SGT Matthew Schilling
December 10, 2008
By U.S. Army
Sergeant Matthew Schilling and his patrol were on a reconnaissance operation when their platoon leader was wounded. Surrounded and outnumbered by insurgents, Schilling directed his comrades to set up a perimeter and return fire until the rescue choppers arrived. When they did arrive, he evacuated the wounded and led the rest of his unit to safety. His exceptional act of leadership earned SGT Schilling not only one of our Nation's highest honors, the Silver Star, but also the title of "hero" from his platoon leader.
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