Legendary Valor

Legendary Valor

Distinguished Combat Controllers

These are Special Operations Warriors from Special Tactics Units of The United States Air Force Special Operations Command.

These are men of valor who have bravely distinguished themselves while representing the United States of America in conflicts around the globe.

Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Somalia (Africa), Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Laos, Cambodia and many other countries.  Where ever they are called, these men have been at the tip of the spear, leading the way.

Living Legacy

CCS-009Some stories of these men of valor were nearly lost to history and the passage of time.

Some of these warriors have so recently been selected for our nations highest awards for gallantry and valor, that the accompanying citations have not been released.

These are extraordinary men, living extraordinary lives, and they are the sons, fathers and brothers living in your neighborhood.  Read their stories.  Meet the men who lived them.


 

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  • TSgt Douglas Matthews

    TSgt Douglas Matthews

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global War...

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  • SrA Goodie Goodman

    SrA Goodie Goodman

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • TSgt Matthew Greiner

    TSgt Matthew Greiner

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • TSgt Ishmael Villegas

    TSgt Ishmael Villegas

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • TSgt Ishmael Villegas

    TSgt Ishmael Villegas

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ First Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Awarded...

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  • TSgt Matthew McKenna

    TSgt Matthew McKenna

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • SrA Dustin H Temple

    SrA Dustin H Temple

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE AIR FORCE CROSS _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the...

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  • SSgt Robert Gutierrez

    SSgt Robert Gutierrez

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE AIR FORCE CROSS _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the...

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  • TSgt John Chapman

    TSgt John Chapman

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE AIR FORCE CROSS _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the...

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  • SrA Zachary J Rhyner

    SrA Zachary J Rhyner

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE AIR FORCE CROSS _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the...

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  • Capt Barry F. Crawford

    Capt Barry F. Crawford

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE AIR FORCE CROSS _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the...

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  • SSgt Christopher Baradat

    SSgt Christopher Baradat

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR  _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • TSgt Delorean Sheridan

    TSgt Delorean Sheridan

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • SSgt Michael Blout

    SSgt Michael Blout

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • SSgt Sean Harvell

    SSgt Sean Harvell

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • Sgt Tappero, Charles

    Sgt Tappero, Charles

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • TSG Bradley Reilly

    TSG Bradley Reilly

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • Capt Kent Helber

    Capt Kent Helber

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • SSgt Sean Harvell

    SSgt Sean Harvell

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ First Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Awarded...

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  • Capt Blake Luttrell

    Capt Blake Luttrell

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR  _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • Sgt Kenneth Copeland

    Sgt Kenneth Copeland

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • TSgt Clint Campbell

    TSgt Clint Campbell

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during The War on...

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  • SSgt Donald East

    SSgt Donald East

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • SSgt Dale Young

    SSgt Dale Young

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • Capt Hayden Sears

    Capt Hayden Sears

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • Sgt David McCraken

    Sgt David McCraken

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • TSgt Andrew Martin

    TSgt Andrew Martin

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • Sgt James Lundie

    Sgt James Lundie

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • Maj Donald Strobaugh

    Maj Donald Strobaugh

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • SrA Mark A. Forester

    SrA Mark A. Forester

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • A2C Keith Fabian

    A2C Keith Fabian

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • Sgt. Jeffery W. Bray

    Sgt. Jeffery W. Bray

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________________ Sergeant Jeffery W. Bray Sergeant Jeffrey...

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  • TSgt Robert O’Connor

    TSgt Robert O’Connor

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • SSgt Billie Slayton

    SSgt Billie Slayton

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • TSgt William C Markham

    TSgt William C Markham

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • SSgt. Michael Stockdale

    SSgt. Michael Stockdale

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • TSgt Scott A. Innis

    TSgt Scott A. Innis

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • Sgt Cesar Urenda

    Sgt Cesar Urenda

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • SrA Adam Krueger

    SrA Adam Krueger

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • TSgt Mort Freedman

    TSgt Mort Freedman

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • SrA Caleb Heidelberg

    SrA Caleb Heidelberg

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • SSgt. Peter Holt

    SSgt. Peter Holt

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • SSgt. Joseph Lienhard

    SSgt. Joseph Lienhard

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Operation Enduring Freedom - South and...

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  • SSgt. Cecil Gilbreath

    SSgt. Cecil Gilbreath

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Operation Enduring Freedom - South and...

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  • SSgt James D. Burch

    SSgt James D. Burch

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • SSgt. Alan Yoshida

    SSgt. Alan Yoshida

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Operation Enduring Freedom - South and...

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  • MSgt Lewis Brabham

    MSgt Lewis Brabham

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • Capt Bob Schneidenbach

    Capt Bob Schneidenbach

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • Capt. Donald Howie

    Capt. Donald Howie

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • SSgt Guy Fagan

    SSgt Guy Fagan

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • Sgt. Rudolph Elizondo

    Sgt. Rudolph Elizondo

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia -...

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  • SSgt. Edwin Rhodes

    SSgt. Edwin Rhodes

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia -...

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  • TSgt. Tom Monley

    TSgt. Tom Monley

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia -...

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  • SrA Evan Jones

    SrA Evan Jones

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • SSgt. Andrew Kubik

    SSgt. Andrew Kubik

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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  • Sgt. John LeBold

    Sgt. John LeBold

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia...

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  • A1C Walter Smith

    A1C Walter Smith

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR _______________________________________________________ The Vietnam War - Southeast Asia -...

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  • SSgt Gabriel Brown

    SSgt Gabriel Brown

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR  _______________________________________________________ Awarded for actions during the Global...

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