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  • Staff Sgt. Ysmael Villegas was a squad leader during the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines when his men were pinned down by heavy enemy machinegun fire. He charged five enemy positions and nullified their threat before being mortally wounded on his way to a sixth. His bravery galvanized his men who eventually won the day's battle. Villegas was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

    This Month in History: March 20, 1945 — Charging foxholes on the Villa Verde Trail

    Staff Sgt. Ysmael Villegas was a squad leader during the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines when his men were pinned down by heavy enemy machinegun fire. He charged five enemy positions and nullified their threat before being mortally wounded on his way to a sixth. His bravery galvanized his men who eventually won the day’s battle. Villegas was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

  • When Sgt. Charles W. Ray and his detachment came upon 200 Filipino insurgents dismantling a key bridge during the Philippine-American War while on a reconnaissance mission, Ray didn't hesitate. Despite having a significantly smaller force, Ray and his men sprinted toward the bridge and held it for more than an hour while being fired upon. Ray's gallantry helped secure the crossing over the Pampanga River en route to the main unit's objective and earned him the nation's highest honor.

    This Month in NCO History: Oct. 19, 1899 — Taking the bridge near San Isidro

    When Sgt. Charles W. Ray and his detachment came upon 200 Filipino insurgents dismantling a key bridge during the Philippine-American War while on a reconnaissance mission, Ray didn’t hesitate. Despite having a significantly smaller force, Ray and his men sprinted toward the bridge and held it for more than an hour while being fired upon. Ray’s gallantry helped secure the crossing over the Pampanga River en route to the main unit’s objective and earned him the nation’s highest honor.

  • Then-Spc. Christopher B. Waiters, a combat medic, had just finished a long overnight clearance mission with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, in Baqubah, Iraq. He and his team had been out since 10 p.m., so about 8 a.m. the next morning, April 5, 2007, Waiters laid down to get some sleep.

    By Example: Combat medic braved enemy bullets, flames to save Soldiers

    Then-Spc. Christopher B. Waiters, a combat medic, had just finished a long overnight clearance mission with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, in Baqubah, Iraq. He and his team had been out since 10 p.m., so about 8 a.m. the next morning, April 5, 2007, Waiters laid down to get some sleep.

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