More than 10 years after earning a Silver Star for taking down an insurgent in a suicide vest while deployed to Iraq, retired Sgt. Daniel Cowart is getting an upgrade.
On March 20, he’s going back to Fort Hood, Texas, where he’ll receive the military’s second highest valor award ― the Distinguished Service Cross ― for the heroic act that cost him part of his leg and led to his early retirement from the Army, according to a Tuesday release from the 1st Cavalry Division.
“Due to his ability to discern the threat to his comrades and his utter disregard for his own safety, Sgt. Cowart was able to prevent further injury to his fellow soldiers and nearby civilians,” according to his citation.
Cowart was a gunner in D Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment on May 13, 2007, when his platoon was conducting a checkpoint on a supply route near Samarra, Iraq.