John P. Fleming

Silver Star Awarded
11:28 am
Thu January 6, 2011

East Alton soldier receives Army's Silver Star for valor

Silver Stars displayed for nineteen soldiers receiving the medal at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 12, 2008. The Silver Star is the 3rd highest military decoration that can be awarded to U.S. Armed Forces members (via Flickr / The U.S. Army)

An Alton, Ill. soldier was awarded the Army's Silver Star, the third-highest military award for valor while on his fourth tour of duty.

Army Sgt. 1st Class John P. Fleming, 32, received the honor after tending to wounded soldiers and directing aircraft fending off enemy gunfire so the injured could be evacuated, the News Democrat reports. The incident is described in more detail: 

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