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Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Waters to receive Angels of the Battlefield Award

WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ -- The Armed Services YMCA announced Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Waters of the U.S. Army as one of the 2019 Angel of the Battlefield Award recipients. Sgt. 1st Class Waters, who was awarded the Silver Star Medal, was officially upgraded and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in June for actions in July 2008.

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Waters was assigned as a platoon medic with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Returning from an overnight patrol, his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and was ambushed by fighters. Waters was rendered unconscious in the resulting blast. After he regained consciousness, he ignored his own wounds and gave critical lifesaving care to his platoon-mates and returned enemy gunfire. When medevac helicopters arrived and evacuated the wounded, Waters refused to leave his platoon until the enemy fighters had fled, unwilling to leave the remaining Soldiers without a medic.

For this, Waters was awarded the Silver Star in 2009 and upgraded to the Distinguished Silver Cross in June 2019. 

The Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala is an Armed Services YMCA signature event honoring the individual men and women on the front lines who are saving lives and have demonstrated extraordinary courage. The Armed Services YMCA recognizes a single individual from each military branch for their accomplishments.

The annual Angels of the Battlefield Gala is Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Va. Angels is the only event which recognizes the front line actions of military medical personnel.


The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves currently serving military members and their families. In 2018, we engaged more than 225,000 people in our programs and delivered nearly 1 million points of services to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Strengthening Our Military Family.

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