Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale, air combat command director of operations, presents retired Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hutchins, 18th Air Support Operations Group joint terminal attack controller, with the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony, Nov. 4, 2016 at Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina.
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UNSUNG HEROES: This Airman Dove Into A River To Recover 2 Men While Under Fire
This airman broke cover, charged across open ground, and blew up an enemy fighting position days after diving into a river under fire to try to rescue two soldiers.
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient with B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Platoon Sergeant Who Repelled Dozens Of Iraqi Troops With A .50 Cal
In 2003, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith almost single handedly prevented Baghdad International Airport from being overrun.
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.