First Lieutenant Michael John McCarty
First Lieutenant McCarty of Bald Knob, U.S. Army, Iraq, awards include the Silver Star medal for gallantry in action, the Bronze Star medal for valor, the Bronze Star medal for exceptionally meritorious combat achievement, and the Purple Heart medal.
On 29 July 2005 First Lieutenant Michael J. Mccarty was awarded the Silver Star for actions in Iraq on 20 November 2004. The citation for that award reads as follows:
For gallantry in action against an armed enemy on 20 November 2004, while service as a Platoon Leader for 3rd Platoon, Company C, 3d Battalion, 153d Infantry. During an attack by a numerically superior force against the Adhamiyahh Iraqi Police Station. First Lieutenant McCarty showed indomitable courage and aggressive leadership, Directing his platoon of twenty-six soldiers and facing rocket propelled grenades, medium machine guns, and small arms fire. First Lieutenant McCarty repeatedly demonstrated a great warrior spirt and complete disregard for his own personal safety, by continually uncovering him self in order to acquire targets and direct fire at one point charging and destroying an enemy machine gun team without support. His actions were responsible for saving American lives, destroying enemy forces, and preventing the capture of an Iraqi Police Station. First Lieutenant McCarty's heroic performance is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, the 39th Brigade Combat Team, the 1st Cavalry division, and the United States Army.
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