The News Tribune on Sunday printed this account of Gig Harbor’s Spc. Nicholas Robinson earning a Silver Star for holding off a May attack at a joint base in Orgun, Afghanistan.
The Army produced another video report of the sun-burned soldier receiving his honor last week from Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey. It’s available here, and it includes a short interview with Robinson.
“Never expected it. Never thought it would happen to me, and it did. Expect the unexpected,” he told the Army interviewer about the attack, where he held off a well-coordinated attack that included small arms fire, rocket propelled grenades and an improvised bomb.
As the video shows, he’s all smiles as he accepts congratulatory handshakes from his brigade and division leaders.