Senior Chief Petty Officer Philip Ryan III sounded pretty low key when he called his father in Orange Park a few weeks ago.
What are you doing next Tuesday, Ryan asked his father, himself a Navy veteran. Why, the older man wondered.
Oh, the secretary of the Navy is coming down to give me a Silver Star, replied Ryan, a Navy SEAL who was recently decorated for actions during combat in Afghanistan in 2007.
“He’s just so humble,” said his father, Philip Ryan Jr.
The younger Ryan received the third-highest medal for valor given by the U.S. military for events that happened while he led a SEAL team tracking insurgents in June 2007, according to an unclassified version of the award citation.
“His courageous actions and bold guidance saved lives, disrupted imminent terrorist planning and resulted in the elimination of several enemy combatants,” the citation said.
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