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Canada honors Fort Bragg soldiers for assist

Posted May 23, 2012

— A Fort Bragg battalion was honored Wednesday by the Canadian government in a first-ever international ceremony. Lt. Gen. Stuart Beare, commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, will present  the Canadian Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group for its role in a September 2006 battle in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province. It is the first time the award has been given to a non-Canadian unit.

"Canada and the United States have a long and distinguished history working together in battlefields far and abroad fighting terrorism and tyranny," Beare said in remarks Wednesday.

Members of the battalion assisted Canadian forces in an attack on an insurgent stronghold in the district of Panjwai, west of Kandahar.

Green Berets Bragg troops get Canadian honor

The Fort Bragg Special Forces stared down a much larger enemy force over days of intense fighting to protect Canadian soldiers and hold their position.

"There was nothing but fire and smoke and bombs being dropped all over the place," recalled Canadian Lt. Col. Mel Smith.

The battle, code named Operation Medusa, is chronicled in the book "Lions of Kandahar." Over nine days, the group killed more than 500 enemy fighters, a success that paved the way for Afghan Security Forces to establish a presence in the area.

Commanders say the operation saved two villages from the Taliban and prevented the fall of Kandahar.

"You have served your nation, and you have served each other heroically. Thank you, thank you, thank you," Beare said.


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  • cal008 May 24, 2012

    Very encouraging to see Canada recognize my fellow SF brothers. Well done!
    De Oppresso Liber

  • twrexman May 23, 2012

    Works both ways boys..



  • SmokeWagon May 23, 2012

    Some great, patriotic, American heroes being recognized for their courage.....fantastic.....!!!!

  • CarolinaTim May 23, 2012

    Thanks to your husband and to you for the service and sacrifice.
    Disabled Veteran, thank you too.
    Hope I didn't leave anyone out.
    I'm in Kandahar now working on the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) program. Much respect for those serving.

  • calano3324 May 23, 2012

    I am not able to play the video....well it plays and stops right as she says Afghanistan. My husband is one of them getting the award and would really like to watch since I could not attend. Please fix :-) Ive tried on both Firefox and Safari

  • carolyn1205 May 23, 2012

    It was a great ceremony. Very proud of these men. If you want to know more about these heros and this battle; read the book LIONS of KANDAHAR by MAJ Rusty Bradley. It is a great story that all American should know about and what is done on our behalf everyday!

  • Bill of Rights May 23, 2012

    Proud of my homeland too, leafan. And maybe someday we'll win the Stanley Cup. :-)

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  • leafan May 23, 2012

    Proud of my homeland today for this!! :) Proud of all soldiers that serve too!

  • OpenM1nd May 23, 2012

    That's more gratitude and respect than what we've received from any of the countries in which we have fought in their defense. I truly appreciate what the Canadians have done as well as the honor that they have bestowed upon our troops. Thanks to all!