Chaplain awarded Soldier’s Medal for bravery

Lt. Col. Franklin F. Baltazar, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment battalion commander, pins the Soldier’s Medal on Capt. (CH) Matthew C. Christensen, March 14 at 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment Headquarters on Fort Benning. (Photos by Patrick A. Albright, MCoE PAO Photographer)

Fort Benning Public Affairs /

FORT BENNING, Ga. – While serving as the on-call chaplain Feb. 28, 2015, Chaplain (CPT) Matthew Christensen prevented the suicide of one Soldier and saved the life of another.

(FORT BENNING, Ga.) – Distinguished guests, Family members and Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment gather as Lt. Col. Franklin F. Baltazar, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment battalion commander, presents the Soldier’s Medal to Capt. (CH) Matthew C. Christensen, March 14, 2017, here, at 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment Headquarters on Sand Hill. (Photos by Patrick A. Albright, MCoE PAO Photographer)

Capt. (CH) Matthew C. Christensen

Chaplain Christensen selflessly responded to a situation where an intoxicated Soldier was armed with multiple knives and machetes creating a serious threat.

Christensen was eventually taken as one of his hostages, but when the Soldier grabbed an unarmed Soldier and put the machete to his neck, Christensen rushed the Soldier and disarmed him, eliminating the threat and saving the victims’ life.

As a result of his bravery, Christensen was awarded the Soldier’s Medal. The Soldier’s Medal is the highest military peactime award for bravery.

 

Distinguished guests, family members and Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment gathered March 14 as Capt. (CH) Matthew C. Christensen was awarded the Soldier's Medal on Fort Benning, Ga.

Distinguished guests, family members and Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment gathered March 14 as Capt. (CH) Matthew C. Christensen was awarded the Soldier’s Medal on Fort Benning, Ga.

 

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