1-22 Infantry Medal Presentation Iraqi Freedom


On December 17, 2003, several Regulars from 1st Battalion
risked their lives to save an Iraqi National from his burning car.
Their selfless act of heroism earned them the Soldier's Medal.


The Soldier's Medal

1. Description: On a 1 3/8 inch wide Bronze octagon an eagle displayed, standing on a fasces,
between two groups of stars of six and seven, above the group of six a spray of leaves.
On the reverse is a shield paly of 13 pieces, on the chief the letters "US", supported by sprays of laurel and oak,
around the upper edge the inscription "SOLDIER’S MEDAL" and across the face the words "FOR VALOR."
In the base is a panel for the name of the recipient to be engraved.
The medal is suspended from the ribbon by a rectangular-shaped metal loop with corners rounded.

2. Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 3/8 inch Ultramarine Blue 67118 on each side
and the center containing 13 White and Red stripes of equal width (7 White 67101 and 6 Old Glory Red 67156).

3. Criteria: The Soldier’s Medal is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States,
or of a friendly foreign nation who while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States,
distinguished him/herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.
The same degree of heroism is required as for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life
under conditions not involving conflict with an armed enemy.
Awards will not be made solely on the basis of having saved a life.


Major General J. D. Thurman (CG 4ID) presents the Soldier's Medal to

SSG Owens, CPL Wycoff, CPL Saylor and SPC Summers

Fort Hood, 2005


MG Thurman about to award the Soldier's Medal to the four Regulars


SSG Owens receives his medal


From left: SSG Owens, CPL Wycoff, CPL Saylor and SPC Summers


MG Thurman and COL James Hickey (1st BDE CO) stand behind medal recipients



Below are the citations for SPC Matthew Summers pertaining to the above Soldiers Medal presentation:




1st Brigade Commander COL James Hickey's approval
awarding the Soldier's Medal to SPC Matt Summers


4th Infantry Division Commander Major General Raymond Odierno's approval
awarding the Soldier's Medal to SPC Matt Summers


Multi-National Force Commander Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez's approval
awarding the Soldier's Medal to SPC Matt Summers


Permanent Order details awarding the Soldier's Medal to Matt Summers





The website is grateful to Matt Summers
for sharing his citations with us.




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