May 6, 2016
“These men are heroes, plain and simple,” said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, adjutant general of the Washington National Guard, during the ceremony, according to information released by the Army. “They don’t boast. They don’t draw undue attention to themselves. They just get the job done.”
As the bullets rained down around him, Staff Sgt. Michael Sargent dragged a fallen Afghan soldier to safety.Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock posthumously received the Silver Star.(Photo: Courtesy Alexandra McClintock)
Then, without hesitation or concern about his own safety, the Green Beret entered the courtyard in southern Afghanistan again to recover the body of a second fallen Afghan soldier and help a wounded teammate get to cover.
For his actions on that day in December, Sargent was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor.
Sargent and several other members of A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group were honored last Friday for their actions during their recent deployment to Afghanistan.
In all, the soldiers earned the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with V device, six Army Commendation Medals with V device, and one Purple Heart.In all, the soldiers earned the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with V device, six Army Commendation Medals with V device, and one Purple Heart. read more here