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  • National Guard MPs awarded medals in robbery case Sgt. David Montgomery and Pfc. Michael Lowe are military police officers who never thought they'd be called heroes when they stopped two armed robbery suspects at Fort Campbell. But both were presented with Army Commendation Medals. Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, TN - 6 May 2000
  • Toppo, with patients looking on, accepts medals Dr. Frank Toppo received an Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, a Combat Infantry Badge and several campaign medals, all for service during the Vietnam War. The day Toppo and Staff Sgt. Peter Alston Jr. earned the Army Commendation Medal was Dec. 2, 1967. According to the commendation, the two men "completely exposed themselves to enemy fire" while "throwing hand grenades and placing accurate machinegun fire" as part of a counterattack against an enemy squad that discovered and engaged their ambush patrol. "Their heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service," the commendation states, "and reflect great credit upon themselves, their unit and the United States Army." Nov 02
  • Campbell awarded Army medal Army Spc. Michael J. Campbell received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service while assigned to Delta Company, 801st MSB. Campbell’s technical and tactical knowledge led to great achievements and multiple mission accomplishments throughout his tour of duty from Jan. 1999 to Nov. 2002.
  • “His actions bring great credit upon himself, the 801st MSB, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the United State Army,” the award stated. Dec 02
  • Army Commendation Medal - Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Arnholter has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal. The medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Arnholter is a cavalry scout-platoon sergeant-instructor with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 5th Battalion, 15th Cavalry at Fort Knox, Ky. Jan 03

  • Shawnee resident decorated with Army Commendation Medal Army Spec. Jeffery R. Gill has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for honorably and faithfully serving in the Army for four years. Shawnee News Star, OK - 10 Jul 2003
  • Reservists at Camp Shelby receive Army medals Eighteen Reservists received Army Commendation or Army Achievement medals Friday before returning to civilian life. Hattiesburg American, MS - 8 Aug 2003
  • Helicopter Unit Gets Honor After Thayer County Rescue The three-member crew rescued the man from the roof of his house when the Blue River flooded from storms that included heavy rain and tornadoes. The crew was recognized at the Nebraska National Guard air base in Lincoln. They received the Sikorsky Award, the Nebraska Emergency Service Ribbon and the U.S. Army Commendation Medal
  • A warm welcome About 75 reservists from the 770th Engineer Company (New York State) arrived home to family, friends and a ceremony honoring them for their service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldiers were presented with various medals and honors, including the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal, given for meritorious achievement or service. Capt. Anthony Struzik, unit commander, was presented with the Bronze Star for leading the unit in construction of the first paved road in a war zone since Vietnam. Finger Lakes Times Online 11 Jan 04.
  • Maj. Martin Pennock receives U.S. Army Commendation Medal Army Maj. Martin T. Pennock has completed his second deployment to Iraq and has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal. zwire.com 21 Jan 05

  • Brewer graduate honored for bravery in Iraq The U.S. Army has honored a soldier for saving a soldier injured when a roadside bomb tore through a vehicle, killing two others in a convoy traveling south toward Baghdad. Already a Purple Heart recipient, 20-yer-old Spc. Bianca Henderson, a medic in the 411th Military Police Company, received a Commendation Medal for valor in a Dec. 22 ceremony. The Army described her action as "inherently notable" because her first concern was the safety of her fellow soldiers even though she was in danger herself. According to the Army, the eight-vehicle convoy was traveling on an Iraq roadway July 27 when the bomb exploded, knocking the second vehicle carrying three soldiers on its side. Henderson, who was in the fifth vehicle, raced to the scene and pulled an injured soldier to safety. An incendiary grenade from the bomb ignited a fire inside the vehicle filled with ammunition and weapons, the Army said. Henderson, 20, treated the injured soldier for a chest wound and an exit wound on his side as they waited for the air medivac helicopter. ledger-enquirer.com 5 Jan 06

  • Iraqi soldiers awarded ARCOM for heroism Two Iraqi National Guard soldiers were awarded the Army Commendation Medal for their heroic acts after a suicide bomber attacked the Forward Operating Base Marez dining facility in southwest Mosul Dec. 21. The two Iraqis saved the life of an American Soldier suffering severe wounds and carried several other wounded to safety. "The attack of December 21 was not only intended to take lives, it was intended to divide two nations," said Brig. Gen. Carter Ham, who awarded the ARCOMs. "The actions taken by these ING soldiers indicate clearly that American Soldiers and the Iraqi soldiers are one. We are very greatful for your brave actions that day." army.mil 7 Jan 05
  • Col. Kurt Fuller, left, salutes Sgt. Sebastian Pineiro, who received a Purple Heart. The following paratroopers with the 1st Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment received medals for action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldiers’ ranks appear as they were at the time of action for which they were recognized.

    Bronze Star with 'V' device

    Capt. Gabriel Barton
    1st Lt. Eric Schonbachler
    Staff Sgt. Jonathon Ramer
    Pvt. Charles Swank

    Army Commendation Medal with 'V' device

    Capt. Devin Hollingsworth
    1st Sgt. Frederico Dottin
    Sgt. 1st Class Donel Hagelin
    Staff Sgt. Ezell Brown
    Staff Sgt. Jesse Burroughs
    Staff Sgt. Kristopher Gullixson
    Staff Sgt. Stanley Millwood
    Sgt. Justin Brown
    Sgt. John Kurtz
    Cpl. George Anderson
    Cpl. Cezar Cruzatte
    Spc. Wayne Emerson
    Spc. Keith Jones
    Spc. Christopher Thoms
    Spc. Jason Wilson
    Pfc. Henry Cameron
    Pfc. Adam Green
    Pfc. Jason Meade
    Pfc. Craig Moskalik
    Pfc. Shawn Myers
    Pfc. Michael Zinsmeister

    Purple Heart

    Spc. Jason Wilson (2 awards)
    2nd Lt. Jesse Acosta
    Sgt. 1st Class William LaFever
    Staff Sgt. Andrew Mangrum
    Staff Sgt. Jeremy Stout
    Sgt. Jaime Aleman
    Sgt. Cory Brassine
    Sgt. Joshua Evans
    Sgt. Barry Foster
    Sgt. Sebastian Pineiro
    Sgt. Aaron Westman
    Spc. Chad Baker
    Spc. Kurtis Durocher
    Spc. Bobby Gunnoe
    Spc. Damen Gutshall
    Spc. Jason McKean
    Spc. Damien Muse
    Spc. Billy Slater
    Spc. Gregory Wallace
    Spc. Brad Willey
    Pfc. Richard Whipps
    Pfc. John Adamic
    Pfc. Antoine Cottle
    Pfc. Elijah Godwin
    Pfc. Joseph Heit
    Pfc. Aaron Light
    Pfc. Steven Oleson
    Pfc. Napolean Register
    Pfc. Richard Rosengrant
    Pfc. John Salwolke
    Pvt. Matthew Schilling
    Pvt. Jacob Morang       fayetteville.com 6 Feb 04

  • Gaston soldier Bryan Marsh earns Army award for valor Bryan Mitchell Marsh was patrolling with five other soldiers in an APC 113, a vehicle smaller than a Bradley tank with a machine gunner on top. They were hit with a rocket grenade, and all were knocked out. Marsh and another soldier, whose eardrums had been blown out, were the first to wake up. Marsh's helmet, goggles, and one earplug were knocked off, but he and the other soldiers kept fighting. The Gaston soldier helped the soldier whose eardrums had burst into a Medivac. That soldier was flown to Germany for surgery and was medically discharged from the Army. For his bravery, Marsh earned a U.S. Army commendation medal with a "V" device for valor, and may get a Purple Heart medal as well, since he was wounded. He has hearing loss in both ears and suffers headaches and ear pain. oregonlive.com 6 May 04

  • United States - SF soldiers recognized for valor in battle Lt. Gen. Robert Wagner, commanding general of Army Special Operations Command, presented a host of awards, including two Silver Stars, one Soldier’s Medal and 11 Bronze Stars for valor.  Group Support Company, Seventh Special Forces Group, was recognized with the Meritorious Unit Commendation. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Angel DeJesus and Staff Sgt. Erasmo Espino Jr. from 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, were awarded the Silver Star for their actions during a May 19 ambush. The Silver Star is the Army’s third-highest medal for combat valor. When their detachment was attacked by as many as 200 enemy fighters, DeJesus and Espino orchestrated a fighting escape and saved many lives, the news release said. The Soldier’s Medal, the Army’s highest recognition for heroism unrelated to combat, was presented to Staff Sgt. Gary Wedemann, who earned the award for his actions on a combat rescue operation in May 2005.

    Wagner also presented Bronze Stars for valor to:

    • Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Bergstrom

    • Staff Sgt. Elisha R. Bremmer

    • Warrant Officer Luis Chamorro

    • Staff Sgt. Jose A. Guitierrez

    • Sgt. 1st Class Carl F. Harris

    • Staff Sgt. Mark R. Hawver

    • Staff Sgt. Craig G. Kubala II

    • Sgt. 1st Class Antonio D. Pastor

    • Staff Sgt. Brandon B. Pechette

    • Staff Sgt. James H. Sanchez

    • Sgt. 1st Class Joseph A. Serna

    Seventeen soldiers received Purple Hearts:

    • Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Binney

    • Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Candelario

    • Sgt. 1st Class John Fishetti

    • Warrant Officer Luis Chamorro

    • Staff Sgt. Craig G. Kubala II

    • Staff Sgt. James H. Sanchez

    • Sgt. 1st Class Eric C. Horton

    • Sgt. 1st Class Joseph A. Serna

    • Sgt. 1st Class John C. Hunnings

    • Capt. Matthew N. Johnsen

    • Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez

    • Sgt. 1st Class Darren S. Markwick

    • Warrant Officer James A. Mayernik

    • Sgt. 1st Class Sean D. Mullins

    • Sgt. Joshua S. Parton

    • Sgt. Jimmie L. Russel

    • Sgt. 1st Class Oscar B. Wynne

    Sanchez and Johnsen received double awards of the Purple Heart.

    Soldiers who received double Commendation Medals for Valor were:

    • Master Sgt. Keith Fedo

    • Sgt. 1st Class Sean D. Mullins

    • Sgt. 1st Class Joseph A. Serna

    Soldiers who received the Army Commendation Medal for valor were:

    • Staff Sgt. Ariel Aponte

    • Capt. James D. Ballard

    • Staff Sgt. Elisha R. Bremmer

    • Sgt. Dustin E. Davis

    • Warrant Officer Luis Chamorro

    • Capt. David W. Gunther

    • Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Hankel

    • Staff Sgt. Robert Martinez

    • Sgt. 1st Class Johnny Moses

    • Staff Sgt. David M. Nolan

    • Sgt. 1st Class Donnie M. Ochiltree

    • Sgt. 1st Class Eddy Rojas

    • Staff Sgt. Rumaldo Rosas III

    • Staff Sgt. James H. Sanchez armytimes.com 23 Feb 07

  • 3ID PA NCO earns medal for valor under fire A petroleum supply specialist turned journalist received the Army Commendation Medal with a “V” device for valor after Iraqi soldiers ambushed his convoy April 6, 2003. Staff Sgt. Brian S. Sipp, a public affairs NCOIC attached to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor, kept the enemy at bay until his unit could take cover. The Iraqis were firing mortars, small arms, and rocket-propelled grenade fire at his convoy in an attempt to disrupt refueling operations that were beginning. His citation reads that Sipps’ “courage under fire and unending enthusiasm inspired his team on the battlefield.” He hopped a fence and lead a group of Soldiers across an open field under fire to try and save HEMTTs loaded with ammunition. army.mil 4 Jun 04
  • Alert Guardsmen spot IED, save supply route Staff Sgt. David Jensen, a 202nd Air Defense Artillery section sergeant, is awarded the Army Commendation Medal by Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, 1st. Cav. Div. commanding general. Jensen helped find and remove a large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while patrolling a major coalition supply route. army.mil 4 May 04
  • Hoyer gets Army Commendation Medal for Iraq tour Army Spec. Curt D. Hoyer has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hoyer is a driver assigned to the 1st Cavalry Regiment, Buedingen, Germany. themonroetimes.com 9 Jun 04
  • Medals sought for 4, including Larksville man  Cpl. John Shulskie, Spc. Terence Le Gare, and Sgt. Quentin Cummings have been recommended for the Army Commendation Medal. Because of the deep gratitude felt by the Marines involved in the attack, Sgt. Christopher Smith has been recommended for the Navy Commendation Medal, a rare honor for any soldier, made rarer still by the fact that he serves the Army. timesleader.com 8 Jun 04
  • F Troop Soldiers get ARCOMs for valor in Iraq Four Soldiers from 4th Platoon, F Troop, 4th Cavalry, have been awarded Army Commendation Medals with valor for their heroism while combating enemy forces in Baqubah, Iskandariah and Najaf, Iraq, last April. 1st Lt. Carl E. Gregory (pictured left), Sgt. Mitchell W. Wagner, Spc. Paul Carrisoza and Pfc. John M. White were presented medals by Col. Dana J.H. Pittard, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.  army.mil 17 Sep 04
  • 181 soldiers get medals for service in Iraq Soldiers from Fort Bliss' 978th Military Police Company  were honored with 194 medals, including seven Army Commendation Medals with V device for valor in combat. The medals went to 181 soldiers. Twelve Bronze Stars were awarded for distinguished leadership service, three soldiers received Purple Heart Medals for wounds, and 172 soldiers received Army Commendation Medals for outstanding service while attached to the 4th Infantry Division. Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Quirk, who was awarded a Bronze Star. Sgt. 1st Class Pedro Guevara, received a Bronze Star medal and an Army Commendation Medal with V device. Other recipients were:
    Army Commendation With V Device
    • Spc. Daniel Sweeney.
    • Sgt. 1st Class 
    • Pedro Guevara.
    • 1st Lt.
    • Jason Porter.
    • Sgt.
    • Michael Parks.
    • Spc. Brandon Hatchell.
    • Spc.
    • Eric Fuehring.
    • Spc.
    • Marcus Cooke.

      Purple Heart
    • Pvt.
    • Ernest Adams.
    • Sgt.
    • Christopher Hieniger.
    • Spc.
    • Clarice Smith.

      Bronze Star
    • Sgt. 1st Class
    • John Apostol.
    • 1st Lt.
    • Charcillea Barrett.
    • 1st Sgt.
    • Jeffrey Bishop.
    • Capt.
    • Kimberly Elniff.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Pedro Guevara.
    • Staff Sgt. Adrian Muñoz.
    • Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Page.
    • 1st Lt. Jason Porter.
    • Sgt. 1st Class
    • Patrick Quirk.
    • 1st Lt. Robert Rogers.
    • Sgt. 1st Class
    • Michael Weatherholt.
    • Staff Sgt. Jaquell Williams. borderlandnews.com 6 Apr 04
  • Pierre sergeant receives Army valor medal Chad Larson, has received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his service in Iraq. Larson, a sergeant, belongs to the South Dakota National Guard's 200th Engineer Company. He got the medal for helping build a berm to keep a fire from spreading while his unit was under enemy fire 35 miles north of Baghdad in August 2003. aberdeennews.com 10 Dec 04

  • Local soldiers awarded medals for prompt action Staff Sgt. Eric Lee has received the Bronze Star Medal. Lee recently led a patrol that discovered a large cache of explosives and weapons, including a vehicle-borne bomb that could have killed many U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Soldiers who were in the raid and were awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Recipients of the Army Commendation Medal were Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Robles, Staff Sgt. Erik Alvarez, Sgt. Roger Allen, Sgt. Kip Cochran, Sgt. William Cook, Sgt. Dominick Torti, Sgt. Paul Trucinski, Spc. Chase Breed, Spc. William Cox, Spc. Trey Harold, Spc. Ryan Jacobsen, Spc. Justin Lowery, Spc. Alan Parker, Spc. Joshua Stapf and Spc. Lou Wetuski, and Spc. Craig Nelson. shreveporttimes.com 22 Dec 04

  • Local Soldier Honored For Bravery A soldier serving in Iraq has been honored for his bravery. Jonathan has received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and has been promoted to Sergeant. The award states that Joyce "displayed confidence, courage and poise in an ensuing firefight" on May 10th, 2004. "His expertise and discipline played a crucial role in suppressing the enemy and providing an escape route for the rest of the element." wgrz.com 4 Jan 05
  • Augusta soldier wins medal for battlefield valor Sgt. Will Stover was on security duty when the attack happened. Part of the Army's Bravo Battery, 1st Infantry Division, 6th Field Artillery Unit, the 24-year-old soldier from Augusta and his five-man crew placed themselves around concrete blocks that already had been destroyed in an earlier artillery barrage. Their mission was to protect a road south of Baqubah, a city northeast of Baghdad. For his quick reactions in the face of that day's car bombing, Stover and the unit's gunner both received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, on New Year's Eve. Stover, who has been in Baqubah for about a year, already has earned one Purple Heart and two others are pending -- all for shrapnel wounds. kennebercjournal.mainetoday.com 13 Jan 05

  • Seal Rock Sergeant awarded U.S. Army Commendation Medal Sgt. James Kurth was presented with the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for his outstanding leadership and performance while stationed with the 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Iraq. newportnewstimes.com 31 Dec 04

  • S.C. guardsman garners medals for actions during convoy attack Capt. Matthew Delk stands at attention while being presented a Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor device for actions taken when his convoy came under attack in Mosul, Iraq, on April 20. army.mil 27 Oct 04
  • Valor abroad, honor at home Chillicothe Mayor Joseph Sulzer, left, speaks Thursday afternoon during a gathering honoring Army Capt. A.J. Seidensticker at the grave site of Gen. Joshua Sill in Grandview Cemetery. Seidensticker was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor and the Army Commendation Medal for valor while overseas. Pictured with A.J. is his wife, Katie, and their 6-week-old son, Alexander Tristan. chilliocothegazette.com 25 Jun 04
  • Grannis soldier awarded medals for valor in action Shilo Smith of Grannis was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation medal with "V" device on December 15, 2004 for valorous achievement while under direct fire in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to officials with the 1st Battalion, Bravo Co., 3rd Special Forces at Fort Bragg, N.C. On March 24, 2004, Smith and his Special Forces "A" team were conducting a combat patrol when they were suddenly startled by a man riding a bicycle in front of their vehicle at a very slow pace. dequeen.com 14 Feb 05

  • Ferguson awarded two medals while serving in Iraq Sgt. Charles "Chuck" Ferguson of Moses Lake, Charlie Company, 1-161st Infantry, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart Medal during his service in Iraq. Ferguson received the Army Commendation Medal for his performance as a machine gunner while under heavy enemy fire last May. According to the official wording of the award, Ferguson was commended for his courage and initiative under fire and for greatly contributing to the successful removal of enemy forces from the Jisr-Diyala NAC advisory building. columbiabasinherald.com 14 Feb 05

  • State guardsmen recognized for bravery in Iraq Two Alabama National Guardsmen have been recognized for their bravery in battle after their convoy was hit by enemy fire while on its way to Camp Victory, Kuwait, the last leg on its journey before coming home to Alabama. Chief Warrant Officer Three Gary A. Clark of Lineville, received the Bronze Star Medal and Specialist William J. Johnson Junior, of Ohatchee, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "Valor". The 1151st Engineer team was attacked when some 60 insurgents fired at them in the town of Al Amarah in Iraq on May first, 2004. Clark, who received his award for his overall performance in maintaining utilities at the Al Asad Air Base, said the success at the air base was the result of team work. Johnson was recognized for shielding Clark with his body and giving him first aid for a wound he suffered in the neck. whnt19.com 4 Apr 05

  • Medic receives Army medal for valor in Iraq Spc. Shane Courville, 210th Forward Support Battalion combat medic, has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal with valor device for providing medical aid to his fellow Soldiers while under enemy fire. blackanthem.com 2 Apr 05

  • Area vets honored for valor Lt. Chris Gosch recently earned two Bronze Stars, including one with a V for valor, during service in Afghanistan. Gosch is among several soldiers with Central Illinois connections to earn the prestigious Bronze Star medal for service in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his nine-month stay in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom, Gosch conducted about 70 missions with Special Forces groups, helped train Afghan militia units and conducted missions with them. Spc. Jeremy Church of Normal, a member of the Bartonville-based 724th Transportation Company, was the first Army Reservist to be awarded the Silver Star during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received the honor in February for his actions during an ambush in April 2004, when he dodged detonating explosives and other obstacles set up by insurgents as he drove to a medevac station. Church's actions are credited with saving the lives of the convoy's commander, two wounded soldiers and four civilians. Lt. Stephen Rice, 24, of Godfrey also received a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq with the 233rd Military Police Company, a Springfield-based unit of the Illinois National Guard. Two days after Christmas in 2003, Rice and others rushed to an ambush scene where Americans were under fire from insurgents and a bomb had exploded. Rice's leg was severely injured as a second bomb exploded while he was helping an injured soldier. After several operations, the leg was amputated earlier this year Bloomington native Sgt. Luis Sandoval of the U.S. Army Reserve's 762nd Transportation Company, based in Akron, Ohio, received the Bronze Star after he pulled a fellow soldier from a burning vehicle and rescued a U.S. contractor trapped in a car in another incident. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class William Ferguson, a graduate of Olympia High School, Stanford, and a member of the Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, received the Bronze Star and two Army commendation medals, one with valor, for his support of the 2nd Brigade during combat under fire on April 10, 2004, in Iraq. Two soldiers with Central Illinois ties were given their Bronze Stars after their deaths. National Guard Spc. Jessica Lynn Cawvey of Mahomet, a junior at ISU, was killed by a land mine on Oct. 6, 2004, on a main supply route in Fallujah, Iraq. Cawvey, 21, the mother of a 6-year-old, also was posthumously promoted to sergeant. ISU graduate National Guard Spc. Jeremy Ridlen of Maroa, died May 23, 2004, when a suicide bomber drove into a military convoy in Fallujah, Iraq. Ridlen, 23, also had earned two Purple Hearts and had received national attention because he was serving in Iraq with his twin brother, Pfc. Jason Ridlen. pantagraph.com 14 Jun 05

  • Colly home from war, three medals later On November 8, 2004, approximately 6,000 United States and 1,300 Iraqi troops rolled into the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, which had become an insurgent stronghold and one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq for American troops. Among them was Corporal Tyler M. Colly, who served as a gunner of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. His cool head under fire earned him one of two Bronze Star medals earned in Iraq. He also received an Army Commendation Medal for Valor and a promotion to sergeant. hesperiastar.com Jul 05

  • Sgt. Mackey cited for valor Staff Sgt. Marcus Mackey, who in addition to a Purple Heart and the Honorable Order of St. Christopher medallion for service to his transport unit for action after being wounded last year, recently was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with a "V" for valor. baxterbulletin.com 27 Jul 05
  • Bridgewater cop wins Bronze Star with valor in Iraq When the mortar rounds hit at the Abu Ghraib base in Iraq, Plymouth's Philip R. Rand Jr. moved into action quickly.Rand, 33 — a police officer in Bridgewater was one of two state Guardsmen who received the Bronze Star with "V" for valor for helping to repel the insurgent attack on April 2. Rand and Master Sgt. Joe Young, 52, of Orange, were awarded the medal in a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Abu Ghraib, 32 kilometers west of Baghdad. Three others who helped repel the attack received the Army Commendation Medal with "V" for valor. Sgt. Jimmy Lok, 28, of Randolph, Staff Sgt. Christopher Yarger, 38, of North Attleboro and Sgt. William Gates, 28, of Belmont received the commendation medals. enterprise.southofboston.com 24 Aug 05

  • MP trio earns medals for saving Iraqis Labor Day 2005 will be a day to remember for three Soldiers who were awarded medals that day for risking their lives to rescue four Iraqi National Guard members during an insurgent attack earlier this year. Staff Sgt. Javier Echols and Sgts. Matthew Acosta and Zachariah Collett of the 108th Military Police Company from Fort Bragg, N.C. received the medals from Multi-National Corps-Iraq Commander Lt. Gen. John R. Vines in a ceremony here Sept. 5. On the morning of April 30, Echols, Acosta and Collett, were patrolling a main supply route as part of squad Warlord 11 when an improvised explosive device detonated nearby. A transport vehicle filled with Iraqi National Guard Soldiers was hit by the blast. Echols, who received the Silver Star for his bravery, led his team in the rescue of four ING Soldiers who were wounded in the explosion. Exposed to dangerous crossfire between insurgents and ING Soldiers, the trio moved the wounded to safety and administered medical aid until an evacuation helicopter arrived on the scene. For one wounded Iraqi Soldier, the team crafted a makeshift stretcher from a piece of metal that had been blown from the transport truck in the explosion. As a result of their actions, Acosta received the Bronze Star Medal for valor while Collett earned an Army Commendation Medal for valor. army.mil 13 Sep 05

  • Air Force Reservists to Receive Army Medal "Join the Air Force, Serve with the Army" may be a new twist to an old recruiting slogan. In fact, five airmen with the Air Force Reserve's 908th Airlift Wing based here, did such a good job that the Army is recognizing their contribution to America's senior service during their year in Iraq. In December, they will receive the Army Commendation Medal for their service. "The wing was tasked to provide vehicle operators to serve in Iraq," said Air Force Master Sgt. George Campbell. "We volunteered." Master Sgt. Vera Berry, Staff Sgt. John Traum, Tech. Sgt. Steven Smith and Tech. Sgt. Cynthia Blais joined Campbell as they served with their sister service in Balad. In early 2004, the Army needed transportation units to supply the Army and Marine forces in Iraq. Air Force and Navy personnel volunteered to help their ground-pounder colleagues. defenselink.mil 11 Sep 05

  • Senator finally receives award for Vietnam valor Allen Paul has received a Bronze Star he earned 37 years ago as a Private First Class serving in "the Nam.". Paul earned the medal when he rushed across an open area under enemy fire to tend to wounded comrades. "I remember after everything was over sitting under a tree in the rain," Paul said. "We were all so tired. "The lieutenant came up and said he was putting me in for the medal. He showed me the muddy letter he had written." But medals were being awarded by an allocation system then. Only so many Bronze Stars were given each month. Paul didn't get his. Instead, he received an Army Commendation Medal. In the intervening years, the Army reconsidered its allocation policy. Pence heard about Paul's situation and two years ago started the paperwork to rectify the situation. The Bronze Star that Paul received this month is his second. His first was for meritorious service during a battle in which Paul's unit participated. The ribbon worn for the first medal carries the "M" device. The second medal will have the "V" for valor. pal-item.com 16 Oct 05

  • Harrodsburg Guardsman receives Army medal Sgt. Christopher S. Searcy of Harrodsburg has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal while serving in Kuwait. Searcy was awarded the commendation for helping to save a fellow soldier from injury and a helicopter. He was in Kuwait working the night shift, helping to unload Black Hawks. According to the award recommendation documents, when one of the helicopters was coming off a boat, it slipped on a ramp and jackknifed. Searcy tied the aircraft down and prevented the helicopter from falling down the ramp. His action prevented extensive damage to the helicopter and possible injury to the soldier driving the boat. amnews.com 18 Oct 05

  • Area soldier earns medal for actions Specialist Scott Lenhart, who is stationed at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, returned from Iraq in June after driving a Freightliner tractor — pulling a 40-foot trailer there for a year — in the 594th Transportation Company. On Nov. 8, 2004, the humvee lead gun truck was hit by a bomb near Fallujah. The explosion punctured the humvee's fuel tank, igniting fuel on the road, and the shrapnel hit the humvee's driver in the elbow, Lenhart said. The incident earned Lenhart an Army Commendation Medal with Valor. The interchange is considered one of the most dangerous sections of road in Iraq. The convoy was returning to its base camp at Taji, 17 miles north of Baghdad. "SPC Lenhart heroically distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct under fire by coming to the aid of fellow soldiers," the narrative states. vindy.com 9 Oct 05

  • Army chief awards Rangers for valor Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker congratulates Staff Sgt. David M. Edwards, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regt., after presenting him with the Silver Star. Edwards was awarded the Silver Star while serving as a squad leader for the task force. Edwards’ unit was conducting combat operations when his element came under an intense enemy attack. According to the citation, while under direct fire, his outstanding leadership, dedication to duty and commitment to excellence were fundamental in saving the life of a wounded Ranger and success of the task force. Capt. Christopher A. Molino was awarded the Silver Star while serving as the ground commander when his Soldiers were attacked. Molino was conducting combat operations when his element came under direct small arms and hand grenade fire from a determined enemy. According to the award citation, Malino'a personal courage, tactical expertise and professional competence contributed to saving the lives of wounded Rangers and the success of the task force. The Soldier’s Medal was presented to Sgt. Mark T. Alperin while serving as a mortar platoon squad leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This medal is awarded for personnel who distinguish themselves by heroism involving personal danger and the voluntary risk of life, though no contact with the enemy was made. This award requires the same level of heroism as the Distinguished Flying Cross. According to the award citation, Alperin displayed the highest degree of professionalism, sound judgment, technical and tactical knowledge and an overwhelming concern for the welfare of his Rangers. His exceptional performance and dedication to duty were contributing factors in saving a Ranger and success of the task force. Bronze Star Medals for Valor were awarded to 11 Rangers for actions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This medal is awarded for heroic actions. Awardees were: Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Bristow, Sgt. Jeremiah A. Dagel, Cpt. John F. Detro, Sgt. Ian B. Hunter, 1st Lt. Ryan M. Kelly, Spc. Casey M. Loose, Staff Sgt. Joseph G. Lynch, 1st Sgt. Edward L. Noland, Staff Sgt. Michael N. Rach, Spc. Webster J. Slavens, and Staff Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst. Sixteen Rangers received the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, awarded for a valorous act distinguished by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. army.mil 22 Nov 05
  • Local Soldier Honored For Bravery Army Sgt. Joel Gomez was paralyzed from the neck down when his Bradley fighting vehicle rolled off a 200-foot cliff in Baghdad in 2004. He was the only one in the vehicle to survive. Gomez received the Global War on Terrorism Medal.  He has also been honored with the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Iraqi Service Medal. nbc5.com 24 Oct 05
  • Green Berets get Silver Stars for actions in Iraq, Vietnam Master Sgt. Robert Collins (center right) shakes hands with Col. Kenneth Tovo after receiving the Silver Star.  Collins and Sgt. 1st Class Danny Hall (right), both of 2nd Battalion, 10th SFG, were awarded Silver Stars for their heroic actions in Iraq earlier this year. At the end of his 1965 combat tour in Vietnam, retired 1st Sgt. Cornelius Clark had been awarded an Army Commendation Medal with valor device for his actions in defense of Camp Plei Me, but upgraded to a Silver Star for his heroism in Vietnam in 1965. soc.mil 19 Oct 05
  • 'Go For Broke' unit wins 10 medals for bravery For displaying bravery under fire during an August ambush, 10 members of the "Go For Broke" 100th Battalion, six of them from Hawaii, will receive the Iraq-deployed unit's first Army Commendation medals with valor devices. The medals are for valor displayed by members of Charlie Company's 3rd Platoon, which survived a harrowing early-morning, three-hour ambush in which one Iraqi Army soldier was killed and two others were wounded. They are: Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Tachera, Sgt. Orlando Ulep, Spc. Michael Correa, Sgt. Lafaele Faatamalii, Spc. Harry Mahoe, Spc. James Inabnitt. Also honored were: Spc. Cameron Ortega, Spc. Christopher Panzier, Spc. Dustin Mendoza, and Spc. Daniel Weinland. Of the nearly 800 awards and citations given to the battalion since it was mobilized in August 2004, these were the first for heroism under fire. To date, at least 46 Purple Heart medals have been awarded. starbulletin.com 4 Dec 05

  • Mobile Security Squadron 2 Sailors Receive Army Awards An awards ceremony was held to honor Sailors from Mobile Security Squadron 2, who recently supported Army exercise Bright Star in the Egyptian desert. Army Maj. Efran Delacruz, from the 3rd Transportation Command Element, presented 14 Sailors with the Army Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal for “a job well done” while they were deployed to Dukaylah, Egypt, in support of exercise Bright Star. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SW) John Brooks, a member of Mobile Security Detachment 27’s boat team. Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class John Joyce, a member of Detachment 21. Detachments 21 and 27's primary mission was to provide waterborne security to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) assets in Egypt. Chief Master-at-Arms (SW) Darryl Everett from Detachment 21. Lt. Todd Mills was presented the Army Commendation Medal. news.navy.mil 6 Dec 05

  • Rangers given award for valor Mention the 2003 Battle of Hadithah Dam to any Ranger and watch him swell with pride.The Army thinks so highly of the performance by the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment that it recently honored the outfit with the Valorous Unit Award, second in unit awards only to the Presidential Unit Citation. According to the award citation, the Fort Benning-based Rangers, then part of a joint task force engaged in an intense battle during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, displayed extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy from March 30 through April 9, 2003. Their mission: Seize the enemy-occupied Hadithah Dam in Iraq to obtain a communication line across the Euphrates River and to prevent the enemy from destroying the dam. Previously, four Rangers received the Silver Star, 11 received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, five received the Purple Heart, 20 received Army Commendation Medals for Valor, 15 received the Bronze Star Medal and 71 received the Army Commendation Medal for this mission. The 3rd Battalion last received the Valorous Unit Award for actions while deployed to Somalia in 1993. ledger-enquirer.com 13 Dec 05

  • Secretary of Defense honors Bayonet Soldiers Capt. William Swaims (Arkansas), a combat surgeon with Charlie Company, 173rd Support Battalion (Airborne) was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for actions on July 25 in the village of Stah Chow in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Spc. Michael Vertucci (Fishers, IN), serving with Delta Company, 165th Military Intelligence Battalion, was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for actions on June 21 in Miena Shin district, Zabul Province, Afghanistan. Master Sgt Richard Steele (Florida), 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action during an operation in southern Afghanistan. Capt. Matthew Peterson (Eugene, OR), Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry, Sgt. Angel Cortez (Willos, CA), Delta Company, 113th Aviation Regiment, and Spc. Jose Rhodes (Texas), Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, received the Air Medal with Valor for actions taken during May and June of 2005 in southern Afghanistan. Sgt. Kenneth Stover (Philadelphia, PA), and Sgt. Angel Sanchez were awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for actions taken on July 25 in the village of Stah Chow in Oruzgan Province,  Afghanistan army.mil 28 Dec 05

  • Medic Nesiba receives medal of valor Eric Nesiba tries not to think about the 21-year-old female soldier who died in his care in Iraq. “I pray for her every night,” Nesiba, 39, of Kearney said. “I just put it out of my head. I saw so much death over there.” It was October 2005 when Nesiba, a sergeant with Lincoln’s 313th Medical Company of the U.S. Army National Guard, and Spc. Donald Harrer of Lincoln, both combat medics, tended to nine injured people, three U.S. soldiers and six Turkish truck drivers, after their convoy was indirectly hit by several improvised explosive devices. Nesiba and Harrer’s convoy still was under fire as they treated patients. For their efforts that day, Nesiba and Harrer today received the Army’s Commendation Medal for Valor for heroism under fire. Nesiba and Harrer are two of 17 Nebraska National Guard soldiers who were honored with either the Bronze Star of Valor, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor or the Purple Heart for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. kearneyhub.com 22 Feb 06

  • National Guard soldiers honored Complete list of recipients: 

    Bronze Star with Valor
    Spc. Jennifer Beck
    Spc. Joshua Birkel
    Spc. Richard DeLancey
    Spc. Michael Sharples
    Purple Heart
    Staff Sgt. Jeremy Preister
    Sgt. Terence Ricketts
    Sgt. Matthew Rouse
    Sgt. Chad Schroetlin
    Spc. Richard DeLancey
    Spc. Justin Diggins
    Spc. Jacob Graff
    Spc. John Harris
    Spc. Kelsey Lamb
    Spc. Fenton Phan
    Spc. Rachelle Spors
    Army Commendation Medal with Valor
    Sgt. Eric Nesiba
    Spc. Jacob Graff
    Spc. Donald Harrer
    Spc. Nathan Reitz    journalstar.com 24 Feb 06

  • Award: Security Forces officer receives Bronze Star, team earns medals The commander of the 66th Security Forces Squadron received the Bronze Star Medal for his service in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during the 66th Air Base Wing commander's call Feb. 15. Maj. Michael E. Gimbrone, along with three noncommissioned officers from the 66th SFS, received awards for their efforts while deployed to Southwest Asia during the first half of 2005. The team stood up the first-ever purely U.S. Air Force unit responsible for law and order operations at a U.S. Army installation within Iraq. Among the NCOs who were recognized, Master Sgt. Jody L. Laffon received the Meritorious Service Medal for contraband sweeps, unit morale assurance, and personnel and equipment accountability. Sergeant Laffon seized two rifles, more than 100 bottles of alcohol and unauthorized cellular phones, military articles, ballistic vests and digital cameras. Seizing this contraband material prevented their use in future possible terrorist attacks. Staff Sgt. Jason R. Lussier earned the Army Commendation Medal for his services as noncommissioned officer in charge of the supply section, crime scene photographer and member of a contraband sweep team. Sergeant Lussier's efforts safeguarded $500,000 worth of military equipment, provided key photographic evidence to military investigations, and uncovered possible intelligence gathering equipment and weapons leading to investigations of six people. Staff Sgt. Theodore R. Yost II also received the Army Commendation Medal for his work in customs, victim response and investigation assistance. Sergeant Yost detained one suspect after an intelligence-based sweep of local national interpreters, which protected against possible bomb-making materials. He also assured no harmful materials were transported into the continental U.S. while working with the customs division. blackanthem.com 3 Mar 06

  • Shot Airman Receives Army Medal A Barksdale Airman who survived three bullet wounds delivered by a California deputy, is now back at the base, where he just received a medal from the army. It was a chilling scene caught on tape back on January 29th, as a San Bernadino County deputy shot Barksdale Senior Airman Elio Carrion.  On the tape, it happens right after you hear the deputy, Ivory Webb, telling Carrion to get up.  Just before the shooting, Carrion had been a passenger in a high-speed chase.  That deputy is now awaiting trial on a charge of attempted 'voluntary' manslaughter.  But that's not where this story ends.  At an award ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, Major Kevin Cullen, the Commander of the 2nd Security Forces Squadron handed Carrion the Army Commendation Medal for his achievements during his 6-months of service in Iraq, last year. ksla.com 4 Aug 06

  • SF Soldiers honored for combat valor Thirty-one Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) were decorated with honors to include three Silver Stars for valorous actions in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The three Silver Star recipients were Master Sgt. Keith Logsdon, Sgt. 1st Class Bruce Holmes and Staff Sgt. Matthew Keefe. The recipients of the Bronze Star Medal were Capt. Mir Ali, Capt. Christopher Augustine, Sgt. Jonathon Bennett, Sgt. Concepcion, Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Craig, Sgt. 1st Class Euclid Cruz, Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Defeyter, Sgt. Trent Garner, Capt. Roger Gavriluk, Sgt. 1st Class Donald Grambusch, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Green, Master Sgt. Van E. Hines, Sgt. First Class Jerry Hochstedler, Master Sgt. Rob Latham, Sgt. 1st Class Troy A. Lettieri, Staff Sgt. Donald C. Maguin, Staff Sgt. Richard Moore, Staff Sgt. James Parsons, Master Sgt. Brian E. Penrod, Sgt. 1st Class Mario A. Ramirez, Sgt. 1st Class Jared B. Reesor, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Thibeault, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Vires, Master Sgt. Ricky Wigent and Sgt. 1st Class Shaun Womack. The recipients of the Purple Heart were Capt. Mir Ali, Sgt. 1st Class John Fairfax, Master Sgt. Patrick Fensom, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Garrett, Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hotchkiss, Staff Sgt. David Pickford and Capt. Damon Robins. The recipients of the Army Commendation Medal for valor were Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Batson, Sgt. 1st Class Scott A. Brady, Sgt. 1st Class Leonard L. Bussius, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Clarke, Sgt. 1st Class Theodore Cordano, Sgt. 1st Class Euclid Cruz, Staff Sgt. Stephen Declay, Sgt. Anthonie Deyo, Chief Warrant Officer Scott Dyer, Sgt. 1st Class William Edson, Staff Sgt. Jared Eldred, Master Sgt. Patrick Fensom, Staff Sgt. Eric Frye, Staff Sgt. James Gaston, Sgt. 1st Class Gene Harris, Capt. David Hodges, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lebron, Sgt. 1st Class John McDonald, Staff Sgt. Jerry Parker, Sgt. 1st Class George Perez, Sgt. 1st Class Jay Pope, Master Sgt. Larry Reis, Capt. John W. Sannes, Sgt. 1st Class David Smith and Staff Sgt. Matthew Summers. army.mil 10 Aug 06
  • Vines awards Paratroopers for valor, injuries during ceremony in ... Lt. Gen. John R. Vines (left), commander, Fort Bragg, N.C., and the 18th Airborne Corps; presented Spc. Justin Saint-Jacques, medic, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, with the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with "V" device, and the Combat Medic BadgeSaint-Jacques received all three awards for actions and wounds he suffered during an insurgent attack on his unit's convoy Oct. 2, 2006, in Tikrit. blackanthem.com 23 Oct 06
  • Brown and Vallee awarded Army's Commendation Medal State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, and state Rep. James Vallee, D-Franklin, were awarded the Army's Commendation Medal on Nov. 5. This award is presented to servicemen and women for sustained acts of heroism and meritorious service, specifically in Brown and Vallee's case for their service in Homeland Security efforts following Sept. 11, 2001, and for their support in preparation for deployment of National Guard troops around the world.  "It is humbling to receive this recognition," said Brown, who is a major in the National Guard. "I am very proud to serve our country and it was a privilege to help our brave men and women as they readied for deployment." Brown has served for the past 27 years. "I am honored to have been a part of this process," said Vallee, also a major in the National Guard, with 14 years of service. "This award serves as a reminder to me of the great experience I had with helping prepare other soldiers for service." milforddailynews.com 13 Nov 06

  • Lexa soldier receives Medal of Valor in Iraq A Phillips County soldier, who will turn 21 on Dec. 2, has been awarded one of the Army's top honors. Specialist Kenneth Howie, of Lexa, who pulled his commanding officer out of a burning vehicle after it had been struck by rocket fire, was presented with the Medal of Valor. Specialist Howie was injured himself in the blast. Howie, of the A/3-67 Arkansas Unit, is serving in Rustamiah, Iraq, just south of Baghdad. He was the driver for Capt. Matt Holmes during a routine operation patrol. On Sept. 9 a vehicle borne explosive device struck the passenger side of the HUM-V and exploded. Smoke and debris engulfed the vehicle. Howie quickly dismounted and attempted to put out the fire. When he realized that Holmes was injured, he began to pull him from the vehicle. Howie's quick actions saved the life of his commander. The massive explosion injured all three passengers. Holmes, the truck and company commander, suffered a shattered right arm and a fractured pelvis. The gunner, Specialist Brent Whitten, also suffered a fractured pelvis. Howie sustained a deep laceration on his chin and was left dazed from the blast. For his brave actions, Howie received the Army's Commendation Medal for Valor, a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantry Badge and Hound Herald Hero award. helena-arkansas.com10 Nov 06

  • Wallace awarded Army Commendation Medal Capt. Michael L. Wallace was awarded the Army Commendation Medal  for his exceptional meritorious service during mobilization training.  “Capt. Wallace performed an unprecedented accomplishment by producing a comprehensive unit newspaper two or three times each week despite training with his unit for their overseas Operation Iraqi Freedom mission,” said Col. Robert J. Staiert, 635th Regional Support Group (RSG) Commander. Wallace is the Public Affairs Officer for the 635th Regional Support Command, headquartered in Hutchinson, Kansas, which is now deployed to Southwest Asia. His area of responsibility includes Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and parts of Africa, forcing him to travel to these areas and supervise operations in public affairs. “This newspaper was crucial to the unit, as it informed the many soldiers being deployed about their training, what to expect on their deployment, and it raised their morale. It was also crucial to the family members that they left behind, as it contained information they needed in case they required help during the deployment, and it was crucial for a major part of the Army, that of the historic value-keeping a record of the 635th RSG's deployment, and mission being accomplished. augustagazette.com 27 Dec 06

  • Gunfighters earn Bronze Star, Army Medal for Combat Valor Four members of the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron, Capt. Stephanie Root, Tech. Sgt. David Fitzgerald, Staff Sgt. Michael Pray and Staff Sgt. Sjon Higgins earned the Bronze Star for their efforts in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Fitzgerald (left) also received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his life-saving actions there last June. The members are assigned to the squadron's explosive ordnance disposal flight and assigned to bases in Iraq during regularly scheduled deployments in 2006. "In total, these four ... heroic warriors conducted over 740 missions, disarmed over 400 improvised explosive devices, completed 68 unexploded ordnance responses [and] conducted 85 post blast analysis which all culminated in over 61,000 explosive ordnance items successfully destroyed." acc.af.mil 10 Jann 07
  • Iowa Army National Guard Sgt. Ryan Shaw of Norwalk, of Company C, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 1/34 Brigade Combat Team, at right, was presented an Army Commendation Medal with Valor, two Purple Hearts and his Combat Infantryman Badge by company commander Capt. Robby Cain at Camp Al Asad, Iraq following a Sept. 30 battle with insurgents. 'Ironman' soldier cited for valor Sgt. Ryan Shaw has received the Army Commendation Medal with valor for his actions in the Sept. 30 incident. He helped fight off insurgents and tried to get medical aid for two ultimately fatally wounded comrades. Shaw is a Humvee truck commander with the 1/133rd, which performs convoy security in western Iraq. When insurgents fired on his Humvee, Shaw said he located them by the bullets peppering his Humvee's hood and windshield. He ordered his driver to maneuver to an over-watch position. Then, still under fire, Shaw dismounted and returned fire over its hood. After the engagement, Shaw called for an air medical evacuation for wounded soldiers and two wounded insurgents. The soldiers, Staff Sgt. Scott Nisely of Marshalltown and Spc. Kampha Sourivong of Iowa City, died of their wounds in the engagement. Shaw himself has been twice wounded, on Aug. 27 and again on Dec. 6, by roadside bombs. In addition to his Army Commendation Medal, Shaw was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He is the most decorated soldier in the 1/133rd and was named noncommissioned officer of the quarter at Camp Al Asad, Iraq on April 5. wcfcourier.com 1 Jun 07
  • COL Aundre Piggee, commander of the 15th SB, awards SGT Timothy Hansen the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal for Valor and the Combat Action Badge 15th Sustainment Brigade Soldier Decorated For Valor Col Aundre Piggee, commander of the 15th SB, awards SGT Timothy Hansen the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal for Valor and the Combat Action Badge during a 1 Aug. ceremony on Camp Taji. SGT Hansen, a gun truck commander with the 1157th TC, 867th CSB, 15th SB, saved the life of a fellow Wisconsin National Guardsman after their vehicle struck an IED. Ignoring his own injuries, the Janesville, WI Soldier freed his friend from the overturned and burning vehicle. His training and quick actions allowed other troops in the CLP to suppress the insurgents and evacuate the wounded. gxonline.com 2 Aug 07
  • Squad leader and combat medic honored for valor Two Soldiers assigned to the 64th Military Police Company, 92nd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade were awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device for Valor Dec. 1 for their actions in combat during an attack on their convoy in July in Numiniyah, Iraq. Long View, Wash., native Sgt. Troy Levandoski, squad leader with 3rd platoon, 64th Military Police Company from Fort Hood, Texas, and Speedway, Ind., native John Schwindt, combat medic, 3rd platoon, 64th MP Co., both acted to save the lives of their fellow Soldiers when their squad cam under attack. On an alternate supply route a six-vehicle convoy was headed east to Forward Operating Base Delta on a route-clearance mission as two supply convoys followed them July 6. In the early hours of the morning, the fourth truck in the security convoy was hit by an explosively formed projectile. Levandoski and Schwindt reacted without hesitation to assist the damaged vehicle and their injured comrades. blackanthem.com 7 Dec 07
  • Airman flies to Soldier's aid, earns valor award An Airman attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with a "V" Device for Valor June 8 for his actions that led to the saving of a Soldier's life. Special Agent Travis Guthmiller, a member of Weapons Intelligence Team 10 of Task Force Troy was responding to a weapons cache-finding in the Doura region of southern Baghdad on April 1 when the rear vehicle in his convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device. The deep-buried IED blasted off the front end of the humvee, ejecting the gunner from his turret and dropping the truck into the crater. When the dust settled and Guthmiller could assess the damage, taking action was the only thing on his mind. af.mil 9 Jul 07
  • Ixonia soldier is honored for actions Sgt. Phillip Ewerdt, 25, has received the Army Commendation Medal with a V for Valor for support he provided comrades in a recent incident along a rural road about 80 miles south of Baghdad. A specialist at the time of the action, Ewerdt told the Daily Times his multivehicle patrol had been hit by a roadside bomb at approximately 3 o'clock one morning. “We were driving along in a Humvee and the middle gun truck was hit by a roadside bomb. We, more or less, had two injuries in the truck - nothing fatal, but (the injured) needed medical attention,” he said. Ewerdt said the roadside bomb had started a fire in a gun turret on one of the trucks and some of the bullets were beginning to discharge due to the heat. Other material was also beginning to ignite. Ewerdt said he and his gunner noticed the fire in the turret and the casualties were in front of that high-powered firing device. “And if a lot of that ammunition went off, it would be a really dangerous situation,” Ewerdt said. “I just grabbed a fire extinguisher by my seat and jumped on the hood and put out the fire.” That act, and his others that morning, are what distinguished Ewerdt and put him in position to receive the medal. According to an official military summary of events, the medic for the group was riding in Ewerdt's vehicle. “SPC Ewerdt's quick response time and courage helped him to drive through the kill zone and get the medic up to where the wounded soldiers were,” the military document states. “SPC Ewerdt's bravery and extreme courage saved thousands of dollars worth of equipment and the lives of the nearby soldiers. During these actions, SPC Ewerdt risked his own life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.” The document went on to commend Ewerdt for his actions in helping with the medical treatment of his comrades and for other meritorious activity. wdtimesw.com 24 Aug 07
  • Army Medal for Ham Roman Kamienski, who wears two hats as ham and U.S. Army reservist, received a surprise gift at his Army unit’s Christmas party on Dec. 9. He was presented  the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf cluster “for distinguished achievement” while wearing both hats. Major Kamienski KG6QMZ of Diamond Bar, CA, is a member of the Army Military Affiliate Radio System who works in electronics and computer technology in  civilian life. As a reserve officer he led a team of six fellow Army MARS members supporting VHF communications during a summer maneuver involving some 3,000 reserve troops. The hams’ assignment included installing base stations and repeater system covering a 30-mile convoy route through mountainous Central California terrain. The operation, “Pacific Warrior,” mobilized 80 units from western states over a three-week period last June at Ft Hunter Liggett, the Army’s largest reserve training ground. Kamienski was recognized for his role in planning radio communications involving the 63rd Regional Readiness Command, participating Signal units, and the Army Military Affiliate Radio System. “Major Kamienski exhibited strong leadership, technical expertise, the ability to collaborate across areas of responsibility and a positive attitude in supporting all participants in Pacific Warrior,” his supervisor said in recommending the medal. eham.net 19 Dec 07
  • Lt. Col. Jack Marr, 39, Minneapolis, Minn., commander of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, pins a Bronze Star Medal on the chest of Staff Sgt. Shon Holtz, of Columbus, Ga. during a ceremony July 16 at Combat Outpost Cleary, Iraq. Leaders recognize acts of valor Though the Army is comprised of Soldiers with similar training, each Soldier is an individual who may react differently under fire. "I jumped on my tank, took control of the .50 cal., and suppressed the area," Sgt. Robert Lady, tank crew member, Company A, said. "I rounded up a crew, some tankers in the area, and maneuvered the tank to support the dismounts that were moving to the target." Lady, of Bowling Green, Ky., received the Bronze Star with "V" device for valor for those actions when insurgents conducted a small-arms attack on Combat Outpost Cahill May 20, where many of the Company A and B, 1-15th, Soldiers are stationed. Not everyone who answers the nation's call to duty are like Lady. Not all are awarded decorations for combat heroism. However, the 1-15th has been able to award several of its members for their actions under fire. Among those awarded was Staff Sgt. Shon Holtz, of Fort Benning, Ga., a squad leader in Company A. Holtz received the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for valor for his heroic acts in a small-arms fire incident during Operation Beach Yellow, May 14, in Dura-iya. Pfc. Dustin Tarwater, of Denton, Texas, a rifleman for Company A, earned an Army Commendation Medal for providing first aid to wounded Soldiers during Operation Beach.
    Bronze Star Medal with "V" -
         Sgt. 1st Class Peter Black, Company A
         Staff Sgt. Shon Holtz, Company A (pictured left)
         Sgt. Robert Lady, Company A
    Army Commendation Medal -
         1st Lt. Clifford Cieslak, Headquarters Company
         Sgt. Jeffrey Houghton, Company A
         Sgt. Jason Lapan, Company C
         Sgt. James Ryan, Company C
         Spc. Briley Lloyd, Company C
         Pfc. Paul Jernigan, Company A
         Pfc. Geoffrey Savage, Company C
         Pfc. Dustin Tarwater, Company A
  • US Army Medals awarded to Gibraltar soldiers Two British soldiers have been awarded the prestigious Army Commendation Medal by the United States Army. Major Ivor Lopez and WO2 John Paul Payas returned last week from a six month tour in Afghanistan where they were responsible for training officers for the Afghan National Army. The medals were awarded by the US forces in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the alliance’s efforts in Afghanistan. panorama.gi Aug 07
  • Mark Eckstrom Wins Medals for Valor and Service in Iraq Sgt. Eckstrom returned to the U.S. only two weeks before the end of the year after 15 months of deployment in Iraq. He entered his New Year's Eve celebration the proud recipient of a Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with "Valor" device for heroic service in combat. It was awarded for "exceptionally valorous conduct in the face of the enemy" and because he "heroically distinguished himself and displayed exceptional competence" as a platoon sergeant during Operation Murfreesboro under the attack of an improvised explosive device on February 18, 2007. A large cache of weapons and explosives was retrieved during the operation, according to the commendation. In an interview, Eckstrom recalled the day: "We were the lead element into an insurgent strong point. An IED went off and then our platoon came under small arms fire. My medic and I moved forward directly under fire to bring out three soldiers who were wounded by the IED." mountainenterprise.com 11 Jan 08
  • Afghanistan Battle produces many medal winners A single fierce battle between U.S. and Afghan soldiers and enemy insurgents in 2008 produced 11 Silver Stars and 17 Bronze Stars, Army officials say. Another 25 received Army Commendation Medals for their roles in the July 13 firefight that pitted about 45 Americans and 24 Afghans against up to 200 militants four about four hours, Army Times reported. It turned out to be a deadly encounter for the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment. Nine paratroopers died and 27 were wounded. Two of the Silver Star recipients, Capt. Matt Myer and Sgt. Michael Denton, were honored March 30 at Fort Benning, Ga., where both are now assigned, Army Times said. Myer called it "very humbling to get an award like this" for what he said was a team effort. "I want to highlight the guys who gave the ultimate price," he said. "There's no award you can give them that's worthy of that." Denton was among those wounded, yet he gave first aid to a comrade and fought on despite his injuries, and then worked to get the injured aboard a Medevac helicopter. "That right there is what we call uncommon valor," Myer said. "Someone who's in immediate danger, who's hurt pretty badly, he still assaulted up there and was defending where they needed him most." Myer was cited for his "steadfast leadership and calm direction of the battle," which "singularly enabled the battalion to bring the full force of all available enablers to bear on the determined enemy formation, allowing the outnumbered group of American paratroopers to decisively defeat a much larger enemy force fighting from advantageous terrain." upi.com 13 Apr 09 
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