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Army Veteran To Be Awarded Silver Star Medal Saturday Before Angels Game

The Angels are set for a special weekend in Anaheim with their home opener on Friday, but the highlight of the weekend just might be during the pregame ceremonies on Saturday. Before the 6:05 p.m. PDT game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, the United States Army will award David Foster the prestigious Silver Star Medal for actions in Afghanistan last year. Here is what Foster did in the line of duty:

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SPC Foster was on his second tour in Afghanistan on guard duty protecting his unit when countless enemy personnel attacked his tower, including a cargo truck that approached him, loaded with 500 pounds of explosives. He identified it as a threat and stopped the vehicle from coming any closer to his unit, though the vehicle detonated, propelling shrapnel throughout the area. SPC Foster received several severe wounds during the initial engagement and was violently knocked to the ground. Despite traumatic injuries, he continued to fight leaving his position only after reinforcements instructed him to seek medical assistance.

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"It is particularly special that the United States Army will be at Angel Stadium and that we are able to host Daniel and his family, knowing this hero is from Orange County and grew up an Angel fan," said Tim Mead, the Angels Vice President of Communications. The ceremony will take place on the field before the game on Saturday, and will feature Foster, his family and friends, and several members of his command unit.

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