2 Hawaii-based soldiers receive Silver Star medals

HONOLULU (AP) -- Two Hawaii-based soldiers have been awarded the military's third-highest combat award.

Spc. Craig Middleton, of Sevierville, Tenn., and Spc. Jeffrey Conn, of Plano, Texas, received Silver Star medals Monday at Schofield Barracks in Central Oahu.

The Army says they displayed bravery and heroism in combat operations during the 3rd Brigade Combat Team's deployment to Afghanistan.

Conn is a medic with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, "The Wolfhounds." He's credited with repeatedly risking his life over nine days to treat casualties, resupply ammunition and defend his patrol base.

Middleton, a gunner with A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th United States Cavalry, International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan. The Army says he displayed gallantry by firing back during a reconnaissance mission in between applying tourniquets to the wounded, despite his own wounds.

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