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Army surgeon honored for heroism February 5, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in honor.

UPDATED: Found some video of the ceremony.

Major John Oh awarded the Soldier’s medal, and Lt. Col. William Brock the Army Commendation medal with “V” device for valor.

Major Oh and a team of six volunteered to surgically remove a live RPG round from the stomach of a wounded Soldier in  Afghanistan.  Brock assisted in the operation.

The soldier is recovering at Brooks Army Hospital in San Antonio.

Wearing Kevlar body armor underneath surgical scrubs, and helmets, they risked their lives to save the life of this soldier. 

The Soldier’s Medal is the Army’s highest decoration for valor not involving actual combat with the enemy.

In the same ceremony, Sgt. Troy Galvin received the Soldier’s medal for pulling a fellow Ft. Hood Soldier from a burning vehicle before it exploded, in an accident just a few miles from my home.

Greater love hath no man…


1. kevlarchick - February 5, 2007

True men of valor. Amazing story.

2. BrewFan - February 5, 2007

These stories alway make my allergies kick in. *sniff*

3. Ace of Spades HQ - February 5, 2007

Women’s Magazine By Men Contest Results

Dave in Texas took time off from pool blogging, and writing about an Army surgeon awarded the highest non-combat award for undertaking the daring surgery of removing a live RPG round from a soldier’s belly, to judge the improptu contest….

4. The Comish (sic) - February 5, 2007

Dave, congrats to your buddy. And please pass along my thanks.

5. cranky - February 5, 2007

Big brass ones. God Bless all of them who serve our country, the cause of freedom, and each other.

6. pkarole - February 6, 2007

I could not get it

7. Army surgeon honored for heroism « Innocent Bystanders - February 7, 2007

[…] Army surgeon honored for heroism February 7, 2007 Posted by daveintexas in Heroes. trackback Several of you saw this story I posted the other day.  I updated it with some video of the ceremony I found this morning. […]

8. pajama momma - February 7, 2007

If this is a repost, I apologize. I can’t find where my comment went.

Anyways, this is such a better story than the astronaut one. It’s a shame this is not splashed all over the news instead.

The austronaut story is a Lifetime movie, whereas this one is worthy of a major motion picture.

9. daveintexas - February 7, 2007

Being close to Ft. Hood we tend to see more with the local coverage. The headlines that always get me read “Ft. Hood Soldier Killed”.

Major Oh ain’t a real big guy, but he has got some real big brass ones, no doubt about it.

10. Nice Deb - February 7, 2007

I’d like to echo what pajama momma said. They should be covering stories like this one more in the MSM.

You know, I really don’t give a flying rat’s ass about the astronaut story. I was never one for soap operas.

I’m sure this guy doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but the country needs heros like him. His story deserves more noteriety.

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