Ky. National Guardsman receives Silver Star award


by Johnny Archer

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 10 at 10:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Out of the 1,500 Kentucky National Guard soldiers that have been deployed since 2001, there has only been four Silver Stars awarded.

One man from Midway, Kentucky received the award for his valor in Afghanistan more than four years ago.

It was 2008 in Afghanistan and Kentucky National Guard Captain Shannon Ison was a 1st Lieutenant at the time. Enemy danger was a constant threat to 206th Engineer Battalion.

“It was a difficult time,” Ison said. “We were doing route clearance, which is clearing the route of IED’s (improvised explosive devices) and a unit that we were clearing the road for hit an IED ahead of us.”

It was an ambush. The soldiers were under attack.

“It was the most intense thing you will ever do in your life,” Ison said. “Take anything you are scared of, multiply it by 100 and you are still not even close.”

Captain Ison's actions did not go unnoticed by the Commander in Chief.

“The President of the United States has awarded the Silver Star to Shannon Ison,” Brigadier General Ben Adam said as Ison was presented the award in front of a crowd of Kentucky National Guard soldiers at the Galt House in Louisville Sunday.

The Silver Star is the third highest award a U.S. soldier can receive for valor.

“His character is something I hope to obtain, even only half of that,” Hughes said. “To be the person that he is, he is someone that I look up to.”