A trio of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will receive the Silver Star Friday during a ceremony at Fort Campbell. All three are being recognized for gallantry during a nighttime fire-fight in Afghanistan.
The official narrative describes well-armed insurgents holed up in a mosque and intent on fighting “to the death.”
It was April 22nd in Paktika Province. The American-led force took casualties under “withering” gunfire and hand grenades. Three of the wounded were stranded in a so-called “kill zone.” Staff Sgt. Al Garcia realized the only way to get to them was to move roughly 40 yards unprotected. He and two others went not once, but twice, acting “with complete disregard” for their personal safety, according to the citation.
One of the wounded was a member of the Afghan National Army. He was hauled to safety by Specialist David Stone. Specialist Jacob Wilder was injured himself by a blast while retrieving a comrade who was just a few steps from the enemy position.
Since 2003, the Silver Star has been awarded to more than 200 soldiers serving in Afghanistan.