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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

 

RAY, GRANT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Grant Ray, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a Fire Support Team Chief with Troop G, 10th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Reconnaissance Troop, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 18 - 19 September 2003. While on patrol in East Tikrit, Iraq, Sergeant Ray's patrol came under heavy enemy fire. Sergeant Ray immediately identified the ambush site and directed return fire. Despite being wounded he immediately jumped into the gunner's hatch and manned the mounted weapon after seeing his gunner collapse. After noticing that the trail vehicle had not cleared the ambush area, he ordered his vehicle back into the kill zone while he continued to fire the mounted weapon. Sergeant Ray's unselfish act to man the crew-served weapon, accurately direct return fire, and return to extract soldiers from enemy fire caused the enemy to break contact and ultimately saved the lives of soldiers in his patrol. Sergeant Ray's actions keep with the highest standards of selfless service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division, Combined Joint Task Force Seven, and the United States Army.
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


RAY, JONATHON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jonathon Ray, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 3d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 25 April 2003, in Afghanistan. Sergeant First Class Ray distinguished himself during combat operations as part of a quick reaction force trying to help American soldiers under attack along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Home Town: Binghamton, New York
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REIS, LARRY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry Reis, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 10 and 11 October 2005, in Afghanistan. First Sergeant Reis was leading a combined Afghan national army patrol in Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan when he was attacked by about 150 insurgents in three locations. He relied on tactics that placed him between the enemy and his men in order to repel the numerically superior enemy force.
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REMINGTON, KEVIN K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kevin K. Remington, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against enemy insurgent forces near Ar Ramadi, Iraq, while serving with the 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company, 142d Combat Heavy Engineer Battalion, 168th Engineer Group, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 22 July 2003, in Iraq. First Sergeant Remington's actins displayed undaunted courage. He made the decision to put himself in harms way to save the life of a comrade. His training and skills are flawless. He simultaneously conducted a rescue mission, first aid, and engaging enemy fire from multiple locations all while planning the mission's next steps. His leadership is impeccable with the ability to inspire four soldiers in a gun truck to drive through an ambush kill zone four separate times to save their fallen comrades. First Sergeant Remington exemplifies the Army's values with his courage, generosity, and selfless service. First Sergeant Remington's humble demeanor is a reflection of a true "soldier's soldier". He brings extraordinary credit to the 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company, the 142d Combat Heavy Engineer Battalion, the North Dakota Army National Guard and the United States Army.
Home Town: Richardton, North Dakota


*RESH, MARK T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Mark T. Resh, Captain, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Pilot of an AH-64D Longbow Apache Helicopter with the 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 28 January 2007, near An Najaf, Iraq. On that date, Captain Resh was dispatched to the city of An Najaf to assist and support coalition troops who had come in contact with enemy forces. Arriving support aircraft was attacked with heavy machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenades and Captain Resh placed his helicopter in the direct line of enemy fire so that another air crew that was under attack could maneuver out of danger. Over the next fifteen minutes he bravely flew in the face of intense enemy fire to support the coalition ground forces until his aircraft was struck and crashed, killing Captain Resh.
Home Town: Fogelsville, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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RICH, CHRISTOPHER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher Rich, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near Samarra, Iraq, on 19 October 2004. Sergeant Rich was instrumental in ensuring that a multiple car-bomb attack against his unit in Samarra was defeated.
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RIEMAN, TOMMY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tommy Rieman, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 3 December 2003, in Iraq. On that date, Sergeant Rieman and his team were sent on a reconnaissance mission near the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Before reaching its destination, the three-vehicle convoy came under heavy enemy fire. Sergeant Rieman moved into position, using his own body to protect his gunner and began returning fire. The Humvees they were traveling in did not have doors, so Sergeant Rieman was directly exposed to the enemy fire. He suffered two bullet wounds and 11 shrapnel wounds. After refusing medical help several times, Sergeant Rieman took charge and moved the convoy off the main road, out of the line of fire, but encountered a smaller group of insurgents. He directed his men to return fire and eventually they suppressed the attack. Sergeant Rieman then set up a defensive perimeter so that a medical evacuation team could extract the wounded.
Home Town: Ohio
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RILING, RON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ron Riling, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Command Sergeant Major for the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near Rammadi, Iraq, on 6 April 2003. On that date Command Sergeant Major Riling and his brigade commander were notified that Marines attached to their brigade were pinned down by enemy fire. He quickly organized his forces and began moving to the embattled Marines. When his own elements entered the main town of Rammadi, they immediately came under direct fire coming from every direction. The Marine squad had been pinned down by snipers and was in desperate circumstances when Command Sergeant Major Riling's physical-security detachment arrived on the scene. The squad leader was dead, lying in the middle of the street, and three of the seven Marines were seriously wounded. The senior remaining Marine was a corporal. Command Sergeant Major Riling's force fought its way through withering enemy fire and linked up with the Marines where they were absorbed into the team and fought their way out together. After Command Sergeant Major Riling's team evacuated the injured Marines and recovered a Marine squad leader's body, another Marine platoon in the area came under attack by insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades. Command Sergeant Major Riling directed two Bradley Fighting Vehicles from the brigade's reserve into the fight to squelch the attacks.
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RINGGENBERG, DIRK Dale
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dirk Dale Ringgenberg, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 21 June 2005, against an armed enemy in the Mieneshin District of Afghanistan, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Captain Ringgenberg distinguished himself as the Company Commander, Chosen Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, while engaging anti- coalition forces near Chalbar Village. When one of his platoons first received contact, he repositioned his command element directly in the middle of the firefight in order to better control his kinetic effects. Under constant direct fire throughout the rest of the engagement, Captain Ringgenberg distinguished himself throughout the seven-hour battle by attacking the enemy and refusing to allow them to break contact, in spite of friendly casualties and an enemy that significantly outnumbered his forces. His adept decision-making and tactical flexibility under heavy rocket-propelled grenade and automatic weapons fire resulted in 76 enemies dead and only six friendly wounded, destroying the Taliban leadership that had terrorized the local populace for months. His leadership was the decisive point to his company's overwhelming success that day. Captain Ringgenberg's heroic actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Combined Forces Command- Afghanistan, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Madrid, Iowa


RITENOUR, MATTHEW
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Matthew Ritenour, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving the 2d Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 4 September 2007, in Afghanistan. On that date Staff Sergeant Ritenour and his unit fought against 180 Taliban fighters who attacked Forward Operating Base (FOB) BAYLOUGH, in southern Afghanistan. Although he was shot in the head and partially paralyzed during the battle, Staff Sergeant Ritenour fought on, encouraging nearby soldiers and using a radio to call in mortar fire on the enemy.
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois
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RIVAS, JOSE M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose M. Rivas, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Medic for 2d Platoon, Combat Company, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, TASK FORCE CHOSIN, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 22 April 2007, near Shudergay Village, Afghanistan. Sergeant Rivas' courage and dedication to duty were paramount as he ran into a hail of enemy gunfire in order to save the lives of his fallen comrades. Sergeant Rivas' actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Chosin Battalion, the Spartan Brigade, Combined Joint Task Force, the Unites States Central Command, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Sergeant Jose M. Rivas 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, 2nd Platoon Combat Company was conducting a cordon and search of Shudergay Village when the platoon became engaged by 30-40 enemy personnel from 15-20 enemy positions using AK-47s, sniper rifles, PKMs, RPKs, and RPGs lasting approximately 17 hours. After receiving small arms fire from two enemy OPs the platoon was able to clear the village. Once the village was clear one enemy sniper began to engage the patrol base, hitting one ANA Soldier in the pelvic area. Sergeant Rivas, the Platoon Medic, immediately moved the casualty into a room in a home in the village and began working on the patient while under intense enemy fire. The enemy sniper continued to place rounds inside the room Sergeant Rivas had chosen for his CCP. Sergeant Rivas continued to treat the casualty, regardless of the fact that sniper rounds were ricocheting around the room. Due to the intense sniper fire, Sergeant Rivas was not able to relocate the casualty to a safer area. Sergeant Rivas cleared a bed area and immediately opened his aid bag and began working on the casualty, calling out the casualties status and vitals to the Platoon Sergeant for the l0-Line MEDEVAC request. Sergeant Rivas triaged the casualty as "urgent surgical". Once he stabilized the casualty he organized an ANA litter team to move the casualty over 300 meters of rocky, uneven terrain to reach the LZ. En route to the LZ Sergeant Rivas's CASEVAC team became engaged by four enemy positions. The enemy placed heavy accurate direct fire on the CASEVAC element, pinning them down for over an hour and a half. With total disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Rivas continued to treat the casualty amidst heavy enemy fire. As the ANA Soldier's blood pressure began to drop, Sergeant Rivas quickly administered two more IV's to stabilize the casualty, the entire time using his own body to shield the casualty from the heavy enemy contact. While treating the ANA soldier, Sergeant Rivas found out that the Platoon Sergeant had fractured his ankle during the engagement. Sergeant Rivas finished stabilizing the ANA casualty, and then he moved back 40 meters through intense enemy fire in order to assess the Platoon Sergeant. H e accurately assessed that it was a severe sprain, not a break, but the Platoon Sergeant would be unable to walk on the ankle. Sergeant Rivas then had another Soldier assist him in putting the leg in a splint. He took charge of the nearest group of Soldiers and assigned a two man litter team to assist the Platoon Sergeant the rest of the way to the LZ. Sergeant Rivas then moved back through the 40 meter partially open area to continue treating the ANA Soldier, crawling on his hands and knees to avoid the enemy small arms fire that was impacting around him. He once again assessed his casualty and passed up both causalities' information so that the MEDEVAC helicopter would have updated information on the patients. Sergeant Rivas exemplifies what it means to be a Combat Medic. Sergeant Rivas had only been with the platoon for less than a week and was on his first mission when he showed extreme courage under intense enemy small arms fire and total disregard for his own personal safety during the 17 hour fight. His valorous actions under intense enemy fire showcase his personal courage, dedication to duty and commitment to his men and his ANA Soldiers.


RODRIGUEZ, JOSE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose R. Rodriguez, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company B, 3d Battalion, 69th Armor, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 3d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 19 March 2007, in Iraq. On that date, Sergeant First Class Rodriguez rushed out of Forward Operating Base Hawas in a Bradley vehicle to help two of his platoon's Bradley vehicles that were on overwatch duty. They were attacked by an unknown number of insurgents who pinned them down with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. When he got there, he heard the gunfire, but he couldn't lay eyes on his two Bradleys and didn't want to lay down suppressive fire until he could figure out where they were. Sergeant First Class Rodriguez began looking down a series of alleys perpendicular to a main road. Turning down one of them, his driver struck a roadway bomb. The driver of the Bradley Sergeant First Class Rodriguez was looking for couldn't back up, either, because there was another roadway bomb. Pinned down, Sergeant First Class Rodriguez called for more help, and his tactical operations center dispatched two more Bradleys and a recovery vehicle for his own Bradley. While his driver was on the radio Sergeant First Class Rodriguez realized the front of his Bradley was on fire and the driver's compartment was filling with smoke and he crawled in through the space between the gunner's position and the driver's compartment and pulled him out by the handle on the back of his vest. The gunner was still engaging the enemy with his main gun and the two Bradleys on the main road were still taking and returning fire. More improvised explosive devices were being tossed everywhere making it harder and harder to move around. After pulling his driver to safety into the back of the Bradley, Sergeant First Class Rodriguez got out to help the recovery vehicle operator hook up the towing chains and saw a number of insurgents approaching their position. He raised the muzzle of his rifle and shot and killed eight of them.
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ROHRS, PETER DAVID
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter David Rohrs, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Flight Medic with Company C, 3d Battalion, 82d Combat Aviation Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM VIII, on 9 November 2007, in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Rohrs' selfless actions are directly responsible for the rescue of twelve critically wounded coalition soldiers. Staff Sergeant Rohrs' courage, tactical abilities, and regard for the safety of his patients, crew and aircraft are nothing less than remarkable. His exceptional bravery and personal gallantry has set the example for the 82d Airborne Division, and is in keeping with the highest tradition of military service.
Home Town: Fayetteville, North Carolina
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ROUNDTREE, CLIFF
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Cliff Roundtree, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against enemy forces from 7 August 2005 to 9 August 2005, while assigned as an Operational Detachment Alpha 316 (ODA-316) Weapons Sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Combined Joint Task Force 76, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Sergeant First Class Roundtree distinguished himself in seven fierce engagements during a time span of fifty-six hours, while engaging enemy positions with machine gun fire from the turret of his vehicle. His dedication to duty, tactical proficiency, and commitment to mission accomplishment under the most extreme circumstances greatly contributed to accurate fires on enemy forces and to the mission's success. Sergeant First Class Roundtree's valorous performance in a combat zone is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Task Force 76, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Sergeant First Class Cliff Roundtree distinguished himself by exemplifying spirited bravery as the Weapons Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha 316 (ODA-316), 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 7 August to 9 August 2005. Sergeant First Class Roundtree distinguished himself in seven fierce enemy engagements with a well trained, tactically emplaced, and aggressive enemy firing a time span of fifty-six hours while operating as the M240B Machine gunner on the first vehicle of our element, while conducting operations in the Zabol Province of Afghanistan while deployed to A-Camp Lane. Sergeant First Class Roundtree's calmness under fire and tactical competence were imperative to the detachment's survival. During the unit's first engagement in the Buka Ghar Valley, Sergeant First Class Roundtree was instrumental in helping fix and engage enemy positions that had the entire element pinned down. His continuous engagement without concern for his own well being allowed heavily suppressed elements to get to positions of better cover and his relentless punishment of the enemy while fully exposed later caused them to retreat. During the second contact in Buka Ghar Valley, Sergeant First Class Roundtree once again was instrumental in accurately putting down heavy volumes of fire on well emplaced machine gun positions so other members of his gun vehicle could move up to pinned down Afghanistan National Army (ANA) elements that were part of the patrol, helping to consolidate, assess, and gain control of the situation. His unit continued to receive heavy volumes of machine gun fire and RPGs from numerous positions. He played a crucial role in the final elimination and forced withdrawal of the enemy by providing cover for the ODA's mortar team while they engaged the extremely fortified machine gun positions. If it wasn't for the cover fire and marking of these positions by Sergeant First Class Roundtree, the element would have been seriously devastated by the well-emplaced, heavily armed and numerically superior forces. The element continued to pursue the enemy during their retreat when they sent ahead for reinforcements to set up what was to be the third ambush. Upon the third Anti Coalition Member (ACM) ambush, Sergeant First Class Roundtree immediately located and fired upon the well emplaced and trained enemy force without care for his own life while being engaged himself by a flanking element. His bravery allowed the ANA element to maneuver on the larger ACM element, later causing the enemy to maneuver to a location they thought would give them a tactical advantage. This only led them to a better vantage point for Sergeant First Class Roundtree, who was able to eliminate them during their maneuver to what would have been a position devastating to the ANA element. The remaining ACM elements broke contact again, only to reform and gather more experience and trained fighters further down our route. The fourth ACM contact opened up on the lead element with concentrated fire, but Sergeant First Class Roundtree's close proximity allowed him to quickly and effectively respond, as he had done in the previous contacts, knowing that he would draw fire upon himself. Immediately to the rear flank of his vehicle, the major portion of the ambush opened up with an extraordinary amount of heavy machine gun fire. Sergeant First Class Roundtree, while fully exposed, quickly and effectively spun his turret and machine gun in the direction of the greater fire and began to engage. The whole time rounds were impacting all around his vehicle and him. He continued to engage without care for his own welfare or safety, his only care being that of his fellow team members. He continued to suppress the well-concealed enemy until aircraft came on station. Sergeant First Class Roundtree was able to spot and lay down effective fire so the aircraft knew where to fire to completely eliminate the enemy threat. The ODA intercepted ACM communications that again said they were reorganizing at a location that they had success within the past. Sergeant First Class Roundtree demanded that the ODA continue on and finish the enemy. As the ODA entered the Cakyan Ghar Valley, the ACM element opened up on the lead element as before with extraordinary volumes of machine gun, RPG, and AK-47 fire. Sergeant First Class Roundtree immediately pinpointed and engaged this highly trained, numerically superior, and well-equipped ACM force that the ODA had been dealing with and pursuing for the past thirty hours. Sergeant First Class Roundtree continued to engage without care for his own life. His only concerns were for the care of his fellow team mates and trying to eliminate, or draw some of the fire from those machine gun positions that had the lead element pinned down. No sooner had Sergeant First Class Roundtree begun to engage the well- emplaced enemy positions, when the rest of the ACM ambush opened up with an enormous amount of fire on the entire element. Within minutes, SFC Roundtree's turret burst into flames caused by incoming rounds. SFC Roundtree continued to engage without care for his own welfare or safety, engaging the fierce enemy with pinpoint accuracy until his driver pulled him down from his gun position because of the intense fire that raged around SFC Roundtree. The following morning the element began its final pursuit of the ACM forces in the Marah Valley. The element didn't get thirty minutes down the route when the highly trained enemy force engaged, once again. SFC Roundtree quickly fixed the enemy positions and engaged them with pinpoint accuracy allowing the second and third vehicle to pick up and engage in the same fashion. This was instrumental in the element being able to clear the switchback pass and make link up with the ground quick reaction force (QRF). Within minutes of link up and movement with the QRF element, the ODA made the seventh contact with what would turn out to be the largest, most violent ACM force of all the contacts that the ODA had faced in the prior fifty-six hours. SFC Roundtree quickly fixed and began to lay down heavy volumes of fire on the ACM element that opened up on the lead element and his vehicle with extraordinary volumes of machine gun, RPG, and AK-47 fire. SFC Roundtree's vehicle was struck numerous times and yet again he continued to fiercely lay down fire so the rest of his element could clear the choke point at which the enemy was engaging with tremendous amounts of fire. His continuous engagement without concern for his own well being allowed the heavily suppressed elements to get to positions of better cover and his relentless punishment to the enemy while fully exposed later caused them to retreat. SFC Roundtree willfully and voluntarily chose to serve in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM supporting his fellow soldiers, the legitimate Government of Afghanistan, and the United States of America in the global war on terror. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant First Class Roundtree reflect great credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Forces Operations Task Force-Afghanistan and the United States Army.
Born: at Alaska 
Home Town: Alaska
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Bronze Star w/V, Army Commendation Medal


ROWELL, FREDERICK L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick L. Rowell, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 4 April 2003, in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Rowell displayed extraordinary heroism and gallantry when his team came under enemy fire in Iraq. Taking small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire, Staff Sergeant Rowell led his team back to their Bradley Fighting Vehicle during the battle for Baghdad International Airport. After accounting for his men, Staff Sergeant Rowell observed fellow Soldiers of Bravo Team, 1st Squad, who were pinned down in an exposed position, under heavy enemy fire with no leadership. Staff Sergeant Rowell jumped from his Bradley Fighting Vehicle, ran across open terrain under heavy fire to provide leadership for the exposed Soldiers. Upon his arrival, Staff Sergeant Rowell noted that one Soldier had been shot through both legs. He organized Bravo Team and began suppressing fire, applied first aid to the Soldier's legs and called for an evacuation. Staff Sergeant Rowell became aware that enemy fire was landing around the injured Soldier and used his own body to shield the casualty from further injury. While providing cover, Staff Sergeant Rowell was struck in the middle back of his Interceptor Ballistic Vest by a 7.63-mm round. Staff Sergeant Rowell continued to provide cover and direction to the Bravo Team Soldiers until an evacuation vehicle arrived. The evacuation vehicle was unable to move closer to the team than 100 meters. Staff Sergeant Rowell picked up the injured Soldier and carried him to the vehicle under continued enemy fire. He then remained in an exposed position while the rest of Bravo Team reached the evacuation vehicle. Leaving the evacuation vehicle, Staff Sergeant Rowell again encountered enemy fire as he moved to his Bradley Fighting Vehicle to rejoin members of his rifle team.
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SANDERLIN, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Sanderlin, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Detachment Team Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 8 April 2007. On that date, Master Sergeant Sanderlin and his team were ambushed during a foot patrol in the Upper Sangin Valley in Helmand Province. During the initial moments of the attack Master Sergeant Sanderlin was knocked unconscious by shrapnel from an rocket propelled grenade. After recovering, he ran under intense fire to retrieve an anti-tank weapon and engaged three enemy machine gun positions with the weapon, all the while drawing heavy volumes of fire to his position. At one point during the eight-hour battle when a team member was wounded and in danger, he moved under heavy fire to reach his comrade. He moved on foot, under fire and through difficult terrain, the length of three football fields to set up a landing zone to evacuate the wounded soldier. After the casualty had been evacuated, he used a door-mounted machine gun to cover the team's extraction from the ambush zone, despite the fact that his vehicle was hit eleven times by enemy fire. He then helped to direct Air Force special operations AC-130 gunship fire that killed 195 enemy fighters.
Home Town: Norfolk, Virginia
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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SANDERS, MICHEAUX
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Micheaux Sanders, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in action against the enemy in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 4 April 2004, in Iraq. Specialist Sanders responded with his tank crew to aid a patrol that was caught in an ambush by insurgent forces. Despite being low on ammunition, Specialist Sanders repeatedly exposed himself to danger, firing whatever weapons and ammunition he could find and eventually throwing rocks at the enemy, while ignoring a bullet wound in his arm.
Home Town: Goldsboro, North Carolina
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SAR, SARUN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sarun Sar, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 732 (ODA- 732), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 5 March 2005. Master Sergeant Sar and his 12-man special operations team were sent to search for Taliban fighters in the snowy mountains of eastern Afghanistan. As their helicopters attempted to land outside an area suspected of sheltering insurgents, the group began to receive heavy automatic weapons fire from the direction of the village. Master Sergeant Sar told his team to follow him as he started running toward the insurgents. He was out front alone as his team was temporarily pinned down. He continued to take enemy fire as he waited for his team to catch up to him. When they did, Master Sergeant Sar and the team medic went after an insurgent hiding in a hut. As soon as he opened the door, the Taliban fighter fired three shots at him; the third shot hit Master Sergeant Sar's helmet but did not severely injure him. He killed the insurgent and the team continued to sweep the village and cleared the area of enemy fighters and rounded up a large cache of enemy weapons.
Born: at Cambodia 
Home Town: Rockville, Maryland
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SARTIN, JERRY D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry D. Sartin, Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO-3), U.S. Army, for valorous achievement in aerial flight during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08, while serving as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot in Command and Air Mission Commander in Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 131st Aviation Regiment, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade. Chief Warrant Officer Three Sartin's heroic actions and piloting skills during combat operations in Iraq contributed to the overwhelming success of preventing further loss of life on 20 January 2007. His bravery in attempting the rescue of Easy 40 crew is in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflects distinct credit upon himself, the 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment, the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Chief Warrant Officer Jerry D. Sartin distinguished himself by extraordinary gallantry in action as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot in Command and Air Mission Commander in Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, Logistical Support Area Anaconda, Balad, Iraq, on 20 January 2007 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. After noticing a trail of smoke on the horizon, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin received a radio call which announced a "Fallen Angel", indicating that an aircraft had been engaged by the enemy and was unable to continue Flight. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin quickly directed his flight to provide over watch in order to protect the downed aircraft and identify the enemy combatants. Under Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin's command the flight executed a series of interlocking figure-eight patterns. The enemy combatants were identified as they attempted to flee the engagement area. Without hesitation, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin directed the flight to pursue and engage the enemy. The flight began to receive concentrated enemy fire. Throughout the ensuing intense engagement, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin commanded the flight, safely and successfully flew his aircraft, and avoided small arms fire, antiaircraft and rocket propelled grenade attacks. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin's piloting skills allowed his gunners to successfully engage and destroy the enemy combatants with a constant barrage of machine gun fire. Following the engagement, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin landed his helicopter at Easy 40's three o'clock position, placing his aircraft between Easy 40 and the last known enemy position. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin directed the flight to deploy recovery and security forces to establish and secure the perimeter and assist with crew and personnel recovery. Although the Easy 40 crew and passengers could not be recovered, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin directed the flight to remain on station as long as possible, until fuel levels were critically low, allowing the rescue team to recover sensitive items. While under his command, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin's flight was instrumental in keeping the enemy at bay, providing recovery efforts maximum security at the crash site. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sartin's actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade and the United States Army.
Home Town: Burlington, North Carolina


SCALISE, RODNEY A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Rodney A. Scalise, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Special Forces Medic with Operational Detachment Alpha 325 (ODA-325), 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 19 August 2006, in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Scalise's team was conducting a combined Afghan National Army (ANA) and a U.S. Special Forces patrol in the vicinity of Yakden Village in the Cahar Cinch region, Oruzgan Province, when they were ambushed by a numerically superior Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) force. With ANA and U. S. Forces pinned down in a "U"-shaped ambush, Staff Sergeant Scalise jumped into action and manned a 240B Machine Gun until he became aware of casualties. At that time he dismounted his armored vehicle, moved over 100 meters through heavy enemy fire, and began triage of three casualties. He quickly identified that the most severely wounded individual, an airman attacked to the detachment, had already succumbed to his wounds. Moving to the next casualty, his Team Commander Captain Kenneth Dwyer, Staff Sergeant Scalise provided lifesaving first aid to him and another team member. To protect both casualties, he supervised their movement in the back of an open-bed truck to a more secure location. With the casualties out of the battle zone, Staff Sergeant Scalise got back in his vehicle and fought his way through a three-kilometer rolling ambush back to the team's base camp, where he continued to care for his two comrades.
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*SCHAFER, MICHAEL W. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael W. Schafer, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173d Infantry Brigade, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, at Oruzgan, Afghanistan, on 25 July 2005.
Born: August 16, 1979 at Waukegan, Illinois
Home Town: Spring Hill, Florida
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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*SEBBAN, BENJAMIN L. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Benjamin L. Sebban, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Senior Medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment (Airborne Reconnaissance), 82d Airborne Division, by placing himself in a position of danger to ensure his unit's welfare during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 17 March 2007, in Diyala Province, Iraq. On that date, Sergeant First Class Sebban safeguarded the lives of 86 paratroopers during a suicide-car-bomb attack on a combat outpost. Sergeant First Class Sebban noticed a civilian truck accelerating toward the compound laden with explosives. Stepping from behind a Humvee, he moved toward the vehicle and warned his fellow paratroopers of the impending attack yelling three times until the explosion from the vehicle knocked him down. Although mortally wounded by shrapnel injuries to his abdomen, groin and legs, Sergeant First Class Sebban immediately moved to the aid station to begin treating his fellow wounded paratroopers until he collapsed and succumbed to his wounds. Sergeant First Class Sebban's valiant actions prevented enemy insurgent forces from overrunning his position and caused the enemy element to retreat.
Born: at Tunisia, North Africa
Home Town: South Amboy, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terror), Purple Heart


SELF, NATHAN E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Nathan E. Self, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Leader in Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, during the period 3 to 4 March 2002, during Operation ANACONDA, in Afghanistan. Captain Self's valorous actions while in direct contact with enemy forces and in the face of extreme duress during the successful rescue of Special Operators contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission and the saving of additional lives. While exiting the aircraft, Captain Self was severely wounded in the thigh. With total Disregard for his well being, he fought to the first covered and concealed position, engaged the enemy with his weapon, gathering remaining combat effective Rangers, and began calling close air support on enemy locations. The gallantry displayed by Captain Self during 18 hours of combat is in keeping with the highest standards of valor. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Captain Self reflected credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.
Born: at China Spring, Texas
Home Town: China Spring, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


SETZER, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Setzer, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 25 April 2003, in Afghanistan. Sergeant First Class Setzer was part of a quick reaction force trying to help American soldiers under attack along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He was injured during a clash with insurgents. During the attack he was hit with shrapnel in his neck. Despite his condition, he evacuated a wounded airman to safety. When he returned to rescue more men, he was hit with machine gunfire which broke his jaw and shattered his teeth.
Home Town: Binghamton, New York
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*SHANABERGER, WENTZ JEROME HENRY, III (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Wentz Jerome Henry Shanaberger, III, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 21st Military Police Company, 16th Military Police Brigade, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 24 March 2004, in Iraq. On that date, Sergeant First Class Shanaberger and two other soldiers were escorting a convoy when they came upon a group of Iraqis gathered around a truck on the side of the road. While approaching the vehicle on foot as a security check, the Iraqis opened fire with AK-47s and threw homemade grenades at the three men. Sergeant First Class Shanaberger distinguished himself by his personal gallantry in this action.
Home Town: Naples, Florida
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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SHEETZ, BRIAN M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Brian M. Sheetz, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 103d Armored Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq, on 27 February 2006. On that date, Specialist Sheets was a loader aboard an Abrams tank patrolling Main Supply Route MICHIGAN, nicknamed "IED Alley". During an ambush, an enemy grenade landed inside his tank. Specialist Sheetz grabbed it and threw it out of the hatch just as it detonated, sending shrapnel into his face and hand. His valorous action was instrumental in saving the lives of three fellow crew members.
Home Town: Pennsylvania
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*SIMS, SEAN P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Sean P. Sims, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, during combat action against enemy forces in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM near Fallujah, Iraq, during November 2004. Captain Sims planned and executed the task force's main attack against entrenched enemy forces, then held position under constant fire to establish a foothold in northeast Fallujah. He led a 14-hour house-to-house fight, frequently leaving the safety of his Bradley fighting vehicle, then led a fight to seize, then hold Highway 10 against constant enemy counterattack. His company killed more than 40 enemy fighters, destroyed 35 homemade bombs and a dozen weapons caches. He was shot and killed while clearing a building in Fallujah November 13.
Home Town: El Paso, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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*SMALL, ANDREW R. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Andrew R. Small, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 11 August 2006. On that date, Private First Class Small was attached to the lead element of a 22-man platoon on patrol in the mountains of Nuristan, Afghanistan. Three hours into the patrol, the enemy ambushed the Americans, waiting until the patrol's point man had passed their concealed position before opening fire. The attack caught the entire lead group in the kill zone. Three Americans were killed immediately and the remainder of the platoon was pinned down under enemy fire. Private First Class Small was located as the sixth man in movement in an extremely tight trail. During the initial fire, he and the rest of the squad were pinned down by accurate small arms fire. The only cover available was to hug the side of the mountain, which did not allow his squad to return fire. His team leader, Sergeant Smallwood, was then hit by an RPG, which seriously wounded him and left him exposed to enemy fire. Private First Class Small exposed himself and laid down suppressive fire against the well-fortified enemy position. By doing this, he drew fire to his own position, but he refused to seek cover. The action allowed his team leader to drag himself over a cliff to cover. At this time, the enemy launched another barrage of rocket propelled grenades into Private First Class Small's position. This volley severely injured two soldiers who later succumbed to their wounds and struck Private First Class Small in the back by shrapnel. Even though Private First Class Small was wounded he got back up and continued to lay down suppressive fire, refusing to seek cover or medical aid until he was able to facilitate the maneuver of his squad out of the kill zone. Private First Class Small continued to engage and be engaged by the enemy who outnumbered him by seven to one. This allowed the rest of the platoon and close air support to suppress and kill the enemy. When the patrol leader was able to move up to Private First Class Small's position, he found him lying in the trails, weapon in his hands, orientated toward the enemy and out of ammunition. Private First Class Small's sacrifice directly saved the lives of three other squad members and denied the enemy an opportunity to pursue its advantage over the pinned down Americans and declares that his sacrifice was the most significant reason members of the squad were able to survive the ambush attack.
Home Town: Wiscasset, Maine
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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SMITH, PETER L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter L. Smith, First 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, in Fallujah, Iraq. Under heavy fire during the battle for Fallujah on 12 November 2004, Smith organized the evacuation of his company executive officer, who was fatally wounded. The next day he led the company during 18 hours of intense house-to-house fighting after the company commander also was killed in action.
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*STACK, MICHAEL BOYD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael Boyd Stack, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Company Sergeant Major with Company C, 2d Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near Baghdad, Iraq, on 11 April 2004. On that date, Sergeant Major Sack's Special Forces team was traveling from Baghdad to Al Hillah, Iraq, when they came under enemy fire. His vehicle was pulling rear security for the convoy and Sergeant Major Stack immediately began to fire upon the enemy so that the others in the kill zone could escape from the hail of enemy fire. He then led a security force into the kill zone to eliminate the remaining threat and allow for the safe evacuation of casualties. After the casualties were evacuated, Sergeant Major Stack began preparation for a counterattack on the enemy position. He manned a .50 caliber machine gun to cover the elements movement toward the enemy position but, because of a damaged vehicle, the counterattack was abandoned, so Sergeant Major Stack directed a link-up with a nearby quick reaction Force and returned to Forward Operation Base 52 to refit. Knowing that the element was in danger of being attacked, he began leading the soldiers in reinforcing their position. That night, as their convoy moved toward Al Hillah, the Special Forces element was ambushed several times from several directions by a high volume of enemy fire in a multiple-kilometer kill zone. In the midst of the ambush, Sergeant Major Stack remained calm and continued to direct fire upon the enemy while keeping control of his element and allowing other vehicles to maneuver to covered and concealed positions. After seeing Sergeant Major Stack's actions, which helped to lead the Special Forces element out of the kill zone, the enemy began to concentrate fire on his vehicle. An explosion killed him instantly. Sergeant Major Stack's personal sacrifice and courage allowed the remainder of the attack t fight its way out of the ambush and ultimately, to survive the attack. His intrepid actions, at the cost of his life, exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the United States Army.
Home Town: Lake City, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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STEBNER, ERIC W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eric W. Stebner, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader of Chalk 2, Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, during the period 3 to 4 March 2002, during Operation ANACONDA, in Afghanistan. Sergeant Stebner's valorous actions while in direct contact with enemy forces and in the face of extreme duress during the successful rescue of Special Operators contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission and to the saving of additional lives. Sergeant Stebner organized an assault against an enemy fortified position. He led all aid and litter teams under withering enemy counterattack fire during consolidation of all casualties. This action took over four hours during which Sergeant Stebner personally exposed himself to enemy fire at least five times in order to save his fellow comrades. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Sergeant Stebner reflected great credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.


STEPHENS, CHAD M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Chad M. Stephens, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Sergeant with Company A, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 24 June 2004, in Iraq. Sergeant First Class Stephens heroically and without regard for his personal safety, led his platoon in heavy combat with enemy attempting to control the city. After fighting through two ambushes, he led his platoon to a casualty collection point to treat the wounded. To evacuate the gunner of his wingman, Sergeant First Class Stephens crossed 50 meters in open terrain while small arms impacted all around him as he ran. He mounted the turret and pulled his soldier out of the hatch, then lowered him to the waiting medics as rounds impacted the vehicle and other soldiers drove to safety. He returned to his vehicle under continuing fire, reorganized the platoon and led the move to Forward Operating Base Gabe, fighting on as his Bradley was hit by a rocket propelled grenade and his gunner was severely wounded. Sergeant First Class Stephens' courage under fire is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 30th Brigade and the United States Army National Guard. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Sergeant First Class Chad M. Stephens distinguished himself by gallantry in action on 24 June 2004, in Baqubah, Iraq. Company A, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment was ending its first month attached to the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, located at FOB Gabe. The "Wolverines," brought into the 3d Brigade Combat Team area of operations for additional firepower and dismounted infantrymen, were sleeping in tents just north of the city at FOB Warhorse due to lack of space at Gabe. Daytime highs were in the 120s with a low in the 80s just before dawn, with little or no recent rainfall. Baqubah is a city of over 100,000 with tens of thousands more in surrounding towns and villages. In June the enemy activity was approaching the highest level of intensity so far during OIF II, as the 1 July date for Iraqi sovereignty moved closer. Division intelligence predicted a spike in enemy operations just before and after the handover. 1/A/1-120 returned to Warhorse at 0322 following a four-hour mounted and dismounted patrol, passing 3/A as they came in. At 0526 3/A was ambushed as they paused to remove driver night sights. At 0610 1/A, let by First Lieutenant Matt Vross and Sergeant First Class Chad Stephens with their wingman BFVs led the movement south followed by the Headquarters section, conducting a battle handoff with 3d Platoon just north of the ambush site. An estimated 100 insurgents with RPGs, machine guns, grenades, daisy-chained IEDs and automatic rifles were waiting in several ambush sites. 1-1, command by First Lieutenant Vross was engaged first from rooftops and with IEDs. As RPGs impacted to the front and into the sides of the first BFV, Sergeant First Class Stephens was able to direct his gunner's fire, successfully killing 6 - 8 insurgents on rooftops as they fired down on Vross in the lead BFV. 1-4, commanded by Sergeant First Class Stephens, as well as the other vehicles in formation, came under intense enemy fire from IEDs, RPG,s, and machine guns. Sergeant First Class Stephens directed his platoon's fire as they assaulted south, through the ambush. The Headquarters section withdrew north to evacuate the company commander, mortally wounded by a large caliber weapon. This left 1st Platoon's BFVs to continue the fight as they were tasked by 1/6 FA to head East toward the bridge over the Diyala River where a large concentration of enemy were reported by other units in contact. En route, the platoon was again ambushed from the rooftops of large commercial buildings and high rise apartments. Sergeant First Class Stephens' wingman engaged an RPG team, but not before their rocket fired, eventually penetrating the turret and seriously wounding the gunner and several infantrymen in the troop compartment. The platoon moved to low ground vicinity near the river in order to assess their casualties. They immediately set up a hasty defensive position, while platoon medics went to work. Sergeant First Class Stephens was concentrating on enemy fire coming from nearby roof tops and the highway overpass when he heard that his wing man's gunner, Specialist Dan Desens could not be evacuated out of the turret door, but needed to be pulled out through the hatch. Without waiting to put on his body armor (stored in the Bradley for mobility in the turret), Sergeant First Class Stephens removed his CVC and dashed off of his vehicle in the direction of the wounded platoon member's vehicle as the now dismounted infantry squads engaged enemy from multiple directions. Small arms impacted at his feet as he sprinted over 50 meters, and then bounded up to the gunner's hatch. Another platoon member joined him there, but quickly jumped to safety as rounds impacted the turret. Sergeant First Class Stephens remained exposed to constant fire as he pulled Specialist Desens out through the top and lowered him to a medic waiting on the side of the vehicle not exposed to enemy firing from buildings, moving vehicles along the road, and on the bridge just to their north. Sergeant First Class Stephens moved through constant fire back to his BFV to direct platoon fires while the Platoon Leader communicated with TF 1-6. The platoon moved across the bridge to the East to deliver their multiple casualties to waiting medical staff at FOB Gabe. Sergeant First Class Stephens' BFV was struck by an RPG, knocking his gunner unconscious and wounding Sergeant First Class Stephens in the arm. Through the smoke and Halon gas he continued to fire from his position at multiple enemy locations, while attempting to revive his gunner, Staff Sergeant Rivera, who eventually resumed his duties with serious wounds to his back. As the platoon pulled to the gate of the FOB, Sergeant First Class Stephens oversaw the movement of casualties to waiting ambulances, only then did he return to his Bradley where the fire still burning on the turret was put out with a fire extinguisher. The rest of the 24th and into the morning of the 25th, Sergeant First Class Stephens rallied his Soldiers as they continued combat operations in Baqubah, to include raids on enemy strongholds. In the following weeks the 3d Brigade Combat Team reported a drop in all enemy contact in and around Baqubah. The estimates of enemy KIA by A Company range from 30 to 40, more if we count those killed by CAS later in the day using 500-pound bombs dropped on the building from which the last phase of RPGs were fired. At least one destroyed .50 caliber machine gun position was discovered by the unit clearing buildings partially destroyed by 25-mm. Sergeant First Class Stephens' heroic act in pulling a mortally wounded Specialist Desens from his turret inspired the platoon to continue the fight and set an example for bravery that all Soldiers aspire to.
Born: at Como, North Carolina
Home Town: Como, North Carolina


*STEVER, ROBERT A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert A. Stever, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 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. Staff Sergeant Stever was a mechanic who should not have been in combat, but who had been sent to repair damaged combat vehicle. When the enemy attacked, he fired a full can of .50-caliber ammunition, reloading while speeding up the highway. He was killed when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. By exposing himself to danger and continuing to fire, he helped to save the convoy from being overrun.
Home Town: Pendleton, Oregon
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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STRICKLAND, RONALD GREGORY
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald Gregory Strickland, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving Company A, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 29 May 2007, in Afghanistan. On that date, Sergeant First Class Strickland braved hostile enemy fire in an attempt to rescue the crew of Flipper 75, which was shot down by enemy fire. Sergeant First Class Strickland personally engaged the enemy with multiple weapons to prevent the Taliban from gaining possession of his fellow soldiers. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking enemy force to secure the crash site. His exceptional bravery and personal leadership has set the example for the 82d Airborne Division, and is in keeping with the highest tradition of military service.
Home Town: Rowland, North Carolina
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STROBINO, JAY CHRISTOPHER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jay Christopher Strobino, Specialist, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious achievement and exemplary service as a Team Leader in 3d Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), attached to the 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on a mission on 1 February 2006 in Rushdi Mulla, Iraq. Specialist Strobino's exceptional dedication to mission accomplishment, tactical and technical competence, and unparalleled ability to perform under fire and while injured, contributed immeasurably to the success of his unit in Rushdi Mulla, Iraq, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the United States Army.
Home Town: Kent, Washington
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SWOPE, JERRY
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry Swope, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant in Company C, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq during the period 4 through 8 April 2005. Sergeant First Class Swope 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 on 4 April. While en route back to Camp Eagle, one of his platoon's surviving vehicles got stuck on an enemy obstacle. Without hesitation and without concern for his personal safety, Sergeant First Class Swope dismounted from his own vehicle and assisted with its recovery under intense enemy fire, saving the lives of the three Soldiers inside. The following morning he volunteered to command a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and joined an ad hoc platoon in securing the Al-Thawra Iraqi Police Station in Sadr City. For the next two days, Sergeant First Class Swope controlled the elements maintaining the outer-cordon around the Iraqi Police Station, which was composed of two Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The fields of fire he designated for his Soldiers enabled them to engage and destroy a large number of enemies who attempted to engage them day and night. Staff Sergeant Swope was in command of the security force of the Al-Afreeden Iraqi Police Station when he called in air support to neutralize a group of enemy rocket propelled grenade gunners on 8 April. Because of the precision of Sergeant First Class Swope's coordinates, the RPG gunners were destroyed and collateral damage was kept to a minimum.
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SZOTT, JOSHUA
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joshua Szott, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for exceptional courage and conspicuous gallantry while serving as Scout in the 7th Battalion, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team Reconnaissance Troops, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 18 September 2003, in Tikrit, Iraq. Sergeant Szott's actions saved the lives of four of his comrades, forced the retreat of over twenty enemy guerillas from their dug-in positions, and ultimately led to the defeat and capture of those responsible for the attack. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect credit upon himself, the Brigade Combat Team, and the United States Army.
Born: at Sacramento, California
Home Town: Sacramento, California
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