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David R. Halbruner


Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Master Sergeant David R. Halbruner, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action from 11 September 2012 to 12 September 2012, as a Team Leader for a Joint Task Force in support of an overseas contingency operation (at Benghazi, Libya). Without regard for his own safety, Master Sergeant Halbruner's valorous actions, dedication to duty and willingness to place himself in harm's way for the protection of others was critical to the success of saving numerous United States Civilian lives. Throughout the operation, Master Sergeant Halbruner continually exposed himself to fire as he shepherded unarmed civilians to safety and treated the critically wounded. His calm demeanor, professionalism and courage was an inspiration to all and contributed directly to the success of the mission. Master Sergeant Halbruner's distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his Command and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 73 (October 22, 2013)

Action Date: September 11 - 12, 2012

Service: Army

Rank: Master Sergeant