101st Airborne Rescue Team to Receive Silver Stars

Staff Sgt Al Garcia
Staff Sgt Al Garcia

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.”

Spc David Stone
Spc David Stone

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.

Sgt Jacob Wilder
Sgt Jacob Wilder

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.

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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