2 Fort Campbell soldiers awarded for heroic acts

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- Two Fort Campbell soldiers have been awarded the Soldier's Medal for their efforts to save fellow Americans.

At a ceremony Tuesday, 41-year-old Sgt. Jerry Klatt and 28-year-old Sgt. Thomas Hayes of the 101st Airborne Division were given the medal for their heroic efforts in noncombat situations.

According to Army officials, the medal is given to anyone in the armed forces who, in a noncombat situation, risked his life in order to save another. The same level of heroism is required to receive a Distinguished Flying Cross.

Fort Campbell officials say Klatt rescued an unconscious soldier from a burning vehicle near the base on the Tennessee-Kentucky border on April 12, 2007. Hayes pulled an elderly man to safety from a house fire on April 23, 2007.


Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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