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Dwayne Turner


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation and/or Narrative Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Private Dwayne Turner, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Combat Medic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM near Baghdad, Iraq. Private Turner provided life-saving medical care to 16 fellow soldiers on 13 April 2003 when his unit came under a grenade and small-arms attack 30 miles south of Baghdad. Private Turner and two other medics from Company A of that battalion were part of a work detail that came under attack as they unloaded supplies in a makeshift operations center. When a grenade was thrown over the wall by insurgents, the blast threw Private Turner into the vehicle, and wounded him with shrapnel. Ignoring his own injuries, Private Turner ran to the front of his vehicle and observed a soldier with eye injuries. He evacuated his comrade to a more sheltered position and with the other two medics established a triage system under the cover of a building. Private Turner then ran back outside to bring more soldiers into the makeshift clinic. In addition to the shrapnel wounds in both legs suffered in the initial attack, Private Turner was shot at least twice including one bullet wound that broke his right arm and another in his left leg while giving first aid to the soldiers. Nevertheless, he continued to give first aid and to bring soldiers in from the barrage of gunfire outside the compound until he finally collapsed against a wall from loss of blood. Private Turner's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Action Date: April 13, 2004

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Medical Aidman

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 502d Infantry Regiment

Division: 101st Airborne Division