Medal of Honor Navy Cross & Silver Star Awards to U. S. Marines (And Attached Navy Corpsmen) In The Global War on Terrorism Compiled & Edited By



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Born: Palmer, Alaska

Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska

Atrian, Mario

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, RCT 7, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 9, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mario Atrian, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Machine Gunner, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II on 9 April 2004. Reinforcing a friendly unit caught in an enemy ambush, Lance Corporal Atrian demonstrated extraordinary heroism under fire when a numerically superior enemy force ambushed his unit from multiple positions. After radioing a warning to his unit, he laid down suppressive fire on multiple enemy positions with his machine gun. The enemy responded with a fusillade of rocket-propelled grenade and machine gun fire. Despite being hit in the left arm, Lance Corporal Atrian continued to provide fire with deadly accuracy on the flank of the enemy position. He received another volley of rocket-propelled grenade and machine gun fire, wounding him in the right arm and killing his driver. While bleeding profusely from both arms, Lance Corporal Atrian valiantly suppressed the enemy while the remainder of his section's vehicles bounded through the enemy's successive kill zones. He relinquished his position to receive medical attention only after the enemy ambush had been broken and his fellow wounded Marines had been treated. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Atrian reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: El Sereno, California

*Austin, Aaron C.

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, RCT 1, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 26, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Aaron C. Austin, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Machine Gun Team Leader, Company E, Second Battalion, First Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II on 26 April 2004. At 1100 on 26 April, a numerically superior enemy force attacked Lance Corporal Austin's platoon from three different directions. In the first 15 minutes of the attack, the enemy fired dozens of rocket-propelled grenades, thousands of machine gun rounds, and then assaulted to within 20 meters of Lance Corporal Austin's position. While throwing grenades and spraying their positions with AK-47 fire, 16 of his fellow Marines on the rooftop position were wounded, some severely. After ensuring his wounded platoon members received medical treatment, he rallied the few remaining members of his platoon and rushed to the critical rooftop defensive position. Braving withering enemy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire, he reached the rooftop and prepared to throw a hand grenade. As he moved into a position from which to throw his grenade, enemy machine gun fire struck Lance Corporal Austin multiple times in the chest. Undaunted by his injuries and with heroic effort, Lance Corporal Austin threw his grenade, which exploded amidst the enemy, halting their furious attack. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Austin reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Sun Ray, Texas

Baptista, Leandro F.

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 7, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leandro F. Baptista, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as a Team Leader in Second Platoon, Company B, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 7 April 2004. In the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, 60 enemy combatants in fortified positions ambushed Sergeant Baptista's 25-man reconnaissance platoon, wounding six Marines and disabling two vehicles. When the attack commenced, Sergeant Baptista immediately dismounted his vehicle and led his team to flank the enemy positions. Avoiding enemy fire, Sergeant Baptista sprinted across a shallow canal, climbed a 10-foot berm, and charged towards the enemy. Drawing fire from enemy machine guns, he silenced one emplacement and then continued to press the enemy by hastily forming a three-man assault team. With disregard for his own safety, he advanced over another berm under heavy enemy fire. He disarmed an improvised explosive device, and without hesitation, charged forward uncovering 11 enemy combatants. He ferociously attacked the surprised enemy, single-handedly eliminating four insurgents at close range while directing the fire of three Marines against the remaining seven enemy insurgents. While under fire from different enemy positions, Sergeant Baptista provided cover for his team to withdraw safely. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant Baptista reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Miami, Florida

*Bitz, Michael E.

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, Task Force Tarawa, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: March 23, 2003

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael E. Bitz, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Crew Chief and Assistant Section Leader, Third Assault Amphibian Vehicle Section, Company C, First Battalion, Second Marines, Task Force TARAWA, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 March 2003. During the attack on An Nasiriyah, Iraq, Sergeant Bitz's vehicle sustained a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade, setting it on fire. Aware that there were several casualties on board, he maneuvered his vehicle to the company's defensive perimeter. He immediately assisted in moving the wounded to the casualty collection point. Without an amphibious assault vehicle to command and under unrelenting enemy small-arms and artillery fire, he picked up his rifle and joined a squad of the Third Platoon in a deliberate assault. His efforts substantially aided the platoon and, after the squad sustained several casualties, Sergeant Bitz ignored his own wounds and helped in loading the others onto an evacuation vehicle. Despite receiving unrelenting fire, Sergeant Bitz mounted a different vehicle to provide security for the casualties. While escorting the wounded during movement, Sergeant Bitz was mortally wounded by enemy fire when his vehicle sustained a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Sergeant Bitz reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest tradition of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at Wishek, North Dakota

Hometown: Ventura, California



Notes: Sergeant Bitz was the father of four young children, including twins who were born just weeks before his unit entered Iraq. He died never seeing his two youngest children.

Boada, Stephen J.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Combined Joint Task Force-76

Date of Action: May 5 - 9, 2005

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen J. Boada, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Forward Observer and Forward Air Controller, Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Combined Joint Task Force-76 and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 5 to 9 May 2005. While operating near Shatagal Village, First Lieutenant Boada's platoon received intelligence that Al Qaeda and Associate Movement fighters were setting up an ambush position from which to attack the platoon upon their departure from Shatagal. Despite the barrage of intense enemy fire, he calmly directed the tactical employment of the unit and directed fires from an A-10 aircraft onto enemy positions. During the ensuing firefight, First Lieutenant Boada and members of his squad were wounded. Ignoring his injuries, he continued to fearlessly lead his Marines as they fought off a tenacious enemy while other members of the unit extracted their fallen comrades. As the platoon maneuvered over five kilometers of arduous mountain terrain with the injured Marines, First Lieutenant Boada called for and directed AC-130 aircraft to cover the unit's movement. This action resulted in the destruction of the besieging enemy. Without question, First Lieutenant Boada's tactical acumen in directing these aircraft saved many lives in the platoon as the enemy's ambush positions controlled the high ground through the terrain in which the platoon was conducting its retrograde. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, First Lieutenant Boada reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: Bristol, Connecticut

Hometown: Bristol, Connecticut

*Bohr, Jeffrey E., Jr.

Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 5th RCT, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 10, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jeffrey E. Bohr, Jr., Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 10 April 2003. With his company assigned the dangerous mission of seizing a presidential palace in Baghdad and concerned that logistical re-supply might be slow in reaching his comrades once they reached the objective, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr selflessly volunteered to move in his two soft- skinned vehicles with the company's main armored convoy. While moving through narrow streets toward the objective, the convoy took intense small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire. Throughout this movement, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr delivered accurate, effective fires on the enemy while encouraging his Marines and supplying critical information to his company commander. When the lead vehicles of the convoy reached a dead end and were subjected to enemy fire, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr continued to boldly engage the enemy while calmly maneuvering his Marines to safety. Upon learning of a wounded Marine in a forward vehicle, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr immediately coordinated medical treatment and evacuation. Moving to the position of the injured Marine, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr continued to lay down a high volume of suppressive fire, while simultaneously guiding the medical evacuation vehicle, until he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: Ossian, Iowa

Hometown: San Clemente, California



Notes: Gunnery Sergeant Bohr served first as an Army Ranger and then a Marine. He parachuted into Grenada, helped oust Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, served in the first Gulf War.

Booker, James E.

Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps

2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: February - September 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James E. Booker, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Sergeant Major, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from February to September 2004. Sergeant Major Booker courageously exposed himself to enemy fire while leading Marines and eliminating enemy forces in several battalion engagements. On 31 March 2004 the forward command element came under intense machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire. With utter disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Major Booker dismounted the vehicle, engaged the enemy and forced their withdrawal. He pursued his attackers down several darkened city streets and mortally wounded a rocket-propelled grenade gunner who was engaging the Command Group. Sergeant Major Booker subsequently led a search that resulted in the arrest and capture of an eight-man cell and several weapons. On 10 April 2004, the forward command element came under fire from insurgents during cordon and search operations. He calmly led a team of Marines in a counterattack, personally clearing several buildings, eliminating one insurgent fighter, and facilitating the evacuation of a severely wounded Marine. Sergeant Major Booker's efforts enabled the forward command element to regain freedom of maneuver and inspired Marines to fearlessly engage the enemy. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and loyal dedication to duty, Sergeant Major Booker reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service..

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Bronzi, Christopher J.

Captain, U.S. Marine Corps

Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 6 & 7, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher J. Bronzi, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Commanding Officer, Golf Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II on 6 and 7 April 2004. During heavy fighting in southern Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Captain Bronzi repeatedly exposed himself to intense small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire while personally destroying several enemy fighting positions. His heroic actions led to the elimination of 250 insurgents during the two-day period. His selflessness and bravery inspired his Marines to engage and destroy an enemy focused on the destruction of coalition forces in the capital city of the Al Anbar province. During a period of extremely heavy fighting on 6 April, Captain Bronzi led a fire team of Marines into the middle of a fire swept street in order to recover the body of a fallen comrade. On 7 April, Captain Bronzi and Third squad, Fourth platoon were surrounded and forced to take cover in a nearby building. Isolated and outnumbered, Captain Bronzi moved to the roof in order to best position himself to command and control the Marines of Golf Company, and while under heavy enemy fire coordinated a link-up of his Second and Fourth Platoons. He then led the embattled squad to the designated rendezvous point and eventually to the safety of the company fire base, eradicating the enemy in the process. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Captain Bronzi reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Poughquag, New York

*Burger, Dale Allen, Jr.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company I, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, RCT 1, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: November 9 - 14, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dale Allen Burger, Jr., Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Squad Leader, Company I, Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 9 to 14 November 2004. During an intense firefight, Corporal Burger's squad leader was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion from a rocket-propelled grenade. Realizing the platoon's attack was losing momentum, Corporal Burger immediately assumed the squad leader's responsibilities and quickly directed his fire teams to establish positions in nearby buildings. Displaying heroic leadership and tactical proficiency, he personally led a team to a rooftop and neutralized several enemy sniper positions with accurate fire, enabling the Platoon to regain critical momentum. Despite withering enemy fire and with total disregard for his personal safety, Corporal Burger employed his M-203 grenade launcher and two AT-4 rockets, eliminating enemy insurgents operating in adjacent buildings. Leading the squad in an assault against a large group of insurgents occupying a building, he was seriously wounded and evacuated. Disregarding his wounds, he volunteered to return to the Platoon three days later. During an ensuing firefight, Corporal Burger encountered three severely wounded Marines inside a house where numerous insurgents were barricaded behind fortified positions. Again disregarding his own safety, and under heavy enemy fire, he charged into the house to recover his fellow Marines. While valiantly returning fire and calling for the wounded Marines, he received enemy fire and fell mortally wounded. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Burger reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Port Deposit, Maryland

Notes: Before his heroic actions in Iraq, during a training exercise in mountain warfare, several comrades became hypothermic. Corporal Burger was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for selflessly using his own body heat to raise the temperatures of his fellow Marines, an action that resulted in Corporal Burger requiring subsequent medical attention for hypothermia.

Camp, Mark A.

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

Company L, 3d Battalion, 25th Marines, RCT 2, 2d Marine Division, II MEF

Date of Action: May 8 - 11, 2005

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mark A. Camp, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Automatic Rifleman, First Platoon, Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, SECOND Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 8 to 11 May 2005. During an assault in New Ubaydi, Iraq, an enemy ambush seriously wounded four members of Lance Corporal Camp's squad and trapped two of them in a courtyard. Leaving his covered position, he engaged the enemy at point-blank range with his M-249 machine gun, thereby allowing one injured Marine to be pulled to cover. Lance Corporal Camp then joined a Marine in a frontal assault of the ambush site, forcing two insurgents from the rear of the house and into friendly fire, and permitting the recovery of the

injured Marine. As the assault to clear the house continued, armor-piercing rounds were fired from a hidden bunker beneath the floorboards, mortally wounding another Marine. Lance Corporal Camp refused to leave the building without the fallen Marine, and twice braved intense machine gun fire while attempting to recover the fallen Marine's remains. On 11 May, an improvised explosive device destroyed Lance Corporal Camp's amphibious assault vehicle, killing or wounding all 17 Marines trapped inside the vehicle, only to be thrown out of the vehicle from a secondary explosion. Receiving additional shrapnel wounds, yet undeterred, Lance Corporal Camp returned to the burning vehicle and pulled a Marine to safety. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Camp reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Westbrook, Maine

Cardenas, Moses

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)

Date of Action: August 2, 2007



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Moses Cardenas, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Scout, Headquarters and Service Company, First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), on 2 August 2007, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. While conducting a combat patrol, Lance Corporal Cardenas' platoon was attacked by heavy automatic fire, a suicide bomber, and rocket propelled grenades after stopping two suspicious trucks. During the initial stage of the fight, a Marine fell wounded in the open between the opposing forces. Realizing that the bulk of friendly weapons were masked, Lance Corporal Cardenas left his safe position behind a vehicle and fought his way across 50 meters of fire-swept, open desert against five armed insurgents to rescue the fallen Marine. After sustaining a gunshot wound to the neck that knocked him to the ground, Lance Corporal Cardenas tenaciously rose to his feel, calmly reloaded his squad automatic weapon, and continued his assault until he reached the wounded Marine. With rounds impacting around him, Lance Corporal Cardenas alternated between pulling the wounded Marine and shooting bursts of controlled automatic fire at the enemy. After pulling the wounded Marine 100 meters, he continued suppressive fire while rendering first aid until medical personnel arrived to tend to the wounds of both Marines. Throughout this close and fierce fight, he ignored his own severe wounds, remained fixed on his task, and saved the life of a fellow Marine. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Cardenas reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


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