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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Spc. Michael Carter at the entrance to the headquarters of the 55th Signal Company, at Fort Meade, Md.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Most Decorated Combat Cameraman Of The War On Terror
Army combat cameraman Spc. Michael Carter risked his life to save 40 special forces soldiers.
Brig. Gen. David Petersen, Deputy Commanding General 1st Infantry Division presents Sgt. Zachary Reese, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, with the Silver Star.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Soldier Who Finished An Ambush With His Knife
In 2009, an Army platoon ambushed a group of Taliban fighters in the Korengal Valley, killing all of them. Except one.
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Forester was killed on Sep. 29, 2010. He posthumously received the Silver Star for his heroic actions.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Airman Who Died Leading His Team In An Intense Ambush
Senior Airman Mark Forester was killed leading a rescue team when he exposed himself to heavy enemy machine gun fire.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Franklin M. Simmons, Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands on the flight deck of the USS Boxer, while waiting to start rappelling training on July 2, 2011.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Recon Marine Who Killed 18 Enemy Fighters In A Single Battle
Over the course of an eight-hour battle, this Force Reconnaissance Marine shot and killed 18 Taliban fighters.
Staff Sgt. David Bellavia in Fallujah, Iraq during the Second Battle of Fallujah in November 2004.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Soldier Who Took Out A House Full Of Insurgents With His M249 And A Knife
A house-clearing operation during the Second Battle of Fallujah ended in a fist fight between David Bellavia and an Iraqi insurgent.
Master Sgt. Aaron B. Frederick and Staff Sgt. Bradley D. Mock disregarded their need for medical attention to ensure the well-being, safety, and evacuation of injured Airmen after an attack on Dec. 21, 2015, near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
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UNSUNG HEROES: After Suicide Ambush, Airmen Ignored Their Wounds To Save The Team
After a suicide bomber struck their patrol, these airmen ignored their wounds putting their teammates before themselves.
Staff Sgt. Austin McCall received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his actions on Jan. 5, 2010.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Ranger Who Took A Grenade To The Face And Kept Fighting
Staff Sgt. Austin McCall hit back against a suicide bomber armed with two grenades, and kept fighting to complete his mission.
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UNSUNG HEROES: This Marine Provided Accurate Sniper And Rocket Fire To Save His Men
Marine Sgt. David Gerardi provided deadly accurate fire against insurgents in Afghanistan while rounds impacted inches from his head.
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UNSUNG HEROES: Wounded Soldier Saved His Fellow Men From A 200-Man Ambush
Spc. Aaron Davis ignored his own injuries from a rocket-propelled grenade to save three fellow soldiers from a Taliban attack.