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Wis. National Guard soldier awarded Bronze Star


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Wisconsin National Guard Soldier has been awarded a Bronze Star for his actions in a fierce firefight in Iraq five years ago.

WISC-TV reports on Wednesday that Michael Olivas, of Sun Prairie, accepted the award during a quiet ceremony Tuesday in Middleton.

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs says that on Jan. 30, 2005, Olivas was in the 1158th Transportation Co. providing security for a convoy when several vehicles broke down.

When the convoy stopped on a main route, it was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.

Olivas' crew members were outside their gun truck assisting disabled vehicles when the ambush began.

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