Fort Campbell Soldier Credited with Saving Platoon Leader’s Life

When an Afghan Border Patrolman turned a gun on American service members a year ago, he killed six soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. One will receive the Silver Star for Valor on Thursday.

Sergeant 1st Class Barry Jarvis is credited with saving the life of an Army officer. The two were nearby when a rogue border patrolman instantly took out five of their men. They started moving toward the sound of gunfire, according to the award citation.

As the Afghan responsible for the ambush came into view, Jarvis realized he and the 1st Lieutenant were in the line of fire. Jarvis shoved the officer out of the way and was then mortally wounded as he attempted to take out the border patrolman.

The Silver Star will be presented to his family. The citation reads that Jarvis “knowingly sacrificed his own life in order to save the life of his Platoon Leader.”

Blake Farmer

Blake Farmer is WPLN's assistant news director, but he wears many hats - reporter, editor and host. He covers the Tennessee state capitol while also keeping an eye on Fort Campbell and business trends, frequently contributing to national programs. Born in Tennessee and educated in Texas, Blake has called Nashville home for most of his life.
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