Ryan M. Pitts

Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Sergeant Pitts distinguished himself by extraordinary acts of heroism at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Forward Observer in 2d Platoon, Chosen Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler in the vicinity of Wanat Village, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on 13 July 2008. Early that morning, while Sergeant Pitts was providing perimeter … Read more »

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Luis E. Fonseca

Hospitalman Apprentice Luis E. Fonseca, U.S. Navy
Navy Cross Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terrorism

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hospitalman Apprentice Luis E. Fonseca, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Corpsman, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon, Company C, First Battalion, Second Marines, Regimental Combat Team TWO, Task Force Tarawa, First Marine Expeditionary Force, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 March 2003. During Company C’s assault and seizure of the Saddam Canal Bridge, an amphibious assault vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade inflicting five casualties. Without concern for his own safety, Hospitalman Apprentice Fonseca braved small arms, machine gun, and intense rocket propelled grenade fire to evacuate the wounded Marines from the burning amphibious assault vehicle and tend to their wounds. He established a … Read more »

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Gabriel P. Brown

Staff Sergeant Gabriel P. Brown, U. S. Air Force

Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Gabriel P. Brown, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Combat Controller with the 17th Air Support Operations Squadron, 22d Special Tactics Squadron, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during Operation ANACONDA, near Marzak, Patkia Province, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2002. Sergeant Brown was the primary ground forward air controller assigned to a quick-reaction force task to recover two American servicemen evading capture in austere terrain occupied by massed al-Qaida and Taliban forces. Shortly before landing, his MH-47E helicopter received accurate rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire, severely disabling Read more »

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Frederick L. Allen

Sergeant First Class Frederick L. Allen, U.S. Army

Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 Sergeant First Class [then Staff Sergeant] Frederick L. Allen, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 512 (ODA-512), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at An Najaf, Iraq, on 12 August 2004. Sergeant First Class Allen, the other members of Operational Detachment – Alpha 512, along with 51 Iraqi National Guardsmen, engaged approximately 15 – 20 Mahdi Militiamen embedded inside a school. The detachment, with the Iraqi National Guard in the lead, advanced toward their objective and came under immediate and intense enemy fire from inside the school. Sergeant First Class Allen, the gunner in the detachment’s 2d vehicle, ordered his GMV forward, placing himself in the direct line Read more »

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Gregory Earl Ambrosia

First Lieutenant Gregory Earl Ambrosia, U. S. Army

Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Gregory Earl Ambrosia, United States Army, for gallantry in actions while serving as Executive Officer, Company A, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, in action in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 25 – 26 September 2007. First Lieutenant Ambrosia’s gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD:On 25 September 2007, Able Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), Read more »

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