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


THE SILVER STAR
TO

 

DAKOS, RAYMOND
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond Dakos, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Sergeant in 2d Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in April 2003, in Iraq. On that date, during the attack in Al Hillah, Iraq, an enemy soldier lifted his hands as if to surrender, while another enemy soldier appeared and quickly threw a grenade. Sergeant First Class Dakos shot the grenade thrower and then jumped on a medic who was administering aid to another man, to shield him from the grenade's explosion.
Home Town: Vancouver, Washington
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*DAVIS, JEFFERSON DONALD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jefferson Donald Davis, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 3d Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 5 December 2001.
Home Town: Watauga, Tennessee
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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DEAN, CHRISTOPHER P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher P. Dean, First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 4 April 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq. When a patrol from 1st Cavalry Division was ambushed in the city, First Lieutenant Dean rolled out immediately with four tanks under his charge. Traveling at top speed, they headed to the grid coordinates given by the besieged patrol. As soon as they arrived, the Quick Reaction Force was hit by a barrage of gunfire and one man was killed. Lieutenant Dean then led a seven-tank attack back into the engagement area to find the ambushed patrol. The .50-caliber machine gun was taken out by enemy fire, leaving him atop the vehicle with only his M4 rifle. He was hit by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade blast. Reaching the ambushed patrol, the Quick Reaction Force dismounted to help get the patrol out. Under heavy enemy fire they pulled out the dead and wounded and put them inside the tanks, then used one of Lieutenant Dean's tanks to push two damaged vehicles out of the area. First Lieutenant Dean's leadership ensured the success of the company mission to evacuate 19 infantrymen isolated and surrounded by the enemy. First Lieutenant Dean's exceptional bravery while under intense fire during a four-hour attack despite wounds is in the highest traditions of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, the 1st Armored Division and the United States Army
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DEJESUS, ANGEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Angel DeJesus, Chief Warrant Officer 2, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 3d Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 19 May 2006, in Afghanistan. On that date, Chief Warrant Officer Two DeJesus was serving with a team of about two dozen Special Forces soldiers who were ambushed in the Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, by an estimated 150 o 200 Taliban Fighters. Disregarding his own safety, Warrant Officer DeJesus left his covered position to treat Captain Mat Johnsen's gunshot wound, using his own body to shield his detachment commander.
Born: at Ponce, Puerto Rico
Home Town: Ponce, Puerto Rico
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*DENNIS, JEROD R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jerod R. Dennis, Private Second Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 3d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 25 April 2003, in Afghanistan. Private First Class Dennis was part of a quick reaction force trying to help American soldiers under attack along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He was trying to evacuate a wounded soldier who was bleeding to death when enemy fire struck his vehicle. Private Dennis volunteered to run back for help. He ran a mile before he found an Afghan Military Forces unit. He escorted them through the firefight to the wounded soldier, who survived. The fighting continued, and Private Dennis climbed into the back of a civilian pickup with two comrades to continue to ferry wounded soldiers to a casualty collection point. The truck was ambushed by anti-coalition forces, which bombarded him and the other soldiers with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire. The truck spun out of control and was damaged. Private Dennis stood in the back of the truck and began firing at the guerrillas, allowing his comrades to escape and find cover. Despite being shot in the leg multiple times, he ignored his wounds and continued to attack the enemy until he, himself was mortally wounded.
Home Town: Antlers, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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DEPONAI, ANDREW T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Andrew T. Deponai, Captain (Armor), U.S. Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Alpha Company, Task Force 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 30 November 2003, at Samarra, Iraq. Captain Deponai's heroic actions resulted in the rescue of 12 soldiers, the immediate life-saving medical care of six others, and inflicting devastating fire power and shock effect upon enemy forces (over 150 enemy killed and dozens captured). While always leading from the front, Captain Deponai displayed great personal courage and was an inspiration to the soldiers in his command and his actions reflect great credit upon himself, the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), and the United States Army.
Home Town: Champaign, Illinois
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DEPOULI, RAYMOND M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond M. DePouli, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Squad Leader of 1st Squad, Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, during Operation ANACONDA in Afghanistan on 4 March 2002. When one of the two CH-47 Chinook helicopters transporting members of Staff Sergeant DePouli's Ranger platoon was hit by an al Qaeda rocket-propelled grenade and forced to crash-land on the Takur Ghar mountaintop in eastern Afghanistan's Shah-i-Khot Valley, his platoon found itself isolated in the middle of murderous crossfire. With three Rangers killed in the first minutes of combat and nearly everyone injured, the surviving Rangers of Chalk 2 managed to exit the wrecked Chinook, establish a perimeter, minister to the seriously wounded and return fire. During this period, Staff Sergeant DePouli demonstrated disregard for personal safety by engaging and destroying two enemy personnel who were attacking friendly aircraft and fellow Rangers.
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DESJARDIN, JAMES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James DesJardin, Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Major DesJardin distinguished himself by valorous conduct in connection with military operations against a hostile force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On 22 March 2003 while performing a relief in place on Highway 7 south of An Nasariya, Iraq, Major DesJardin and the crew of Headquarters 33 were involved in direct fire contact with Iraqi forces. Major DesJardin responded to the Task Force Scouts as they were in direct contact after being ambushed on a bridge over the Mother of All Canals. The two scout vehicles were engaged and destroyed by wire guided anti-tank systems and small arms fire, resulting in the serious wounding of two Task Force Scouts. Major DesJardin called for Air Medevac, and continued to suppress the enemy with superior direct fire. After executing the Medevac, Major DesJardin responded again to dismounted threats at the ambush site. Major DesJardin then directed two Apache helicopters in the further destruction of enemy forces. After the 5 hour engagement Major DesJardin with a security element secured the destroyed vehicles, sensitive items, and 4 enemy prisoners of war, and led the 19 vehicle combat force to Talill Airfield. The actions of Major DesJardin resulted in 4 confirmed enemy soldiers destroyed, 2 enemy armored personnel carriers destroyed, and 3 enemy anti-tank systems destroyed, the recovery of the two scout vehicles and equipment as well as the timely Medevac of the two Scouts. Major DesJardin's fighting ability, professionalism, and devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Third Infantry Division "Rock of The Marne" and the United States Army.
Home Town: San Diego, California


DIAZ, JASON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jason Diaz, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Tank Commander in Company C, 64th Armor, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Home Town: New York, New York
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DOBBINS, STEPHEN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen Dobbins, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding Troop B, 73d Cavalry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 15 November 2006, . In support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM near Balad Ruz, Iraq. During combat operations as part of Operation TURKI BOWL, Captain Dobbins was wounded in the blast of an anti-tank mine. Refusing medical evacuation, he helped remove other wounded from the destroyed vehicle. Ignoring his injuries, he moved his remaining elements to attack insurgents that were massing on his flank, and crossed a minefield with a dismounted element to set up support by fire positions to pin down the enemy. He repeatedly moved across areas without cover to coordinate between his two sections, ignoring his injuries and the effects of a concussion from the mine blast. The gallant actions and bold leadership of Captain Dobbins, without thought for his own safety, was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Irmo, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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*DURBIN, JERRY M., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jerry M. Durbin, Jr., Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for exceptionally valorous achievement while serving with Company B, 2d Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Infantry Division, attached to the 4th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 25 January 2006. Staff Sergeant Durbin's heroic actions during combat operations in Iraq contributed to the overwhelming success of the 2d Brigade Combat Team mission. His selfless actions, complete disregard for his own safety, and dedication to completing the mission at any cost saved the lives of his fellow comrades. His bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the 2d Brigade Combat Team, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the United States Army.
Home Town: Spring, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


DWYER, KENNETH M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth M. Dwyer, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 325 (ODA-325), 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 19 August 2006, in Afghanistan. Captain Dwyer's team was conducting a combined Afghan National Army (ANA) and a U.S. Special Forces patrol in the vicinity of Yakden Village in the Cahar Cinch region, Oruzgan Province, when they were ambushed by a numerically superior Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) force. With ANA and U. S. Forces pinned down in a "U"- shaped ambush, Captain Dwyer moved his vehicle through small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire to draw enemy fire and establish a support by fire position to provide relief for the pinned down Soldiers. He then charged from his position to draw the attention of enemy fire to free the pinned down forces. He continued to engage the enemy forces until friendly forces were again able to maneuver. Captain Dwyer returned to the position of the Operational Detachment 785 commander and assisted him in coordinating indirect fires. He then used various individual and vehicle-mounted weapons systems to fire into the enemy's positions until he was critically injured by an air burst RPG.
Home Town: Easley, South Carolina
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ECHOLS, JAVIER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Javier Echols, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 108th Military Police Company (Air Assault) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 30 April 2005. In the early morning hours of 30 April, Staff Echols, Sergeant Matthew Acosta and Sergeant Zachariah Collett , as part of squad Warlord 11, were patrolling a Main Supply Route when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated nearby. An Iraqi National Guard transport vehicle filled with Iraqi Soldiers was hit by the blast. Sergeant Echols led his team in the rescue of four Iraqi National Guard Soldiers who were wounded in the explosion. Amidst a dangerous crossfire between insurgents and ING Soldiers, the trio managed to move the wounded to safety and administer 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.
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EDGY, GANNON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gannon Edgy, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 3d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 3 April 2003, in Iraq. On that date, Staff Sergeant Edgy's special operations scout platoon was participating in a 24-hour road march to seize a key highway intersection when a six-person team was sent ahead of the convoy to do road reconnaissance and check for enemy resistance. At about 0930 hours the scout platoon was ambushed by Republican Guard forces that were hidden in positions along a 650 foot stretch of roadway. After one tank was hit by enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Edgy and his two-vehicle scout team assumed responsibility to protect the rest of the combat train. Staff Sergeant Edgy called up his contact report and dismounted his vehicle to engage five enemy soldiers within 15 meters of his vehicle. He then began directing his own gunner and his wingman's gunner to engage the increasing number of enemy dismounts on the southern side of the road. Through Staff Sergeant Edgy's leadership and quick thinking under combat conditions, he contributed immeasurably to the saving of the lives of his fellow soldiers, as well as extricating his team without injury. His exceptional leadership on the ground prevented the position from being overrun and saved the lives of all who were in the vehicles trapped along the road. Staff Sergeant Edgy displayed exceptional abilities to command and control under fire which resulted in the destruction of a well-executed ambush of the Task Force 1-15 TOC and Combat trains along Route CUBS by enemy insurgents.
Home Town: Brunswick, Georgia
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EDWARDS, DAVID M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David M. Edwards, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in Iraq, in 2005. Staff Sergeant Edwards' unit was conducting combat operations when his element came under an intense enemy attack. 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
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ELDRED, JERAD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerad Eldred, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Eldred, a medic, was part of a detachment working with Afghan national army soldiers to seize Sperwan Ghar mountain when the soldiers were ambushed. Staff Sergeant Eldred jumped out of his vehicle to check on the soldiers, then ran across open ground to check on Afghan soldiers. He also positioned himself on a rooftop to establish communications with the ground forces commander. When communication was lost, he exposed himself to enemy fire in order to communicate with his team members. He suffered a severe concussion during the battle but continued to help troops.
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ESPINO, ERASMO, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Erasmo Espino, Jr., Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Sergeant with the 3d Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 19 May 2006, in Afghanistan. On that date, Staff Sergeant Erasmo was serving as a Medical Aidman to a team of about two dozen Special Forces soldiers who were ambushed in the Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, by an estimated 150 o 200 Taliban Fighters. Disregarding his own safety, Staff Sergeant Espino grabbed his aid bag and moved from his covered position to treat other casualties in the kill zone.
Home Town: Eagle Pass, Texas
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*ESTES, JUSTIN M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Justin M. Estes, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, in action on 5 March 2007 while on combat patrol operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. Staff Sergeant Estes' instinctual actions and personal courage undoubtedly prevented a future attack on Coalition Forces, Iraqi Security Forces or innocent civilians at the cost of his own grievous injuries. Staff Sergeant Estes' actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon him, Task Force 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lightning, and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Staff Sergeant Estes distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty of 5 March 2007, while serving as a Squad Leader in 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, during a complex improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the city of Samarra, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. Staff Sergeant Estes' platoon was tasked with conducting reconnaissance of the berm on the eastern side of the volatile city of Samarra in order to prevent the flow of insurgent forces into the city. During the patrol, the lead HMMWV struck a pressure activated IED resulting in the catastrophic destruction of the vehicle, followed by a secondary command-detonated IED targeting the casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) team. Staff Sergeant Estes was the truck commander of the third truck in the patrol when the first IED was struck, placing him 100 meters behind the lead HMMWV to provide security for the patrol. The first IED engulfed the lead HMMWV in flames, leaving burning debris scattered around the detonation site. Five Paratroopers were injured in the blast, two of whom were thrown from the truck; they were still alive, but on fire and among the burning debris. Without hesitation and aware of the imminent danger posed not only by the flames and exploding ordnance, but also secondary IEDs, Staff Sergeant Estes grabbed the fire blanket and ran through the inferno surrounding the destroyed vehicle to render medical aid. Staff Sergeant Estes feverishly attempted to save the life of Staff Sergeant Stanley, providing medical care until the platoon medic arrived. Staff Sergeant Estes then took charge of the combat lifesaver team and began moving casualties out of the wreckage and flames for treatment. Staff Sergeant Estes provided calm and decisive leadership at the detonation site, directing the continuing search for Paratroopers affected by the blast, even as ammunition cooked off around him. Having cleared the casualties from the fire, and with his equipment literally melting from the intense heat, Staff Sergeant Estes remained at the side of Staff Sergeant Stanley as he called the stretcher teams forward to conduct CASEVAC. As the teams approached, the imminent danger at which Staff Sergeant Estes had placed himself in order to save the lives of his comrades was realized, as he was engulfed in a cloud of smoke and debris as a secondary IED detonated directly underneath his feet, killing him instantly. In an ultimate act of bravery and selfless service to his comrades in which he gave his own life, Staff Sergeant Estes attempted to save the lives of five of his comrades. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Estes gallantly gave his life for his country, upholding the highest traditions of military heroism and reflecting distinct credit upon himself, Task Force Two Panther, Task Force Lightning, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Sims, Arkansas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart

 

*FALKEL, CHRISTOPHER (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Christopher Falkel, Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan on 8 August 2005.
Born: September 24, 1982 at Massachusetts Home Town: Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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FELIX, BRADLEY M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bradley M. Felix, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the Assistant Operations/Intelligence Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha 345 (ODA-345), Advanced Operational Base 340, Forward Operational Base 32, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM V, in Afghanistan, on 20 September 2004. Sergeant First Class Felix's personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the United States Army. 

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: 
Sergeant First Class Bradley M. Felix distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous achievement as the Assistant Operations/Intelligence Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha 345 (ODA-345) 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Advanced Operational Base 340, Forward Operational Base 32, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM V. On the afternoon of 20 September 2004, ODA 345 and a platoon of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were conducting a reconnaissance patrol through the Mangretay Valley in the Paktika Province, Afghanistan to confirm or deny the presence of Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) fighters reported to be operating in the area. Sergeant First Class Felix was driving the lead vehicle in the patrol when the patrol was ambushed by 25 ACM in fortified fighting positions located on terrain which dominated the valley. A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) hit his vehicle, disabling it and wounding the entire crew. Ignoring his own injuries, Sergeant First Class Felix struggled to position his vehicle as it rolled to a stop in order to shield his wounded comrade from further exposure to the intense small arms and RPG fire. With complete disregard for his own safety and ignoring his wounds that would eventually cause him to be evacuated to the United States for treatment, Sergeant First Class Felix dismounted the vehicle and fired a Light Anti-tank Weapon into the fortified enemy position, which was raking his vehicle with machinegun fire. After silencing the position, Sergeant First Class Felix sprinted from vehicle to vehicle while under intense enemy fire to organize the counterattack. Inspired by Sergeant First Class Felix's courageous actions, the ANA soldiers began assaulting the fortified enemy positions causing the enemy to break off their attack. Refusing medical treatment for his own injuries, Sergeant First Class Felix continued to direct the fires of the patrol in support of the ANA attack as he redistributed ammunition throughout the patrol. Once the enemy broke contact, Sergeant First Class Felix organized the patrol into a defensive perimeter to allow for the evacuation of his more seriously wounded comrades, including two who later died from their wounds received. After refusing to get on the MEDEVAC helicopter, Sergeant First Class Felix led the patrol back to the firebase. The heroic actions taken by Sergeant First Class Felix, all under intense fire and after being seriously wounded were decisive in the ability of the patrol to gain the tactical advantage and force the enemy to break contact by inflicting numerous casualties to the enemy force. His courage and deportment under fire is in the finest tradition of the Special Forces and reflects great credit upon, himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, and the United States Army.
Home Town: Corpus Christi, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


FERNANDEZ, CHRISTOPHER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher Fernandez, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at Baghdad, Iraq, on 5 May 2004. On that date Private First Class Fernandez was on a patrol through Baghdad's Saidiyah neighborhood when insurgents ambushed his unit. An improvised explosive device hit the patrol's rear vehicle. Immediately following the explosion, the patrol was barraged with small-arms fire. The patrol's crew-served weapons, an M-240B machine gun and a .50 caliber machine gun, immediately returned fire. The IED explosion killed two U.S. Soldiers, wounded five others and rendered their vehicle inoperable. Private Fernandez returned fire with his weapon, an M-249 squad automatic weapon and reloaded his weapon at least once during the short engagement. In all the chaos, Private Fernandez saw the stricken vehicle's M-240B machine gun was unused. He knew that another weapon would suppress the enemy's fire long enough to evacuate the wounded and leave the area. He left his vehicle, ran to the disabled humvee, recovered the weapon and its ammunition and opened fire on the enemy. The weapon's hand guards, insulators covering the machine gun's barrel were blown of in the explosion, Private Fernandez kept firing, despite the fact that his hands were burning. Almost 10 minutes later, the wounded were loaded onto the Private Fernandez's vehicle, and the ambush site was abandoned.
Born: at Tucson, Arizona
Home Town: Tucson, Arizona
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FETTY, JASON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jason Fetty, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 364th Civil Affairs Group, Joint Provisional Reconstruction Team KHOST, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 20 February 2007, in Afghanistan. At the opening of a new medical center at the Khost City Hospital in Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Fetty was working a security detail, on hand to protect the governor of Khost and several Afghan dignitaries. After spending 10 months working with locals building the center, Staff Sergeant Fetty noticed a man in a white lab coat who didn't look familiar. He began going through his escalation of force commands: "Stop." "Get down." The doctor ignored him, and tried to grab him. Staff Sergeant Fetty wanted to fire a warning shot, but feared it would ricochet and hit the hospital or someone gathered in the crowd around it. Staff Sergeant Fetty was working with members of the 82nd Airborne Division, who were new to the area. He realized that he was the only soldier in a position to stop what could be a suicide bomber from attacking the ceremony. Rather than shirking him off, he used the distance his weapon created between him and his attacker to his advantage. He slowly maneuvered toward a clearing between the hospital and the nearby administrative huts, away from the crowd. Assuming that the man was wearing a suicide vest that might explode at any time, as the struggle continued, Staff Sergeant Fetty recognized he probably wouldn't survive. Clear of the crowd, he hit the man with the butt of his weapon, then fired warning shots at the ground near his feet. When the two broke apart from the scuffle, Staff Sergeant Fetty shot the attacker in the leg to subdue him. When the man got up again, the other soldiers, noticing the fight, fired on the attacker who exploded. Staff Sergeant Fetty took three steps before making a dive. The blast came as he hit the ground, peppering him with shrapnel in the face, leg and ankle. All that remained where he had struggled with the attacker was a big hole in the ground. By leading the attacker from the crowd, Staff Sergeant Fetty allowed for the evacuation of all medical personnel and dignitaries, which included the governor of the province, the primary target of the bombing.
Born: at Parkersburg, West Virginia
Home Town: Parkersburg, West Virginia
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FINN, SHANE F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Shane F. Finn, Captain, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Company Commander of Company C, 2d Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in Iraq. Captain Finn distinguished himself by his gallant leadership in helping Coalition Forces to establish a permanent presence in the Euphrates River Valley.
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FORD, SHEFFIELD F., III
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sheffield F. Ford, III, Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the Detachment Commander, Operational Detachment Alpha 765 (ODA-765), Company A, 2d Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 24 June 2006, at Pashmul, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Captain Fordís heroic actions and courageous leadership were the decisive factors in the defeat of a determined and numerically superior enemy force. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Combined Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, Special Operations Command-Central, and the United States Army.

NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD
Captain Sheffield F. Ford, United States Army, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry in action as the Detachment Commander for Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha-765, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. From 23 to 24 June 2006, while conducting Operation KAIKA, a cordon and search mission to capture or kill Taliban leadership in Panjawi District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Captain Ford led his detachment throughout multiple engagements with an estimated 200 Taliban fighters. On 23 June, as the operation began, the detachmentís vehicles were slowed during their approach to the objective by restrictive terrain. Captain Ford immediately adjusted his assault plan by dismounting his force and moving rapidly toward the compounds. During the assault, close air support aircraft identified enemy activity in a compound to the south of the objective. Captain Ford personally organized and led an assault team toward the compound. He entered the structure, engaged enemy fighters in close combat and secured the target. Throughout this initial phase of the operation, while engaging Taliban forces, he continued to coordinate the activities of the other assault teams, direct close air support, and inform Task Force-73 of situational changes. Captain Ford established a perimeter around the objective and secured the entire objective area, when a large Taliban force counterattacked from several directions. Without hesitation, Captain Ford climbed into the turret of his vehicle and engaged enemy attackers with the M2 machine gun. Under an extraordinary volume of small arms, machinegun and rocket-propelled grenade fires, he remained in the exposed turret, ignoring the strikes of bullets and grenade fragments around him, accurately and calmly firing into the Taliban assault. A team member relieved him on the weapon, whereby he moved to the rear of the vehicle to operate the M240B machinegun. While firing, he simultaneously coordinated the defense of the patrol base with other detachment elements, directed close air support and maintained communication with Task Force-73 headquarters. He passed the radio handset to a detachment member and began adjusting the perimeter, while exposed to intense and effective enemy fires, in order to better defend against the assault. Captain Ford moved calmly and rapidly around the perimeter, directing fire and adjusting crew-served weapons. As the enemy fire increased, the defenders began to lose fire superiority against the overwhelming attack. Without concern for his own safety, Captain Ford moved among the Afghan positions, encouraging, directing and motivating them to rejoin the fight. He set a fearless example that inspired the young soldiers to defend with renewed vigor. Captain Ford continued to command and control the battle, while moving about the perimeter, completely exposed to the enemyís fires, to ensure that the defense was properly executed. After an intense, extended exchange of fires, the Taliban withdrew. The following, day Captain Ford identified a compound situated on key terrain occupied by several enemy fighters. He dispatched the Team Sergeant with an assault team to attack and secure the compound. Immediately after the assault, an unexpectedly large Taliban force counterattacked, split the Team Sergeantís force into two elements, and surrounded both groups. Captain Ford learned that the two American soldiers at the support by fire position were both wounded, and immediately organized a quick reaction force to reinforce the compound being held by the Team Sergeant and recover the two wounded soldiers from their isolated position. More enemy elements moved in, flooded the battlefield, surrounded Captain Fordís patrol base, and attacked from three directions. Once again, without hesitation, he moved to the M240B machinegun and began firing from his exposed position into the attackers. He relayed instructions over the radio to organize the defense of the patrol base, coordinated the activities of three isolated dismounted elements, directed close air support, and updated his commander continuously, all while engaging attackers with a crew-served weapon. The enemy assault evolved into a well-coordinated attack from all directions, so Captain Ford relinquished his machinegun to a teammate and began adjusting his perimeter. The defense again began to falter in the face of extremely high volumes of enemy fire; the Taliban attackers were close enough to shout threats into the perimeter. Captain Ford shouted encouragement and moved from one position to another, despite accurate enemy fires and rocket-propelled grenades exploding in the air above him. He fired at the enemy, motivated his soldiers, and set a courageous example that energized the defenders and inspired new resolve. The Taliban assault was again forced to withdraw in the face of Captain Fordís determined defense. He continued directing close air support to support the movement of his three isolated elements, coordinated link-up, and requested an ammunition resupply and medical evacuation aircraft. Under Captain Fordís expert leadership and direction, all casualties were evacuated, and all friendly elements were consolidated and returned safely to the patrol base. Captain Fordís courageous actions and determined leadership in the face of an overwhelming attack by a well-armed and determined enemy force prevented the destruction of his encircled detachment. His gallantry, dedication to duty, and selfless sacrifice exemplified the warrior ethos by decisively engaging and defeating a numerically superior force, rescuing two wounded soldiers, and forcing the Taliban retreat. The heroic accomplishments of Captain Ford reflect great credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, Special Operations Command Central, and the United States Army.
Born: at Dixon, California
Home Town: Dixon, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal



FOWLER, PAUL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul A. Fowler, Captain, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding the 2d Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, during November 2004, in Iraq. During the battle for Fallujah, Captain Fowler executed a successful armored assault against several hundred enemy fighters in the northeastern part of the city, securing the flanks of battalions on either side. During a 14-hour firefight, he remained in position at the head of his company during house-to-house fighting in which nearly all of his tanks were attacked with grenades and small arms. On the third night of the operation, Captain Fowler led a house-to-house assault in southeast Fallujah that ended after 12 hours when his company destroyed a strong point occupied by 30 enemy fighters.
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FRANCO, KENNETH R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth R. Franco, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Section Leader with E Troop, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 3d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 22 March 2003, in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Franco's HMMWV was leading the convoy when his element came under attack by dozens of enemy fighters at a road block near An Najaf. Despite heavy enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Franco assessed the situation and made tactical decisions that benefited the entire troop. After leading his comrades through more than 48-hours of bitter fighting, his calm and decisive leadership resulted in more than 300 enemy killed.
Born: at Queens, New York
Home Town: Queens, New York
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*FUHRMANN, RAY MICHAEL, II (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ray Michael Fuhrmann, II, Specialist, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 3d Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 22 March 2005, in Iraq. On that date, Specialist Fuhrmann's unit came under enemy fire near Samarra, Iraq. Several Iraqi Army commandos fell and lay exposed in a field between the opponents. Without regard for his safety, Specialist Fuhrmann braved extremely heavy enemy fire and went to the Iraqis to treat their wounds. As he treated the wounded, he also fired his rifle and pistol to support his unit's counterattack. When he ran out of ammunition, he seized one of the wounded Iraqis' rifles and continued to fire in support of the assault and to protect the wounded. Specialist Fuhrmann's actions during the firefight saved the lives of six Iraqi commandos and helped prevail over the enemy.
Born: at Honolulu, Hawaii
Home Town: Novato, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart
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