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Private Robert K. Debolt III Class of 2013

Silver Star Medal

United States Army

Silver Star Medal

For gallantry in action on 4 September 2008, while serving as an Infantry Rifleman assigned to C Company, 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry Regiment, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After his vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device and became engulfed in flames, Private Debolt extracted himself and extinguished the flames covering more than half of his body. Realizing that his teammates were still trapped inside the burning wreckage, and ignoring his own extensive wounds and the continued enemy small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenade fire directed at his vehicle, he helped to pull his teammates from the vehicle to safety while extinguishing their burning clothing. Private Debolt fought through his own blinding pain, refusing to leave his teammates until he himself was nearly incapacitated from his own wounds and shock. His actions at the start of a concerted enemy ambush helped save the life of one of his fellow Soldiers while helping to prevent serious injury to another. Private Debolt's courage under fire is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, Task Force Ramrod, the Combined Joint Task Force-101, and the United States Army.


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