SSG Justin Grimm - Silver Star for 13 July 2008 Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan
SSG Clifton M Anderson, Jr - Bronze Star with V device for 23 June 2008 battle in Chowkay Valley, Afghanstan
SSG Michael J Lawrence - Bronze Star with V device for 23 June 2008 battle in Chowkay Valley, Afghanistan
SSG Zachari A Rushing - ARCOM with V device for his actions following a catastrophic IED strike in 2007 in Charbaran District, Afghanistan
"It's a great honor to get an award like this. But I'd say the greater honor was being able to be out there with Chosen Company. I think mainly I feel privileged to get this award on behalf of all the guys who fought out at Wanat." SSG Justin Grimm
"Great Day for The ROCK and EAGLE. MG Ferriter presented a Silver Star to SSG Grimm in front of his parents. SSG Anderson and SSG Lawrence received BSMVs - SSG Anderson's family was present - and SSG Rushing, an EAGLE (1-503) medic, received an ARCOMV the day after his daughter was born." COL William Ostlund, former Commander of 2-503 and current Deputy Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
From Ledger-Enquirer.com Please follow the link to watch a exceptional video interview with SSG Grimm
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009
Fort Benning Airborne soldier awarded Silver Star
Staff Sgt. Justin D. Grimm honored for action in 2008 Afghan battle
Staff Sgt. Justin D. Grimm was awarded the Silver Star — the nation’s third highest military decoration behind the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross — in a ceremony held Monday on Fort Benning.
Grimm earned the Silver Star for his actions during the July 13, 2008, battle of Wanat in Afghanistan while assigned to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vincenza, Italy.
Two of Grimm’s fellow staff sergeants each received a Bronze Star.
“To get an award is great,” Grimm said following the ceremony, “but a lot of these tough fights, anybody out there — everybody out there — deserves a valor award. It’s just certain members get recognized. So, I don’t know the best way to describe it. It’s humbling.”
On the morning of July 13, as Chosen Company was preparing to leave Afghanistan after a 15-month tour of duty, their vehicle patrol base was attacked by about 200 insurgents. The battle lasted for hours. In the end, more than 50 insurgents were killed and nine American lives were lost. Twenty seven more Americans were wounded in action.
Grimm was serving as a squad leader when the insurgents struck.
“He immediately ran forward in order to prevent the enemy from overrunning one of the outposts,” his award citation says. “He manned a Squad Automatic Weapon in order to suppress the enemy and bring relief to the beleaguered defenders, and on numerous occasions left his covered position to render first aid to wounded soldiers and help move them to safety. Despite the heavy volume of accurate enemy fire impacting all around his position and forcing him to take cover, he refused to abandon his post, detonating a mine and lobbing grenades into the enemy ranks, thwarting their advance and forcing them to retreat.”
Staff Sgt. Clifton M. Anderson Jr. and Staff Sgt. Michael J. Lawrence, also assigned to Chosen Company, each received a Bronze Star with “V” Device for their actions during a separate battle in the Chowkay Valley on June 23, 2008.
“I’ve got to give it to my soldiers, basically,” Lawrence said of his honor. “The soldiers that served with me while I was there and fought right alongside with me. They deserve it just as much as I do.”
An Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device was given to senior line medic Staff Sgt. Zachari A. Rushing for his actions following a catastrophic improvised explosive device strike in 2007 in Charbaran District, Afghanistan. Rushing was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment.
Grimm, Anderson, Lawrence and Rushing are all currently assigned to units on Fort Benning.