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Ft. Bragg soldier to posthumously receive Silver Star

Posted April 30, 2014

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— The Silver Star Medal will be posthumously awarded to Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo Young, 34, of Rosston, Ark., for his actions on Aug. 28, 2013 in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army announced Thursday.

Sgt. Young's platoon from the 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat/Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade, was conducting a route clearance mission in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan when they encountered a group of Afghan National Security Forces who were severely wounded during an ambush.

"Young took charge of the situation and led a team of soldiers that successfully treated eight casualties and successfully evacuated them from the battlefield," the military said in a statement.

Once the casualties were evacuated, Young's patrol received enemy fire, which stopped after a 30 minute fire fight.

Young then led a seven-man team to confirm there were no other enemy fighters, but they were encountered by more enemy fighters hiding in small caves.

With two of Young's patrol members trapped by enemy fire, Young exposed himself to enemy fire so to free his soldiers. He did not survive.

"His bravery and tenacity spared the lives of the 34 soldiers on patrol with him that day as well as the eight Afghans to whom he rendered aid," the military said.

Young's family will receive his honor during a ceremony at Smith Lake on Friday.

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  • Union Cavalry May 1, 2014

    Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo Young--we pay you honor today for your service and sacrifice.
    People--look at his photo to see what a real hero looks like.
    US Army Vietnam Veteran