SGT Craig Warfle of the 1st Ranger Battalion became the second most decorated soldier (SFC Leroy Petry and his Medal of Honor holds the mantle) in the 75th Ranger Regiment as he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during a ceremony last Friday, October the 26th. This also marks the first time since 9/11 that a serving Ranger was awarded this honor. Hell, to be honest, I’m not even sure if a Ranger of the modern Battalions has been awarded this since our beginning in 1974.
The DSC is second only to the Medal of Honor and last Friday’s ceremony marks the 26th time it has been awarded since the Global War on Terrorism started in 2001 – 11 awards for Afghanistan and 15 for Iraq. An interesting statistic is that out of those 26 awards; 10 were awarded to Special Operations soldiers (six to members of the Special Forces, one to a Night Stalker, two to members of Delta Force, and now one to a Ranger). The Distinguished Service Cross is the equivalent to the Navy Cross and Air Force Cross.
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