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Published on May 12, 2011

The United States Army presented the Silver Star medal to Specialist Daniel A. Foster at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on April 9, 2011 at a special pre-game ceremony preceding the National Anthem.

SPC Foster distinguished himself through exceptionally valorous conduct while assigned as a machine gunner in Afghanistan on May 21, 2010 (in support of Operation Enduring Freedom), displaying heroism and courage beyond the call of duty.

On his second tour in Afghanistan, he was on guard duty protecting his unit. Countless enemy personnel attacked his tower; a cargo truck approached the gate loaded with 500 pounds of explosives. He identified it as a threat and stopped the truck from coming any closer to his unit, but the vehicle detonated, propelling shrapnel throughout the area. SPC Foster received several severe wounds during the initial engagement and was violently knocked to the ground. Despite his traumatic injuries he kept fighting and only left his position after reinforcements arrived and instructed him to seek medical assistance. After he received treatment, he again went back and assisted in the compound's defense by running ammunition and weapons from the arms room to positions in need.

His steadfast courage, commitment to the mission and perseverance under heavy enemy fire while severely wounded prevented the enemy from executing a well-planned and organized attempt to breach the compound.

The ceremony took place on the field with SPC Foster's family, friends, members of his command unit and LTC Robert J. Harman presenting.

Afterwards, SPC Foster was asked by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia to accompany him to home plate to meet with the opposing team's manager and the umpires for the game, turning in the "line-up" card to the head umpire.

He was also honored by catching the first pitch which was thrown out by Albie Pearson, an outfielder with the Angels during their first six seasons.

SPC Foster and members of his Battalion Unit were invited to stay in the dugout for the first two innings, then SPC Foster was invited up to the broadcast booth and was interviewed during the game.

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