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Ceremony recognizes 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment


A ceremony took place Friday morning to recognize Rangers from the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, one of the nation's top ranking soldiers, led the ceremony.

Sgt. Craig Warfle received the Distinguished Service Cross Award, the Army's second highest honor. The sergeant and his unit attacked a Taliban ambush squad and several Taliban leaders in Afghanistan. They came under fire and Warfle was shot in the shoulder. He continued the attack anyway and defended his fellow Rangers, killing at least 16 Taliban fighters.

Plenty of other honors were given out, including three Silver Star Awards, three Bronze Stars with Valor, nine Joint Service Commendations, three Army Commendations and 12 Purple Hearts.

Silver Star Award winner Sgt. Michael Ross not only fought but protected a mortally wounded Ranger.

"You do not really have much time to think. You have to act. That is all we can do. The best thing about being here is you know that anyone in this formation that was behind us earlier would have done the same thing. It is just being in that situation. Any Ranger out here is deserving of any of these awards," said Ross.

They also unveiled a Presidential Unit Citation for heroism, combat achievement and more for missions in Afghanistan. WTOC's Sonny Dixon was the master of ceremonies.

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