story by: Michelle Tan
photo courtesy of: Staff Sgt. Luke Graziani, US ARMY
For three days, the enemy relentlessly attacked Observation Post Shal in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
And for three days, Cpl. Michael A. Moynihan led his fellow soldiers in a fierce defense of their OP, directing attacks and providing covering fire even though it exposed him to the intense enemy barrage. A mortar hit his position and knocked him unconscious; after he came to, Moynihan continued to lead the fight.
For his actions Oct. 11-13, Moynihan was awarded the Silver Star, the third-highest award for valor.
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