Maine pilot to get Silver Star for Afghan heroics

Posted Dec. 07, 2010, at 4:59 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A U.S. Army helicopter pilot from Maine is going to be awarded the nation’s third highest military honor for helping rescue German soldiers after an ambush in Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer Jason LaCrosse, who graduated from Traip Academy in Kittery in 1992, is going to receive the Silver Star next week in a ceremony in Germany.

LaCrosse already has received Germany’s highest award for valor, the Gold Cross.

The Portland Press Herald said LaCrosse flew a rescue helicopter through intense ground fire into a part of northern Afghanistan on April 2 after 60 German soldiers were ambushed by the Taliban.

LaCrosse and another crew helped fly out 11 wounded German soldiers, three of whom later died.

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