Kentucky National Guardsman Receives High Medal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Kentucky National Guardsman says he was just doing his job when he helped turn back an ambush by Iraqi militants nearly two years ago.

Staff Sergeant Timothy Nein said if it wasn't for the cohesiveness of his unit, the ambush would have worked.

Nein's group was able to hold off the fight, and Nein was awarded with the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts during a ceremony today in Lexington.

Nein is the fifth U.S. Army soldier to receive the cross during the War on Terror. He is also the first Kentucky National Guard soldier to receive the medal since World War Two.

Nein is a member of the Kentucky Guard's 617th Military Police Company. The group of 10 soldiers put themselves between the insurgents and a large truck convoy during the attack.

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