paratrooper jump wings/glider wingsmedal of honor winnernavy sealnavy sealPresident Bush at Ft. Bragg

Posted: 22 May 2008 04:21 PM CDT

The President was at Fort Bragg today for All American Week and to present some medals to deserving paratroopers and their families.  He presented two Distinguished Service Crosses, three Silver Stars to paratroopers, and two Silver Stars posthumously to family members.

The President presented two DSCs today – one to Sergeant Corriveau:

90161Sgt. Christopher Corriveau (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross from President George W. Bush along with the commander of the 82nd Abn. Div. Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez May 22 during the Division’s Review at Fort Bragg, N.C. Corriveau, a native of Lewiston, Maine, is credited with repelling an overwhelming and heavily-armed force Aug. 26, 2007. His four man sniper team courageously fought off an enemy force in close combat for control of a rooftop during Operation Iraqi Freedom killing or wounding at least 10 insurgents.  Photographer for all photos: Sgt. Timothy Dinneen, Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs.

Specialist Christopher Hamel Corriveau of Lewiston , Maine , for extraordinary heroism in action.  Specialist Christopher H. Corriveau, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, on 26 August 2007, distinguished himself as part of a four-man sniper team in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Specialist Corriveau’s exceptional courage and tactical prowess under intense enemy fire and close combat contributed to the defeat of a concerted enemy effort to overrun his sniper position.  Surrounded and attacked by an enemy force ten times superior to that of his own, Specialist Corriveau and his fellow paratroopers valiantly repelled the enemy attack with withering small arms fire and grenades.  His four-man sniper team courageously fought off an overwhelming enemy force for control of the rooftop for over ten minutes in close combat, killing or wounding at least ten enemies in the process.

And he presented one DSC to Sergeant Moser:

90169Sgt. Eric Moser (right), Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by President George W. Bush along with the commander of the 82nd Abn. Div. Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez on May 22 during the Division’s Review at Fort Bragg, N.C. Moser, a native of Houston, is credited with repelling an overwhelming and heavily-armed force Aug. 26, 2007. His four man sniper team courageously fought off an enemy force in close combat for control of a rooftop during Operation Iraqi Freedom killing or wounding at least 10 insurgents.

Sergeant Eric Alan Moser of College Station , Texas for extraordinary heroism in action.  Specialist Eric A. Moser, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, on 26 August 2007, distinguished himself as a Designated Marksman in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Specialist Moser’s exceptional courage and tactical prowess under intense enemy fire and close combat contributed to the defeat of a concerted enemy effort to overrun his sniper position.  Surrounded and attacked by an enemy force ten times superior to that of his own, Specialist Moser and his fellow paratroopers valiantly repelled the enemy attack with withering small arms fire and grenades.  His four-man sniper team courageously fought off an overwhelming enemy force for control of the rooftop for over ten minutes in close combat, killing or wounding at least ten enemies in the process.

MUST READ: Jeff Emmanuel has more on the fight that earned Corriveau and Moser the DSC.


90163Staff Sgt. Peter Rohrs, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, is awarded the Silver Star by President George W. Bush along with the commander of the 82nd Abn. Div. Maj Gen. David Rodriguez during the Division Review on May 22 at Fort Bragg, N.C. Rohrs, a native of San Antonio, served as a medic and is credited for the rescue of 12 critically wounded coalition soldiers.

Staff Sergeant Peter David Rohrs of Fayetteville, North Carolina for gallantry in action on 9 November 2007 while serving as a Flight Medic, Company C, 3-82nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, in support of operation Enduring Freedom.  His selfless actions were directly responsible for the rescue of twelve critically wounded coalition Soldiers.  His courage, tactical abilities, and regard for the safety of his patients, crew, and aircraft were remarkable.


90164Sgt. 1st Class Ronald D. Strickland, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, is awarded the Silver Star by President George W. Bush during the 82nd Abn. Div’s review May 22 at Fort Bragg, N.C. Strickland, a native of Rowland, N.C., braved enemy fire May 29, 2007, rescuing the crew of Flipper 75, which was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan. Strickland personally engaged the enemy with multiple weapons preventing the Taliban from gaining possession of his fellow Soldiers. He maintained an exposed position to secure the crash site.

Sergeant First Class Ronald Gregory Strickland of Rowland , North Carolina for gallantry in action on 29 May 2007 by performing with marked distinction while engaged with an armed enemy during operation Kulang Hellion, near Kajaki Sofla , Afghanistan .  With total disregard for his own life, he braved hostile fire in an attempt to rescue the crew of an aircraft shot down by enemy fire.  He secured the crash site, engaging the attacking enemy with multiple weapons, and prevented the Taliban from capturing his fellow Soldiers.

      


90166Sgt. 1st Class William Tomlin, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, is awarded the Silver Star by President George W. Bush May 22 during the 82nd Abn. Div’s review at Fort Bragg, N.C. Tomlin, a native of Barhamsted, Conn., led several counterattacks against an enemy force that outnumbered his platoon six-to-one in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Tomlin not only defended his position, but organized four separate units to destroy between 30-50 insurgents and kill two key Taliban leaders in the area turning a dire situation into a complete victory for his unit.

Sergeant First Class William Charles Tomlin III, of Angier , North Carolina for gallantry in action on 9 April 2007, while serving as Scout Platoon Leader assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He distinguished himself by acts of conspicuous gallantry in action against an enemy force that outnumbered his own by six to one.  Sergeant First Class Tomlin led several dismounted counterattacks against the enemy, at the risk of his own life and demonstrated leadership, personal courage, and selfless dedication.  His example of bravery under fire was the key component to turning a dire situation into a complete victory for the task force.


90168President George W. Bush embraces the mother of Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Sebban, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division, during the 82nd Abn. Div.’s review on May 22 at Fort Bragg, N.C. Barbara Walsh accepted the Silver Star on her son’s behalf. Sebban placed himself in a position of danger warning his fellow Paratroopers of an approaching vehicle borne explosive device. Although Sebban suffered life threatening injuries he provided medical care to his comrades until he succumbed to his injuries. His ultimate sacrifice is credited with saving the lives of more than 86 Paratroopers.

The President remarked:

…America is fortunate to have courageous men and women who volunteer to protect us during these dangerous times. We’ve seen that courage in the story of Sergeant First Class Benjamin Sebban of the 82nd Airborne. As a senior medic in his squadron, Ben made sacrifice a way of life. When younger medics were learning how to insert IVs, he would always offer up his own arm for practice. And when the time came, Ben did not hesitate to offer his fellow soldiers far more.

On March 17, 2007, in Diyala Province, Ben saw a truck filled with explosives racing toward his team of paratroopers. He ran out in the field to warn them, exposing himself to a blast. Ben received severe wounds — but this good medic never bothered to check his own injuries. Instead, he devoted his final moments on Earth to treating others. This morning, it was such a great honor to be able to present Ben’s mom the Silver Star…


90170President George W. Bush comforts the wife of Sgt. Charles Wyckoff, 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, during the 82nd Abn. Div’s review May 22 at Fort Bragg, N.C. Erika Wyckoff and their two children, of Fayetteville, N.C., accepted the Distinguished Service Cross on her husband’s behalf for his actions June 6, 2007, during Operation Enduring Freedom. While engaged in close combat, Wyckoff revealed his position fatally engaging two insurgents to save the lives of his platoon keeping with the finest traditions of military service.

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