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Cody R. Becker


Soldier's Medal

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Soldier's Medal to Private First Class Cody R. Becker, United States Army, for heroism at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy, while a member on Battery B, 3d Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, on 25 February 2008, while riding in a convoy en route to Fort Carson, Colorado. After his M992 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle lost control and began to rollover, Private First Class Becker noticed that a fellow Soldier was trapped in the hatch above the crew compartment. Acting with complete disregard for his own safety, he leapt from his seat to pull the Soldier back into the vehicle, freeing him from the hatch with only moments to spare. Both Soldiers suffered devastating injuries as a result of the vehicle rollover, however Private First Class Becker continued to put the welfare of his teammates above his own until it was his turn to be medically evacuated. His truly inspirational self-sacrifice on that day undoubtedly saved the life of his fellow Soldier. Private First Class Becker's courageous actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, and the United States Army.

Action Date: 25-Feb-08

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Battery B

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 16th Field Artillery Regiment