CORRECTS RANK TO SGT. 1ST CLASS INSTEAD OF STAFF SGT. - Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide re-enlists in the Army on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky., while his daughter, Annabella, held by Marianne Loheide, points to his Silver Star. Loheide received the Silver Star for his actions to evacuate wounded soldiers while in Afghanistan in 2010. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A Fort Campbell soldier who suffered a traumatic brain injury has received the Silver Star for his actions to help evacuate wounded troops during a mission in Afghanistan in 2010.
After receiving the honor during a Friday ceremony at the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide (LOH'-hyd) of Patchogue, N.Y., immediately re-enlisted in the Army to serve other wounded warriors like him.
Several of Loheide's former teammates returned to Fort Campbell to see him accept the military's third-highest medal for valor, which he said was earned by everyone in his unit.
Loheide and others were injured when a bomb dropped on their position during the operation. Despite his injuries and under fire, Loheide marked a landing zone for helicopters to evacuate the wounded and led his soldiers to safety.
Follow Kristin M. Hall on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kmhall