The highest award was presented to Capt. William N. Eberle, whom officials said distinguished himself during an attack on Jalalabad Airfield on Dec. 2, 2012.
At the time, Eberle’s Operational Detachment Alpha 3132 was called on to serve as a quick reaction force after enemy fighters breached the walls of the coalition military compound, according to the citation for his Distinguished Service Cross.
Eberle led his men in two vehicles toward the sites of the attack, where two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices had torn through base security.
Eberle directed his vehicle to the breach, to shield a wounded American and Afghan forces, then maneuvered through enemy fire to the gate to get a better view of the attackers.
Using his M-4 carbine and grenades, he battled insurgents who came as close as a few feet.
Throughout the battle, Eberle was exposed to enemy fire, even when he climbed a tower to better direct the defense of the base.
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