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Families receive posthumous awards on behalf of soldiers killed in 2017 Niger ambush | Stars and Stripes

Families receive posthumous awards on behalf of soldiers killed in 2017 Niger ambush | Stars and Stripes

The Silver Star medal was presented Wednesday to the mother and father of Green Beret Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, who gave his life to protect his comrades while outgunned and under fire during an October 2017 ambush in Niger.

Showing “total disregard for his personal safety or life,” the 29-year-old crossed open terrain under intense enemy fire to protect and recover two fallen comrades, “eliminating several enemy fighters before succumbing to his wounds,” the medal citation states. His actions saved lives, it says.

“His courage and dedication to his team were unmatched,” said Capt. Rick Dickson, a spokesman for 3rd Special Forces Group, reading the citation in a public ceremony at a community center in Santa Claus, Ga., Wright’s hometown about 80 miles west of Savannah’s Hunter Army Airfield.

Source: Families receive posthumous awards on behalf of soldiers killed in 2017 Niger ambush | Stars and Stripes

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