East Texan awarded the Silver Star

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted By Molly Reuter - bio | email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV ) - An East Texas soldier and veteran of Afghanistan receives one of the nations highest honors for bravery under fire.  Outnumbered and under ambush, East Texas soldier Aaron Davis, of Kilgore distinguished himself with a selfless act of bravery under fire.

At Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, family, friends, fellow soldiers and even hall-of-fame quarterback Roger Staubach were on hand as Davis was decorated for bravery in action.

"To me, everybody in my unit was extraordinary soldiers, and we survived extraordinary combat situations, and we just went out and took care of business," said Davis.  It was last July, in northeast Afghanistan, Davis' unit was ambushed in what turned out to be savage close quarter combat.

"We were surrounded by 200 something militant fighters," said Davis.  "We took nine casualties, 27 wounded," said Davis.  Davis saved the lives of three fellow soldiers, then while wounded himself, kept firing.

"I decided right there either I was walking off that battlefield, or they were putting me in a body bag," said Davis.  "I couldn't leave my guys.  I couldn't leave my boys."  It earned him the purple heart, and the silver star.  Davis says his bravery was inspired by his fellow soldiers.

"The people around me were made of stone," said Davis.  "They weren't going to break."  Davis was wounded twice in Afghanistan, suffering damage to his right eye.  He's scheduled to be promoted to sergeant and will be stationed at fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.