Long Island-based Air Guardsmen being honored for bravery

Long Island news from Eyewitness News

December 6, 2013 3:48:49 AM PST
Six members of a Long Island-based Air National Guard unit are receiving one of the U.S. military's highest awards for heroism for a rescue mission a year ago in Afghanistan.

The members of the 106th Rescue Wing's 103rd Rescue Squadron will receive the Bronze Star for valor during a ceremony being held Friday afternoon at the F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. The Bronze Star with a "V' is the fourth-highest ranking military medal for heroism.

The six men are being honored for their actions in rescuing three American and one Afghan soldier who were wounded during an attack on Dec. 12, 2012. Military officials say the air rescue specialists treated the wounded soldiers under heavy fire before loading them onto a helicopter.

One of the Americans later died.