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Crapo Presents Bronze Star to Idaho Army Veteran

Award presented to Michael S. Wells for heroic actions in Iraq firefight

Moscow, Idaho--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) presented the Bronze Star to U.S. Army veteran Michael “Mike” S. Wells during a ceremony in Moscow.

“The stories of Specialist Mike Wells’ courage and bravery while under active enemy fire during Operation Goldwall are nothing short of awe-inspiring,” said Crapo.  “It has been a distinct honor for my staff and me to work with Mr. Wells to ensure his dutiful and heroic service has been properly recognized.  I thank him for his service to our country and his continued efforts to support the veteran community in Moscow and throughout Idaho.”


Mike Wells received the Bronze Star for his actions specifically on April 20, 2008, in which he demonstrated “courage and superb marksmanship [that] ensured mission accomplishment and protection of his comrades during fierce and intense fighting,” as described by his platoon leader, Captain Millard Stewart.  Wells was featured in Senator Crapo’s #MilitaryMonday social media feature on October 11, 2021.

At the event, the Crapo office presented Specialist Wells with a surprise video, which included words of congratulations and encouragement from his former commanders.  The video can be viewed by clicking here or the image below.


The Bronze Star is a U.S. Armed Forces decoration awarded to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial fight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.  It is the fourth-highest ranking award a servicemember can receive.