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AWARD TO HONOR SOLDIER FOR VALOR IN IRAQ CLASH

A city man credited with saving the lives of fellow soldiers in Iraq last May will receive the state's Conspicuous Service Cross in a ceremony tonight. The honor will be bestowed on Sgt. Jonathan Joyce at 6 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus hall at 715 Third St., and is part of an event that will include a concert at 7 p.m.

The concert, open to those 21 and older, costs $10, with proceeds to benefit a new support group for family and friends of soldiers now serving in the military.

Joyce, a rifleman with the 153rd Infantry Battalion, is a member of the 108th National Guard, headquartered in Buffalo. He was sent to Iraq in February 2004.

He was a turret gunner at the rear of a military convoy moving through a kill zone in Baghdad last May when Iraqi insurgents attacked with rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles. Joyce killed an insurgent, saving the lives of at least six fellow soldiers and allowing the convoy to escape, according to the Army.

The Conspicuous Service Cross may be awarded to any state resident who served honorably in the Armed Forces and received a personal decoration issued by a brigade or equivalent higher headquarters. Last winter, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.

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