12 April 2012

Sgt. Felipe Pereira awarded Distinguished Service Cross

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno presents Sgt. Felipe Pereira with a Distinguished Service Cross on Fort Campbell, Ky., April 12, 2012. Pereira, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, received the award for his actions in Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2010. Pereira is the 165th Screaming Eagle Soldier to receive the award, which is second highest only to the Medal of Honor. Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

Very nice personal interview with Sgt. Pereira here at TIME which is well worth watching.

From Army News Service via Blackfive:

While suffering from a partially collapsed lung due to shrapnel wounds, Pereira rescued other injured Soldiers caught in an ambush in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2010.

Pereira is a dual citizen of Brazil and the United States. He will become the first 101st Airborne Division Soldier since Vietnam to receive the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest award for valor. He is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment (Strike), 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Div.

Pereira's citation reads: "His dedication and commitment to duty undoubtedly saved the lives of two of his fellow Soldiers, while his leadership and distinguished service were instrumental to his unit's successful response to a lethal attack."

Read the rest of the Army News Service article as well as Sgt. Pereira's citation at Blackfive.

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