Among the soldiers honored for their valor during an ambush in Afghanistan two years ago is Staff Sgt. Michael P. Pate, a former paramedic, who received a Silver Star Medal. Capt. Jacob Allen earned the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Sgt. 1st Class Kevin L. Hargrove, 31, of Mount Holly, N.J., and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin W. Oakes, 36, of Bad Hersfeld, Germany, received an Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device.
Additionally, Staff Sgt. Philip A. Aubrey, Sgt. 1st Class Donovan S. Johnson and 1st Sgt. Jamie T. Mullinax each received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, respectively.
The soldiers were part of a Nov. 1, 2012 civil reconnaissance patrol that was ambushed east of the village of Sardar Kala, Afghanistan.