Senior Navy Chief Petty Officer Philip Ryan III was awarded the Silver Star with Valor for his actions while serving in Afghanistan. Chief Petty Officer Ryan was cited for bravery when, during a firefight, he pulled a twice wounded team member to safety and cared for 3 other wounded SEAL's. Although his group was outnumbered, he continued to "press the fight." He was leading a team who had been tracking insurgents back in 2007.
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"His courageous actions and bold guidance saved lives, disrupted imminent terrorist planning and resulted in the elimination of several enemy combatants," the citation said.
As well as pulling a twice-wounded team member to safety, the senior chief cared for three other wounded team members while continuing to press the fight as part of an outnumbered force, showing "superb tactical leadership and poise under fire," the citation said." Source
While Senior Navy Chief Petty Officer Philip Ryan III was low keyed about the award, his brother-in-law, Mike Getka a former SEAL himself, was not at all surprised. His father, a retired Chief Warrant Officer, understands exactly the kind of danger that his son faces on the job.
"I have that little bit of burning fear in my gut when he goes away," he said. "The only thing I can fall back on is he's received the best training. Those are the only things that can give you any comfort at all."