Austin soldier awarded Silver Star

Staff Sgt. Michael Pate

An Austin soldier who saved another soldier’s life while under fire in Afghanistan was awarded The Silver Star, the third highest military decoration for valor, on Thursday.

During an ambush in Shobar, Afghanistan in 2012, Staff Sgt. Michael Pate was able to drag one of his wounded team members to cover. While under fire, Pate performed emergency surgery on the Soldier while continuing to return fire.

The injured member, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Kantor, did not survive his injuries.

Pate, a combat medic, is a member of the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion. He was one of seven soldiers with the Battalion presented with valor awards for their efforts in Afghanistan.

Pate graduated from James Bowie high School in 2002 and graduated from Texas State University in 2005. He joined the Army in 2005. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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