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Alex DeSeta


Soldier's Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant Alex DeSeta, United States Army, was awarded the Soldier's Medal for heroism involving voluntary risk of life at Forward Operating Base Kala Gush, Afghanistan, on 3 May 2010. On that date, Lieutenant DeSeta rushed to a helicopter that crashed while landing at his Forward Operating Base. Arriving only thirty-five seconds after impact, he assessed the scene while running toward the still moving wreckage and saw that the helicopter had rolled onto one side, was leaking fuel and ammunition and high explosive mortar rounds from the helicopter's cargo were strewn across the crash area. The engines were still running and the rotorhead with ragged broken rotor blades was still turning violently causing the wreckage to shake. With complete disregard for his own safety, Lieutenant DeSeta, assisted by others, removed the three trapped crewmen of the helicopter and evacuated them to safety.

Action Date: May 3, 2010

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant