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  • Humble hero: Marine receives Silver Star Medal

    05/09/2013 6:02:28 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    2nd Marine Logistics Group ^ | May 3, 2013 | Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin
    Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- Service members shuffled through the doors and filled rows of seats at the Goettge Memorial Field House April 30, to honor a man who risked his life to save his fellow Marines in Afghanistan in 2011. The Silver Star Medal, the third highest military decoration for valor, has only been awarded to 40 Marines for actions in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, was the 41st to receive the medal for his actions in combat during...
  • Did Kerry's Swift Boat Hatchet Man Fake His Own Silver Star?

    08/19/2011 8:31:48 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 19, 2011 | Scott Swett
    Last August, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus revoked a Silver Star medal formerly held by retired Navy Captain Wade R. Sanders. In a short, vague memorandum to the Chief of Naval Personnel, Mabus cited "subsequently determined facts and evidence surrounding both the incident for which the award was made and the processing of the award itself" as the reason. Such an action by the Navy is virtually without precedent. There was no press release and no announcement. Eleven months later, a bare-bones report was finally published by the Navy Times. American Thinker picked up the story from WinterSoldier.com, and...
  • Rank behavior: Liveshot mum about pal’s disgrace

    07/31/2011 9:28:49 AM PDT · by Phil Harmonic · 9 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 31, 2011 | Howie Carr
    Wade Rowland Sanders used to be this close to Sen. John Forbes Kerry. He and Liveshot were both Vietnam vets, Navy swift boaters, officers and gentlemen. They were awarded Silver Stars for their gallantry. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Sanders accused Republicans of running “vicious public distortions” of his dear friend’s war record. The retired captain would do anything for Lt. John “Reporting for Duty” Kerry, USN (ret.), and vice versa. But that was then, and this is now — and if you ask Liveshot about Wade Sanders today, the answer is, in effect, “Wade who?”
  • Secrecy Surrounds Silver Star Medal Revocation

    07/30/2011 11:10:18 AM PDT · by Phil Harmonic · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2011 | Gary Larson
    Except for a few intrepid news and opinion outlets, plus Navy Times, a respected military newspaper, a cone of liberal silence descended around shocking news that a Silver Star medal for gallantry was yanked from a high-ranking Navy officer back in August 2010. No why is given; it is shrouded in the mist of military bureaucracy.
  • 'Swift Boat' Veteran Who Defended Kerry Stripped of Silver Star By Judson Berger

    07/27/2011 10:12:56 PM PDT · by Mach9 · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 27, 2011 | Judson Berger
    A Vietnam veteran who defended Sen. John Kerry against "Swift Boat" attacks in the 2004 presidential race has been stripped of his Silver Star by the Navy -- more than a year after he was sentenced to prison on a child pornography charge. But the Silver Star wasn't stripped from Wade Sanders because of the child porn conviction, per se.
  • Kerry spokesman stripped of Silver Star

    07/26/2011 12:16:41 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 115 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 26, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>John F. Kerry almost became president running on the basis of his alleged heroism in Vietnam. Thanks to the efforts of a group of truth-tellers, the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth, the serious holes in the fantasy narrative propounded by the Kerry campaign came to the attention of enough Americans that John Kerry was not the first faux-Irish President of the United States.</p>
  • Mabus revokes imprisoned veteran's Silver Star (Kerry supporter jailed for child porn)

    07/24/2011 3:32:16 PM PDT · by pabianice · 42 replies
    Swiftvets ^ | 7/24/11 | Fuentes
    San Diego- In a highly unusual move, the Navy secretary has stripped a Silver Star awarded to a retired captain and Vietnam swift boat veteran who is serving a federal prison sentence after admitting to child pornography. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus revoked the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest valor award, which was awarded nearly 20 years ago to retired Capt. Wade Sanders of San Diego. A spokeswoman for Mabus confirmed the secretary's decision, which he made in August 2010 following a review and recommendation by the Navy Department Board of Medals and Decorations. "Mabus signed a memorandum in which he...
  • Tacoma native awarded Silver Star in Afghanistan

    12/25/2010 8:30:12 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 12/25/10 7:48 pm | MIKE ARCHBOLD
    It was a typical morning in Afghanistan and Spc. Nicholas Robinson was just about finished with a six-hour guard duty shift at an Afghan police compound near his combat outpost. Then all hell broke loose. A mortar round landed roughly 20 meters in front of his guard tower. “It knocked me back and when I got up I saw an explosion like nothing I had ever seen before going off,” the Tacoma native told a public affairs writer with the 101st Airborne Division’s Task Force Leader Rakkasan. “Then gunfire erupted from every possible side you could imagine.” Over the next...
  • Vietnam veteran gets Silver Star in Puerto Rico

    11/11/2010 12:36:49 PM PST · by cll · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Taiwan News ^ | 11/11/2010
    <p>A Puerto Rican veteran of the Vietnam War has been awarded the Silver Star for helping to rescue a company pinned down by enemy fire in 1965.</p> <p>Angel L. Cumba served as a gunner with the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. He received the military's third-highest decoration Thursday during a Veteran's Day ceremony in the U.S. territory.</p>
  • Vanity- need graphics help with U.S. Military Medals

    07/29/2010 7:35:00 PM PDT · by TexasBarak · 6 replies · 3+ views
    A few months ago, my father passed away. At the time, numerous Freepers graciously helped me in indentifying his medals, for which I and my family were quite grateful. Dad chose to be cremated, and Mom accepted my offer to make an urn for his ashes. The urn is finished now. The plan is to put an engraved brass plate on it, featuring several of his medals and awards. The problem I'm having is that noone seems to be able to do this particular engraving job! It was a big surprise to me, but while the engraver had files for...
  • BLUNT’S BILL TO ESTABLISH SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY PASSES HOUSE

    04/21/2010 12:58:17 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 10 replies · 1,349+ views
    Congress Blunt ^ | April 21, 2010 | Press Release
    Folks since the Silver Star Families of America was practically born on FR, I thought you might like to see this. A Stand alone Resolution from the House.
  • Merl G. Davis - Silver Star Winner Passes Away

    04/02/2010 12:51:33 PM PDT · by Waverunner · 3 replies · 257+ views
    Me | 4/2/10 | Jim McDonald
    Merl Davis, A Silver Star recipient, 5 foot 2 ornery cuss, and a man I was proud to know passed away last night. He served with the 90th Infantry in WW2 The companion referred to in the following passage was Esequiel Esquivel, from Texas, who also recieved a Silver Star. Merl G. Davis, service number, Corporal ( then private),Corps of Engineers, 315th Combat Engineer Battalion,United state Army. For gallantry in action on 17 December 1944 in the vicinity of Pachten Germany. When an advance of friendly troops was impeded by fire from three pillboxes, Corporal Davis volunteered to place demoliton...
  • MARSOC Corpsman Receives Silver Star Medal for Heroics in Afghanistan

    03/03/2010 8:50:13 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 24 replies · 1,097+ views
    Marines Special Operations Command PAO ^ | Date: 03.03.2010 | Story by Cpl. Richard Blumenstein
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — "You hear your buddies go down ...You close your eyes... You think about everything ... You hear you're the only other corpsman. What would you do?" Chief Petty Officer Jeremy K. Torrisi, a hospital corpsman with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, faced that question, June 26, 2008 in the mountains of Afghanistan during the fiercest firefight of his life. Torrisi saved the lives of four of his comrades and received the Silver Star Medal at the Court House Bay Gymnasium, Jan 21. So far, one Navy Cross, two Silver Star Medals,...
  • Man pleads guilty to wearing Silver Star he didn't earn

    12/08/2009 12:54:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 67 replies · 1,933+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/7/9 | Danny Walsh
    Kenneth Jerome Nelson, widely known as self-appointed guardian of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to wearing a Silver Star he did not earn. Nelson, 60, of Sacramento, had garnered coverage by local television and The Bee as the unofficial caretaker of the memorial. He posed as the recipient of medals from his time as a Marine in Vietnam.
  • Corporal receives Silver Star for selfless heroism on front lines

    04/13/2009 4:41:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 645+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Paul D. Zellner, USMC
    4/10/2009 By Byline Lance Cpl. Paul D. Zellner, Unit Marine Corps Bases Japan Dateline CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan — Page Content CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan — The day started like any other day in Eastern Afghanistan, moderate temperature, sunny; hardly a cloud in the sky. But for three Marines, a platoon of Afghan National soldiers and a platoon of soldiers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne, July 13 would turn to bloodshed, sacrifice and one Marine's tale of heroism. The U.S. - Afghan team was attacked by more than 200 enemy forces firing small-arms and rocket-propelled grenades. Many members of...
  • Soldier, Vietnam Vet Father Receive Silver Stars in Long-Distance Ceremony

    12/01/2008 3:16:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 343+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. George Welcome, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2008 – Though decades separate the Vietnam War and the war on terrorism, a common denominator in the two conflicts has been the bravery and sacrifice of the American servicemember. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Harris receives a handshake from Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser after being presented the Silver Star at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Spc. George Welcome  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Harris received the Silver Star Medal here Nov. 28 while his father, former Army Staff Sgt. Gary...
  • Another day, another challenge for WEC champ Stann

    08/03/2008 6:51:50 AM PDT · by opbuzz · 4 replies · 214+ views
    Sports Illustrated ^ | August 1, 2008 | Nicki Jhabvala
    If you're going to ask Brian Stann about how tough it is to be a mixed martial artist in one of the world's top fighting promotions, World Extreme Cagefighting, you should first consider asking him how difficult times were when he was trudging through the 100-plus-degree heat of embattled Iraq for months -- twice. ..... Stann, a former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, Iraqi War veteran and Silver Star recipient is now on a new mission, but one, he claims, doesn't veer too far off his previous path. Now the WEC light heavyweight champion, Stann sets out on his...
  • Army Captain Receives Silver Star in Afghanistan

    07/14/2008 7:34:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 149+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Christina Sinders, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 14, 2008 – A soldier from 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team was awarded a Silver Star Medal in a ceremony here July 12. Army Capt. William G. Cromie receives the Silver Star Medal from Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, Combined Joint Task Force 101 commander, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 12, 2008. Cromie was recognized for his valor and leadership abilities in a combat operation on Nov. 16, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Christina Sinders, Combined Joint Task Force 101  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, Combined Joint Task...
  • U.S. Silver Star Recipient Honored at NATO Summit

    04/03/2008 4:57:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 216+ views
    BUCHAREST, Romania, April 3, 2008 – Deep within the cavernous marble walls of the Palace of the Parliament here today sat two Texans, casually talking about – what else – Texas. Army Spc. Monica Brown, far right, stands with 25 other soldiers representing all 26 nations of the NATO alliance during an April 3, 2008, ceremony during the NATO Summit Conference in Bucharest, Romania, honoring those who have served in NATO operations around the world. Brown received the Silver Star for heroism in combat in Afghanistan. NATO photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The first was President Bush,...
  • War hero awarded Silver Star after his death

    03/15/2008 4:21:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 657+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2008 | John Koopman
    The worst moment in Gary Stokes' life was not the day a couple of Marines in dress uniform showed up at his door to tell him his son had been killed in Iraq. That was bad, no doubt. He had spent two years wondering whether he would receive those unwelcome visitors. The worst moment came later, after the tears and the grief. The worst moment came slowly. It was the horrible realization that Sean was gone forever. He would never see his son again. Never again go fishing or camping, or watch him get married and have children of his...
  • Spc. Monica Lin Brown Earns a Silver Star

    03/09/2008 1:45:07 PM PDT · by jdm · 16 replies · 1,469+ views
    Ace Of Spades ^ | March 09, 2008 | Staff
    The nation's third-highest medal for valor. Texas girl (Lake Jackson, near Houston). A nineteen year old kid (I'm allowed to say this at my age and I am not objectifying her). Under gunfire and mortar fire, she helped move wounded comrades to safety, at times shielding them with her own body. Brown, of Lake Jackson, Texas, is scheduled to receive the Silver Star later this month. She was part of a four-vehicle convoy patrolling near Jani Kheil in the eastern province of Paktia on April 25, 2007, when a bomb struck one of the Humvees. "We stopped the convoy. I...
  • Medic Stationed in Afghanistan Becomes 2nd Woman to Be Awarded Silver Star

    03/09/2008 9:37:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies · 2,145+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | March 09, 2008 | AP
    CAMP SALERNO, Afghanistan — A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest medal for valor. Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said. After the explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, Brown ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the...
  • Pendleton Marine posthumously awarded Silver Star

    02/06/2008 7:45:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 348+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/6/08 | Alex Roth
    Marine Cpl. Sean Stokes was almost pathologically reluctant to accept praise, even though his courage on the battlefield saved fellow Marines' lives and was chronicled in a book. He might have been embarrassed, then, by a ceremony at Camp Pendleton Wednesday awarding him the third-highest award for combat valor. But Stokes wasn't there to receive his Silver Star, awarded for his actions during the battle of Fallujah in 2004. The Northern California native was killed last summer during his third tour of duty in Iraq, two weeks after learning he would receive the medal. Stokes, who died at age 23,...
  • Two from Fort Lewis receive Silver Star for bravery

    01/30/2008 7:52:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 54+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | January 30, 2008 | Mike Gilbert
    The deep buried bomb hit the Stryker so hard it blew off the back ramp and sent Staff Sgt. Jon Hilliard flying out of his hatch, shot like a cork from a bottle. “You’d think that something like that would’ve hurt,” the 26-year-old infantryman recalled Wednesday. “But actually it was almost serene. “I remember feeling weightless, and then there was a bright yellow light at the bottom of my feet and I was flying through the air,” he said. “The next thing I know I’m looking up at the sky and ... it’s on fire.” Hilliard recounted the March 24...
  • National Guard Officer With Local Ties Cited For Bravery In Iraq (Silver Star)

    01/07/2008 6:13:12 AM PST · by RDTF · 19 replies · 178+ views
    Norfolk Virginian-Pilot ^ | Jan 6, 2008 | Louis Hansen
    A Richmond-area police officer has been awarded a Silver Star for valorous actions in Iraq while deployed with his Army National Guard unit. Chief Warrant Officer 3 James B. Herring left his armored Humvee twice to protect his fellow soldiers during a withering ambush near Baqouba, Iraq, in December 2006, according to an Army citation of the award. Herring, 46, is a warrant officer with Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He received his award in a ceremony Saturday in North Carolina. Herring is also a lieutenant in the Chesterfield County Police, where he...
  • Iraq insurgent battle earns Park Rapids (MN) soldier a Silver Star

    12/05/2007 11:56:08 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 3 replies · 113+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 12/5/07 | Paul Walsh
    For six hours, Army Capt. John Tate methodically led his forces through a small section of Ramadi, Iraq, flushing out insurgents and establishing security that Tate says remains in the Malaab district 10 months later. This military accomplishment earned Tate, a native of Park Rapids, Minn., one of the nation's highest military honors -- the Silver Star. For Tate, 36, his service in uniform and the Silver Star awarded to him Tuesday in Iraq is not only a high point in his 13 years in the military but comes as a tribute by him to his grandfather, Robert. H. Tate....
  • Marine who pulled comrades to safety is honored

    10/21/2007 4:04:52 PM PDT · by Dubya · 14 replies · 196+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 18, 2007 | Tony Perry
    CAMP PENDLETON -- As a sniper, Sgt. Chad Cassady, a quiet Texan with a master's degree in political science, helped protect his fellow Marines during the battle in Fallouja, Iraq, in late 2004. But when insurgent mortars fell behind and in front of the Marines -- a tactic called "bracketing" -- Cassady and other Marines were forced to run across a rubble-strewn street. When another mortar landed in their midst, two Marines were knocked to the ground and Cassady was thrown into the courtyard of a home. The explosion collapsed his right lung, lacerated his liver and kidneys, and peppered...
  • Army Reservist Receives Silver Star for Valor in Afghanistan

    10/12/2007 4:55:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 262+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2007 – When Army Staff Sgt. Jason Fetty put himself between a suicide bomber and the bomber’s intended targets at the grand opening of a new medical facility in Khost, Afghanistan, he wasn’t thinking of the strategic, or even tactical, importance of his actions. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Fetty (center) is the first Army reservist to earn the Silver Star for actions in Afghanistan. With him are Army Command Sgt. Maj. Leon Caffie (left), senior enlisted advisor for the Army Reserve, and Navy Cmdr. John F.G. Wade, commander of Joint Provincial Reconstruction Team Khost, Afghanistan, when...
  • Minnesota soldier receives Silver Star

    09/23/2007 2:17:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies · 249+ views
    West Central Tribune ^ | September 23, 2007 | ap
    Minnesota National Guard soldier who led a fierce firefight south of Baghdad to defend a convoy of 20 trucks and their civilian drivers was awarded Saturday with a Silver Star, the nation's fourth-highest military decoration. "He's a hero, no question about it," Gov. Tim Pawlenty said of Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg before a crowd of about 1,000 National Guard soldiers and their families in a ceremony at St. Paul RiverCentre. Malmberg, a St. Paul native, is the first Minnesota National Guard member since World War II to receive the medal, which is awarded for gallantry in combat. During the firefight,...
  • St. Paul (MN) soldier will be first to be awarded medal since WWII

    09/19/2007 2:49:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies · 118+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 9/19/07 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg will become the first Minnesota National Guard member to be awarded the Silver Star medal since World War II during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Silver Star is the fourth highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces and is designated solely for valor in the face of the enemy. Staff Sgt. Malmberg demonstrated ‘gallantry in action’ while deployed to Iraq with the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division. Malmberg is credited with taking immediate action when his convoy was...
  • Army Paratrooper Awarded Silver Star in Iraq

    08/01/2007 5:52:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 401+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon (left), commander, 25th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division - North, pins the Silver Star on Capt. Brennan Goltry, platoon leader, 2nd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, during a ceremony July 31, 2007, at Patrol Base Olson in Samarra, Iraq. Goltry also received two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Badge. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden Army Paratrooper Awarded Silver Star in Iraq Platoon leader honored for his heroism and courage under fire. By Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden 3rd Brigade Combat Team82nd...
  • Daughter Accepts Silver Star Her World War I Nurse Mother Earned

    08/01/2007 5:47:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 145+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2007 – While Army nurse Linnie Leckrone was patching up wounded soldiers in France on the front lines of World War I, she most likely wasn’t thinking that her actions one day would merit the military’s third-highest award for valor in the face of the enemy. Army Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, acting Army surgeon general and chief of the Army Nurse Corps, presents the Silver Star to Mary Jane Bolles Reed, who accepts it on behalf of her deceased mother, World War I Army nurse Linnie Leckrone, July 31, 2007. Photo by Fred W. Baker...
  • Strength and Honor

    05/14/2007 7:30:33 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 5 replies · 333+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic ^ | 5/13/07 | Richard S. Lowry
    America is caught up in a debate of whether we should bring our troops home or if we should make one last attempt to bring peace and stability to Iraq. Yet, we don’t pay attention to the details of the war. Last weekend, an American hero received one of the Army’s highest honors – a Silver Star. His award was largely unnoticed, overshadowed by Paris Hilton’s incarceration. Late last year, Major James Gant and his men were returning home to Baghdad after weeks of fighting insurgents. Gant and his advisory team were riding in up-armored HMMWVs. These were not the...
  • Aztec, N.M., Marine awarded Silver Star Medal for actions in Afghanistan

    04/27/2007 6:47:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 330+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. David A. Weikle,
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.— Captain Brian G. Cillessen, Company Commander, Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, sits with his family after being awarded a Silver Star Medal here April 20, for actions in Afghanistan. The Silver Star Medal is the fourth highest military decoration awarded to service members. An Aztec, N.M., native, he was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when a volley of rocket propelled grenades and machine gun fire disabled the lead vehicle in his convoy. Cillessen quickly directed the immediate action of the Afghan soldiers around him in what...
  • Slain Marine Is Awarded Silver Star

    03/09/2007 10:08:03 AM PST · by RDTF · 16 replies · 637+ views
    LA Times.com ^ | March 6, 2007 | Tony Perry
    Camp Pendleton veteran killed in a 2004 raid on an insurgent stronghold in Iraq is honored with the nation's third-highest medal for combat bravery. CAMP PENDLETON — In the middle of 2001, Marine Sgt. Jeffrey Lynn Kirk was assigned a job as a marksmanship instructor. But after the Sept. 11 attacks, he requested a transfer to the infantry and was part of the 2003 assault on Baghdad. When he was severely wounded in the leg during a fierce battle in Fallouja on Nov. 10, 2004, he demanded to get back to his squad as soon as his injuries were healed....
  • Soldier Earns Silver Star For Combat Actions

    02/02/2007 5:02:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 380+ views
    Soldier Earns Silver Star For Combat Actions Sergeant pulls wounded men from burning vehicle, during Ramadi attack. Multi-National Corps - Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory AR RAMADI, Iraq, Feb. 2, 2007 -- A soldier who helped pull his wounded men from a burning vehicle and ran alone through the streets of Ramadi to get them evacuated was awarded the Silver Star, Jan. 27. "I’m just glad I was there to take care of my soldiers and bring them home safely," Staff Sgt. David S. Anderson, a section leader with 1st Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Staff...
  • America Supports You: States Declare May 1 ‘Silver Star Day’

    01/25/2007 3:33:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 606+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2007 – Thanks to the efforts of Silver Star Families of America, Indiana and New Mexico have proclaimed May 1 as “Silver Star Day” to honor the nation’s wounded servicemembers. Silver Star Families of America is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting the ways Americans are supporting the nation’s servicemembers. “What we really want to do is have a nationwide event that day,” Janie Orman, the group’s vice president, said. She added that the proclamation had been sent to every state. The group, which would like to establish May 1 as...
  • Marine Earns Silver Star for Courage Under Fire

    01/18/2007 6:08:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 552+ views
    Defense News ^ | Gunnery Sgt. Demetrio J. Espinosa
    U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Elliot L. Ackerman, 26, receives the Silver Star from Brig. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, 2nd Marine Division assistant commander. Ackerman, a native of Washington, D.C., received the medal for his heroism in Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Demetrio J. Espinosa U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Elliott Ackerman Marine Earns Silver Star for Courage Under Fire By Gunnery Sgt. Demetrio J. Espinosa 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Jan. 16, 2007 -- Acting boldly in the face of adversity is something all Marines are taught. Against an...
  • Isle Medic Honored Posthumously

    10/14/2006 2:15:57 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 4 replies · 457+ views
    Star Bulletin ^ | May 25, 2006 | Rod Thompson
    HILO » Army medic Ray Michael Fuhrmann II was calm under fire on the day that he and a unit of friendly Iraqi commandos ran into an ambush. Fuhrmann saved six Iraqi lives in the firefight that followed on March 22, 2005. For his bravery, Fuhrmann's father was presented with the Silver Star last night in a brief ceremony at Waiakea High School in Hilo. It is the third-highest military honor that the nation bestows on its military personnel. Spc. Fuhrmann could not receive it himself. He and three other soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb destroyed their vehicle...
  • Three Bragg soldiers awarded Silver Star medals

    08/10/2006 8:24:08 PM PDT · by chcknhawk · 22 replies · 527+ views
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Three Fort Bragg soldiers were honored Tuesday with the Silver Star — the Army’s third-highest award for valor in combat — for their actions in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Bruce Holmes and his team sergeant, Master Sgt. Keith Logsdon, received the medal for a 14-hour battle in a village in southern Afghanistan last year. Staff Sgt. Matthew Keefe received the medal for a separate battle. “I went in and did my job. No one expects to go and get a Silver Star,” Holmes said.
  • SEAL earns posthumous Silver Star

    08/10/2006 7:18:25 PM PDT · by chcknhawk · 15 replies · 809+ views
    A Soldier's Perspective ^ | 10 Aug 2006 | Gidget Fuentes
    SAN DIEGO, Calif. — In his final act as a Navy SEAL, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marc A. Lee rained down machine gun fire to help protect several of his teammates before he was felled by enemy fire in Iraq last week. On Tuesday, Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter honored that heroism with approval of the Silver Star, Cmdr. Greg Geisen, a spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, Calif., said Wednesday afternoon. The Aug. 2 death of Lee, 28, was the first suffered in Iraq by the Navy’s elite commando force. (Excerpt) Read more at A...
  • Medals Given for Valor in Afghan Fighting

    05/19/2006 5:58:40 AM PDT · by RDTF · 7 replies · 747+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2006 | Ann Scott Tyson
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., May 18 -- Sgt. 1st Class David Lowe and his Special Forces A-team were in their last week in Afghanistan on June 10, 2005, when their base received an urgent call: A small group of 82nd Airborne paratroopers was pinned down in a firefight near the Pakistan border and needed support. "When you're that close to leaving the country and you've survived the whole time, you kind of stand down a little bit," said Lowe, 26, of Lancaster, Pa., recalling that much of the team's equipment was packed. "But they needed help," he said, "so we went,"...
  • OIF combat veteran awarded Silver Star

    05/12/2006 7:11:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 428+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Pfc. Charlie Chavez
    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO (May 12, 2006) -- Conspicuous gallantry, valor and respect preceded the corporal as he proudly stepped forward to the front of the general; crisply his hand lifted for a salute as he awaited the general’s acknowledgement during the Morning Colors ceremony on the depot May 5. The Silver Star, the U.S. military’s third highest honor for valor, was awarded to Corporal Kristopher D. Kane, marksmanship coach, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, by Brig. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commanding general, MCRD and of the Western Recruiting Region. “Corporal...
  • Sgt. Sar's Silver Star

    05/10/2006 3:35:18 AM PDT · by ekwd · 7 replies · 870+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | May 10, 2006 | RALPH KINNEY BENNETT
    The sound of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters echoed off the rugged, snowy ridges, almost 9,000 feet up in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. In the dim first light of dawn, the men of U.S. Army Special Forces detachment Alpha 732 were scanning the fog-bound boulders and trees, searching for Taliban fighters... Ten months later, home from Afghanistan at Hawaii's Camp H.M. Smith, Sgt. Sar stood at attention as he received the Silver Star, the nation's fourth-highest award for valor in combat. He was a reluctant recipient. He felt that what he had done that day in...
  • Silver Star will show he was a hero's hero

    04/09/2006 12:14:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 2,048+ views
    PHOENIX — Army Sgt. Jim Witkowski threw his body over a grenade before it exploded six months ago, saving the lives of three fellow soldiers. The Army will posthumously honor Witkowski with a Silver Star for bravery in action at a ceremony in Los Alamitos, Calif., today. Witkowski, 32, grew up in Phoenix and went to high school in Scottsdale. He was assigned to an Army Reserve unit based in Fresno, Calif.
  • Scranton native’s actions earn him military’s third-highest award

    03/22/2006 12:02:36 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 6 replies · 480+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 3/22/2006 | CHRIS BIRK
    As a high school quarterback, Brian Stann led the Scranton Prep offense under the glare of Friday night lights. At 25, the Scranton native is still a field general. But now he’s leading U.S. Marines under the glow of bursting grenades and flashes of gunfire. First Lt. Stann’s unit played a key role in a weeklong hunt for insurgents in northwestern Iraq last May. The 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon braved enemy attacks over six days while securing a bridge near Karabilah along the Euphrates River. First Lt. Stann led a charge back into the heart of an ambush to recover...
  • The Silver Star Families of America Fighting for our Wounded

    02/03/2006 3:30:08 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 46 replies · 1,820+ views
    Armed Forces News Service ^ | 2006 | Steve Newton
    Hello Everyone I don’t know if you all remember me and I hope I am not intruding here, moderators help me if I am, but my name is Steve Newton. I am an author, feature writer and a veteran. (And a FReeper) I am also the Founder of the Silver Star Families of America. The mission of the SSFOA is to remember and honor our wounded Armed Forces Members by getting legislation passed authorizing them a Banner or Flag. We call it the Silver Star Shining for Sacrifice.
  • Marine officer wins Silver Star for gallantry in combat in Iraq

    12/18/2005 6:40:03 AM PST · by Valin · 14 replies · 615+ views
    Like any good leader accepting an honor, Maj. John D. Harrill III deflected the credit to his troops. "My actions were the result of the young Marines beside me and their will, their fighting spirit and their savvy," the 35-year-old Marine Corps officer said. Harrill, commanding officer of the Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Richmond, yesterday was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the military's third-highest award for gallantry in combat. The commendation cited his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action" while serving as a battalion operations officer last year in Iraq. Harrill said the incident for which he was awarded occurred...
  • Marine officer posthumously receives Silver Star

    12/02/2005 6:45:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 562+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 2, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Ray lewis
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2005) -- “ He led from the front,” said 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment Bn. commander Lt. Col. Craig S. Kaczynski during Capt. Patrick M. Rapicault’s Silver Star ceremony Dec. 2. Rapicault assumed command of Weapons Company, 2nd Bn. 5th Marines during his deployment to Iraq while they were in contact with the enemy on 24 September 2004. As company commander, Rapicault led his Marines through 50 firefights and 27 improvised explosive device ambushes between the time he took command of the unit and until he was killed Nov. 15, 2004. For...
  • Pendleton Marine awarded Silver Star (Gunnery Sergeant Ismael Sagredo)

    11/29/2005 7:47:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 572+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 11/29/05 | San Diego Union Tribune
    CAMP PENDLETON – A Marine sergeant who rescued his platoon commander from a burning vehicle during a firefight with Iraqi insurgents last year is to receive the Silver Star Wednesday in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Sgt. Sagredo's citation Gunnery Sergeant Ismael Sagredo was a staff sergeant on April 13, 2004 when his platoon attacked insurgents, who set one their armored amphibious vehicles afire deep within insurgent-held territory. Sagredo led his Marines to a nearby house, then went back to evacuate his platoon leader. But that was only the beginning, according to the Department of the Navy's official...