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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Home Town: Fresno, California

Lehew, Justin D.

Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company A, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, Task Force Tarawa, 1st MEF

Date of Action: March 23 & 24, 2003

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Justin D. Lehew, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Amphibious Assault Platoon Sergeant, Company A, First Battalion, Second Marines, Task Force Tarawa, First Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 and 24 March 2003. As Regimental Combat Team 2 attacked north towards An Nasiriyah, Iraq, lead elements of the Battalion came under heavy enemy fire. When the beleaguered United States Army 507th Maintenance Company convoy was spotted in the distance, Gunnery Sergeant Lehew and his crew were dispatched to rescue the soldiers. Under constant enemy fire, he led the rescue team to the soldiers. With total disregard for his own welfare, he assisted the evacuation effort of four soldiers, two of whom were critically wounded. While still receiving enemy fire, he climbed back into his vehicle and immediately began suppressing enemy infantry. During the subsequent company attack on the eastern bridge over the Euphrates River, Gunnery Sergeant Lehew continuously exposed himself to withering enemy fire during the three-hour urban firefight. His courageous battlefield presence inspired his Marines to fight a determined foe and allowed him to position his platoon's heavy machine guns to repel numerous waves of attackers. In the midst of the battle, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle was destroyed, killing or wounding all its

occupants. Gunnery Sergeant Lehew immediately moved to recover the nine Marines. He again exposed himself to a barrage of fire as he worked for nearly an hour recovering casualties from the wreckage. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Lehew reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Temecula, California


Martinez, Marco A.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 12, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Marco A. Martinez, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as 1st Fire Team Leader, 2d Squad, 1st Platoon, Company G, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, First Marine Expeditionary Force, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 12 April 2003. Responding to a call to reinforce his Platoon that was ambushed, Corporal Martinez effectively deployed his team under fire in supporting positions for a squad assault. After his squad leader was wounded, he took control and led the assault through a tree line where the ambush originated. As his squad advanced to secure successive enemy positions, it received sustained small arms fire from a nearby building. Enduring intense enemy fire and without regard for his own personal safety, Corporal Martinez launched a captured enemy rocket propelled grenade into the building temporarily silencing the enemy and allowing a wounded Marine to be evacuated and receive medical treatment. After receiving additional fire, he single-handedly assaulted the building and killed four enemy soldiers with a grenade and his rifle. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Corporal Martinez reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at Las Cruces, New Mexico

Home Town: Las Cruces, New Mexico


McDade, Aubrey L.

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: November 11, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Aubrey L. McDade, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Machine Gun Squad Leader attached to 1st Platoon, Company B, First Battalion, Eighth Marines, Regimental Combat Team &, FIRST Marine Division, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 11 November 2004. Shortly after departing a platoon firm base and proceeding south toward Phase Line Grace, 1st Platoon entered an alley and encountered an immediate heavy volume of small arms and machine gun fire. In the opening seconds of the engagement, three Marines were seriously wounded as the well positioned and expecting enemy pinned others down. On contact, Sergeant McDade rushed from the rear of the platoon column toward the kill zone and immediately deployed a machine gun team into the alley to provide suppressive fire on the enemy. After several attempts to reach casualties in the alley were met with heavy, well-aimed machine gun fire, he showed total disregard for his own safety by moving across the alley and successfully extracting the first of three wounded Marines from the kill zone. Aware of the fact that there were still two wounded Marines in the alley, Sergeant McDade dashed through the heart of the kill zone two more times, each time braving intense enemy fire to successfully retrieve a Marine. After extracting the last casualty from the kill zone, he assisted in the treatment and medical evacuation to these Marines. His quick thinking and aggressive actions were crucial in saving the lives of two of the three casualties. Sergeant McDade’s undaunted courage, fighting spirit and total devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Houston, Texas

Mitchell, Robert J., Jr.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company K, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: November 13, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert J. Mitchell, Jr., Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Squad Leader, Company K, Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment,

Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 13 November 2004. During a ferocious firefight with six insurgents fighting inside a heavily fortified house, Corporal Mitchell courageously attacked the enemy strongpoint to rescue five wounded Marines trapped inside the house. Locating the enemy positions and completely disregarding his own safety, he gallantly charged through enemy AK-47 fire and hand grenades, in order to assist a critically wounded Marine in an isolated room. Ignoring his own wounds, he began the immediate first aid treatment of the Marine's severely wounded leg. Assessing that the Marine needed immediate intravenous fluids to survive, he suppressed the enemy, enabling a Corpsman to cross the impact zone. Once the Corpsman arrived, he moved to the next room to assist other casualties. While running across the impact zone a second time, he was hit in the left leg with a ricochet off of his weapon and with grenade shrapnel to the legs and face. While applying first aid, he noticed a wounded insurgent reach for his weapon. With his rifle inoperable, he drew his combat knife, stabbed the insurgent, and eliminated him instantly. Demonstrating great presence of mind, he then coordinated the casualties' evacuation. Limping from his own wounds, Corporal Mitchell assisted in the evacuation of the last casualty through the impact zone under enemy fire, ultimately saving the lives of multiple Marines. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Mitchell reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Oakland, Iowa

Montoya, Scott C.

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Scout Sniper Platoon, 2d Battalion, 23d Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 8, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Scott C. Montoya, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Scout Sniper, Scout Sniper Platoon, Second Battalion, Twenty-Third Marines, FIRST Marine Division, First Marine Expeditionary Force, in Support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 8 April 2003. During the battle for Baghdad, Sergeant Montoya's sniper team arrived within Company F's position as they came under heavy small arms fire from a determined enemy force. He immediately encouraged Marines to deploy and return fire. Noticing a disabled civilian vehicle on the road in the line of fire and with complete disregard for his own life, he rushed forward amidst a hail of gunfire and dragged a wounded Iraqi civilian to safety. Returning to the front, he spotted a wounded Marine struggling to get off the same fire swept street, he risked his life to lead the Marine to safety. Returning to the front, he spotted a wounded Marine lying in the street. Ignoring the hailstorm of bullets, Sergeant Montoya rushed into the street for a third time to carry the injured Marine to safety. Sergeant Montoya returned a fourth time to evacuate an unconscious Marine. Returning to the front again, he dashed into the contested street and assisted a Marine to safety who had been dazed by an explosion. Sergeant Montoya ensured medical attention was administered and verified that evacuations were ongoing. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Sergeant Montoya reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Montclair, California

*Morel, Brent

Captain, 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 pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Brent Morel, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Platoon Commander, 2d Platoon, Company B, 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. Captain Morel's platoon escorted a convoy into the Al Anbar Province when 40 to 60 insurgents in well-fortified and concealed positions initiated an ambush. Witnessing a rocket-propelled grenade crippling his lead vehicle and while mortar and machine gun fire erupted, he ordered his remaining two vehicles to secure a flanking position. Captain Morel left his vehicle and led a determined assault across an open field and up a 10-foot berm, in order to maneuver into firing positions. The boldness of this first assault eliminated several insurgents at close range forcing their retreat. Observing his Marines pinned down from enemy fire, Captain Morel left the safety of his position and continued the assault, eliminating the enemy's attack. During this valiant act, he fell mortally wounded by a withering burst of enemy automatic weapons fire. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Captain Morel reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: McKenzie, Tennessee

Perez, Joseph B.

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

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

Date of Action: April 4, 2003

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Joseph B. Perez, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Rifleman, Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, First Marine Expeditionary Force, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 4 April 2003. While clearing near Route 6 during the advance into Baghdad, 1st Platoon came under intense enemy fire. As the point man for the lead squad and the most exposed member of the platoon, Lance Corporal Perez came under the majority of these fires. Without hesitation, he continuously employed his M16A4 rifle to destroy the enemy while calmly directing accurate fires for his squad. He led the charge down a trench destroying the enemy and while closing and under tremendous enemy fire, threw a grenade into a trench that the enemy was occupying. While under a heavy volume of fire. Lance Corporal Perez fired an AT-4 rocket into a machine gun bunker, completely destroying it and killing four enemy personnel. His actions enabled the squad to maneuver safely to the enemy position and seize it. In an effort to link up with 3d Platoon on his platoon's left flank, Lance Corporal Perez continued to destroy

enemy combatants with precision rifle fire. As he worked his way to the left, he was hit by enemy fire, sustaining gunshot wounds' to his torso and shoulder. Despite being seriously injured, Lance Corporal Perez directed the squad to take cover and gave the squad accurate fire direction to the enemy that enabled the squad to reorganize and destroy the enemy. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Perez reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Houston, Texas

Viggiani, Anthony Lester

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company C, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

Date of Action: June 3, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Anthony Lester Viggiani, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action against Anti-Coalition Force Militia in Zabol Province, Afghanistan, serving as a squad leader for Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, Twenty-Second Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed with commander, United States Fifth Fleet during Operation Enduring Freedom 3 June 2004. While leading a company assault against an enemy held ridgeline north of the village of Khabargho, Sergeant Viggiani and his squadron came under heavy and accurate fire from an enemy force well entrenched inside a cave, pinning down one of his teams and wounding two of his Marines. Moving across exposed ground, under observation and fire from an adjacent enemy position, Sergeant Viggiani maneuvered to the cave opening, but achieving no effect on the enemy. Braving enemy fire from the adjacent enemy position, he went back to retrieve a fragmentation grenade. Again, under a hail of fire, he moved to within feet of the cave opening and employed the grenade to eliminate the enemy position, which was actively firing upon friendly forces. Killing three enemy fighters, Sergeant Viggiani destroyed the enemy strongpoint and allowed his company to continue their advance up to the ridgeline, solidly defeating the enemy by killing a total of fourteen Anti-Coalition fighters. In the process, he was wounded by

rifle fire from the adjacent enemy position, yet he continued to lead his Marines in the attack. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of enemy fire and utmost dedication to duty, Sergeant Viggiani reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at Strongsville, Ohio

Home Town: Strongsville, Ohio

Workman, Jeremiah W.

Corporal, 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 Jeremiah W. Workman, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Squad Leader, Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 December 2004. During clearing operations in Al Fallujah, Iraq, Corporal Workman displayed exceptional situational awareness while organizing his squad to enter a building to retrieve isolated Marines inside. Despite heavy resistance from enemy automatic weapons fire, and a barrage of grenades, Corporal Workman fearlessly exposed himself and laid down a base of fire that allowed the isolated Marines to escape. Outside the house, he rallied the rescued Marines and directed fire onto insurgent positions as he aided wounded Marines in a neighboring yard. After seeing these Marines to safety, he led another assault force into the building to eliminate insurgents and extract more Marines. Corporal Workman again exposed himself to enemy fire while providing cover fire for the team when an enemy grenade exploded directly in front of him causing shrapnel wounds to his arms and legs. Corporal Workman continued to provide intense fire long enough to recover additional wounded Marines and extract them from the besieged building. Although injured, he led a third assault into the building, rallying his team one last time to extract isolated Marines before M1A1 tanks arrived to support the battle. Throughout this fight, Corporal Workman's heroic actions contributed to the elimination of 24 insurgents. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Workman reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: August 26, 1983 at Marion, Ohio

Home Town: Richwood, Ohio


To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:


This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918
Has Awarded The

Silver Star Medal

To:

Ackerman, Elliot L.



Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, RCT 7, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: November 10 - 15, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elliot L. Ackerman, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Commander, First Platoon, Company A, First Battalion, Eighth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 10 to 15 November 2004. During a ferocious enemy counter-attack in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, with complete disregard for his own safety, Second Lieutenant Ackerman twice exposed himself to vicious enemy fire as he pulled wounded Marines out of the open into shelter. When the amphibious tractors sent to evacuate his wounded men could not locate his position, he once again left the safety of his covered position and rushed through a gauntlet of deadly enemy fire to personally direct the amphibious tractors towards his wounded Marines. On 11 November as the battle continued, Second Lieutenant Ackerman recognized the exposed position of his Marines on the rooftops and ordered them to seek cover in the buildings below. Shortly afterwards, he personally assumed the uncovered rooftop position, prompting a hail of deadly fires from the enemy. With rounds impacting all around him, he coolly employed an M240G machine gun to mark targets for supporting tanks, with devastating effects on the enemy. Throughout the battle and despite his own painful shrapnel wounds, he simultaneously directed tank fires, coordinated four separate medical evacuations, and continually attacked with his platoon directly into the heart of the enemy with extreme tenacity. Second Lieutenant Ackerman's bold leadership, personal initiative, and total devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Born: Washington, D.C.

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Adametz, Thomas R.

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

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

Date of Action: April 26, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas R. Adametz, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as a Rifleman, Echo Company, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 26 April 2004. Following the seizure of two key buildings along a vital avenue of approach into the company's sector, Lance Corporal Adametz and his squad moved into the northern most building and provided security for his platoon's position. The enemy's fierce attack of rocket-propelled and hand-thrown grenades onto his platoon's position resulted in four serious and numerous minor casualties. With disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Adametz exposed himself to grenade and small arms fire in order to provide suppressive fire facilitating the evacuation of the wounded Marines. Picking up a squad automatic weapon from a wounded Marine, he delivered withering fire on enemy forces 25 meters away. Lance Corporal Adametz' aggressive actions and devastating fire were critical in repelling the enemy's attack. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Adametz reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Clinton, Iowa

Adams, Jarred L.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, RCT 7, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: January 6, 2005

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jarred L. Adams, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Assistant Team Leader, Scout Sniper Platoon, First Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 6 January 2005. In downtown Husaybah, Iraq, Corporal Adams' patrol came under intense enemy fire causing the lead vehicle to crash. He exited the vehicle and began returning fire as fellow Marines attempted to dislodge the vehicle from the wall. After freeing the vehicle and retrograding back to Camp Gannon, the patrol realized one of the vehicles was separated and needed to be located. Re-entering the kill zone again, his vehicle suffered a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade, causing the vehicle to erupt into flames. Corporal Adams exited the vehicle and began to fire on enemy positions. Suffering from multiple shrapnel wounds and burns, he began returning fire on enemy positions while trying to communicate with the Command Post. Realizing that the turret gunner was still inside the burning vehicle, he jumped back inside the burning wreckage, subjecting himself to the imminent threat of exploding friendly munitions from within the vehicle and enemy fire, refusing to depart the area before retrieving the fallen Marine. Freeing the gunner from the turret, and suffering from multiple wounds, he carried the gunner across the intersection under enemy fire while the remaining Marines provided suppressive fire on the enemy threat. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Adams reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


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