Stow native Sgt. Craig Warfle gets high military honor of 'Distinguished Service Cross'

AKRON, Ohio - An Ohio native who grew up to be a U.S. Army Ranger has been awarded the military's second-highest award for valor.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that 22-year-old Sgt. Craig Warfle -- who grew up in Stow, near Akron -- was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for actions in battle in Afghanistan in 2010.

Warfle's parents tell the newspaper their son knew as a teenager that he wanted to become an elite soldier. He enlisted before graduating from high school in 2008.

The Army said that on Aug. 18 and 19, 2010, Warfle displayed heroism while on a mission to kill and capture Taliban members. His squad leader was killed, and Warfle was wounded during the fire fight that resulted in the death of at least 16 Taliban fighters.

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