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Guza: 'You don't want to earn that medal'

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By Natalie Fultz

FORT BENNING, GA - It's an award soldiers don't want to receive...Staff Sgt.. Michael R. Guza being one of them.

"You don't want to earn that medal. You want to go and get your Bronze Star..Silver Star. You're trying to not be injured. You're trying to go ahead and survive the whole mission," Guza says.

Guza was serving with a Cavalry Regiment when an improvised explosive devices detonated causing serious injuries to his arm in 2011.

"The meeting was wrapping up. We had about 15 minutes left. Route clearance turned around to go clear the route for us to go back. We thought the route was clear so as we started to move on we probably got a good five or six kilometers down the road. We still always stopped for culverts and the culvert looked clear so we passed the culvert and my vehicle was blown up," Guza says.

As Guza recalls the moment that led him to receive one of the most recognized medals awarded to U.S. Service members, he says it's one you can't imagine.

"It's not like Hollywood. It's not like black smoke and fireball. It's dirt and gravel
and brown smoke in everything. You can just smell the sulfur from the explosives. You can smell that chemical after burn. It wakes you up that's for sure," Guza says.

Staff Sgt. Guza says he is up for retirement in two years, and he plans on taking it.

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