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4th Infantry, 4th Infantry Regiment, Warrior Battalion 1/4, INF 2/4 INF, 3/4 INF,

Silver Star

 

Timothy Kendall Gilboe

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Timothy Kendall Gilboe, United States Army, for exceptionally valorous service to the United States as a Team Leader, Task Force WARRIOR, Afghanistan, on 28 April 2011, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Sergeant Gilboe's bravery and courage under fire reflect distinct credit upon himself, the combined Joint Task Forces - Afghanistan, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Sergeant Timothy Kendall Gilboe distinguished himself by conspicuous bravery in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy while serving with Apache Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 28 April 2011, in Jaghato District, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. On 28 April 2011, Sergeant Gilboe and his squad maneuvered to conduct battle damage assessment near the village of Awatala, Afghanistan, after wounding two insurgents. As the squad passed several qulats, two other insurgents burst from behind the qulat wall, less than 30 meters away, and fired roughly sixty rounds at the squad, mortally wounding the squad leader Matthew Daniel Hermanson, severely wounding the platoon leader, and igniting the rucksack of the assistant machine-gunner, Private First Class Scott Anderson. The remaining squad member returned fire, driving the enemy back into the qulat. After initially suppressing the insurgents, Sergeant Gilboe quickly moved to extinguish Anderson's flaming assault pack which was full of ammunition. While Sergeant Gilboe smothered the flames, two insurgents returned and rushed towards Sergeant Gilboe and Private Anderson. A fellow team member, (Air Force JTAC Staff Sergeant Andrew Lyle Corean) on the other side of the qulat shot one of the insurgents, and Sergeant Gilboe spun around to see the other insurgent closing within ten meters. Without regard for his personal safety and with no time to reposition his machine gun, Sergeant Gilboe, unarmed, charged the insurgent. Demonstrating incredible bravery and quick thinking, Sergeant Gilboe grabbed the insurgent's AK-47 barrel and forced the muzzle to his chest plate as the insurgent fired a burst into Sergeant Gilboe's body armor, spraying shrapnel into Sergeant Gilboe's legs and knocking the wind out of him. Sergeant Gilboe, temporarily unable to breathe, grappled the insurgent, removing his weapon and fighting hand-to-hand for a position of advantage. Sergeant Gilboe struck a stunning blow to the insurgent's face, creating enough space for Private First Class Anderson to kill the insurgent. With his squad leader and platoon leader severely wounded, and suffering wounds himself, Sergeant Gilboe immediately took charge of the remaining squad members, clearing the rest of the qulat of any more insurgents. Despite his own injuries and severe pain from internal bruising, Sergeant Gilboe established security with his team and rendered first aid to the casualties until the trail squad medic could prepare them for medical evacuation. Sergeant Gilboe then assisted in carrying his fellow Soldiers to the medical evacuation helicopter before allowing himself to be treated and evacuated. Sergeant Gilboe's actions throughout the entire engagement demonstrated exemplary bravery and leadership under extreme pressure. Faced with almost certain death at close range, he aggressively charged the enemy and won the fight. Sergeant Gilboe directly risked his life to protect his fellow Soldiers. His actions saved the lives of at least two Soldiers and resulted in the death of two insurgent fighters, one of whom was a High Value Target. His valorous actions under intense enemy fire are the epitome of personal courage, dedication to duty, and commitment to his fellow Soldiers.

Action Date: April 28, 2011
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant
Company: Company A
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade
Division: 10th Mountain Division

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M. Joshua Laughery

(Citation and/or Narrative Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Laughery demonstrated his bravery and courage on Sept. 12, 2011, toward the end of his tour. His platoon, the battalion's Counter Improvised Explosive Device Platoon, came under fire while conducting a battle damage assessment during a patrol in Mashin Kala Village in Wardak Province. While under fire, the platoon cornered insurgent forces in an underground cellar complex consisting of several rooms. The platoon used smoke and fragmentation grenades to neutralize the enemy. The Soldiers entered the cellar opening to clear the rooms when an insurgent sprinted from the cellar and headed straight for the Soldiers, firing an AK-47 assault rifle at close range. The insurgent collided with the platoon sergeant and deployed a grenade in an attempted suicide attack. The grenade detonated at close range to the platoon sergeant and senior team leader, wounding them and causing life-threatening injuries to the section sergeant and platoon medic. Laughery, then a corporal, recognized that most of his platoon leadership was injured: His platoon leader, platoon sergeant, section sergeant, senior team leader and medic. Without orders, Laughery coordinated a casualty evacuation and asked for additional security from the company's quick reaction force. Laughery ran from his truck to establish a casualty collection point, cleared a qualat (an Afghan building) above the cellar to ensure security was established and allow for treatment of his fellow Soldiers. But he didn't stop there. He then grabbed a fellow Soldier and led the team into the dark cellar, in the direction of enemy fire, where he fought in a confined and dangerous environment, engaging and killing an insurgent three feet away. Laughery directed a Soldier to use an incendiary grenade in the cellar. After the effects of the grenade subsided, Laughery again entered the cellar, with extreme disregard for his own life. He and his team engaged another insurgent while receiving automatic fire from less than 20 feet away. Finally the team killed the remaining insurgents and Laughery conducted evacuation of the wounded troops to Combat Outpost Sultan Kheyl, under threat of an identified enemy rocket propelled grenade team. Laughery's platoon sergeant recalled that it was moving to watch a young corporal go from being a senior gunner, to a platoon sergeant, to a platoon leader in an instant, executing his job flawlessly.
The Soldiers later learned that the insurgents they just killed were responsible for an rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, attack that killed one of their fellow Soldiers earlier in the deployment.

Action Date: Sept. 12, 2011

Service: Army

Rank: CPL

Company: Company D

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Regiment: 4th Infantry Regiment

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Matthew J. Ritenour

(Citation and/or Narrative Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Staff Sergeant Matthew J. Ritenour, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving the 2d Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 4 September 2007, in Afghanistan. On that date Staff Sergeant Ritenour and his unit fought against 180 Taliban fighters who attacked Forward Operating Base (FOB) BAYLOUGH, in southern Afghanistan. Although he was shot in the head and partially paralyzed during the battle, Staff Sergeant Ritenour fought on, encouraging nearby soldiers and using a radio to call in mortar fire on the enemy. Staff Sergeant Ritenour's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Action Date: September 4, 2007
Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Company: Company A
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 4th Infantry Regiment

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Conrad C. Burk

By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Corporal Conrad C. Burk (ASN: 2337887), United States Army, is cited (Posthumously) by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Corporal Burk distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving with Company A, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action at Le Charmel, France, 26 July 1918, in reorganizing scattered detachments under heavy artillery and machine gun fire.

Action Date: July 26, 1918

Service: Army
Rank: Corporal
Company: Company A
Regiment: 4th Infantry Regiment
Division: 3d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

John Daniel O'Reilly

Date of death: March 8, 1957

John O'Reilly graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1933. He retired as a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel.

Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) John Daniel O'Reilly, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, at Attu, Alaska, in 1943.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1943

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 4th Infantry Regiment

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