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Stephen Trujillo

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Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Invasion of Grenada

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Stephen Trujillo, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company A, 2d Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment, conducting combat operations on the Island of Grenada in support of Operation URGENT FURY, near Calivigny Camp on 27 October 1983. Sergeant Trujillo was in the first sortie of four helicopters engaged in an air assault on the Calivigny Compound which was held by hostile Cuban forces. Upon landing in the compound under intense enemy fire, Sergeant Trujillo assumed his defensive position and witnessed the other three helicopters losing control and crashing into one another. He immediately ran 25 meters across open terrain to the aircraft, thus exposing himself to intensive enemy fire, flying shrapnel, and the possible explosion of the burning aircraft. He also directed the actions of two other medics and established medical priorities for the treatment of the injured. With only the lives of his fallen comrades in mind and while still in the open and exposed to automatic weapons and small arms fire, he began administering first aid to the critically wounded. Upon the arrival of the battalion physician's assistant, he returned to the crashed aircraft several times, removing the wounded soldiers and carrying them across open terrain to a safer location where he could administer medical aid. Sergeant Trujillo's gallant and courageous actions directly resulted in the saving of at least one life. His heroic efforts, at the risk of his own life, were in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the United States of America.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 10 (April 20, 1984)

Action Date: 27-Oct-83

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company A

Battalion: 2d Battalion (Ranger)

Regiment: 75th Ranger Regiment