Jeremy L. Church

Private First Class Jeremy L. Church, U. S. Army
Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

Private First Class Jeremy L. Church, United States Army (Reserve), was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 724th Transportation Company during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in Iraq, on 9 April 2004. While on an emergency fuel mission to Baghdad International Airport, Private First Class Church’s convoy was ambushed by 200 members of Muqtada al Sadr’s militia. The Humvee that he was driving contained platoon leader First Lieutenant Matthew Brown, who was severely wounded. After saving Brown, he went back to the raging firefight to rescue those still pinned down. Under heavy fire, Church rendered aid to other wounded. Remaining behind, he killed several insurgents and had to be pulled out of the gun battle. Later helped the … 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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John Wayne Marcum

Chief Petty Officer John Wayne Marcum, U.S. Navy
Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) John Wayne Marcum, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Assault Team Leader for a Joint Task Force in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 16 November 2007. Chief Petty Officer Marcum was part of a daring and complex direct action assault against an entrenched and heavily fortified enemy. Penetrating enemy territory, his assault force eliminated enemy threats during a four-hour firefight. Chief Petty Officer Marcum and a team member repeatedly maneuvered to unsupported positions and selflessly exposed themselves to direct enemy fire to provide suppressing fire for the assault force. When his military working dog team was wounded by enemy fire, … Read more »

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Kristopher C. Verrett

Sergeant First Class Kristopher C. Verrett, U.S. Army
Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

Sergeant First Class Kristopher C. Verrett, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for exceptional gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States as a Platoon Sergeant of 2d Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, United States Division-North, Tikrit, Iraq, on 7 September 2010 during Operation NEW DAWN. Sergeant First Class Verrett’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the United States Division-North, and the United States Army.… Read more »

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Shane F. Finn

Captain Shane F. Finn, U.S. Army
Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

Captain Shane F. Finn, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Company Commander of Company C, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in Iraq. Captain Finn distinguished himself by his gallant leadership in helping Coalition Forces to establish a permanent presence in the Euphrates River Valley. Captain Finn’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, the 10th Mountain Division, and the United States Army.… Read more »

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