Photo by Cpl. Joe Roos, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
|<< 34th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Rick Erlandson gives Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg, Co. A, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry his Silver Star's certificate following an award presentation ceremony at a 30-day Reintegration Training event Sept. 22, 2007 in the St. Paul Rivre Center. |
January 27, 2007... Outnumbered by almost two to one, an ambush closing in like a vice, more than a thousand rounds raining down for 50 minutes – the chances of success, much less survival, might seem impossible. But for Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg of the Minnesota Army National Guard's 34th Infantry Division, the day he and his men faced those odds was also the day they managed to repel a large coordinated attack – without suffering a single casualty. “It's not the size of the dog in the fight,” he later said in an interview, “but it's the size of the fight in the dog. That day, we had a lot of fight in us.” For his gallantry in battle, Malmberg became the first Minnesota Guardsman in his division – known as the “Red Bulls” – to receive the Silver Star since World War II.
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