Matthew T. Abbate

Sergeant Matthew T. Abbate, USMC

Navy Cross Awarded (Posthumously) for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Matthew Thomas Abbate, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Scout Sniper Section Leader, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, SECOND Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan, on 14 October 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While conducting a dismounted patrol through Sangin’s northern green zone and supporting the patrol as part of a Quick Reaction Force team, the insurgents opened fire from several well-prepared positions. Unknowingly ambushed in a minefield, the patrol members were moving into cover when two Marines and the Corpsman struck explosives in rapid succession. With the patrol leader incapacitated and three severe casualties, Sergeant Abbate took charge of the situation and, with Read more »

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Florent A. Groberg

Captain Florent A. Groberg, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor awarded for awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 The President of the United States of America, authorized by act of Congress, March 3rd, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Captain Florent A. Groberg, United States Army. Captain Florent A. Groberg distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a personal security detachment commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, Fourth Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Fourth Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 August 2012. On that day, Captain Groberg was leading a dismounted movement consisting of several senior leaders to include two brigade commanders, two battalion commanders, two command sergeants major, and an Afghanistan National Army brigade Read more »

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Louis M. Bonacasa

Staff Sergeant Louis M. Bonacasa, U.S. Air Force

Bronze Star Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Louis M. Bonacasa, United States Air Force, for heroism as the Tactical Security Element Truck Commander, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, while engaged in operations against an opposing armed force at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on 21 December 2015. On that date, Sergeant Bonacasa was conducting outside the wire human Intelligence operations in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission. As the overwatch for the Gold Team Security Element, during the exfiltration of an Operation SENTINEL EAGLE outside the wire patrol, he courageously placed himself in harm’s way to protect the … Read more »

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Cliff Roundtree

Sergeant First Class Cliff Roundtree, U.S. Army

Awarded Silver Star 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 Sergeant First Class Cliff Roundtree, United States Army, for gallantry in action against enemy forces from 7 August 2005 to 9 August 2005, while assigned as an Operational Detachment Alpha 316 (ODA-316) Weapons Sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Combined Joint Task Force 76, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Sergeant First Class Roundtree distinguished himself in seven fierce engagements during a time span of fifty-six hours, while engaging enemy positions with machine gun fire from the turret of his vehicle. His dedication to duty, tactical proficiency, and commitment to mission accomplishment under the most extreme Read more »

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Richard J. Olson , Jr.

Sergeant First Class Richard J. Olson, Jr., 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 Sergeant First Class Richard J. Olson, Jr., United States Army, for gallantry in action in Afghanistan on 10 August 2009. Sergeant First Class Olson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous achievement while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the Global War on Terrorism as a Counter Improvised Explosive Device Team Leader, 741st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion (CIED), Combined Joint Task Force Paladin, Combined Joint Task Force-82, United States Forces-Afghanistan, on 10 August 2009. Among his numerous accomplishments, Sergeant First Class Olson ensured the governor was adequately protected and made the necessary political coordination for Afghan Read more »

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