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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U.S. Marine Corps Valor

In the Global War on Terrorism



Marine Corps Valor




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


C. Douglas Sterner

Table of Contents


Medal of Honor 1

*Dunham, Jason L. 1

Navy Cross 3

*Adlesperger, Christopher S. 3

Chontosh, Brian R. 4

*Clairday, Jason S. 4

Copeland, Willie L., III 5

Corbin, Todd 5

Esquibel, Dominic 6

Kasal, Bradley A. 7

Kraft, Jarrett A. 7

Lehew, Justin D. 8

Martinez, Marco A. 8

McDade, Aubrey L. 8

Mitchell, Robert J., Jr. 9

Montoya, Scott C. 10

*Morel, Brent 11

Perez, Joseph B. 11

Viggiani, Anthony Lester 12

Workman, Jeremiah W. 12

Silver Star Medal 13

Ackerman, Elliot L. 13

Adametz, Thomas R. 14

Adams, Jarred L. 14

Atrian, Mario 15

*Austin, Aaron C. 15

Baptista, Leandro F. 16

*Bitz, Michael E. 16

Boada, Stephen J. 17

*Bohr, Jeffrey E., Jr. 17

Booker, James E. 18

Bronzi, Christopher J. 18

*Burger, Dale Allen, Jr. 19

Camp, Mark A. 19

Cardenas, Moses 20

Cassady, Chad 20

Cillessen, Brian G. 21

Cogan, Thomas E., IV 21

Connors, Timothy 22

Desgrosseilliers, Todd S. 23

Diede, Bryan D. 23

Dollard, Ian 24

Doran, Jason K. 24

Dunfee, David R. 25

Evers, Charles M. 25

*Gannon, Richard J., IV 26

Glover, Joshua L. 27

Gomez-Perez, Carlos 27

Gonzalez, Benjamin 28

Guardiola, Samuel 29

Haney, Timothy P. 29

Harrill, John D., III 30

*Holder, Theodore S., II 30

Horton, Nicholas J. 31

Hunter, Jeff 31

Johnson, Alan F. 32

*Jordan, Phillip A. 33

Kane, Kristopher D. 33

Kerman, Robert P. 34

*Kirk, Jeffrey L. 34

Lee, Jeffrey T. 35

Lilley, Jason M. 35

Lopez, Matthew A. 36

McCarver, Abraham 36

*McClenney, Daniel B. 37

McCormick, Armand E. 37

*McKenna, John, IV 38

Mendoza, Michael A. 38

Navarrette, Jason L. 39

Niedziocha, Christopher P. 39

Parks, Thomas F., III 40

Pennell, Traver D. 40

Pillsbury, Richard 41

Place, John Ethan 41

*Pokorney, Frederick E., Jr. 42

Popaditch, Nicholas A. 43

*Rapicault, Patrick Marc 43

*Reynoso, Yadir G. 44

Russell, David T. 44

Sagredo, Ismael 45

Santos, Danny S. 46

Schauble, Jason P. 46

Schuller, Jeffrey W., Jr. 47

Sikes, Adam R. 47

Smith, Eric M. 48

Smith, Jason E. 48

Stafford, Evan L. 48

Stagner, Jeremy L. 50

Stann, Brian M. 50

*Stokes, Sean A. (KIA) 51

Tardif, Timothy C. 51

*Tejeda, Riayan A. 52

Von Kraus, Brian R. 52

Waldron (Mendes), Wyatt 53

Weiler, Robert S. 54

*Wimberg, David N. 54

Woullard, Dennis, Jr. 55

*Zembiec, Douglas A. 55

Navy Cross 56

Fonseca, Luis E. 56

Silver Star Medal 57

Chiarini, Joshua T. 57

Kinnell, Alan J. 58

Rubio, Juan M. 58






The President of the United States

In the Name of The Congress

Takes Pride in Presenting the

Medal of Honor

To
*Dunham, Jason L.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines (Reinforced), First Marine Division (Rein.)

Place and Date of Action: Karabilah, Iraq, April 14, 2004


Citation:

Corporal Jason L. Dunham distinguished himself by acts of conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


Born: November 10, 1981 at Scio, NY

Home Town: Scio, NY


To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:


This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pleasure in Presenting The

Navy Cross



To:

*Adlesperger, Christopher S.

Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps

Company K, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, RCT 1, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: November 10, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Christopher S. Adlesperger, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Rifleman, Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 10 November 2004. As Private First Class Adlesperger made entry into a house in the Jolan District of A1 Fallujah, during Operation AL FAJR, his squad received a heavy volume of enemy machinegun fire from a well-prepared entrenched machine gun position. These fires instantly killed the point man, and injured another Marine and the platoon corpsman. Exposed to heavy enemy machine gun fire and grenades, Private First Class Adlesperger immediately attacked the enemy with rifle fire. While doing so, he suffered a fragmentation wound from enemy grenades. With the majority of his platoon pinned down by insurgent positions, Private First Class Adlesperger single--handedly cleared stairs and a roof top to move the injured to a rooftop where they could receive medical attention. On his own initiative, while deliberately exposing himself to heavy enemy fire, he established a series of firing positions and attacked the enemy, forcing them to be destroyed in place or to move into an area where adjacent forces could engage them. Disregarding his own wounds and physical exhaustion, Private First Class Adlesperger rejoined his platoon and demanded to take the point for a final assault on the same machine gun position. Once an Assault Amphibian Vehicle created a breach in the wall adjacent to the enemy's position, Private First Class Adlesperger was the first Marine to re-enter the courtyard where he eliminated a remaining insurgent at close range. When the fighting finally ceased, a significant number of insurgents from fortified positions had been eradicated. Through his actions, Private First Class Adlesperger destroyed the last

strongpoint in the Jolan District of A1 Fallujah, and saved the lives of his fellow Marines. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Private First Class Adlesperger reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Chontosh, Brian R.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps

Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: March 25, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Brian R. Chontosh, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Combined Anti-Armor Platoon Commander, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, First Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 25 March 2003. While leading his platoon north on Highway I toward Ad Diwaniyah, First Lieutenant Chontosh's platoon moved into a coordinated ambush of mortars, rocket propelled grenades, and automatic weapons fire. With coalition tanks blocking the road ahead, he realized his platoon was caught in a kill zone. He had his driver move the vehicle through a breach along his flank, where he was immediately taken under fire from an entrenched machine gun. Without hesitation, First Lieutenant Chontosh ordered the driver to advance directly at the enemy position enabling his .50 caliber machine gunner to silence the enemy. He then directed his driver into the enemy trench, where he exited his vehicle and began to clear the trench with an M16A2 service rifle and 9 millimeter pistol. His ammunition depleted, First Lieutenant Chontosh, with complete disregard for his safety, twice picked up discarded enemy rifles and continued his ferocious attack. When a Marine following him found an enemy rocket propelled grenade launcher, First Lieutenant Chontosh used it to destroy yet another group of enemy soldiers. When his audacious attack ended, he had cleared over 200 meters of the enemy trench, killing more than 20 enemy soldiers and wounding several others. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Rochester, New York
*Clairday, Jason S.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company K, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, RCT 1, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: December 12, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Jason S. Clairday, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Fire Team Leader, 1st Squad, 2d Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 12 December 2004. While conducting a security sweep in the Askari District of Al Fallujah, a platoon-sized insurgent force engaged 3d Platoon. Corporal Clairday immediately repositioned his men and jumped a four foot gap three stories up onto the roof of the enemy stronghold where a mortally wounded Marine lay, isolated by the enemy. After throwing several fragmentation grenades, Corporal Clairday fiercely led the attack into the house. He was immediately hit with enemy AK-47 rifle fire in both legs and fell into the kill zone. Under heavy enemy fire, he continued to aggressively engage the enemy while extracting himself from the

doorway. Without regard for his own wounds, he rejoined the squad making entry and entered the house a second time. Once inside, he took control of the stack and repositioned himself in the front while suppressing the enemy using fragmentation grenades and his rifle. Again, without concern for his own safety, Corporal Clairday led the Marines into the room where he single-handedly attacked the insurgents and received mortal wounds. His courageous actions enabled reinforcing assault elements to destroy the insurgent position. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Corporal Clairday reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at Salem, Arkansas

Home Town: Delta, Colorado
Copeland, Willie L., III

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 Navy Cross to Willie L. Copeland, III, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Team Leader, 2d Platoon, Bravo Company, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, First Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 7 April 2004. Tasked as the Main Effort to lead a convoy to a Forward Operating Base, Sergeant Copeland's platoon was ambushed by 40 - 60 insurgents in well-fortified and concealed positions near the province of Al Anbar. After observing a rocket-propelled grenade instantly crippling the lead vehicle and having mortar and machinegun fire disable his own, Sergeant Copeland led five Marines out of the heaviest zone under attack and made an assault across an open field. They continued the assault across a deep and muddy canal, working their way up to firing positions on the far side within hand grenade range of the enemy. The vigor of this first assault eliminated ten insurgents at close range while forcing other enemy positions to flee. During this valiant effort, his commanding officer fell wounded at his side. Unwilling to subject any more Marines to danger, he signaled others to remain in covered positions. While placing himself in a position to shield his wounded officer, he applied first aid. Without regard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Copeland stabilized, then evacuated his Captain to a safe area. He then conducted the withdrawal of his team from their covered positions through the use of hand grenades. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant Copeland reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at Logan, Utah

Home Town: Smithfield, Utah


Corbin, Todd

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force

Date of Action: May 7, 2005



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Todd Corbin, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement Driver, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, 25th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Hadithah, Iraq. On 7 May 2005, enemy forces ambushed Lance Corporal Corbin's platoon using a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device, rocket-propelled grenades, and machine guns. Instantly, three of the four vehicles were severely damaged and eleven of sixteen Marines suffered casualties. Lance Corporal Corbin immediately repositioned his truck directly between the enemy and many of the wounded. He radioed the situation to the battalion and leapt into the enemy fire, directing Marines to engage and marking targets. He ran to his fallen patrol leader, threw him onto his shoulder and carried him to safety while firing at the enemy with his off-hand. He re-crossed the kill zone, made his way to his fallen corpsman, bound his wounds and began carrying him. As he began to move, the enemy engaged at close range and Lance Corporal Corbin threw himself on a wounded Marine and shielded him as friendly machine gun fire suppressed the enemy. Organizing Marines to suppress and repel the ambush, he then, on five occasions, ran through enemy fire, recovered dead or wounded personnel, and returned them to his truck. When the casualties were loaded onto his heavily damaged vehicle, he activated its emergency systems and drove it out of the kill zone and through the city to a battalion aid station five miles away. Due to his heroism, no

Marine lost his life after the initial attack. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Corbin reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Sandusky, Ohio


Esquibel, Dominic

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Date of Action: November 25, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Dominic Esquibel, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Scout Sniper, Company B, First Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 25 November 2004. After an enemy ambush on 3d Platoon nearby, Lance Corporal Esquibel quickly moved to an overwatch position and spotted five wounded Marines in a building courtyard. He courageously low-crawled close to the enemy stronghold to gain intelligence and then ran through the rooftops under intense enemy fire to relay the intelligence to the 3d Platoon Commander. With total disregard for his own safety, he re-occupied his position and threw a grenade, destroying several enemy insurgents and silencing one of the enemy's machine guns. After eliminating part of the threat, he low-crawled to another area and dropped a grenade through a hole in the roof, eliminating several more enemy personnel and silencing another enemy machine gun. As a tank breached the courtyard wall, 3d Platoon began suppressing the target building. He seized this opportunity and quickly moved to the courtyard while under enemy machine gun fire, dragging out a wounded Marine. He re-entered the courtyard to retrieve a second wounded Marine. Still under enemy fire, he moved through the open area a third time, extinguished a fire that had mortally wounded the third casualty, and swiftly carried out his body. Due to his heroic efforts, two Marines survived the devastating enemy ambush. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Esquibel reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Kasal, Bradley A.

First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: November 13, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Bradley A. Kasal, First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as First Sergeant, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 13 November 2004. First Sergeant Kasal was assisting 1st Section, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon as they provided a traveling over watch for 3d Platoon when he heard a large volume of fire erupt to his immediate front, shortly followed by Marines rapidly exiting a structure. When First Sergeant Kasal learned that Marines were pinned down inside the house by an unknown number of enemy personnel, he joined a squad making entry to clear the structure and rescue the Marines inside. He made entry into the first room, immediately encountering and eliminating an enemy insurgent, as he spotted a wounded Marine in the next room. While moving towards the wounded Marine, First Sergeant Kasal and another Marine came under heavy rifle fire from an elevated enemy firing position and were both severely wounded in the legs, immobilizing them. When insurgents threw grenades in an attempt to eliminate the wounded Marines, he rolled on top of his fellow Marine and absorbed the shrapnel with his own body. When First Sergeant Kasal was offered medical attention and extraction, he refused until the other Marines were given medical attention. Although severely wounded himself, he shouted encouragement to his fellow Marines as they continued to clear the structure. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, First Sergeant Kasal reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Afton, Iowa

Kraft, Jarrett A.

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: December 23, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Jarrett A. Kraft, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Squad Leader, 81-millimeter Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 December 2004. As numerically superior insurgent forces attacked Sergeant Kraft and the Marines in Al Fallujah, Iraq, he quickly organized and fearlessly led three assault forces on three separate attacks to repel the insurgents and ensure the successful advance of the battalion. With complete disregard for his own life, he placed himself between intense enemy fire and the men during each attack providing suppressive fire and leadership to sustain the fight and eliminate the enemy. Although grenades thrown by the insurgents rendered him momentarily unconscious during one assault, this did not dampen his spirit or determination. Undeterred, Sergeant Kraft continued to lead from the front, despite being wounded himself. On two more occasions, he was knocked down stairwells by enemy grenade blasts and finally while emplacing a sniper in a critical location, Sergeant Kraft was knocked down by the blast from a friendly M1A1 tank main gun. He demonstrated courageous leadership with a complete disregard for his own safety, during this desperate two-hour battle as he personally braved multiple enemy small arms kill zones to render assistance and guidance to his Marines. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Sergeant Kraft reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


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