Platoon Leader awarded Silver Star

1st Infantry Division News

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SCUNION, BA’QUBAH, Iraq — After leading his platoon through a fierce onslaught, enemy fire pounding them from every direction, 1st Lt. Neil Prakash went back in for more.
First Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste joined Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment at FOB Scunion Jan. 14 to award this 24-year-old tank platoon leader one of the military’s highest honors – the Silver Star Medal.
“An incredible officer, his accomplishments on 24 June are clearly heroic,” said Batiste. “He sets a very high standard for every one of us. I guarantee veterans of the past are standing very tall right now.”

Oh, and he’s a blogger! His citation is amazing, and he’s just what makes America great (the article explains that).

via InstaPundit


  1. So, are we going to see him at the State of the Union in the gallery?

  2. Wow! Amazing story and display of courage. Always love to read about our genuine heros .
    God Bless,

  3. autolycos says:

    Hey, I helped those guys qualify before they went overseas… the world gets smaller everyday.