Special Forces soldiers awarded Silver Stars:

Things were going reasonably well for a group of Special Forces soldiers looking to disrupt Taliban operations in a small Afghanistan village last year, until the team came upon a 20-foot-tall steel gate that no one had anticipated.

Surrounded on two more sides by 10-foot walls, the 59-man group — 10 special operators from 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, two U.S. support elements and a handful of Afghan soldiers — found themselves in a harrowing firefight on Nov. 2.

“The spider senses were definitely tingling, being up there at that gate,” Sgt. 1st Class Sean Morrison said in a Feb. 9 Army release.