Timothy Nein received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions near Salman Pak, Iraq in March of 2005. While escorting a convoy South of Baghdad Timothy Nein's unit was called to defend the personnel, supplies, and themselves when enemy insurgents ambushed the long line of vehicles. After two of his eight man squad were wounded he personally assaulted an enemy position eliminating the threat. He then led another soldier on the assault of the long trenches that their enemy was fighting from. Together the two overcame the enemy and ultimately saved their squad.
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