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Ft. Jackson Staff Sgt. receives Silver Star

By Hannah Horne - bio | email

FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) - It was a very special day for a Fort Jackson soldier as two honors were bestowed upon him.

Staff Sgt. Sean Samaroo received the Silver Star Medal -- the military's third highest honor -- and helped open the post's newest training area.

Staff Sgt. Samaroo was being honored for a July 2008 incident at the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan. He remembers it well.

"They were high -- mountain high. That's where threats come from and from all directions," said Staff Sgt. Samaroo.

The Taliban moved into the village of Wanat, and in Samaroo's words, "all hell broke loose." In the coordinated attack, shrapnel hit Samaroo and blood gushed from his head and leg.

"That's when I said, 'This is it. I'm going.' I just clicked and focused on what needed and ran back in there," said Staff Sgt. Samaroo.

Samaroo circled in and began to take in supplies and take out the enemy.

Nine Americans died in the attack and their sacrifice isn't being forgotten.

Staff Sgt. Samaroo dedicated a new training range on post named after the battle where fought so courageously. It's no coincidence that it's where Fort Jackson soldiers will learn to react to sniper fire, ambush and evacuate casualties.

"It changes you for you to think back, having deployed three times you enjoy the finer things and appreciate them," said Staff Sgt. Samaroo.

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