An accomplished combat sky diver, he left the Golden Knights parachute team after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to return to combat duty.
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SFC Pedro "Papi" Munoz
Hailing from Puerto Rico, and an accomplished combat sky diver, he left the elite Golden Knights parachute team after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to return to combat duty.
Out of admiration, respect, and affection, he was known as "Papi" by the men in his Special Forces unit.
At age 47, Sergeant First Class Pedro A. Munoz Yambo, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Operations and Intelligence Sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, while conducting an offensive operation in Shindand, Afghanistan, on 2 January 2005.
On that date, while in pursuit of a mid-level Taliban commander, Sergeant Munoz entered a room filled with women and children, when an enemy fighter opened fire on him.
In spite of his wounds, Sergeant Munoz returned fire and killed his assailant without harming anyone else. His dedication and his courage are evident through his actions: protecting innocent life, staying in the fight without thought for himself while supporting his teammates, allowing them to successfully accomplish their mission.
Sergeant First Class Munoz's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.