Moments Of Valor - SSgt. Matthew Schilling Bronze Star Recipient
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SSgt. Matthew Schilling's unit was ambushed while on patrol. He took point with his boat and began to take heavy enemy fire from all sides, over 100 enemy were involved in the well planned ambush. The boat crashed after several of Shilling's unit were wounded. SSgt. Shilling took control of the unit, rallied them after the boat crashed on the shore and got them into a fighting position and held the enemy at bay. Shilling then directed the counter attack and held off the enemy until the wounded could be evacuated to safety. The enemy ended up fleeing the scene after 22 were killed and over 50 wounded.
SFC. Jefferson Pridgen and Sgt. David Preen III took part in an offensive operation. Their convoy came under attack from both sides of the street they were on. One of the Iraqi soldiers in the convoy was wounded and in the line of heavy fire and trapped. Pridgen and Preen exited their armored vehicle and dragged the soldier to a safe cover position, disregarding the enemy fire. While rendering aid to the wounded soldier, 3 enemy insurgents ran at them trying to attack the cover position. Sfc. Pridgen eliminated the threat and they were able to render aid to the soldier. The convoy eventually won the battle and the soldier was evacuated.