FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) - Sgt. Zachary Swelfer's demeanor was calm
and his reaction was modest when he was awarded the Silver Star at
Swelfer, a member of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, received
the award for his bravery and quick response in the line of fire
during a tour of duty in Afghanistan that ended earlier this year.
The ceremony at the central Kentucky Army post last week was
lined with soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry
Division, often called the Duke Brigade or "Big Red One," to
celebrate the occasion.
Swelfer, 27, of Merrillville, Ind., also was joined by members
of his family, who expressed pride in his actions, but little
Swelfer's father, Edward, said his son was raised to help
others, but he never expected him to receive the Silver Star, which
is the third-highest military award set aside for heroism in the
midst of mortal danger.
Brig. Gen. Ricky Gibbs, deputy commanding general for Maneuver
of the 1st Infantry Division, said the willingness of Swelfer to
disregard his own welfare to save others has set a standard for all
soldiers within the Duke Brigade.
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