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Ranger’s heroic actions saved dozens, led to Silver Star medal | Army Times
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Ranger’s heroic actions saved dozens, led to Silver Star medal | Army Times

Army Staff Sgt. Michael Young was in the middle of his fifth combat deployment to Afghanistan last year when he and his fellow Rangers found themselves in an “terrifyingly chaotic” firefight from the moment they hit the ground that would last for hours.

They were working alongside their Afghan counterparts on a nighttime raid after a high- value target, Young said.

What Young, a squad leader in C Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, did next would save the lives of 22 Rangers and result in his being awarded the Silver Star medal on Friday at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The 28-year-old Savannah, Georgia native was no stranger to the Ranger community growing up near the home of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.