A Kentucky National Guardsman will be awarded the Silver Star for saving the lives of fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. Captain Shannon Ison will receive the medal during a ceremony this weekend in Louisville.
Ison was a member of the 206th Engineer Battalion when he responded to a vehicle that had struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008. Ison pulled wounded soldiers from the vehicle while under attack by the enemy.
The Silver Star is the military's third highest honor for valor. A citation notes that without Ison's courageous acts, several lives would have been lost.