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On March 27, the Silver Star — the third highest award for valor after the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross — was awarded to eight soldiers from 3rd Special Forces Group for their heroic actions in Afghanistan.

According to Army Times, the awards were presented by Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland, commander of Army Special Operations Command.

Silver Stars weren’t the only awards given out yesterday. As Army Times reports, soldiers also received 27 Bronze Star Medals with “V” device, 36 Army Commendation Medals with “V” device and 32 Purple Hearts. A majority of the soldiers were honored for their brave and heroic actions during the group’s last two battalion rotations.

The eight soldiers honored with the Silver Star are: Staff Sgt. Robert Ashwell, Sgt. 1st Class David Blish, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Brown and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Myers, Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Drew, Warrant Officer Robert Hinsley, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lavery, and Master Sgt. Charles Ritter.

Read more: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140327/NEWS/303270061/Special-Forces-soldiers-honored-valor-Afghanistan

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