Soldier presented silver star: hall of heroes.

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A 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldier from the 4th Infantry Division was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom at a ceremony last May 5.

Sgt. Joshua Szott, a native of Sacramento, Calif., was awarded the Army's fourth highest award by Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman. commanding general of the 4th Inf. Div., for exceptional courage and conspicuous gallantry while serving as a scout in the 1st Brigade Combat Team Reconnaissance Troop during combat Team action in Tikrit, Iraq, Sept. 18. 2003. "Sgt. Szott is an example of what the Army has stood for the last 229 years," said Thurman. "He is a quality Soldier, who has a great future in the Army."

Szott currently serves as a fire support noncommissioned officer with Troop C, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry. He joined the Army at 17 as a forward observer and has been assigned to Fort Hood since December 2000. He deployed to Iraq in support of OIF with Troop G. 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Inf. Div. in March 2003.

In heavy fighting during an enemy ambush. Szott helped carry four wounded comrades to safety even though he was shot in the left leg and took shrapnel in his right leg during the fight. He also forced the retreat of more...

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