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Benning soldiers to receive Silver Stars today

Two Fort Benning soldiers will be presented Silver Stars and another will be awarded a Bronze Star in a ceremony to be held this morning on post.

Capt. Matthew R. Myer and Spc. Michael T. Denton will receive Silver Stars while Sgt. 1st Class David L. Dwzik will be given a Bronze Star with “V” device for their gallantry in action during the Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13, 2008. The ceremony will be held at the Airborne Walk on Eubanks Field.

At a separate ceremony held Sunday at Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., the family of Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers was presented a Silver Star for his actions during the Battle of Wanat. Ayers' honor was presented posthumously.

Myer, Denton and Dwzik were members of Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team during the Battle of Wanat. Nine soldiers from their company were killed in action that day and 27 more were wounded.

During Chosen Company’s 15-month deployment to the Kunar and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan, 16 of their soldiers were killed in action and 50 were wounded.

Prior to the ceremony, Denton will be promoted to sergeant.

The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States and is presented to servicemembers who distinguish themselves by extraordinary heroism. It is the third highest award presented for valor.

The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team is based in Vicenza, Italy.

Please read tomorrow's Ledger-Enquirer or visit www.ledger-enquirer.com for the full story and pictures from today's ceremony.

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