Ft. Benning soldier to receive distinguished service cross

FORT BENNING, GA – A Fort Benning soldier will receive the Distinguished Service Cross in a ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the 173th Airborne Memorial at the National Infantry Museum.

The Distinguished Service Cross is the Army's second highest military decoration awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.

Sgt. 1st Class Jack Edward White, an Airborne School Platoon Sergeant, with C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment is being honored with the award for his heroic actions on the night of June 29, 2008 in the Khost Province, Afghanistan.

As a squad leader for the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, based in Vicenza, Italy, White's 19-man observation post was assaulted by a 105-man, anti-Afghanistan force using rocket-propelled grenades and coordinated small arms fire.

White was awakened by the attack – a rocket-propelled grenade impacting less than 20 meters from his position. Maneuvering through heavy enemy fire, White coordinated a defense that included lethal mortar and artillery fire that ultimately lead to the enemy retreating. 

According to Pentagon officials, there have been five Distinguished Service Cross's awarded for actions in Operation Enduring Freedom, and 15 awarded for Operation Iraqi Freedom to date.

Source: Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs