Army Sgt. Maj. Robert Prosser, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team sergeant major, shakes actor Gary Sinise's hand after presenting him with the American flag and a special unit coin on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2009. Sinise visited wounded soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after performing with his band, "The Lt. Dan Band." U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Chris Florence
You also might recognize CSM Prosser (must read - I am sure that Gary Sinise knows exactly who he is)...then come back and read his citation for the Silver Star after the Jump.
This is only a synopsis of the citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Prosser, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in combat action against the enemy in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 19 August 2004, in Iraq. On that date, in action against insurgent forces, Sergeant Major Prosser saw his commander shot down. Amid a hail of bullets hitting the ground and walls around him, Command Sergeant Major Prosser charged into a building, despite the fact that he did not know how many insurgents were attacking from inside. Finding one enemy, Sergeant Major Prosser shot him four times in the chest, then discarded his empty rifle to engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. The insurgent pulled Command Sergeant Major Prosser's helmet over his eyes, but this intrepid soldier, unable to reach his sidearm or his knife, and without the support of any other American soldiers, he nonetheless disarmed and subdued the insurgent by delivering a series of powerful blows to the insurgent's head, rendering him unconscious...