Peters braved a hail of enemy bullets to rescue Soldiers in a burning Stryker. Sergeant Peters entered the flame-engulfed Stryker looking for survivors and assisted in the rescue of the vehicle driver who was pinned underneath the Stryker.
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*PETITHORY, DANIEL HENRY (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Daniel Henry Petithory, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 3d Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat actions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan on 5 December 2001.
Home Town: Cheshire, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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PIXLER, ROSS C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ross C. Pixler, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 3d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 30 October 2007, in Iraq. While riding through Salman Pak in a convoy of three Humvee's, Lieutenant Pixler's vehicles were attacked, instantly killing three soldiers in one vehicle and wounding Lieutenant Pixler. Reduced to two vehicles and dealing with several casualties, and although his men were still under intense fire, Lieutenant Pixler ignored the pain of a broken arm and ankle to dismount and go to the radio in one of his two remaining Bradleys to coordinate close-air support and kept his platoon under control.
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PLUSH, DAVID M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David M. Plush, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Weapons Squad Leader, with the 3d Platoon, Company A, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 6 May 2007, in Iraq. Sergeant First Class Plush's personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army. 

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Staff Sergeant David M. Plush distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous acts in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Weapons Squad Leader, with the 3d Platoon, Company A, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 6 May 2007. Staff Sergeant Plush performed multiple acts of conspicuous valor, in total disregard for his personal safety and in the face of life threatening danger. On 6 May 2007, in Old Baqubah, Baqubah, Iraq. Staff Sergeant Plush, while serving in the capacity of Weapons Squad Leader, moved dismounted and responded to the aid of 2d Squad. 2d Squad's Stryker (A32V) was hit by a DBIED (Deep Buried Improvised Explosive Device) on RTE Pacific and RTE Market. A 32V was catastrophically destroyed, the explosion killed six Soldiers, one civilian photographer and wounded one Soldier who was trapped inside and in need of medical care. Staff Sergeant Plush was one of the first persons to respond to the scene. He had dismounted his vehicle and maneuvered the remaining elements of his Squad to the site of the destroyed Stryker. Upon arrival he started assessing the situation and attempted to locate any survivors. Staff Sergeant Plush noticed that the vehicle was smoldering and that there were large amounts of fuel all over the ground. He knew that Specialist Clark was trapped inside, in need of medical attention and that flames and smoke would eventually kill him if he didn't act fast. Staff Sergeant Plush identified that he needed to get a fire extinguisher and then single-handedly ran to A31V, which was over 100 meters away from the site of the recovery. A31V was stationary on RET Pacific, next to the Ibraheem Izzat Mosque. The recovery effort was underway, and Staff Sergeant Plush was in the vicinity of A31V when the Platoon started to receive heavy enemy contact from the mosque. The rounds were impacting the overturned Stryker and inches away from dismounted Soldiers attempting to rescue Specialist Clark. The Platoon began returning fire on identified enemy locations. Staff Sergeant Plush was right in the crossfire and just feet away from the mosque. He immediately started receiving accurate and sustained fire on his position, originating from the mosque. He instructed A31V to back up, returned fire and used the vehicle for cover, then he had A31V engage the mosque with .50 caliber machine gun fire. From across the road, Staff Sergeant Plush saw that the isolated flames inside the destroyed Stryker had started to spread. With total disregard for his personal safety, while under accurate enemy fire, with no covered or concealed route, he ran across the open ground back to the overturned Stryker. The Platoon provided overwhelming amounts of covering fire to facilitate Staff Sergeant Plush's movement. While in contact Staff Sergeant Plush began moving in and around the vehicle, effectively extinguishing the fire. After a few minutes, the sustained gunfire subsided and only sporadic fire continued. The Platoon was able to reduce the threat and the enemy contact ceased. Once the flames were extinguished, Staff Sergeant Plush began assisting the other first responders in the rescue attempt. After the Platoon was able to get vehicle jacks, they were able to lift A32V enough (using three jacks) to get Specialist Clark out; he had injuries to his right hand and was Medevaced. Staff Sergeant Plush continued to assist in directing the recovery effort, adjusted his men into a security posture and searched for the remains of his fallen comrades. He only ceased the recovery when he collapsed from physical exertion and had to be medevaced. Staff Sergeant Plush's selfless acts saved the life of Specialist Clark and prevented the loss of further lives. His actions are a true testament to the Army standard of never leaving a fallen comrade. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, this Command and the United States Army.
Home Town: Riverton, Wyoming


PRAKASH, NEIL
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Neil Prakash, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with 2d Battalion, 63d Armored Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 24 June 2004, in Iraq. On the morning of 24 June 2004, after spending all night and morning patrolling and setting up observations posts in Ba'Qubah, Iraq, Lieutenant Prakash's platoon returned to Forward Operating Base Scunion when he received word that the police station, CMOC, and other friendly installations in Ba'Qubah were under attack. His company immediately geared up and by 1045 hours was maneuvering south into Ba'qubah with 1st platoon in the lead. They were to seize and secure a set of twin bridges and set up a blocking position to prevent the enemy from reinforcing. As they advanced toward their objective, they began receiving reports of enemy activity in the city. Four-man RPG teams had been spotted on rooftops, as well as dismounted enemy infantry in alleyways. They were told to expect IED and RPG ambushes by a well-trained enemy who meant to stand and fight, and shortly after arriving in their position there was a massive detonation. It took the crew about one hour to fight their way through the next one kilometer stretch of road. Official battle reports count 23 IEDs and 20-25 RPG teams in that short distance, as well as multiple machine-gun nests, and enemy dismounts armed with small arms and hand grenades. Because enemy dismounts were attempting to throw hand grenades into the tank's open hatches, Lieutenant Prakash ordered the tanks to open protected mode bringing the hatches down, leaving them open only a crack. As the lead vehicle, Lieutenant Prakash's tank took the brunt of the attack, sustaining blasts from multiple IEDs and at least seven standard and armor piercing RPGs. The enemy fired mainly at the lead tanks, aiming for the few vulnerable spots. One round blew the navigation system completely off of the vehicle, while another well-aimed blast disabled his turret. Although unable to rotate the turret, Lieutenant Prakash continued in the lead, navigating with a map and maneuvering his tank in order to continue engaging the enemy with the main weapon system and his .50 caliber machine-gun. He watched as men on rooftops sprayed down at his tank with machine-guns and small arms. The platoon was finally ordered to turn around and head back north in order to maintain contact with the enemy and to establish a defensive perimeter, allowing a recovery team to retrieve a downed vehicle. Lieutenant Prakash took the opportunity to move his tank back to FOB Scunion for repairs and provide escort for medical evacuations. After assisting with repairs, he and his crew immediately moved back into position and requested to resume the lead. Moving south back through the city, they encountered no resistance. Once they neared their objective, however, Lieutenant Prakash identified and engaged an enemy re-supply truck, destroying the vehicle and its contents. The men encountered no further resistance as they moved to the objective, where they established a blocking position until they were relieved the following morning. By battle's end, the platoon was responsible for 25 confirmed destroyed enemy and an estimated 50 to 60 additional destroyed enemy personnel. Lieutenant Prakash was personally credited with the destruction of eight enemy strong-points, one enemy re-supply vehicle, and multiple enemy dismounts.
Born: at India 
Home Town: Syracuse, New York
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*PRATER, TERRY WILLIAM (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Terry William Prater, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 4 August 2004. During a series of explosions in Baghdad, Iraq, a grenade was thrown into Staff Sergeant Prater's position, endangering the life of a comrade. Staff Sergeant Prater covered his comrade with his own body, shielding him from the explosion and taking in his own body the force of the explosion and shrapnel.
Born: August 13, 1981 at Kentucky Home Town: Speedwell, Tennessee
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), 2@ Purple Hearts
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*PRICE, BRUCE E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Bruce E. Price, Chief Warrant Officer Two, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the assistant detachment commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 313 (ODA-313), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during an armed reconnaissance mission near Musa Qalay, Afghanistan on 15 May 2004. Chief Warrant Officer Price's personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. 

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Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bruce E. Price distinguished himself by gallantry in action and extreme heroism above and beyond the call of duty as the assistant detachment commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 313 (ODA-313), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during an armed reconnaissance mission near Musa Qalay, Afghanistan on 15 May 2004. On this date, Chief Warrant Officer Two Price and his detachment were part of a combined patrol consisting of U.S. Special Forces and soldiers from the 1st Kandak, 3d Brigade of the Afghan National Army. The purpose of the mission was to disrupt anti-coalition militia (ACM) activity in this known enemy sanctuary. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price commanded the lead vehicle in a convoy composed of two ground mobility vehicles (GMV) and two non-tactical vehicles. While moving through a small, restricted village, the patrol was ambushed at extremely close range from multiple prepared positions. Chief Warrant Officer Two Prices' GMV was immediately struck head-on by two rocket propelled grenades (RPG) and machine gun fire, disabling the vehicle. Within seconds of the ambush, all personnel in Chief Warrant Officer Two Price's vehicle were wounded or unable to return fire. The determined enemy swept the vehicle with repeated volleys of machine gun and RPG fire. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price immediately rallied his men and tried to gain fire superiority in order to break the enemy attack. He quickly realized that the enemy force was concentrating its fire on the lead and trail vehicles of the patrol in an effort to trap the friendly forces inside a prepared kill zone. With his vehicle in flames and under a mounting volume of fire, Chief Warrant Officer Two Price gave the order to dismount and seek cover. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price then exited the vehicle and without hesitation began engaging enemy directly to his front from the exposed door machine gun position on his vehicle. The ACM force immediately began concentrating its fire on Chief Warrant Officer Two Price. With total disregard for his own life, his continued to man the machine gun until he was mortally wounded by small arms fire. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price's courageous efforts to destroy the enemy enabled his teammates to reach cover and continue to fight. His valorous leadership and spirited actions served as the call to action, which inspired the entire patrol to drive the entrenched enemy from the field. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price's conspicuous personal heroism, extraordinary valor and selfless courage saved a number of his detachment members from certain injury and possible death at the cost of his life. The gallantry in action and absolute bravery in the line of fire by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bruce E. Price reflect great credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan and the United States Army.
Born: September 11, 1966 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*PROCTOR, JOSEPH E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joseph E. Proctor, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Military Transition Team Trainer for the 1st Battalion, 172nd Armor, Camp Ramadi, Iraq on 3 May 2006 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Sergeant Proctor's personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. 

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Sergeant Joseph E. Proctor distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct in the face of an enemy attack as Military Transition Team Trainer for 1st Battalion, 172nd Armor, at Camp Ramadi, Iraq on 3 May 2006 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Sergeant Proctor served with 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Iraqi Division as a Military Transition Team Trainer in the Anbar Province of Iraq. This is one of the most dangerous and challenging jobs a soldier can perform. Previously, Sergeant Proctor was a petroleum supply specialist who volunteered from the task force support platoon. He was in almost constant danger patrolling the most violent areas of the 5 Kilo District of Tammim, often with only one other coalition force member present. Sergeant Proctor would spend several consecutive days at Observation Post 293, one of the most isolated areas in Ramadi. This observation post had been a target for insurgents in the Tammim area and routinely came under attack. Sergeant Proctor was on duty the afternoon of May 3d when Observation Post 293 came under one of the fiercest attacks since its establishment. At approximately 1415 hours on May 3rd, Observation Post 293 began receiving indirect fire. At least four rounds landed, some within extremely close proximity and some directly on the observation post. Sergeant Proctor was in a relatively safe location at the time, inside the barracks, which was a cement structure. Cognizant of the hazards outside the barracks and without any official order to leave the safety of the building, Sergeant Proctor quickly donned his protective equipment and secured his weapon. He developed an expedient plan, left the safety of the building to assess the situation and render aid to those on security who were under attack. Shortly after he entered the compound, the observation post was attacked with small-arms fire. It appeared they were under a complex attack. The severity of the attack ultimately was a diversion by the enemy in its attempt to destroy the observation post with a large, powerful and deadly vehicular suicide bomb. A large dump truck penetrated the west gate during the complex attack and continued moving toward the center of the observation post. Sergeant Proctor immediately and aggressively stood his ground in the compound, firing over 25 rounds from his M16 into the cab of the vehicular suicide bomb. He did not waver-he did not flinch, engaging the vehicle head-on as it was moving toward him and the remaining Soldiers in the building. He killed the driver of the dump truck before the truck could enter further into the interior of the compound. The vehicular suicide bomb detonated causing significant destruction from the point of the explosion. Sergeant Proctor was mortally wounded where he made his stand against the attack. Sergeant Joseph Proctor saved countless lives that fateful day by stopping the driver before he could reach his objective. His actions were nothing less than heroic and embody the warrior ethos by his selfless courage. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Indiana National Guard and the United States Army..
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


PROSSER, ROBERT
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Prosser, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in combat action against the enemy in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 19 August 2004, in Iraq. On that date, in action against insurgent forces, Sergeant Major Prosser saw his commander shot down. Amid a hail of bullets hitting the ground and walls around him, Command Sergeant Major Prosser charged into a building, despite the fact that he did not know how many insurgents were attacking from inside. Finding one enemy, Sergeant Major Prosser shot him four times in the chest, then discarded his empty rifle to engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. The insurgent pulled Command Sergeant Major Prosser's helmet over his eyes, but this intrepid soldier, unable to reach his sidearm or his knife, and without the support of any other American soldiers, he nonetheless disarmed and subdued the insurgent by delivering a series of powerful blows to the insurgent's head, rendering him unconscious.
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PRYOR, ANTHONY S.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anthony S. Pryor, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) during a combat mission in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 23 January 2002, during a search mission for suspected terrorists. As Master Sergeant Pryor and his team began moving through the area, enemy fighters began firing upon the group. The team got separated, leaving Pryor and another soldier clearing room by room. The other soldier was distracted by an enemy fighter and stayed outside to return fire. Master Sergeant Pryor continued forward and as an enemy fighter came charging out of a room, he assisted in killing him. He pushed ahead and found himself alone with three insurgents. As he was engaged with the two who had guns, an insurgent crept up behind him and began attacking, breaking a clavicle and dislocating his shoulder. Master Sergeant Pryor wrestled with the assailants, engaging in a hand-to-hand struggle and eventually eliminating him. The two gunmen he had shot revived during the fight, and attempted to kill him, but Master Sergeant Pryor quickly began shooting at them again, this time killing them. He then rejoined the fight outside the building. When the battle ended, 21 enemy fighters had been killed.
Home Town: Toledo, Oregon
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*PUGH, ROBERT SHANE (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Shane Pugh, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for exceptional display of heroism and selfless service while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, on 2 March 2005, during military operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM III. Sergeant Pugh's platoon was conducting a combat patrol in a hostile area near Iskandariyah, Iraq. While providing security for a group of engineer soldiers, an Improvised Explosive Device detonated seriously wounding Sergeant Pugh and Sergeant First Class Ellis Martin. Although in extreme pain, Sergeant Pugh directed treatment instructions to the members of his platoon for both himself and Sergeant First Class Martin. He remained calm and continued to give instructions until the medical evacuation helicopter arrived. Sergeant Pugh passed away on route to the hospital, however his courage and disregard for his own welfare resulted in saving the life of a fellow comrade who was severely wounded. His bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, Multi-National Corps Iraq, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Stonewall, Mississippi
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


PUSHKIN, GREGORY
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gregory Pushkin, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during combat actions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On 13 March 2006, Specialist Pushkin distinguished himself as a member of Task Force CURRAHEE, when his unit was ambushed at Ramadi, Iraq, risking his own life numerous times to come to the aid of his comrades. He kicked down the door of a home to provide cover for injured troops reeling from the intensity of the ambush. He laid down suppressive fire and then he and a comrade pushed their way to reach a pair of troopers who were pinned down and injured.
Home Town: Galena, Ohio
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QUINN, PATRICK M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Patrick M. Quinn, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 065 (ODA-065), Company A, 2d Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 5 April 2003, in Iraq, in engaging and destroying the Iraqi 96th Infantry Brigade, neutralizing the 4th and 16th Infantry Divisions, and routing a battalion of Saddam Fedayeen. Master Sergeant Quinn's performance was integral in the 2d Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) attack towards Mosul, Iraq. His actions under overwhelming odds and fierce resistance are a credit to him, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the United States Army.
Home Town: Cromwell, Connecticut
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