WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu April 12, 2012
Ft. Campbell Sergeant Receives Second Highest Military Honor
A Fort Campbell soldier credited with saving the lives of two fellow soldiers during an attack in Afghanistan while wounded has been presented with the nation's second highest military honor. Sgt. Felipe Pereira of the 101st Airborne Division was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, during a ceremony Thursday at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.
According to the citation, Pereira, a 28-year-old Army soldier from Brazil, suffered shrapnel wounds to his spleen, lung and liver when his unit was attacked in November 2010 in Kandahar province, but he refused medical treatment and helped to evacuate two other wounded soldiers.