Navy SEAL Mark Donald is one of just a few individuals in history who has received both the Navy Cross and Silver Star.
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UNSUNG HEROES: This Navy SEAL Medic Saved Men In 2 Ambushes On The Same Day
Lt. Mark Donald risked his life to treat Afghan and American soldiers in an ambush. He then ran to another ambush nearby to rescue more men.
LeHew in Kuwait, 2003
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Marine Gunny Whose Incredible Actions Earned Him The Nickname ‘Hero Of Nasiriyah’
When a company of Army soldiers were ambushed in enemy territory, Gunnery Sgt. Justin LeHew helped lead the rescue effort. Then he fought on.
Ensign Sean Barner is presented with the Navy and Marine Corps medal.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The ROTC Student Who Stopped A Rape And Armed Robbery At A Party
Sean Barner’s cool head saved an apartment full of his friends from masked assailants.
Christopher Adlesperger
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Unsung Heroes: The Marine Private Who Killed 11 Insurgents During A 30-Minute Firefight
When his friend was killed during a raid in Fallujah, Christopher Adlesperger unleashed hell on the enemy, and then some.
Staff Sgt. Nathan Hervey, stands at attention during an award ceremony where he was presented the Bronze Star with "V" at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on Feb. 5, 2016.
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UNSUNG HEROES: This Marine Sniper And His Men Destroyed A Platoon-Sized Enemy Force
Staff Sgt. Nathan Hervey led his Marines in repelling an ambush by a larger enemy force, picking off and routing the enemy.
Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Gonzalez (left). Sgt. 1st Class Mark Roland (right).
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UNSUNG HEROES: The 2 Green Berets Who Fought Valiantly To Repel A Massive Taliban Ambush
Outnumbered in a remote Afghan province, two Special Forces soldiers stepped up to save their beleaguered allies, and then turned their attention to the enemy.
Senior Airman Jason Cunningham (center) stands in front of a helicopter.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Airman Who Saved 10 Men From A Burning Chinook
Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham refused to leave any of his men in the rubble of a Chinook crash.
A photo of Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Legendary Marine Who Dove Onto A Live Grenade To Save His Men
Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Jason Dunham selflessly sacrificed his own life when he leapt atop an enemy grenade, saving at least two other Marines.
Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, Ky., awards Sgt. 1st Class John I. Smith Jr., a platoon sergeant with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony April 22, 2010.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Platoon Sergeant Who Braved Grenades And Gunfire To Rescue His Soldier
When one of his soldiers went down in the middle of a firefight in Afghanistan, Sgt. 1st Class John I. Smith risked everything to ensure he made it out alive.
Army photo
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Soldier Who Took 3 Bullets In A Raid And Never Backed Down
Pvt. Stephen Sanford was shot during a raid, but it didn’t stop him from completing the mission.
Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Sparks poses in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Sparks was awarded a Silver Star in July. 2014 for his role in saving soldiers in a 2010 engagement in Afghanistan.
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UNSUNG HEROES: Stranded In A Firefight, This Pararescueman Fought Like Hell To Save The Wounded
Trapped on a mountainside and under heavy enemy fire, this Air Force pararescueman never stopped tending to the wounded.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Marine Who Took A Round To The Head Saving His Men In Ramadi
When insurgents attacked his platoon in Ramadi in ‘05, this lieutenant risked everything to ensure his Marines survived.
Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, awards Staff Sgt. Robert T. Van Hook, critical skills operator, with 2nd Raider Battalion, the Silver Star during a ceremony at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
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UNSUNG HEROES: This MARSOC Marine Held His Ground Even After Being Wounded And Knocked Out
This MARSOC Marine led an ambush against an enemy force, then he held his ground against a counter attack even after he was knocked out and wounded.