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Minnesota man receives silver star

According to the Pioneer Press, Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg of the Minnesota National Guard was awarded the silver star for his curageous acts during an ambush south of Baghdad last January.

More than 30 insurgents ambushed him while he was commanding five gun trucks escorting a convoy. During the 50 minute battle, he had jumped out of his truck under gunfire to throw grenades at the enemy to protect himself and the civilian drivers.

At the end of the battle, Malmberg and all 20 of the drivers, including their trucks, were not harmed.

According to the Star Tribune, his ceremony was held on Saturday where he was awarded the silver star, the fourth-highest military decoration available to a member of any branch of the U.S. military.

"Anybody who is there when their country calls upon them and is willing to go overseas and serve their country is a hero," Malmberg said.

The 27-year-old University of Mankato student is the first since World War II to receive this outstanding medal of honor.