A 22-year-old soldier stationed previously at Schofield Barracks has been appointed a Silver Star. The award is in recognition of his bravery in leading troops during an enemy attack in Afghanistan. The soldier was knocked unconscious during the confrontation, but was able to recover and repel the enemy attack.
Sgt. Michael Moynihan of Shelbyville, Tenn., was assigned to the second battalion 27th infantry "Wolfhounds." He was given the medal at Combat Outpost Monti in Kunar province. The award is the third highest honor for combat valor. It was presented to him by Maj. Gen Daniel Allyn, who oversees Regional Command East.
The combat took place in early October 2011 in an operation to secure an area near the Pakistani border to pave a road. The battle was near Observation Post Shal on a mountaintop. Moynihan led the northern flank of soldiers when they came under fire.
Moynihan was reported to have exposed himself to enemy fire repeatedly in order to protect other soldiers and lead a counterattack.
Moynihan is part of the Third Brigade Combat Team of around 3,500 Schofield troops on a yearlong deployment in eastern Afghanistan. Seventeen Third Brigade soldiers were killed in 2011 in the deployment.