Vietnam veteran receives long-overdue Silver Star
BY WRGB STAFF
APRIL 14TH 2016
WASHINGTON, DC -- An American hero received a long-awaited honor Thursday.
Stan DeRuggiero, who lives in Austerlitz, was an Army specialist in Vietnam in 1968 when his company came under heavy fire. He saved the lives of three wounded paratroopers, acting as a human shield and refusing to withdraw until he had helped get all three men out of harm's way.
DeRuggiero previously received the Bronze Star with V Device for his actions on that day. Due to the level of bravery he showed, his former company commander successfully petitioned the military to upgrade the award to Silver Star.
Congressman Chris Gibson, also a veteran, pinned the medal on DeRuggiero.
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