Army Family Honors Soldier - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Army Family Honors Soldier

Posted: Updated:
MILES CITY -

In Miles City, soldiers from WWII and those still fighting in Afghanistan are honored for their service.

The VFW Post 1579 presented colors at the VA Hospital as vets were given medals, pins, and certificates. Nineteen year-old soldier, Brendan Bartz, of Miles City was awarded the Commendation Medal for Valor earlier in September. His family attended Tuesday ceremony while he still serves overseas. "I was really happy for him. He done good, and this is what he wants to do, and I'm really proud. Yet, on the other hand you're a little scared, because it's a pretty big thing over there," Brendan's father, Doug Bartz said.

"He just told me, 'mom, I'm just doing my duty. I'm doing what I'm trained to do. I just went in and did what I had to get my fellow brothers out of there," Brendan's mother, Tami Christiaens said.

While serving in Afghanistan, officers said Bartz displayed uncommon valor in the face of enemy fire. According to military officials, he was moving through an insurgent stronghold with the Afghan National Army, when two Afghan soldiers were injured. They said Bartz faced enemy fire, while injured soldiers were taken to safety.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Dirty Dash Returns to Billings this Saturday

    Dirty Dash Returns to Billings this Saturday

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:22:06 GMT
    The dirtiest 5k race is back in Billings this weekend, and you still have time to register. The Dirty Dash takes place this Saturday.

    The dirtiest 5k race is back in Billings this weekend, and you still have time to register. The Dirty Dash takes place this Saturday.

  • Fire Restriction in Effect

    Fire Restriction in Effect

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:13:29 GMT
    A stage one fire restriction is in effect for Montana state parks and FWP areas.
    A stage one fire restriction is in effect for Montana state parks and FWP areas.
  • CSI Kids Camp

    CSI Kids Camp

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:09:30 GMT
    Billings kids give Crime Scene Investigation a try this week at MSUB.
    Billings kids give Crime Scene Investigation a try this week at MSUB.