- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Green Beret was awarded the third-highest medal for valor in combat at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for his role in turning back an attack on his base in Afghanistan in 2013.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports (https://is.gd/TBeMO3 ) that Sgt. 1st Class Earl Plumlee was awarded a Silver Star by the Army.

His award credits him with killing or disabling at least five attackers and saving the lives of hundreds.

Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Busic and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Colbert were awarded Silver Stars in February 2014. Plumlee’s May 1 award was delayed while military authorities debated which combat valor award to give him.

The battle killed Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis of the 10th Mountain Division. Ollis also received a Silver Star.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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