FORT LEWIS, WA — A 75th Ranger Regiment Soldier will be awarded the Silver Star medal Sept. 26, during an 8:30 a.m. ceremony at the Evergreen Theater on Fort Lewis.
Spc. Joseph Gibson is being awarded the Silver Star medal for extraordinary heroism.
During a raid targeting enemy insurgents, Gibson engaged in hand-to-hand combat with an armed terrorist wearing an explosive suicide vest, according to the award citation. With complete disregard for his own safety, he eliminated the threat and prevented the terrorist from harming other members of the assault force. Gibson then exposed himself to intense enemy small arms and machine gun fire to assist in the treatment and evacuation of a critically wounded Soldier during a combat operation in Iraq in April 2008.
Gibson, 23, serves with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and has been a Ranger for three years. He has deployed twice in support of the war on terrorism.
The Silver Star is the Army’s third highest award for combat valor, and is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States during military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force.
Adm. Eric T. Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla., will preside over the ceremony and present the award.