By putting their lives on the line, most people in the military (esp the combat arms) are heroes in a generic sense. Many "heroes" (ie medal winners) are often somewhat disdainful of their medals (ie, their motivation was NOT to win a medal, but to do their job as best as possible). I think the Colonel showed good judgement under the circumstances, but he would likely say that his actions didn't merit special recognition. He acted honorably. Had there been heavy enemy fire coming from the school, he very likely would have delivered the ordinance on target.
Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.---Patton
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.---Teddy Roosevelt
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.---Groucho
And if you all get killed, I'll piss on your graves.---Shaman Urdnot
How would you like to own a little bit of my foot in your ass.---Red Foreman