Cape May Soldier Honored for Saving 30 Lives During Benghazi Attack
A soldier from Cape May County was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism during the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
U.S. Army Master Sgt. David Halbruner is being credited with helping to save 30 people on September 11th, 2012, during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and another attack, hours later, at a nearby CIA facility.
Four Americans died in the attacks, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Halbruner helped save about 30 others who survived. He previously won a Purple Heart fighting in Iraq.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, Halbruner’s family has asked that his home town not be publicized and no photo of him be used to protect the secrecy of the soldier and his Army Delta Force unit.
In January, The Washington Times ran a story lauding the actions of Halbruner and printing the Army citation for his award of the military’s second highest commendation…
“Without regard for his own safety, Master Sergeant Halbruner’s valorous actions, dedication to duty and willingness to place himself in harm’s way for the protection of others was critical to the success of saving numerous United States civilian lives. Throughout the operation, Master Sergeant Halbruner continually exposed himself to fire as he shepherded unarmed civilians to safety and treated the critically wounded. His calm demeanor, professionalism and courage was an inspiration to all and contributed directly to the success of the mission. Master Sergeant Halbruner’s distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his Command and the United States Army.”