TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Coraopolis native to receive Silver Star Medal

Daily Photo Galleries

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 8:08 p.m.
 

A Marine from Coraopolis will be awarded the military's third-highest decoration for valor during a ceremony on Dec. 10 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland.

Sgt. David M. Gerardi will receive the Silver Star Medal for his actions during a June 6, 2011 ambush in Afghanistan in which his platoon was pinned down by enemy fire.

The sergeant risked his life to get into a position to suppress the attack, the military said, and during a five-hour engagement was targeted by rocket-propelled grenades, automatic grenade launchers and machine gun fire.

Gerardi was able to hold the position and coordinate precision strikes that allowed his unit to move to safety.

The medal will be presented by Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese at an 11 a.m. ceremony.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Rossi: Blount brings back Steelers’ swagger
  2. Steelers re-sign Keisel to bolster depth on defensive line
  3. Run game not primary focal point for Steelers
  4. Steelers are hoping to mirror Eagles’ full-bore, no-huddle offense
  5. CF McCutchen returns to lineup, but Braves blast fast-fading Pirates
  6. Pitt, Penn State face competition for ticket sales
  7. Steelers sign tackle Gilbert to $30 million deal
  8. WVU football ticket sales on decline
  9. Western Pa. Operation Nighthawk traffic patrol yields 38 arrests
  10. ALS ice challenge personal for Harrison patrolman
  11. Fugitive captured in Washington Township after eluding police overnight
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.