A ceremony was held this afternoon in honor of a fallen Fort Campbell soldier for his bravery and selfless sacrifice.
101st Airborne Division Commanding General, Major General James C. McConville posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to the family members of Staff Sergeant Eric Shaw for actions while deployed with his unit in Afghanistan in 2010.
The citation says Staff Sergeant Shaw distinguished himself by acts of gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Squad Leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan from June 27th to June 28th 2010.
Military Officials say as Staff Sergeant Shaw’s squad attempted to seize a village, he realized that a platoon of their Afghan Army counterparts were cutoff from the squad and were exposed to enemy fire.
With complete disregard for his own safety, Shaw rushed to their aid and rallied the soldiers and while he successfully lead the soldiers out of danger to rejoin U.S. forces, Shaw was killed by enemy fire.
His bravery and selflessness saved the lives of 12 Afghan soldiers and enabled the forces to consolidate and accomplish the mission.
The awards ceremony was held this afternoon at Liberty Chapel located on post.