“Everybody who agrees to serve their country in a time of war to me has heroic qualities. But not everybody’s a hero. These guys are heroes.”
On December 17, 2009, Sergeant First Class Ryan Ahern and First Lieutenant Tom Bozzay of the Illinois Army National Guard were supporting a French regiment in Afghanistan’s Uzbeen valley. Bozzay was a physician assistant, while Ahern was a Senior Communications Sergeant.
The coalition soldiers came under attack from insurgents. Bozzay and Ahern are each credited with saving the lives of French and American teammates.