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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

 

TABRON, DONALD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald Tabron, Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy on 3 March 2002 to 4 March 2002 as a MH-47E Air Mission Commander of the 2d Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, during combat operations in support of Special Operation Forces during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan. Chief Warrant Officer Tabron's actions under direct enemy fire were instrumental in the survival of his crew and passengers in the moments preceding and immediately following the shoot down of his aircraft and subsequent actions on the objective and helped set the conditions for the rescue operation of United States Forces under fire. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Chief Warrant Officer Tabron reflected great credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.
Home Town: Apopka, Florida


*TANISH, PATRICK SHANNON (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Patrick Shannon Tanish, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Troop E, 2d Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On 11 February 2004, Sergeant Tanish was on patrol in western Baghdad, Iraq, when a roadside bomb struck his Humvee. Wounded in the explosion, Sergeant Tanish fired more than 400 rounds at insurgents to allow eight wounded soldiers to be evacuated before he succumbed to his wounds.
Born: August 25, 1970 at Portsmouth, Virginia
Home Town: Oceanside, California
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*TARLAVSKY, MICHAEL YURY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael Yury Tarlavsky, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 12 August 2004, in Iraq. Captain Tarlavsky distinguished himself when his unit came under small arms fire and grenade attack in Najaf, Iraq.
Home Town: Passaic, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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TATE, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Tate, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division, during combat operations against enemy forces in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 24 February 2006, at Ramadi, Iraq. Early in the morning of 24 February, while on patrol in Ramadi, one of Captain Tate's platoons hit an improvised explosive device, injuring several Americans. Insurgent forces were engaged by Captain Tate's soldiers in a battle that lasted for six hours. During that period Captain Tate fearlessly directed his men in action, exposing himself to enemy fire as he moved Bradley armored vehicles and two other platoons into position. Thirteen of Captain Tate's Soldiers were wounded in the fierce battle, but by his gallant leadership he overcame the enemy opposition and evacuated his wounded for treatment without loss of life to any of his men. The outstanding leadership, personal gallantry, and tactical skill displayed by Captain Tate on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself, the 2d Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Born: at Park Rapids, Minnesota
Home Town: Park Rapids, Minnesota
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TAYLOR, JARROD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jarrod Taylor, Specialist, 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, Specialist Taylor 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 rear vehicle in the convoy, and despite a hail of enemy fire on the entire convoy, Specialist Taylor was among the first to reach the stricken vehicle in an attempt to help the wounded. Running to assist an injured man who was badly burned, suffering from shock, and who was without body armor, Specialist Taylor shielded him from enemy fire with his own body, and moved him to the safety of another vehicle for treatment and evacuation. Returning amid a hail of enemy fire to the burning truck, Specialist Taylor heroically risked his life a second time braving not only incoming rounds but risking injury from munitions and explosives "cooking off" in the stricken vehicle to reach another wounded soldier. Struck by shrapnel from an explosion inside the burning truck as he began to move one wounded man, he was knocked to the ground by the impact. Rather than retreating to cover, Specialist Taylor regained his footing, placed himself between the wounded man and the enemy forces, and pulled him out of harms way. Although suffering from burns to his hands from his efforts to save his comrades, Specialist Taylor refused treatment until the wounded men he recovered had been evacuated by helicopter.
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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THIBEAULT, VICTOR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Victor Thibeault, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving 110th Military Intelligence Battalion, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan on 3 December 2003. On that date, Specialist Thibault and another Soldier were driving through a crowded marketplace near a Taliban stronghold in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when an armed grenade was thrown into his vehicle. Reaching to the floor beneath his comrade, Specialist Thibeault grabbed the grenade with his left hand but, realizing there were innocent civilians in the crowd outside the vehicle, rather than throwing the grenade out of the vehicle he placed it in the center console of the truck just as it exploded, seriously wounding him and his comrade. He then ignored the pain of his own wounds to drag his barely conscious comrade to the special intelligence truck ahead of him so that he could receive treatment.
Born: at Riverside, California
Home Town: Riverside, California
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THOMAS, KEN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ken Thomas, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a team leader and Cavalry Scout for Troop C, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 16 February 2007, when he and members of his platoon were ambushed as they floated down the Tigris River on patrol boats as part of a joint mission with Iraqi police, near Falahat, Iraq. Four Iraqi police patrol boats, made up of mixed crews with both Troop C Soldiers and Iraqi Police, set out on a mission to keep the waterways clear of insurgents trafficking weapons. Tips received indicated insurgents were using the river to transport weapons and gain access to areas from which they could launch attacks on civilians, Iraqi Security Forces and coalition troops. The plan also included checking houses near the river banks in a search for weapons and suspected insurgents. Sergeant Thomas was in the second boat, and his platoon leader was in the first boat, with two other boats following not far behind, when they were hit by enemy fire from well-positioned insurgents in a carefully planned attack. Sergeant Thomas' platoon leader, First Lieutenant John Dolan, ordered the boats to turn around, but it was too late. The boats were hit hard in their exposed position on the waters. The first boat got hit and crashed into an island, and then Sergeant Thomas' boat hit a sand bar and became stuck, leaving the scouts and the Iraqi Police dangerously exposed. Sergeant Thomas manned the boat's PKC heavy machine gun and began firing, continuing to reload until he ran out of ammunition. Then Sergeant Thomas an Staff Sergeant Allen Johns abandoned the boat to swim for a small island. With their departure the boat gained enough lift to free itself and two Iraqi Policemen tried to find another route, moving to the side of the island where the scouts again boarded, and the small boat headed for shore. Still under relentless fire, after reaching the shore the scouts and Iraqi Police took temporary in a small crater. Sergeant Thomas went out to scout for an escape route, finding a cinderblock wall that could provide some cover. The route however was blocked by down power lines running across the fence with sparks evident. Sergeant Thomas ran to the fence under fire and cut a hole using wire cutters, ignoring the painful electrical shocks he had to endure to complete his task. The scouts and Iraqi Police then raced through the fence to a house where there was better cover, and continued to engage the enemy until helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade arrived on the scene to evacuate the Soldiers and Iraqi Policemen.
Born: at Utopia, Texas
Home Town: Utopia, Texas
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TIEDEMAN, DAVID
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David Tiedeman, First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while assigned to 1st Squadron, 278th Regimental Combat Team, Military Transition Team, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, from 4 April 2005 to 5 April 2005, near Balad Ruz, Iraq. While serving as an advisor to 6th Battalion, 3d Division, Iraqi Army, First Lieutenant Tiedeman subjected himself to enemy fire on several occasions in order to direct fire which effectively neutralized insurgent positions. On two such occasions, he crossed the battlefield under enemy fire to render aid to his fallen comrades. As one of his soldiers lay wounded and pinned down in a canal, First Lieutenant Tiedeman risked his own life by entering the canal to evacuate him. First Lieutenant Tiedeman truly represents the Warrior Ethos, and his actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service, reflecting distinct credit upon himself, the 278th Regimental Combat Team, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Aurora, Colorado


*TILLMAN, PAT (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Pat Tillman, Corporal, U.S. Army, for for gallantry in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, during action in Afghanistan on 22 April 2004, against an armed enemy while serving as a Rifle Team Leader in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Caught between the crossfire of an enemy near ambush, Corporal Tillman put himself in the line of devastating enemy fire as he maneuvered his fire team to a covered position from which they could effectively employ their weapons on known enemy positions. His audacious leadership and courageous example under fire inspired his men to fight at great risk to their own personal safety, resulting in the enemy's withdrawal, his platoon's safe passage from the ambush kill zone, and his mortal wound. Corporal Tillman's personal courage, tactical expertise, and professional competence directly contributed to his platoon's overall success and survival. In making the ultimate sacrifice for his team and platoon, Corporal Patrick D. Tillman reflected great credit upon himself, the Joint Task Force, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Chandler, Arizona
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


TOMLIN, WILLIAM CHARLES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Charles Tomlin, III, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING Freedom, on 9 April 2007, in Afghanistan. On that date, Sergeant First Class Tomlin distinguishing himself through acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life in action against an enemy force which outnumbered his own by six-to-one. Near the town of Chakak, Helmand, Afghanistan, Sergeant First Class Tomlin was acting as the Scout Platoon Leader on the seventh day of intense independent combat operations during Operation FURIOUS PURSUIT, when the scout platoon encountered an enemy force who quickly attempted envelope them by maneuver and combined arms operations, including mortars, accurate RPG fire, heavy weapons and AK-47s in a pitched battle that lasted six hours. During the engagement, Sergeant First Class Tomlin personally led several dismounted counterattacks against enemy forces that had closed to within 30 meters of his position. He simultaneously coordinated the effects of heavy mortars within 50 meters of his position, heavy weapons, and CAS within 150 meters of friendly troops. By using expert call for fire techniques, hand grenades and his own personal weapon, he was able to not only defend his position, but later organize the reinforcements of four separate units to destroy between 30 - 50 soldiers and kill two key Taliban leaders in the Sangin area. Sergeant First Class Tomlin's personal example and bravery under fire was the key component to turning a dire situation into a complete victory for the task force on this day. His exceptional bravery, example to his soldiers in the face of a dedicated Taliban force, 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: Angier, North Carolina


TOTTEN-LANCASTER, AARON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Aaron Totten-Lancaster, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Automatic Weapons Gunner 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. Specialist Totten-Lancaster'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. While exiting the aircraft, Specialist Totten-Lancaster was severely wounded by shrapnel. With total disregard for his well being, Specialist Totten-Lancaster continued to engage the enemy from a covered and concealed position. His ability to provide suppressive fire enabled the assault element to break contact from the enemy. The gallantry displayed by Specialist Totten-Lancaster during 18 hours of combat is in keeping with the highest standards of valor. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Specialist Totten-Lancaster reflected credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.
Home Town: Medford, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


TRATTLES, PATRIC L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Patric L. Trattles, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while leading 2d Squad, 3d Platoon, Company B, 2d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, near Camp Tillman, Lwara, Afghanistan, on 29 October 2005. The reinforced squad was manning an observation post when it spotted several armed men approaching the company commander's nearby position. When it erupted into a firefight, Staff Sergeant Trattles immediately moved to the area and threw two hand grenades at the assaulting enemy element. This action killed several anti-coalition militia personnel and contributed to effectively halting the initial assault. At one point in the battle, Staff Sergeant Trattles noticed the enemy attacking a weak point in the perimeter. He picked up an M240B machine gun and moved under fire to that position and opened fire on several enemy fighters about 25 meters from his position. After about 40 minutes, the enemy force started an organized retreat, using sharpshooters to cover their withdrawal. At that time a bullet struck Staff Sergeant Travis Nixon in the shoulder. Staff Sergeant Trattles and the unit medic worked on Staff Sergeant Nixon until the enemy fire lightened up enough so he could be evacuated. Staff Sergeant Trattles carried him to Humvees about 150 meters away and Staff Sergeant Nixon was airlifted out, but he died soon after arriving at the aid station.
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TURNER, DWAYNE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dwayne Turner, Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Combat Medic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM near Baghdad, Iraq. Private Turner provided life-saving medical care to 16 fellow soldiers on 13 April 2003 when his unit came under a grenade and small-arms attack 30 miles south of Baghdad. Private Turner and two other medics from Company A of that battalion were part of a work detail that came under attack as they unloaded supplies in a makeshift operations center. When a grenade was thrown over the wall by insurgents, the blast threw Private Turner into the vehicle, and wounded him with shrapnel. Ignoring his own injuries, Private Turner ran to the front of his vehicle and observed a soldier with eye injuries. He evacuated his comrade to a more sheltered position and with the other two medics established a triage system under the cover of a building. Private Turner then ran back outside to bring more soldiers into the makeshift clinic. In addition to the shrapnel wounds in both legs suffered in the initial attack, Private Turner was shot at least twice including one bullet wound that broke his right arm and another in his left leg while giving first aid to the soldiers. Nevertheless, he continued to give first aid and to bring soldiers in from the barrage of gunfire outside the compound until he finally collapsed against a wall from loss of blood.
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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TURNER, KYLE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kyle Turner, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for valorous action against an enemy of the United States while serving with Battery B, 3d Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 2 June 2003, in Iraq. Private First Class Turner was conducting traffic control point operations with his section mate Sergeant Haro when their position came under intense small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire. Both Private First Class Turner and Sergeant Haro were wounded by the enemy as they returned fire. Private First Class Turner courageously held his position and provided covering fire, allowing a litter team to evacuate Sergeant Haro. Private Turner's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States military and reflect great credit upon himself, the "Warhorse" Brigade, the "Iron Horse" Division, and the United States Army.

Home Town: Mariposa, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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TWITTY, STEPHEN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen Twitty, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of the 3d Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 7 April 2003, near Baghdad Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Twitty's gallant action and heroic leadership reflect the highest credit upon himself, his command, and the United States Army.
Born: at Chesnee, South Carolina
Home Town: Chesnee, South Carolina
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UNDERWOOD, LARRY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry Underwood, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI Freedom, on 21 July 2004, in Iraq. Specialist Underwood was aboard one of two Bradley fighting vehicles returning soldiers from dismounted operations on 21 July 2004, when a roadside bomb struck the other Bradley, setting it afire and instantly killing the driver. Specialist Underwood and his team dismounted their Bradley and, after a brief unsuccessful attempt to free the driver's body, heard the screams of five soldiers trapped in the rear because the handle had jammed in the explosion. Hampered by heat, smoke and the sound of exploding ammunition, the men couldn't un-jam the door until Specialist Underwood thought to use his rifle as a pry bar. He opened the stuck door and freed the trapped soldiers just seconds before the Bradley's fuel cells exploded.
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*VACCARO, ANGELO J. (KIA)
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Angelo J. Vaccaro, Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 5 July 2006, while under intense hostile fire as a Combat Medic for 3d Platoon, Attack Company, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry, TASK FORCE CHOSIN, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in the Watapor Valley, Afghanistan. Corporal Vaccaro's courage and dedication to duty in response to the call of "Medic" were paramount as he ran into a hail of heavy enemy machine gun fire to save the lives of two wounded Soldiers. Corporal Vaccaro's selfless and heroic actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service, reflecting great credit upon himself, the Chosin Battalion, the Spartan Brigade, Combined Joint Task Force 76, the United States Central Command, and the United States Army.

*VACCARO, ANGELO J. (KIA)
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Angelo J. Vaccaro , Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action on 8 September 2006, while under intense hostile fire as a Rifle Platoon Medic, 3d Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry, Task Force Chosin, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Corporal Vaccaro's 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. Corporal Vaccaro's selfless and heroic actions epitomize the performance of a combat medic and are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service, reflecting great credit upon himself, the Chosin Battalion, the Spartan Brigade, Combined Joint Task Force 76, the United States Central Command, and the United States Army.
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


VANLANDINGHAM, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Vanlandingham, Captain (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery Regiment, 39th Brigade Combat Team, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 14 November 2004, in Iraq. On that date Captain Vanlandingham was leading a convoy from an oil refinery back to a US area of operations north of Taji, Iraq, including about 50 Iraqi National Guard troops in several vehicles that had no protective armor, making the vehicles and occupants susceptible to improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Two IEDs exploded, signaling an ambush, and several insurgents began attacking with small-arms fire. Captain Vanlandingham's vehicle, the convoy lead, escaped the ambush and motored to safety, but he and the troops with him immediately realized that the Iraqi soldiers were caught in the attack. Captain Vanlandingham directed American forces to suppress the enemy fire as he made his way into a ditch and back toward the Iraqi troops, retrieving several wounded and at least one dead Iraqi soldier along with several weapons. After accounting for all personnel, he reorganized the convoy, leading the way back to the US area of operations to secure medical treatment for the wounded. The Iraqi troops had suffered severe injuries, and without quick medical attention, they likely would have died. Without regard to his own personal safety, Captain Vanlandingham's actions saved the lives of several Iraqi National Guard soldiers.
Home Town: New Blaine, Arkansas
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*VELEZ, JOSE "FREDDY" (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jose "Freddy" Velez, Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 4 November 2004. When his unit was attacked in Fallujah, Iraq, Corporal Velez was killed by a sniper as he stood over wounded comrades in efforts to shield them from enemy fire.
Home Town: Lubbock, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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VIENE, JUSTIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Justin Viene, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with as a Squad Leader with the 2d Battalion, 75th Infantry Regiment (Ranger), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. During 2004, while on patrol near the Pakistani border, Staff Sergeant Viene's squad was ambushed by enemy forces with mortars and rocket propelled grenades. While one of the other squad leaders established a base of fire and initiated radio communications to report the critical situation, heedless of the deadly fire, Staff Sergeant Viene led two of his men up a hill to rout the enemy with a squad automatic weapon.
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VILLALOBOS, GARY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary Villalobos, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Troop F, 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 7 June 2005, in Iraq. During a squadron operation in Tal Afar, Iraq, Sergeant First Class Villalobos was tasked to follow and assist an Iraqi Army platoon and two members of the 1st Brigade Military Transition Team, one of whom was Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Crowe. After the first member of the team was injured during a raid on the platoon's first target, Villalobos, Crowe and the Iraqi soldiers came under heavy attack from hand grenades, an improvised explosive device, rocket propelled grenades and machine gun fire. Both Sergeant Villalobos and Colonel Crowe maneuvered down an alleyway where five insurgents ambushed the squad. All but two of the Iraqi Army Soldiers retreated, leaving the two Americans cut off. Colonel Crowe was hit numerous times in the lower abdomen, and fell to the ground 10 feet in front of Sergeant Villalobos, who reported the downed officer and returned fire. He called for armor support and killed at least one insurgent with a grenade. Rather than leave his fallen comrade, Sergeant Villalobos risked his life to evacuate Colonel Crowe to a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, preventing insurgents from capturing his body.
Home Town: Santa Maria, California
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*VITAGLIANO, THOMAS E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas E. Vitagliano, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 17 January 2005, in Iraq. On that date, Staff Sergeant Vitagliano , led a squad of 5th Platoon, Company C soldiers on a patrol of the Slawa Market in Ramadi. While the platoon talked with shopkeepers and residents, Staff Sergeant Vitagliano and his squad set up a security perimeter on the west side of the market. Just before noon, a company after-action report reads, the platoon was hit with machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire. During the firefight, an orange-and-white taxi approached Staff Sergeant Vitagliano's team. He and another soldier forced the car to a halt and ordered its occupants out. The passenger got out, but the driver refused. Staff Sergeant Vitagliano saw the driver make strange movements; immediately the troops thought the car was rigged to explode. Staff Sergeant Vitagliano placed himself between the vehicle and another soldier by pushing him out of the way of the vehicle. As the vehicle detonated, Staff Sergeant Vitagliano was killed instantly. Two other soldiers also were killed, but the soldier Staff Sergeant Vitagliano pushed out of the way survived with wounds and internal bleeding.
Home Town: New Haven, Connecticut
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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VOLESKY, GARY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary Volesky, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding the 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 16 August 2004. Lieutenant Colonel Volesky personally led an ad hoc element of two tanks and 11 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to rescue a Bradley Fighting Vehicle section that was isolated and in heavy contact in Sadr City, Iraq. Insurgent RPG gunners had earlier ambushed a tank section. They then ambushed a Bradley Fighting Vehicle when it was dispatched to secure the damaged tank. The 1st Brigade Combat Team's commander directed Task Force Lancer, at the time were refitting and conduction maintenance in preparations for Operation IRON FURY, to mount up immediately and fight its way to the cut-off section. The crew and dismounted section from the stricken Bradley cleared a building and established a defensive position on its rooftop. Sensing the urgency of the situation, Lieutenant Colonel Volesky immediately mounted his Bradley Fighting Vehicle and departed Camp Eagle at the head of the column. While receiving small arms fire, RPGs and detonations from improvised explosive devices along the route, Lieutenant Colonel Volesky continued on and arrived at the site. He secured it and evacuated the wounded. Iraqi police reported that a 500-man Madhi Army strike force was moving in on the location of the ambushed section. After recovering the damaged vehicle, now engulfed in flames, and the wounded, Lieutenant Colonel Volesky called in AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to provide close air support to cover their withdrawal. The rescue resulted in recovery of the damaged vehicles, 100 percent accountability and 10 insurgent fighters killed.
Born: at Spokane, Washington
Home Town: Spokane, Washington
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VOSS, JUDE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jude Voss, Staff 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, in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Voss, a senior engineer sergeant, pulled a soldier out of a burning vehicle in Afghanistan while ammunition exploded all around him. Staff Sergeant Voss received burns on his hands and forearms but was still able to carry the wounded soldier to safety.
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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WALKER, JOSHUA J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joshua J. Walker, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader of Chalk 1, 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 Walker'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 Walker immediately exited the aircraft and destroyed an enemy soldier who was shooting at his aircraft. He was able to suppress the enemy with his M-4 carbine, and M-249 squad automatic weapon, and an M-203 grenade launcher. Sergeant Walker was an integral part of a four-man assault force that moved up a deep slope, in knee-deep snow, through a hail of enemy fire in broad daylight. The gallantry displayed by Sergeant Walker during 18 hours of combat is in keeping with the highest standards of valor. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Sergeant Walker reflected credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.
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*WALTERS, DONALD (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Donald Walters, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Mechanic with the 507th Maintenance Battalion, 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. Sergeant Walter's displayed a courage that reflected his gallantry to serve his country and fellow soldiers caught in the ambush.
Home Town: Salem, Oregon
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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WARRICK, CLINTON A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clinton A. Warrick, Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Combat Medic with the 2d Platoon, 300th Military Police Company, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 18 September 2006, in Iraq. On that date U.S. military police and Iraqi policemen were conducting their usual transitional training at the Al Huria police station in Iraq. Suddenly, without warning, small-arms fire erupted from all directions. The base was under siege. Coalition forces concentrated fire on the attackers, but then a speeding pick-up truck crashed through the entrance and careened toward the center of the station. The truck detonated its 200-pound aircraft bomb, throwing Corporal Warrick several meters and knocking him unconscious. Rubble from the explosion buried him. Corporal Warrick's platoon leader saw what happened and quickly pulled him from the debris. Corporal Warrick's legs were on fire so the platoon leader used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. When Corporal Warrick regained consciousness, he realized that he was badly burned but he also realized that if he sat in one place, he would go into shock. He requested morphine, but his medic bag was buried in the burning building. As a medic, he knew that without pain medication, his only choice to avoid slipping into shock was to stay active. So he climbed through a hole in the building to see how he could assist. With a heavy stream of fire still raining down on the station, and suffering from third-degree burns over 45 percent of his body as well as shrapnel wounds and smoke-inhalation injuries, Corporal Warrick went about the work of a medic: He assessed injured soldiers and Iraqi policemen and told the nearby support battalion what injuries they could expect. That vital information helped save the lives of seven Iraqi policemen. Corporal Warrick realized he couldn't fight off the shock much longer, so he moved to the north side of the station where he could be evacuated to the medical station himself.
Home Town: Murphysboro, Illinois
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WATTS, ROGER G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roger G. Watts, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Sergeant with the 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at Karabala, Iraq, on 12 May 2004. Sergeant First Class Watts distinguished himself when he saved the lives of two critically injured tank crewman in Iraq when Special Forces soldiers were sent to help a platoon from the 1st Armored Division that had been pinned down by Iraqi insurgents occupying a shrine. Sergeant First Class Watts led his four-man team to the shrine, where there was an intense gun battle. The Special Forces soldiers were able to secure the area, but the insurgents counterattacked several times. Watts saw a tank commander and another crew member get cut down by rocket-propelled grenade and machine gun fire. Sergeant First Class Watts rushed to the tank under intense fire, stabilized the wounded and took command of the tank, directing it to fire on the insurgents. Watts continued to command the tank and care for the wound during several more enemy assaults.
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WELLS, CHRISTOPHER B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher B. Wells, Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the Operational Detachment Alpha 321 (ODA-321), 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, from 24 July 2005 to 25 July 2005, through unparalleled leadership and valor while engaged in hostile action against anti-coalition forces in the town of Syahcow, Afghanistan, as ground commander of a 285-man combined coalition combat force. Major Wells' innate analytical capacity, decisive leadership, and valor produced mission success and safeguarded the lives of those with him. Captain Well's gallantry under relentless enemy fire led to the coordinated destruction of a numerically superior, well entrenched, and aggressive enemy. His ability to set the conditions necessary for initiating this operation and flawlessly managing its complexities stand as a hallmark of excellence for all Special Forces officers. Captain Wells' performance is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Combined Joint Task Force 76, and the United States Army. 

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Major Christopher Wells distinguished himself by exceptional gallantry in action under intense small arms and heavy weapons fire against a well entrenched and numerically superior enemy as the Commander Joint Special Operations Task Force- Afghanistan, Operational Detachment Alpha 321 (ODA-321), 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), in the village of Saco, Oruzgan Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 25 July 2005. Captain Wells as the commander of an armed reconnaissance of the town of Syahcow, while moving to secure an overlook north of the village came under intense SPG-9 Rocket, 82-mm. Mortar RPG, PKM, and AK-47 fire. Once his element secured the northern overlook, he immediately ordered the suppression of a ridgeline west of the village. As Rocket Propelled Grenades airburst in front of his position and under intense PKM machinegun fire, Captain Wells immediately notified his higher headquarters of the situation and requested Emergency Close Air Support (ECAS) and the Quick Reaction Forces (QRF). Captain Wells realized he had an element pinned down west of the objective on a small hilltop. Without hesitation, he ordered his weapons sergeant to employ the 60-mm. mortar and focus its fires on the heaviest source of enemy fire. Once emplaced, Captain Wells gave adjustments to the mortar gunner, devastating enemy positions within the town and on the western ridgeline. Exposed to heavy enemy fire, Captain Wells without regard for his own personal safety continually gave direction to each maneuvering element in the clearing compounds. Throughout the battle, Captain Wells continued to fight from his vehicle and on the ground, repeatedly exposing himself to hostile enemy fire. Once fixed wing ECAS arrived on station, Captain Wells began air to ground coordination to drop ordinance on the enemy, while avoiding friendly locations. At this point in the battle his vehicle began receiving heavy SPG-9, KPM, and mortar fire from the western ridgeline yet he continued to maintain his position in order to continue directions CAS. AH-64 support arrived on station and he immediately coordinated with the Apaches to destroy the source of the rocket fire. He then began to talk the on station air support onto targets in the town, placing devastating fires on the enemy to include one Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) used to destroy insurgents firing from a cave complex. Captain Wells then moved from his position, again exposing himself to enemy machinegun fire in order to retrieve a wounded Afghan soldier. He then placed the wounded soldier on a QRF aircraft departing the area. At this point Captain Wells moved the command vehicle to an over watch position to the south of the objective. Once there, Captain Wells came under PKM and AK-47 fire emanating from the town. Without delay, he began spotting enemy positions, so he could bring Apache and GMV firepower against the insurgents. For a second time, Captain Wells exposed himself to enemy fire to retrieve a second Afghan soldier who had been headshot during the fight, the soldier survived and later returned to service. Throughout the battle, Captain Wells de-conflicted the intricate airspace between fixed wing CAS, rotary wing CAS, MEDEVAC aircraft, QRF aircraft, and mortars; without the assistance of a JTAC. Additionally, Captain Wells prevented the drop of ordinance on friendly locations on three different occasions, when elements not organic to his unit gave wrong targeting information to aircraft while attempting to target ACM in close proximity to friendly troops. Captain Well's gallantry under fire throughout the 14-hour battle in 115+ degree temperatures was critical to mission's success and saved the lives of US and Coalition personnel. During the course of the battle he constantly provided calm leadership, direction, and motivation to his U.S. and Afghan soldiers. His efforts contributed to fifteen confirmed enemy KIAs/50 unconfirmed KIA, the capture of fourteen insurgents, and the recovery of over thirty light and heavy weapons. Captain Well's selfless acts of heroism, disregard for his own personal safety, and dedication to duty, reflect great credit upon himself, the 3rd Special Forces Group, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, and the United States Army.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), 4@ Bronze Stars, 2@ Army commendation Medals


WILMOTH, HARPER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harper Wilmoth, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Squad Leader of 2d Squad, 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. Staff Sergeant Wilmoth'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. Staff Sergeant Wilmoth coordinated the linkup with Chalk 1 over arduous terrain, at an extremely high altitude, and under enemy direct and indirect fire. After the linkup, Staff Sergeant Wilmoth organized the assault on an enemy fortified position. The gallantry displayed by Staff Sergeant Wilmoth during 18 hours of combat is in keeping with the highest standards of valor. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Staff Sergeant Wilmoth reflected credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.


WILSON, BRIAN D.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Brian D. Wilson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy on 3 March 2002 to 4 March 2002 while serving as Crew Chief on an MH-47E Helicopter of the 2d Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, during combat operations in support of Special Operation Forces engaged in Operation ANACONDA, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Sergeant Wilson's actions under direct enemy fire were instrumental in the survival of his comrades in the moments preceding and immediately following the shoot down of his aircraft and subsequent actions on the objective and helped set the conditions for the rescue operation of United States Forces under fire. After his helicopter, transporting U.S. Army Rangers, was shot down by enemy ground fire, Sergeant Wilson, while under heavy enemy fire, carried ammunition, moved wounded, and assisted in the assault to dislodge enemy forces from dug-in fighting positions.
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WILZCEK, JEREMY
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jeremy Wilzcek, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 13 March 2006, at Ramadi, Iraq. On that date, Staff Sergeant Wilzcek distinguished himself as a member of Task Force CURRAHEE, risking his own life numerous times to come to the aid of his comrades.
Home Town: Niagara Falls, New York
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*WITKOWSKI, JAMES (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James Witkowski, Sergeant, U.S. Army (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1173d Transportation Company, during a combat logistics convoy battle in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near Ashraf, Iraq, on 26 October 2005. Sergeant Witkowski's convoy was ambushed and came under fierce, sustained attack; first from small- arms fire and roadside bombs, then by more small-arms fire, onrushing insurgents throwing hand grenades and by rocket-propelled grenades throughout a mile-long kill zone. Sergeant Witkowski manned a .50-caliber machine gun on his armored truck and held the attackers at bay with sustained suppressive fire. An enemy grenade landed in his gun turret. Had he jumped aside, the grenade explosion would have killed three fellow soldiers. Witkowski stayed at his post, continued firing, and took the full blast of the grenade.
Home Town: Surprise, Arizona
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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WOLFORD, GERALD ALEX
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gerald Alex Wolford, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 162d Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 31 March and 1 April 2003, in Iraq. When his gun truck was hit with two rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, Staff Wolford pressed on to lead his heavy machine gun section through a four-hour battle to secure three river crossings in Ah Samawah, Iraq.
Home Town: Oakland, Oregon
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*WORRELL, MATTHEW WADE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Matthew Wade Worrell, Major, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an AH-6 pilot with Company B, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) on 14 May 2006, while operating against an entrenched enemy force during a daylight raid in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Major Worrell continued to make successive assaults in support of the ground forces, without regard for his own personal safety, until his aircraft was shot down. His actions destroyed several enemy positions, enabling the ground forces to consolidate into defensive positions. Without Major Worrell's courage and gallantry under hostile fire, the ground forces would have sustained significant casualties. He directly contributed to the successful execution of this direct action mission. Major Worrell's distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, this command, and the United States Army.
Born: April 4, 1972 at Lewisville, Texas
Home Town: Lewisville, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), 2@ Bronze Stars, 4@ Air Medals w/V, Purple Heart


WORTHAN, RYAN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ryan L. Worthan, Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous valor and gallantry while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, in action against al-Qaeda and Taliban guerillas during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 29 September 2003, at Shkin Fire Base in Afghanistan. Major Worthan distinguished himself by his leadership during a 12-hour battle at the fire base, which served as a choking point of enemy fighters coming out of the mountains on the Afghanistan and Pakistan border. Major Worthan's actions led to more than 20 al-Qaeda and Taliban guerrillas being killed after he ordered several Apache attack helicopters and an A-10 Warthog gunship into the area.
Home Town: Iowa
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*YOST, ANTHONY RAY (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Anthony Ray Yost, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), while assigned to Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 381 (ODA-381), 3d Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), FOB 51, Mosul, Iraq, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 19 November 2005, at Mosul, Iraq. Master Sergeant Yost'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. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Master Sergeant Anthony Ray Charles Yost distinguished himself exceptionally valorous conduct while engaged in combat operations against enemies of the United States during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, 3d Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), while assigned to Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 381 (ODA-381), FOB 51, Mosul, Iraq. In the early morning hours of 19 November 2005, while serving as the Detachment Operations Sergeant, Master Sergeant Yost was called into action to respond to distress calls from elements of the Iraqi Police Service and 2-1 Infantry, 172d Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) that were engaged in a furious battle with heavily armed insurgents in northeastern Mosul. In a dense urban area against determined opposition, the Iraqi Police (IP) had suffered four KIA and many more wounded while the US infantry had already suffered 11 wounded, two of whom would later die of wounds. Master Sergeant Yost responded to their urgent calls for assistance by rapidly assembling his detachment and elements from the 2d Iraqi Army Division that had been trained and advised by SFODA 381. After organizing this response force and moving to the objective area, Master Sergeant Yost was informed that US infantry had been engaged from multiple locations and were unable to secure and clear the house. Even rocket fire from US helicopters had been unable to dislodge this determined enemy force. Without regard for his own safety, Master Sergeant Yost volunteered to lead an assault to secure the house. He quickly assembled a group of Special Forces and IA soldiers, and led them into the target house where they were rapidly engaged by insurgents, both inside as well as outside of the house. As the firefight raged, Master Sergeant Yost, accompanied by a squad of Iraqi Army Soldiers, fearlessly moved forward and entered the enemy stronghold. Once inside the house, Master Sergeant Yost led his Iraqi Soldiers on a room to room search, once again with total disregard for his own safety, and eliminated the insurgents inside the house. As he was consolidating his force, an enormous explosion from a hidden demolition charge engulfed the house, instantly reducing most of it to rubble and fatally wounding Master Sergeant Yost and several of the Iraqi Soldiers accompanying him. The corpses of seven insurgents were recovered from the rubble of the house as well as a cache containing explosives, mines, remote detonating devices, and a scoped rifle. Master Sergeant Yost died leading a group of Iraqi soldiers from the front, soldiers that he had trained. Rather than simply have the Iraqi Army unilaterally clear the house, Master Sergeant Yost voluntarily and audaciously led the assault element, going far above and beyond what was required of him as a combat advisor. Master Sergeant Yost's exceptional courage and leadership inspired the inexperienced Iraqi soldiers to follow him and assault a determined enemy that had already inflicted significant casualties on friendly forces, despite the immediate danger they faced. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Command, Special Operations Command Central, and the United States Army.
Born: October 9, 1966 at Flint, Michigan
Home Town: Millington, Michigan
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


YOUNG, JUSTIN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Justin Young, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader in Troop C, 5th Squadron, 73d Cavalry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, 24 March 2007, in Iraq. Sergeant Young led the initial breach into a compound in Qubbah, in Diyala Province, Iraq, where known enemy fighters were entrenched. Using night vision and infrared lights, he disarmed and detained a gate guard before pushing into the compound. He was ambushed from a distance of about 10 feet by a hidden fighter who struck Sergeant Young's M4 three times and hit him once in his check protective plate, knocking him to the ground and spraying his neck with shrapnel. Sergeant Young killed the enemy with his damaged weapons and then, refusing medical help, got to his feet to continue the attack. He picked up a confiscated enemy AK-47 and three loaded magazines and continued to lead his team for the next five days in their mission of clearing several obstacles. The gallant actions and bold leadership of Sergeant Young, without thought for his own safety, was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
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YOUNG, TERRY FULLER
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry Fuller Young, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 549th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, 3d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 22 April 2006, in Iraq. Specialist Taylor-Young saved the lives of his fellow comrades and prevented catastrophe while serving with the Al Zuhour Iraqi Police Station on 22 April 2006 when anti-Iraqi forces launched a coordinated attack on the station. Specialist Young's squad arrived early in the day to meet with members of the station's police chief and arranged a security perimeter facing nearby road intersections. Once security was established, the team went in to meet with the Al Zahour Police Chief. When the team was leaving Specialist Young noticed the street was clear of pedestrians and believed this was out of place. He then noticed a red four-door vehicle traveling on one of the routes toward them. When the vehicle was identified as a threat, the Military Police gunner standing security, Private First Class Joshua Gorrell, engaged the vehicle with well-aimed and disabling shots. When the vehicle continued on its path, Private First Class Gorrell engaged the driver, mortally wounding him. The vehicle was driven by a suicide bomber, which carried an improvised explosive device. The vehicle detonated between the two front security vehicles, approximately five meters from Specialist Young. Mortars, rocket propelled grenades and a heavy sustained barrage of precision small arms fire followed the explosion. Specialist Young's gunner was knocked down and couldn't get back up. Specialist Young exited the vehicle and found the squad medic, who was wounded, lying on the ground next to the vehicle. He helped Private First Class Gorrell from the vehicle and moved the injured medic to the safety of a nearby bunker. With Private First Class Gorrell providing security at the bunker, Specialist Young once again maneuvered his way through the relentless attack, back to another MP vehicle to assist with the evacuation of another three-man team. Once all the wounded Soldiers were save within the Iraqi Police Station, Specialist Young noticed a blazing fire from a burning fuel tank which was quickly moving towards another military police vehicle. The gunner for the third vehicle was unable to drop from the turret and move the vehicle. Specialist Young went back out and moved the vehicle--preventing it from being engulfed in flames. He then assisted the squad to load the wounded Soldiers so they could get medical treatment.
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ZAMARRIPA, JOHN J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Zamarripa, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad 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. On that date, while riding through Salman Pak in a Humvee with one Bradley leading and another behind, Staff Sergeant Zamarripa's vehicle was rocked as he witnessed the smoke from a powerful explosion engulf the Bradley before him. After the smoke cleared, he saw the ramp door laying beside his Humvee and rushed to the Bradley through the dissipating smoke only to find three of his soldiers who had been riding in the troop compartment had been killed in the attack. Reduced to two vehicles and dealing with several casualties, Staff Sergeant Zamarripa and his Platoon Leader, First Lieutenant Ross Pixler, were still under intense fire and Lieutenant Pixler, who had a broken arm and ankle, went to the radio in the other Bradley, coordinated close-air support and kept his platoon under control while Staff Sergeant Zamarripa treated and evacuated the other wounded soldiers and established a security perimeter under intense fire from small arms, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
Home Town: Columbus, Georgia
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ZEDWICK, MATTHEW
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Matthew Zedwick, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 13 June 2004, in Iraq. On that date, Sergeant Zedwick was the driver of a Humvee when an IED exploded near Camp Taji, Iraq, which took the life of his gunner and seriously wounded his truck commander. Sergeant Zedwick returned enemy fire during the ensuing firefight, after pulling his commander to safety. He returned to the vehicle to check on the condition of his gunner, Specialist Eric McKinley. Unable to save him, he then retrieved sensitive items from the vehicle and returned to his commander, where he used his body to shield him. He continued to return fire until a medivac helicopter reached the scene.
Home Town: Corvallis, Oregon
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ZYLSTRA, BRANDON
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Brandon Zylstra, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 10 April 2006, in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Zylstra and his platoon, part of the quick reaction force, found themselves responsible for hauling a supply trailer to their fellow paratroopers, who were in contact with the enemy in the Al Fadhl neighborhood of eastern Baghdad. En route they found their route blocked by a jackknifed vehicle and immediately started taking enemy fire. With nowhere to go, Staff Sergeant Zylstra dismounted the vehicle and quickly positioned himself and his paratroopers to start moving forward. Despite being completely exposed, he stood in the street and positioned his paratroopers, while exchanging fire with the enemy for over a minute. The platoon quickly took their first casualty and Staff Sergeant Zylstra ran to administer first aid, with two other paratroopers following his lead to provide security. Enemy fire soon struck both of the paratroopers pulling security, and Staff Sergeant Zylstra provided medical care to all of them and tried to keep them in a safe location, but the present location was still under heavy attack. After dragging the most serious casualty to safety, he disregarded the hail of bullets around him and ran back to the original site to retrieve the weapon of the original casualty. With enemy fire still erupting around him, he again sprinted back to his fellow injured Paratroopers, this time firing both weapons at the enemy at the same time. Again he crossed the bullet-pocked street to check on a casualty, while directing fire from a crew served weapon to position his Paratroopers for the fastest exit when possible. His actions not only saved the two lives of the wounded paratroopers, but by directing the gunners he opened up an avenue of approach to get them out of the area as well.
Born: at Sully, Iowa
Home Town: Sully, Iowa
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