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: at Fullerton, California

Home Town: Fullerton, California

Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart

Cassady, Chad

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company L, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: November 9, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Chad Cassady, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Scout Sniper Team Leader, Company L, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in Al Fallujah, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 9 November 2004. Sergeant Cassady demonstrated extraordinary leadership, undaunted bravery, and tactical expertise in the execution of his duties. During the multiple engagements, he consistently displayed courage under fire through his rapid decision-making and confident actions. Under sustained, heavy, and highly

accurate enemy direct and indirect fire he repeatedly exposed himself to save the lives of several wounded Marines who were trapped in the open, pulling them to safety despite his own multiple, serious wounds. Sergeant Cassady refused to accept medical aid until all other wounded Marines were treated. Throughout the intense urban combat, his judgment and tactical proficiency were unrivaled. His presence of mind and physical courage while under fire were inspiring and undoubtedly saved lives. By his bold leadership, resolute determination, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant Cassady reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Salado, Texas

Cillessen, Brian G.

Captain, U.S. Marine Corps

Operational Detachment Alpha 143, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix

Date of Action: April 23, 2005



Synopsis:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Brian G. Cillessen, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 143, Combined Joint Task Force PHOENIX, Office of Military Cooperation, Afghanistan, while embedded with the 2d Company, 1st Battalion, 3d Brigade of the Afghan National Army Commandos. On 23 April 2005, Captain Cillessen and three other U.S. service members were ambushed and with their Afghan troops, engaged in a four-hour-long firefight which severely wounded three Afghan soldiers. Captain Cillessen while under fire, put a tourniquet on an Afghan sergeant's leg in an attempt to save his life.

Born: Aztec, New Mexico

Hometown: Aztec, New Mexico

Cogan, Thomas E., IV

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps

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

Date of Action: April 6 - 10, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas E. Cogan, IV, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Commander, Third Platoon, Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 6 to 10 April 2004. Second Lieutenant Cogan's initiative, valor, and forceful leadership while under fire from fortified positions was instrumental in accomplishing the Company's mission. On 6 April 2004, Second Platoon was ambushed by enemy forces while moving to reinforce a heavily engaged unit. With total disregard for his own personal safety, Second Lieutenant Cogan led his platoon across a fire-swept field and directed fire, which destroyed insurgent strongholds. On 10 April 2004, while conducting a sweep of suspected insurgent houses, his platoon and the company command element came under withering enemy fire. Though caught in the crossfire, he exposed himself to direct fire in order to cross an open field and position himself to direct fires on the enemy. His actions enabled the company command element to move to safety. After consolidating his platoon, Second Lieutenant Cogan led his men through a fierce, three- hour, house-to-house assault that destroyed remaining enemy forces in his zone of action. Second Lieutenant Cogan's bold leadership, total effectiveness, and unyielding devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Connors, Timothy

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

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 Timothy Connors, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Third Squad Leader, Second Platoon, Company A, First Battalion, Eighth 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 from 10 to 15 November 2004. As Second Platoon came under heavy enemy fire from concealed positions on three sides, Corporal Connors effectively directed the fire of the squad as the platoon attempted to move into surrounding buildings for cover. When the squad entered a building for cover, the first Marine in the door was mortally wounded by several enemies who were defending a heavily fortified machine gun position. Corporal Connors and his fellow non-commissioned officers re-entered the building only to be forced back by a tenacious enemy. He directed the use of improvised explosive devices and a shoulder-launched multi-purpose assault weapon to create a secondary breach and eliminate the enemy position. When it was evident the improvised explosive devices and rocket failed to penetrate the enemy stronghold, Corporal Connors led a group of non-commissioned officers of Second Platoon into the enemy stronghold. Under intense enemy machine gun fire and without regard to his own personal safety, Corporal Connors eliminated the enemy with hand grenades and deadly accurate small arms fire at close proximity. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Connors reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Braintree, Massachusetts

Desgrosseilliers, Todd S.

Major, U.S. Marine Corps

Task Force Bruno, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, RCT 1, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: December 12 - 23, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Todd S. Desgrosseilliers, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Officer-in-Charge, Task Force BRUNO, Third Battalion, Fifth 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 II from 12 to 23 December 2004. On 12 December, Major Desgrosseilliers was leading Task Force BRUNO in clearing operations when several Marines became trapped inside a building by intense enemy fire. During the engagement, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the Marines. With complete disregard for his own safety, Major Desgrosseilliers shielded them from the explosion with his own body. Ignoring shrapnel wounds, he rallied his Marines and directed grenade, heavy machine gun and tank fire to destroy the 15 insurgents in the house. On 23 December, Task Force BRUNO came under heavy enemy fire while conducting operations in hostile territory. Throughout the firefight, he personally cleared several rooms and eliminated insurgents with rifle and grenade fire. When one of the Marines was seriously wounded he exposed himself to direct enemy fire and helped drag him to safety. Despite being wounded again with shrapnel during the firefight, he remained in the open to direct a devastating volume of tank main gunfire until the enemy was destroyed. In this engagement, 30 insurgents were killed including key terrorist leadership. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Major Desgrosseilliers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Maine
Diede, Bryan D.

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

Weapons Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 8, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bryan D. Diede, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Pathfinder Platoon Commander, Weapons Company, First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II on 8 April 2004. Second Lieutenant Diede led a patrol of three Light Armored Vehicles tasked with conducting curfew enforcement in Al Bu Hardan, Iraq. As the patrol approached the local police station, the trail vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device followed by an ambush of rocket-propelled grenade,

machine gun, and small arms fire. The initial barrage killed the gunner of the lead vehicle and rendered it immobile. Second Lieutenant Diede maneuvered his vehicle to a position that allowed enfilading fires on the enemy and reduced the stricken vehicle's vulnerability to further assault. Immediately, his vehicle became the center of the enemy's attention and was engulfed in rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire resulting in Second Lieutenant Diede sustaining wounds to his hand and face. Ignoring his wounds, he coordinated his platoon's defense and engaged the enemy with M-240 machine gun until it jammed. He then retrieved his M-4 carbine and continued to return fire from his turret until the enemy fled. Only after consolidating his forces and directing security of the site, did Second Lieutenant Diede allow his wounds to be treated. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Second Lieutenant Diede reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota


Dollard, Ian

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)

Date of Action: June 24, 2007



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ian Dollard, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Fire Team Leader, Company F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. On 24 June 2007, while investigating a vehicle near Saqlawiyah, Lance Corporal Dollard's squad was ambushed by precision small arms and machine gun fire. He immediately returned suppressive fire, allowing the other squad members to move to the aid of a Marine wounded in the attack. As the enemy withdrew from its position, the squad came under an attack by automatic weapons fire from a second position, inflicting two gunshot wounds on his platoon commander. Without regard for his own safety and still under enemy fire, he maneuvered across open ground to his Lieutenant's aid. Within seconds of reaching him, he shielded his Lieutenant's body from direct exposure and was struck twice in his upper torso body armor. Though dazed, he initiated medical care for his commander. As rounds continued to impact around him, he dragged his platoon commander 25 meters to cover to continue first aid. Seconds later, Lance Corporal Dollard was struck in the leg by small arms fire. Refusing medical care, he directed his team's efforts towards stabilizing the platoon commander. As support arrived, he climbed into a vehicle whereupon his squad moved to the forward aid station. Upon arrival, he assisted the aid and litter teams with the other casualties before being treated for his own wounds. By his bold leadership, courage under fire, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Dollard reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Home Town: Pleasant, California

Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


Doran, Jason K.

Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

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

Date of Action: March 23, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jason K. Doran, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Company Operations Chief, Weapons Company, First Battalion, Second Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, Task Force TARAWA, I Marine Expeditionary Force while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 March 2003. During the battle of An Nasiriya, Gunnery Sergeant Doran demonstrated extraordinary valor as he led a rescue team to locate and recover isolated Marines. In order to safely transport Marines who were stranded, he commandeered four additional vehicles. Under constant small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire, he navigated the convoy and directed combined anti-armor team vehicle's suppressive fires on the enemy. After the stranded Marines were rescued and the convoy was returning to safety, Gunnery Sergeant Doran realized a combined anti-armor team vehicle had been left behind. With total disregard for his own safety, he returned to the last known position of the vehicle and found its crew heavily engaged with the enemy. His vehicle's direct fire halted the

enemy attack and allowed the combined anti-armor team vehicle to safely proceed out of the city. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Doran reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Dunfee, David R.

Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Marine Corps

1st Battalion, 2d Marines, RCT 2, Task Force Tarawa, I MEF

Date of Action: March 23 - 25, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David R. Dunfee, Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Battalion Gunner with the First Battalion, Second Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, Task Force TARAWA, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM from 23 to 25 March 2003. On 23 March during the assault on enemy defenses in An Nasiriyah, Chief Warrant Officer Dunfee dismounted and moved to an exposed position while under enemy fire in order to determine the composition and disposition of the enemy. He provided the Battalion Command an accurate assessment of the enemy action, recommendations on how to employ organic fires, and he directed fires against enemy positions. As a result, nine enemy T-62 Maine Battle Tanks were destroyed. On 25 March, while the battalion conducted a Forward Passage of Lines, the moving battalion mistakenly engaged a friendly unit with direct fire. From his location, he sprinted over open terrain to a position between the two units, and using voice, hand, and arm signals, he was successful in ceasing

all fires. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Chief Warrant Officer Dunfee reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at West Virginia Hometown: Florida

Evers, Charles M.

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles M. Evers, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Commander, 3d Platoon, India Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 5, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 8 June to 12 June 2006. During this period, Staff Sergeant Evers' beleaguered platoon was attacked by a determined platoon-sized enemy force closing in from three separate directions, attempting to dislodge them from their observation post, and due to his personal example and decisive combat leadership, each attack was decidedly defeated. Staff Sergeant Evers, with complete disregard for his own safety, continuously braved intense enemy machine gun and small arms fire in order to provide an accurate assessment and better direct his platoon's fires. The positions the Marines had deliberately prepared under Staff Sergeant Evers' watchful eye withstood rocket propelled grenade detonations and thousands of enemy machine gun rounds. The enemy's detonation of a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device did not deter the fighting spirit that Staff Sergeant Evers instilled in his Marines, and they executed their well-rehearsed battle drill to gain fire superiority over the enemy insurgents. His expert use of supporting arms to include close air support and tank main gun broke the back of the tenacious attackers. Staff Sergeant Evers' resolute, decisive action, and refusal to submit to the enemy's will embodies the ethos of a combat leader and ensured the platoon's position would be held. By his bold initiative,

undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Staff Sergeant Evers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at Lewiston, Idaho

Home Town: Lewiston, Idaho

*Gannon, Richard J., IV

Captain, U.S. Marine Corps

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

Date of Action: April 17, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard J. Gannon, IV, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company L, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 17 April 2004. While Captain Gannon was leading his company to reinforce a besieged sniper observation post, his unit came under intense rocket-propelled grenade, medium machine gun, and small arms fire. His combined anti-armor team countered this attack with a destructive direct assault employing heavy machine gun fire and guided missiles. While Company L assaulted a fortified position, housing an enemy squad-size force, Captain Gannon employed rockets, heavy machine guns, and snipers to support the maneuver of his platoons. The assault section leader was struck by enemy fire and fell mortally wounded during this engagement. While the section leader was evacuated from the street into the cover of a compound courtyard, Captain Gannon continued to press the attack, steadily moving forward to assist the wounded Marine. Maneuvering through the enemy fire, with complete disregard for his own safety, he entered the courtyard to search for the wounded Marine. Upon entering a house, he exchanged small arms fire and grenades with nine Mujahadeen fighters and fell mortally wounded. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Captain Gannon reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at Escondido, California

Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania



Notes: Because he had been previously selected for promotion before his death, Captain Gannon was posthumously promoted to Major at the time he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

Glover, Joshua L.

First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps

Quick Reaction Force Platoon, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 13, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joshua L. Glover, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Quick Reaction Force Platoon Commander, First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, FIRST Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 13 April 2004. First Lieutenant Glover's platoon executed a mechanical recovery of a downed CH-53 helicopter southeast of Al Fallujah, Iraq. After successfully securing the aircraft's classified material, the platoon was attacked by an enemy platoon-sized element employing machine gun, small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Despite coordinated enemy fire, First Lieutenant Glover skillfully maneuvered his force and assaulted through the ambush to friendly lines while inflicting numerous enemy casualties. That evening, he was tasked to recover a destroyed Assault

Amphibious Vehicle and rescue a besieged rifle platoon deep behind enemy lines. While en route, he led an engagement against a company-sized force along the enemy's main line of resistance. First Lieutenant Glover repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire as he engaged enemy targets at point-blank range while directing the rifle platoon's relief and coordinating recovery operations. By his courageous actions, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Glover reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: Dallas, Texas

Hometown: Dallas, Texas


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