Act of valor earns Fort Bliss soldier Silver Star

Act of valor earns Fort Bliss soldier Silver Star
Fort Bliss

POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 11:53pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 11:55pm

A Fort Bliss soldier was awarded the military's third highest honor Thursday, after his actions helped save lives during a deadly roadside bomb attack last May.

The presentation was performed during Fort Bliss' Veterans Day Ceremony, held at Memorial Circle.

As NewsChannel 9 has reported, PFC Cody James Towse, SPC Mitchell Kirk Daehling SPC William Joseph Gilbert, and SFC Jeffrey Baker from Fort Stewart, died May 14 after a series of improvised explosive devices detonated in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Sean Lander, the Silver Star recipient, was also in that attack. He suffered several concussions from the blasts, yet still managed to get three fellow wounded soldiers to safety.

"I'm honored to receive this award, but it came at a great cost," said Landers, of Fort Worth.

Major General Sean MacFarland presented the award, which he said is the highest honor he has ever given to a soldier.

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